Four straight losses. A 6-9 record. Five games out of first place - and just 2 1/2 out of last.
Can the Mets be fixed?
As we detailed in today's Record, the Mets continued their freefall by succumbing meekly to a three-game sweep in St. Louis. The problem is pitching and maybe that's no surprise.
When the Mets were nearing the end of camp, I asked our readers here what worried them and we got plenty of answers - almost all of them eerily on the money. The No. 1 concern was the starting pitching behind Johan Santana and that has quickly come true in the worst way. Four starters with ERA's over 7.00 isn't about to carry the Mets to a title.
The real problem is what to do. While there is some speculation that the Mets could demote Mike Pelfrey or Oliver Perez that seems a last resort. Pelfrey has battled some injuries and frankly, the truth is that there is no one in the minors who seems anywhere near ready to take a major league spot.
There was some contention in the organization that Dillon Gee could take the fifth spot in the rotation out of camp, but that contingent was overruled with the belief that it is far too soon. Statistics can be deceptive, but he's 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA for Buffalo, so maybe a quick call isn't in line.
Perez might need the work, but really, he's just as likely to throw a no-hitter as give up seven runs next time out. And he is very unlikely to change his colors no matter where you try to work with him.
So the likely solution is to wait and hope that the pitchers turn it around.
In the meantime, maybe a little extra hustle and fire from the position players wouldn't hurt.
The question now is, what worries you today? Is it just the starting pitching? Do you believe that Daniel Murphy will grow into an outfielder? And is it time to invite Pedro Martinez back?