Yogi Berra, who managed the Mets to the National League title in 1973, is much more a part of Yankees lore.
However, the Mets soon may have cause to revisit a classic Yogi-ism. Although it still is April, it's getting late awfully early for the slumping Mets, who are tied for the third-worst start in franchise history at 5-13 after a 4-3 loss to Houston on Wednesday night.
"I think collectively," losing pitcher R.A. Dickey said, "each one of us has to own what's ours to own. ... We can't just keep telling ourselves we're a better team than this. We may not be. We've got to be honest about that and identify what we're doing wrong and do it better."
"We played a more solid game than we've been playing," third baseman David Wright said. "Bottom line, it's still a loss."
And a particularly excruciating one at that, as Angel Pagan was thrown out at home in the eighth trying to score on a potential wild pitch. The Mets seem to be inventing new ways to lose every day.
Dickey indicated the Mets have to do some soul-searching if they are to get out of this malaise, himself included.
"We've got to be honest with ourselves," Dickey said. "How can we take more ownership?
"It starts with me. I gave up three runs early and put us in a hole."
The Mets are tied for 12th in the National League with a .232 batting average, and they are 12th in slugging percentage (.365) and tied for 13th in on-base percentage (.309). They are hoping their sleeping bats will get a jolt from the addition of left fielder Jason Bay, slated to be activated Thursday after a rehab stint at Class A St. Lucie. Bay began the season on the disabled list because of a rib-cage injury.
Manager Terry Collins admitted before Wednesday's game, "I wanted him (activated) four days ago."
However, Collins said the Mets' medical staff thought it was best to be more prudent and let Bay finish his rehab stint, which ended Wednesday night.
"We went with what has worked for (Bay) in the past, and hopefully it will keep (the injury) from recurring," Collins said. "One more day is one more day, and he'll be here (Thursday)."
Still, Collins doesn't want to place too much pressure on Bay, who had only six home runs last year in his first season with the Mets, a campaign cut short because of concussion woes.
"I don't want to put it all on Jason Bay," Collins said. "Obviously he's a big piece of the puzzle here. That's why he's here. He's a very, very good baseball player. He's a fine offensive player. He's a good defender. He runs the bases well. We need him in our lineup. But I don't want to have to think Jason Bay, when he comes back, he's the guy. This is a team of 25."
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