Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post asks the tough questions this morning.
Questions that only the Mets can answer.
Every few weeks, you keep waiting for the shock to the system that will finally apply the kick-start necessary for the Mets to achieve the manifest destiny in the NL East everyone seems to expect of them. The first three series losses to the Braves didn’t do it. The 4-14 death march through June didn’t do it. The decapitation in Denver in early July didn’t do it.
Will this latest humbling by the Braves? Will the coming 10 days – in which the Mets get nine games against the Marlins, Pirates and Nationals, who entered play yesterday a combined 39 games under .500 – be the tonic that allows them to finally put some distance between themselves and the Braves and the Phillies?
Teams like the Nationals and Marlins have figured out what the rest of the National League have already figured out.
To beat the Mets take some nobody pitcher out of the minors and throw him against the "Mighty Mets" to see a modern day version of "David and Goliath." Then, all you have to do is split the remaining two games and you win the series. It’s worked 11 times already this season, and it will still work because we have no true gamebreaker on this team. We don’t have any hitter that can terrorize National League pitching. Yes, we have a solid team, but also know we have a team that scares nobody, not even the Marlins or the Nats.
The Nats and the Marlins have already made plans to feature a couple of unknowns to pitch against the Mets. Bad news for the Mets, good news for Chipper and Co.
And like Forrest Gump used to say, "that’s all I have to say about that."