After Saturday’s win against the Pirates, the Mets improved to 37-44 and at this point barring any major changes to the roster, the team is on pace to win only 74 games and not the 90 that was set as the team goal by Sandy Alderson.
“We’re hanging in there. As I told the guys the other day, ‘Listen, we’ve just got to push through the All-Star break, go into the break on a positive note. … We have like 15 games before the break. Let’s go 10-5. Let’s not get crazy. Hopefully you get really hot, but let’s just go 10-5, go into the break close and then, coming out of the break, everybody will be rested. We’ll be healthy, Dillon [Gee] will be back and now let’s take off after that.’”
Rubin adds that Gee, who is on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle on his right side, is scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Pitching coach Dan Warthen estimated Gee will throw 55 in-game pitches.
Thoughts from David C.
A strong second half, would mean that the Mets put it all together and everyone is running on all cylinders. That the pitching staff has turned it around, everyone is producing, Noah Syndergaard is in the majors and mowing down hitters and Collins is pushing all the right buttons.
Now that can be what is needed to win 90 games, but it can also be wishful thinking on my part. I just don’t see the Mets turning it around and going 53-28 in the second half to actually win 90 games. They have too many flaws in the lineup and I am not confident in Collins that he can skipper this team to be that good. It would take many changes and I do not see the Mets making any that would turn this season around that fast.