6/2/17

Tom Brennan - NO WAY OUT?

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Tom Brennan - NO WAY OUT?

Mack asked the Macks Mets writers today if the clouds are parting for the Mets, if better days are ahead.  Hey, don't just sit there, make sure to read it!

One very concerning thing, though, as we are just a few games short of finishing the first third of the 2017 season:  the Mets are WAY OUT of both the Division lead and the Wild Card slots.

As of Thursday morning, June the second in the year of our Lord 2017, the Nats lead the Mets by 10 games, a pretty daunting number.  
The Nats' only real weakness is their pen, and it is hard to believe they won't shore it up in some fashion, making them even better & hopes of the Mets catching them seem remote.

Almost as daunting to look up at are the two Wild Card slots currently...the two leaders are Arizona and Colorado, both sitting at 34-22, a vast 8.5 games ahead of the Metsies.

Looking at other Wild Card contenders, last year's champs, the Cubs, are a surprisingly weak 25-27, but one would think they will pick it up in the race towards the playoffs, making them a stiff Wild Card competitor.  
The pesky Cardinals are also a few games up on the Mets currently, and will be another tough group vying for a Wild Card slot.

The Mets have gone 16-26 over their last 42 games as they've staggered from injuries to Thor, Matz, Lugo, Familia, and Cespedes.  No surprise there.  But perhaps fatal to their 2017 playoff chances.  Time will tell.

What is surprising to me is that the Mets would not have called up Matz and Lugo right after their recent quality rehab starts.  Because poor pitching has been this team's Achilles heel and not using these superior pitchers ASAP will not help make up this large Wild Card deficit.

With Cespedes due back shortly, barring another setback, these 3 will certainly help the Mets be more competitive....so, most likely, will the Mets calling up Amed Rosario as soon as the Super 2 date arrives in a week or so improve them.

They could start playing well for a long stretch...but can they make up the gaping Wild Card deficit before them?  It seems like a long shot, but anything is possible in baseball.  

Perhaps after the team's recent 16-26 stretch, a 26-16 stretch awaits that could close the gap.

It is also possible we don't meaningfully carve into the deficit by late July and the Mets start offloading guys.  


"It should be inneresting, Lucy".  Hopefully, it'll be WILD too.


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