It was just before the All-Star Break when the Mets had a chance to enter the break tied with Atlanta in the first place spot in the NL East. Instead, the Mets struggled and won only one game of that series before the break and then embarked on a difficult road trip out West. The twelve-game road trip marks the first time in years that the Mets have had such a long road trip.
The Mets’ offense has failed to generate runs, and they’ve scored more than two runs in only two games on this road trip, which will continue tonight when the Mets finish their series in Arizona. The Mets will fly further west to face the Dodgers in a four-game series to conclude the road trip.
On the pitching side of things, the Mets are now left with questions in their rotation. This was expected after R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi surprisingly stepped up and dominated earlier this season, which wasn’t expected to last. While Dickey has made a name for himself in the rotation, Takahashi seems to be a pitcher that would pitch well from the bullpen as many of his runs come in the later innings.
After what seemed to be a bogus stint on the disabled list, the Mets are now activating troubled and erratic lefty Oliver Perez. There cannot be very high expectations for Perez and the Mets are going to throw him in the bullpen for the time being.
The Mets currently sit 6.5 games out of first place in the NL East, while the Phillies are just behind the Mets at 7 games behind Atlanta. The Braves have continued to win while the Mets have struggled to even score any runs, which needs to change of they hope to bounce back into contention down the stretch.