Last week’s question was: How do you think the Mets will perform in the second half? Here are the results:
They will play sub-.500 baseball like they did in the first half. — 32 percent
They will play over-.500 baseball but not make the playoffs. — 24 percent
Once they get Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran and John Maine back, they will go on a tear and make the playoffs. — 32 percent
They will stay in fourth place in the division. — 12 percent
This week’s results ended in a tie between the pessimists who say the team will still play sub-.500 baseball and the eternal optimists who say the Mets are going to make the playoffs once the core returns from injury.
With the first weekend of games under way after the All-Star break, the Mets are playing to the expectation of the pessimists. After ending the first half with back-to-back wins, the second half isn’t starting off as well. The Mets dropped three out of four to the Braves and are now nine games behind the Phillies and five games under .500.
Thankfully, the Mets will play the only team lower than them in the division in the form of the Washington Nationals starting tonight. However, nothing is a given these days. With the Mets unable to muster any offense with any consistency, these games could be just as hard as the ones against better-record teams.
It’s hard to believe the Mets can pull themselves out of this mess, and many are saying the season is over. The timetable for the return of Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado is murky at best. John Maine and Billy Wagner could make it back to the roster before them. You know how dire the situation is when Wagner, who has been trying to get himself back into fighting condition for more than a year, could return faster than players who were injured in May.
This week’s poll question is: How should the Mets management treat the rest of the season?