After a plus first half, the Mets limp into the All-Star break on the skids – definitely not the team that captivated our imagination for the better part of three months.
We all knew they had questions and issues, but played through them. Just not to the point where we can think they’ve disappeared.
Over the past few weeks, the Mets bullpen continued to implode. That wasted Chris Young start comes immediately to mind. More alarming is that both R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana have twice been roughed up. The defense has been erratic, and the overall lack of power and speed have both come into play.
Losing two series to the Chicago Cubs is just not an encouraging sign.
The Mets finished the first half with a winning record, and maybe this is just a glitch. A warming to Sandy Alderson more parts are needed.
During the break, I’ll look at what went right and wrong, what is needed, and grade the players. I’ll be back around noon.