The Mets have completed 1/3 of their season and their record stands at 27-27. Their have been two winning streaks of 5 and 8 games. Some exciting wins and brutal losses. At this point they have proven to be a dominant home team at 19-9 as they have seemed to use the ballpark to their advantage in year 2 of Citifield. However, they are equally impotent on the road at 8-18.
Their have been some exciting wins and brief stretches of appearing to have put it all together…but, these are the calling cards of mediiocre teams. Pelfrey and Johan have been great as has Ike Davis, Barajas and even Pagan. At this time they are still relevant and are hoping for Beltran to rejoin the club around the All-Star break which would be like an in season free agent pick up (if healthy). The relief which was a strong point early in the season has fallen hard back to earth and Oliver Perez wont take an assignment to the minors.
So the Mets will keep plugging along, hoping to stay afloat and make a push for the wildcard. An improvement on the road is necessary for this to happen as well as better relief pitching and hopefully a signing of a pitcher that wont require significant chips, such as Kevin Millwood or Roy Oswalt and maybe finally, stretch out Mejia so he might contribute as a starter this year. Although,at this time it has been increasingly difficult to get relief help.
The baseball season is approaching Memorial Day weekend. And, Met fans are still hoping and wishing their season has a heartbeat after the Phillies leave town on Thursday evening. After taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees this past weekend and the Phils losing 2 of 3 to the Red Sox, the Mets trail by 5 games and are sitting in the basement of the NL east. Last month, at Citizens Bank Park the Phillies tore the guts out of the Mets two best starters and spit them out, en route to taking 2 of 3 from the Mets. At the beginning of this series the Phils had been struggling some at the end of their west coast trip and the Mets were flying high coming in to town on a 7 game winning streak. But, although that series didnt mean much to the Phillies, it turned the Mets season downward. Now, the Mets are feeling a little better about themselves, because their offense has awoken a bit and their winning 3 of their last 4. At 22-23 they are not exactly inducing confidence in their fan base. Their pitching staff is constantly under renovation except for Santana and Pelfrey. But hopefully, they can take 2 of 3 from the Phillies beginning tomorrow night and return the favor. After the Phils inability to hit Wakefield Sunday, the Mets will start knuckleballer RA Dickey against Jaimie Moyer in the series opener.
If Jason Bay can turn it around as he did last weekend against the Yankees and Wright can continue driving in runs despite his mounting strikeouts, then the Wild-card is also a very viable option to get to the post season. The need to pick up a starting pitcher is more evident now, with Niese and Maine on the DL and Oliver Perez designated to the bullpen. But, will the Mets pull the trigger this early in the season? Probably not…eventhough Roy Oswalt is pleading for the Astros to trade him.
Anyway, back to reality the Mets need 2 of 3 wins to inch closer at 4 games behind and still be relevant going into June…for the fans sake and for the organizations sake as they hope their fans will start to return to Citifield soon!