Mike Vorkunov | NJ Advance Media- Terry Collins sat up in his chair, towards the desk in front of him, and tented his fingers together. The emotion built up in his voice with each passing minute. There was so little that had gone right on this night so each topic only became a source of agitation. The shoddy defense had brought home another run with another miscue. A lineup that continued to whither against whichever pitcher stood on the mound. A bullpen that slipped up once too often. "All I know is we're not executing sh*t," Collins fired, his voice rising.
(Chris Soto: The team looks so bad right now...no one is hitting and no one is fielding. The guy that was brought in to be the back-up leader for David Wright is not helping, the team's future star catcher is hurt again, the 3B turned 2B turned SS is not hitting or fielding, and the 30 HR power guy at 1B is hitting .190 over the past 30 days. This team needs help so badly right now....)
Mike Puma | New York Post- Jenrry Mejia is on the clock for a return to the Mets. The suspended reliever began a 16-day rehab stint with the Gulf Coast Mets on Tuesday, and is scheduled — barring rainouts — to rejoin the major league club on July 7. Mejia was suspended 80 games in April after testing positive for steroids and had been working out independently in the Dominican Republic until earlier this month. According to assistant general manager John Ricco, the elbow inflammation that forced Mejia to the disabled list in the days before he was suspended is no longer an issue.
(Chris Soto: Despite his ineligibility for postseason play, a healthy, effective Jhenrry Mejia would be welcome addition to the front end of what has been a leaky bullpen over the past month. A 7th/8th/9th inning combo of Parnell, Mejia, and Familia could be one of the best in baseball if Parnell continues to build up arm strength and add velocity. Despite that, he's still been pitching pretty well.)
Matt Cerrone | Metsblog- David Wright has not been cleared for baseball activity, Assistant GM John Ricco said on Tuesday. GM Sandy Alderson told reporters that Wright could return by the All-Star break at the Brooklyn VA Hospital last week. Wright remains in Los Angeles receiving treatment on his back for spinal stenosis. In early June, Wright said doctors have told him now is not the time to have surgery on his back, and that his potential return is still on a week-to-week basis. Wright maintained that he expected to return this season.
(Chris Soto: Does anyone really believe that Wright is coming back this season? I sure as heck don't. The club needs to push forward figuring that Wright will not be coming back. That means going out and finding a rental 3B for the rest of 2015. Unfortunately, there's no one to be had right now...I was in the camp that wanted Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe but his availability was based on Miguel Sano's continued mashing of AA pitchers. Instead Sano is in a bit of a funk which leaves no desire to promote him and supplant Plouffe.)
Brad Kallet | CBS New York- The Mets are remarkably fortunate to be just 1 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East. But that number — 1 1/2 — is just going to get bigger and bigger and bigger until the games are rendered completely meaningless. Outside of the NL East, they’re just 13-20. The Mets can only beat up on Philadelphia and Miami so many times. Oh, and have you happened to glance at the upcoming schedule? It’s daunting, to say the least. Try not to pass out or get too depressed, for it’s awfully ugly: three vs. the Cubs, three at the Dodgers, three at the Giants, three vs. the Diamondbacks, three at the Cardinals, three at the Nationals, four vs. the Dodgers, three vs. the Padres and one vs. the Nationals, taking them into August. Yeah. Drink that in.
(Chris Soto: Brad's right...July is going to be put up or shut time for the Mets as they play 4 teams in contention for a division title, 2 teams competing for a Wild Card spot, and 1 team that's not competing but still has one of the top offenses in baseball. One thing we do have to look forward to as we turn the page to July is the eventual premier of LHSP Steven Matz.)