Despite Ending on a Good Note, Mets Still Have a Mighty Hill to Climb

July 13, 2009

Listening to Jerry Manuel after the game yesterday, one cannot help but feel a sense of relief in the Mets manager’s voice on having these next three days off. Even with his team’s ability to finish off a series on a winning note for the first time in four tries, the goal for this fourth-place team for the last two months has been to make it to the All-Star break. Not only will the majority of the current Mets players be able to concentrate on other things unrelated to baseball but those who are recovering from injury will benefit from the inactivity as well.

With the understanding that the first half of the Mets season is, using Manuel’s words, “the toughest first half” that he’s ever been a part of, the remaining seventy-five games could very well be just as excruciating. Putting things into perspective, the first place Phillies are currently ten games over five hundred. The Mets, on the other hand, are competing just to reach five hundred. One factor on the Mets side is the presence of a softer schedule throughout the second half of the season. Aside from the Colorado Rockies (July 27-30), the Mets will play fourteen out of their next eighteen games against sub or at five hundred clubs.

If we are to believe that these last two wins were not a fluke, than the next three weeks after the break could prove to be a worthy barometer in which to gauge this Mets team. If they come out with guns blaring, perhaps their misfortunes to this point will begin to slowly disappear. However, if similar issues ensue as they did before then these last two victories may be seen as a precursor for more problems and lesser solutions.

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