Talk about setting the bar low. That's what Jerry Manuel had to say after the Mets fell to the Braves, 5-3, last night at Turner Field.
Translation: Look Ma, no errors!
Give it up to the Mets, folks. They threw to the right base, ran out every batted ball and didn't wear their caps backward on the field. Well, that and $6.50 will get you a Shack Burger at Citi Field if there isn't a W at the end of the day.
There's 74 games remaining in the season, and at this rate, about five or six meaningful ones left. A few more losses, combined with a few more Phillies' wins, and the Mets' deficit will hit double-digits. Then what?
I'm jumping ship on the whole treading-water-until-they-get-healthy thing. I was on board for a while, guzzling the Kool-Aid about the Mets reloading for the second half, but Omar Minaya's "updates" yesterday finally changed my mind.
I'm with David Wright, who had this to say last night about waiting for the likes of Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran:
"I’m so tired of talking about hurt guys," Wright said. "I’m just worried about what’s going on here. it’s to the point where, if we get them back great, if not we have to find a way. It’s just too much talk about the hurt guys. These guys aren’t having any outcome on our game and somehow we need to talk about them."
He's right, of course. But what's left to talk about?