The New York Mets have put themselves in a precarious position as we approach the middle of June. In my opinion, June 15th has always been a good measuring stick of whether or not your team will go anywhere this season. As we draw closer to this date, The Mets find themselves 2 games under .500 and 6 games behind the Phillies in the East. This has been accomplished despite the following factors:
1) There is no #1 pitcher on the team. In fact, they have 5 pitchers that would rate #4 or #5 on every team in baseball.
2) Key injuries to David Wright, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan, Johann Santana, and Chris Young have prevented Terry Collins from fielding what should be his regular squad.
3) Jason Bay has been a total bust this year and Carlos Beltran, although he has played well and with a lot of guts could go down at any moment.
4) The bullpen has spit the bit on far too many occasions, causing losse in 7 games where they had the lead in the 7th inning or later.
With all of this said, it becomes very clear that the next few weeks are the make or break period for my favorite team in sports. Can the Mets put themselves into a good position by continuing to play good defense and display good SP as they have in the last 2 weeks, or will the walls come down like they did after the All-Star break last year? Even if they are in a good position at the trading deadline, will the Mets financial problems prevent them from going after the prize this year?
How the rest of the season plays out is the big question out there right now as many GMs around the league feel that the Mets will be the big sellers at the deadline....HERE IS ONE FAN THAT HOPES NOT!!
Just my two cents worth...Brad