The Mets had a chance. Or at least it seemed that way at the All-Star Break before a collapse that’s seen them drop 14 of 17. Injuries to Frank Francisco and Dillon Gee didn’t help. Losing Gee for the season hurt a rotation that’s struggled lately. Johan Santana hasn’t been the same since tossing the club’s first no-hitter and up till last night, NL-leading 14-game winner R.A. Dickey has cooled considerably from a lights out first half.
As it turned out, Francisco’s injury hurt more than expected with Bobby Parnell emulating Aaron Heilman. The pen struggles forced Terry Collins to overuse Tim Byrdak. Jon Rauch’s role has decreased and Ramon Ramirez has been inconsistent. The bullpen has been so bad that at least four or five losses since the break cost starters wins. Especially Jonathon Niese, who’s been the Amazin’s best starter in July.
There were a couple of games that the Mets fought back in forcing extras before the roof caved in. You would think maybe Sandy Alderson would go out and get some pen help. Instead, he’s sat on his hands and knees watching his team play its way out of October. A team that’s surprised most of the summer now is four under .500 and trails Atlanta and San Francisco by at least eight games for the second wildcard. With the Pirates leading the charge and the Dodgers having caught the Giants, it looks like Met dreams are dead.
Who’s fault it is still is unknown. Is it simply The Wilpons unwilling to spend to help Alderson make a move? Granted. Nobody expected New York to contend. But with David Wright having an MVP season and Ike Davis (3 homer game) turning it around, wouldn’t it have been nice to give Met fans a chance to get excited? Ruben Tejada’s also done well enough to make most forget Jose Reyes, who already has turned the Marlins into a circus. Gone are Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez.
At least the Met future looks bright with Matt Harvey turning heads with a Met record 11 K’s in his first win. Met fans can laugh at the Marlins and Phillies who both look to be rebuilding. It would still have been a concept to make this team better.