Let’s face it, if you were promised ten games over .500 and second place by two games at the start of the season you would have taken it and not looked back.
Yet, that’s where the Mets are despite a handful of negatives, which, if turned around in the second half should have them in contention down the stretch.
First, the Mets have been without Carlos Beltran for the entire first half and are expected to have him back after the All-Star break.
Secondly, they’ve been without Jose Reyes and are again, albeit this time the absence shouldn’t be long. Still, he played enough to make the All-Star team.
Third, ten walk-off losses and several other near misses tells us the bullpen has been spotty at times. Francisco Rodriguez is always an adventure. However, should the Mets acquire another starter – whether by trade or the return of Oliver Perez – Hisanori Takahashi will go back to the bullpen where he’s been highly effective.
Fourth, the Mets have got next to nothing power wise from Jason Bay. Traditionally a streaky hitter, if he goes on a tear it would be like acquiring a bat in a trade.