There were some bright spots for the month. Billy Wagner and Ryan Church for example. David Wright had his moments, but tailed in the end. Johan Santana deserved more than his record shows.
There were red flags, too.
Jose Reyes still flounders. Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado had down months, with the latter showing few signs of turning things around. The bullpen is overworked and has underperformed. If you aren’t concerned about Aaron Heilman, you should be. Neither John Maine or Oliver Perez have pitched to expectations.
A lot of injuries, too.
Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Brian Schneider and Moises Alou. Luis Castillo hobbled for most of the month.
For all that went wrong, the Mets are still a whisper from first place. That shouldn’t be their thinking. During the collapse the Mets’ refrain was “we’re still in first place.”
They sang it until their season was over.
They can’t be thinking how close they are now. They need to be thinking about how overall lousy they have been and realize that won’t cut it.