Jul 23

Mets Now Fading Into Sellers?

Falling below .500, the Mets are no longer the National League’s feel-good story. That would be Pittsburgh and Washington, two perennial losers poking on top of their respective divisions.

As the Mets struggled the past weeks and faded, they resisted the urge to buy relief help, the commodity that will define this season. Mathematically, they remain alive, but watching those long faces in the dugout yesterday afternoon in the 12th inning, one can surmise the frowns greater than the math.

They might have another run in them, but they must start it against the Nationals, followed by ten games in the Pacific Time Zone. Yeah, no problem.

As the Mets transform from buyers into sellers, just who do the have worth putting on the block. David Wright, Daniel Murphy and R.A. Dickey would bring the most, but they are the core to next year and those beyond.

Any of their relievers, save Bobby Parnell and maybe Tim Byrdak can be had.  Byrdak, actually could bring something if the Mets were to call it quits. Off the bench, Scott Hairston and Jordany Valdespin might bring some value, but I’d like to keep both.

As the story of this season is written, things unraveled first with the bullpen and then the starting pitching. The offense, while not great, has been good enough to put them into contention.

 

 

Jul 22

Mets Swept By Dodgers In Ugly Weekend

There probably have been worse weekends, and uglier stretches in Mets’ history. Perhaps, during the collapse of 2007. However, their current freefall is gathering momentum in its brutality.

Three games against the Dodgers; three comebacks that fell short. Today’s took them 12 innings before the Dodgers stopped fooling around and hit the Mets’ pen with a five spot.

The Mets have lost nine of ten games with the Nationals coming into Citi Field for a three-game series tomorrow. Then, they are off to the West Coast to continue a stretch of 20 straight games without a day off.

Evidently, MLB uses the same schedulers as the NBA.

The Mets face this stretch with Johan Santana on the DL – not that it matters – and a stop-gap starter for Wednesday. David Wright is starting to cool, and Jason Bay has never thawed. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda are also struggling.

The Mets are hitting the icy patch in their schedule as expected. For three months they more than held serve. Actually, they might have played over their heads, although that’s something they’ll vehemently deny.

What they can’t deny, after dipping below .500 for the first time this season, is things are slipping away and it won’t be soon before adding help will become a moot point.

Jul 19

Mets Halt Fall; R.A. Dickey And David Wright Come Up Big

You figured the losing streak might end with a bang.

DICKEY: Was Dickey again. (AP)

It looked that way at first when the Mets took a 9-1 lead with R.A. Dickey cruising again and David Wright clubbing two homers. At the time I was thinking this was a lead even the Mets’ bullpen couldn’t blow. However, it sure looked as if they were trying.

This isn’t about the bullpen. It is  about the Mets getting up from the mat. Look, I don’t know if this will jump start them and they’ll make up the ground they’ve recently lost.

The most important thing I took from today’s game is what Ike Davis said when it was over. When asked if it was important the Mets go into their upcoming homestand with a win, he said the losing streak was behind them and the thing to do is focus on the future and he only spoke of the Dodgers.

There is a lot of season remaining, and as the Mets showed us in 2007 leads can disappear quickly. Maybe it can again.

 

Jul 19

Mets, July 19 line-up at Washington

Only seven times in their not-always glorious history have the Mets had a winless trip of six or more games. They’ll try to avoid that this afternoon in Washington behind R.A. Dickey.

They’ll try with this line-up:

Ruben Tejada, ss
Andres Torres, cf
David Wright, 3b
Scott Hairston, rf
Jason Bay, lf
Ike Davis, 1b
Justin Turner, 2b
Josh Thole, c
R.A. Dickey, rhp

Jul 18

Mets Fall To Nats; Chris Young Has Late Inning Trouble Again

There it was, the sixth inning and Chris Young was cruising. We have been here before. It is the third time around the order when Young loses it. Trouble is, it happens so quickly. An infield hit and a couple of batters later, Adam LaRoche homered with two strikes.

You’d take two runs over six innings every time from Young, but it would help if the offense scored. Home runs in the ninth from David Wright and Jason Bay were cosmetic more than anything.

There are two ways to avoid the late-inning Young woes. The first is to pull him out after five regardless. The second is to pull him once a runner gets on. Trouble is, with what the Mets have in the pen, you’re talking rock and hard place.

And, all this came after a team meeting in which Terry Collins wanted to salve the Mets’ growing wounds, which is now in the form of a six-game losing streak, their longest of the season.

The Mets aren’t pitching well, at least not in the pen and recently from R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana. They aren’t hitting. I wrote yesterday how the Mets were on the edge and their season was on the verge of slipping away. Nothing has changed and there aren’t any signs of things getting better.

One thing Collins told his players that if change was to come it was to be from within. There’s no promises of adding relief pitching or a right-handed bat. It could happen, but Collins said not to count on it.

In saying so, he said count on this summer slipping away.