Maybe I don't want to come back writing. Or maybe, because I stopped writing briefly, that's the reason. But whatever, however, whomever this needs to get pinned on, the past few weeks as Mets fans have been absolutely brutal. Disheartening. Disgusting. Ugly. Familiar.
The Mets have fallen under .500 for the first time in 2012. They've lost eight of nine coming out of the All-Star break. They can't pitch. They certainly can't hit.
Yesterday was a great example of the latter. Only three runs on 16 hits. Left 14 men on base. Had two runners on and no outs in extra innings. Got nothing.
As putrid as the offense as been, the pitching has been doubly as bad. Dillon Gee and Johan Santana have ended up on the DL. The bullpen has completely imploded. The overall staff ERA has almost doubled from the first half.
They now sit 8.5 games out of the NL East lead and 5 back in the Wild Card spot. There's still time left, the end of July isn't here for another week. Winning eight of their next 10 would put them right back in the middle of things.
But the way the last two weeks have gone, does anyone honestly see this team capable of that feat?
Didn't think so.