The Mets are six-and-a-half games out of first place in the National League East, behind three teams. The Mets are six-and-a-half games out of first place in the wild-card standings, behind seven teams. The Mets have been outscored by 33 runs. They have not, with the exception of two glorious weeks in May, looked anything like contenders.
But still, they're the Mets, you know? They've got a $150 million payroll. Before this season, on paper they looked an awful lot like a 95-win team. Sure, they're behind a lot of teams and haven't played well enough to inspire anything but (at best) apathy or (at worst) derision. But that 95-win talent is still there, right? Sure, they'll need some breaks in the second half, but when everyone is healthy the Mets have a legitimate shot of storming back into contention, right?
Well, sure. But as Ben Shpigel reports this afternoon, there's still no telling when everyone's going to be healthy:
The Mets won't be seeing Carlos Beltran soon, and perhaps not at all this season.
Jose Reyes might be able to play in a couple of weeks, but, then again, he might not.
Fernando Martinez -- no great shakes, but still -- is going to miss another six or eight weeks.
Sorry, folks, but August is too late. The Mets need a miracle. They need to rip off eight or 10 wins before the end of this month. If they don't, it's time to start thinking about 2010. Do you think management has the guts to make that decision before the trade deadline?