Weekend Review, NL East Standings & What’s Next, pres. by Astoria Federal Savings

The Mets won Friday against the Brewers, but lost Saturday and Sunday. They have lost 10 of their last 12 games, and remain two losses away from clinching their fourth consecutive losing season.

Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets start a three-game series against the Phillies at 7:10 pm, with Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36 ERA) taking on RA Dickey (18-5, 2.68 ERA), who continues his quest for the Cy Young award.

Also this past weekend, in case you missed it, the Blue Jays started negotiating with the Buffalo Bisons, meaning there is a strong possibility the Mets are left with no choice but to move their Triple-A team to Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League.

Meanwhile, in a report for FOX Sports, Ken Rosenthal says every team in the National League East could pursue free-agent OF B.J. Upton, who will be looking for a five-year deal.

In Milwaukee, Terry Collins said to reporters that he believes Jason Bay’s struggles might be directly related to his two concussions.

Lastly, David Wright sits at 1,411 career hits, seven shy of tying Ed Kranepool for the most in franchise history.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In regards to Bay, I realize concussions are a mystery, but I’m hearing more and more from people in baseball lately (and now publicly, I guess) that Bay’s reaction time just never got back to where it needs to be. This makes sense, because he routinely gets beat by fastballs down the middle of the plate. This isn’t football, where you can cover up with brute strength and speed. Hitting is often about fine motor skills, and without them at their sharpest, a once successful big-league hitter will look foolish against a Double-A fastball. Ar first, in early 2010, I believe Bay was intimidated by Citi Field’s dimensions, as were most right-handed pull hitters, especially early in the year when the wind blows across the outfield. I believe the ballpark got in his head. He started to turn it around in May and June, but then he suffered his first concussion… and that was pretty much it. He was passable, but after his second concussion he’s been a .130 hitter with no power and a ton of strikeouts. I don’t know where this is headed, but it is what it is. There is no shame in it. It’s bad luck. He’s made a lot of money to try his best, I believe he did. It happens. But, the Mets can’t allow this to continue here next year, even at the cost of $16 million.

As for Vegas, this is worth watching. First, I can’t blame Buffalo for wanting a partnership with the Blue Jays, which would basically be like a local team given its proximity to Toronto. That’d be awesome for those two cities. Nevertheless, it’s a complicated turn of events for the Mets, because the PCL is SUCH a hitter’s league. So, the buzz around the team has been, what happens next year: Do the Mets rush guys like Familia, Mejia and Zack Wheeler to the big leagues, to avoid having them pitch in a notoriously-bad city for pitching? Do they push them all back to Double-A, just to get safer work? Do they roll their dice in Vegas? Or, do they structure it in a way that, say, Wheeler and Mejia just throw on the road? It’s complicated. The Blue Jays have been complaining about this for years, as did the Dodgers, who played their prior, though it didn’t seem to stunt Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and others.