Here’s the situation:

The Mets are two games below .500.  They’re three games behind the Philadelphia Phillies; 1.5 games behind the Florida Marlins.  Their record is 37-39.  Tops in this division is 39-35.

By comparison, the L.A. Dodgers are 49-29; their closest competition (the San Francisco Giants) has a record of 42-34.

The following Mets players are on the disabled list:

  • John Maine
  • Oliver Perez
  • J.J. Putz
  • Billy Wagner (since 2008 season)
  • Carlos Delgado
  • Ramon Martinez (this will be a comprehensive list)
  • Jose Reyes
  • Carlos Beltran
  • Angel Pagan

There are twelve days and eleven games between now and the All-Star Break.  Three are against the division leaders; three are against the team that, at present, has the best record in baseball.

If the rotation remains as-is, the Mets will send Livan Hernandez, Fernando Nieve, and Johan Santana to the mound against the Phillies, and Mike Pelfrey, Tim Redding, and Livan Hernandez to the mound against the Dodgers.

The Mets’ current rotation holds the following stats:

  • Johan Santana: 9-6 in 16 games started; 3.34 ERA; 102.1 innings pitched; 104 strikeouts and 34 walks
  • Mike Pelfrey: 5-3 in 14 games started; 4.67 ERA; 81 innings pitched; 37 strikeouts and 29 walks (he’s a groundout guy; can’t find that stat just now)
  • Tim Redding: 1-3 in 8 games started; 6.35 ERA; 45.1 innings pitched; 30 strikeouts and 19 walks
  • Livan Hernandez: 5-3 in 15 games started; 4.04 ERA; 93.2 innings pitched; 49 strikeouts and 30 walks (but he’s “crafty”)
  • Fernando Nieve: 3-1 in 4 games started (5 pitched); 2.25 ERA; 24 innings pitched; 14 strikeouts and 10 walks

The Mets were swept by the Yankees and have lost this series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  They’ll try to avoid the sweep at 2:05p today.

Last night (L; 6-3) hinged on a fourth inning performance that was reminiscent of Friday’s second inning performance, which in turn was reminiscent of several other games.  Jason Fry of Faith and Fear In Flushing breaks them down.

Last night’s game was pitched by the staff ace, Johan Santana, who seems to be living the baseball equivalent of a lonesome country song this past month.

That’s your reality check for the day.  If the Mets played the Phillies today, tomorrow, and Friday, and lost each game, they’d be six games out.  If they played the Phillies the next three days and swept the Phillies, they’d be tied for first place.

That’s BASEBALL.

The Mets need to go out and PLAY BASEBALL.

Don’t play tight.  Don’t play sad.  PLAY HARD.  PLAY SMART.

PLAY BALL.

Happy July 1st.  Let’s GO, Mets!

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