The Mets were 35-46 on this date a year ago. Today, they are 37-48, having just lost six of seven games on their recently concluded road trip.
They are also season’s worst 11 games below .500 and a half-game from being last place in their division.
That said, according to a team insider, no one is expected to be fired or released any time soon (ESPN, July 3).
“We kind of like our team,” Sandy Alderson recently told columnist Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, July 3). “If you look at the run differential, we should be a .500 team.”
For what it’s worth, they now trail seven teams for the final Wild Card spot in the NL, after going 9-19 since June 2.
“We have to quit worrying about the standings,” Terry Collins said after being swept by the Braves in Atlanta this week. “We’ve got to start winning. That takes care of everything. If you look at the standings, it isn’t going to help. You’ve got to go play.”
The Mets are 10-20 in games decided by one run.
“We’re in games. We just can’t get over the top,” Collins lamented. “Win or lose, we’re in the ballpark. We just can’t finish it off.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m at a loss. You’d think I would be used to this feeling, but I’m not. I sit here at my laptop, I look at the numbers, standings and quotes, I see the rageful comments and tweets and e-mails, while I weigh it against not having Matt Harvey and the organization’s long-term goals, and I end up with a dazed, disoriented, foggy look in my eye. I’m unable to type, stunted in my writing and thinking, because, while I understand ‘the plan,’ I just don’t see it being executed. I become further paralyzed when I realize I’ve probably written this same post around the same time in June each of the last five seasons. So, I’ll just say it again, I’m at a total loss for words…