The make-or-break road trip to start the second half is breaking them. Who knows? Matter it will shatter them by the time they return home.
The Mets have Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes back, but that hasn’t helped their stagnant offense, which is hitting .203 during the Mets last ten games. The Mets have gone 2-8 in that span, including 1-5 since the break.
They’ve scored just 18 runs in those ten games and 12 in the last six. Two wins is about right.
Once 11 games over .500 and a game behind Atlanta, the Mets are now four over and trail by 6 ½ games. They are behind in the wild-card by 2 ½ games, but have some leapfrogging to do. One of the teams in their way are the Dodgers, whom they’ll play in a four-game series this weekend.
The Mets’ listless offense has abandoned Johan Santana all season, and last night it was R.A. Dickey. Jon Niese is in line to be tonight’s hard luck starter. Niese has lost consecutive starts despite a 2.45 ERA, getting all of one run.
“I always want to think my team’s going to score runs, because we’ve got a great lineup,’’ Niese said. “There’s never a doubt in my mind that we can score runs.’’
There should be.