Now that we are pretty much at the halfway point of the season, it is time to look and see what is in store for the next half of the season. After 87 games the Mets are 42-45 and 6.5 back in the division and the wild card.
Presumably the Mets want to get 88-90 wins to make the playoffs. That means that the Mets will have to go 48-27 in the next few months. That is a tough task for most teams and especially the Mets.
Can they pull it off? As Mr. Hopps said in his article, the next 27 games are crucial, 18 of the next 27 games are being played against teams that are below .500. The Mets have to get hot now and remain hot for the rest of the season or else they won’t make the playoffs.
The Mets will also not make the playoffs if Reyes, Beltran, and Delgado do not return by mid-August. The absence of these players leaves a big hole in the lineup. Without 3 of the “Big 4″ (other one being Wright) the Mets are lacking power, speed, fielding, and leadership. The troops are currently not doing a very poor job “holding the fort.” WE NEED YOU GUYS BACK. Unless Minaya pulls in some great players with a trade the Mets are doomed if Reyes, Beltran, and Delgado miss most of August.
Great pitching and defense wins championships. Well right now the Mets are horrible in both of those departments. Pelfrey needs to be the dominant pitcher he was in the second half of last season. And what the hell has happened to Livan Hernandez. He is giving up way to many runs early in the game and is unable to pitch out of the 4th inning. Manuel’s new 3 strikes and your out rule may help a little, but Manuel and the rest of the coaching staff cannot figure out a way to get these guys to field. Maybe my Little League coach from when I was 10 can help the team out. Every game for the past two months i find myself saying “You gotta be kidding me” at least three times a game. Hopefully during the much needed break the Mets learned how to field like a major league team.
I believe that all of these things have to go right in order for the Mets to reach the playoffs. Can they accomplish this, I don’t think so. But ya gotta believe.
Lets Go Mets!!!