200 Miles From the Citi

August 6, 2010 10:58 PM

Pretty Much What I Expected


Was I upset that the Mets blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning and ended up losing to the Phillies by 5 runs?


When - surprise, surprise - Pedro Feliciano and - more surprising - Bobby Parnell combined to face eight batters, giving up six hits, a walk, and four runs (all six ended up being charged to them) while only recording one out?


Unfortunately, deep down, I think I knew these days were coming.

All right, maybe I didn't know it...but part of me doesn't find this at all disappointing, because it's what I expected out of the Mets when the season started.

This is exactly where I thought they'd be in early August - actually, it's better than I expected - I thought they'd be in last place.  (And the way they're playing, let's not totally rule that out.  I have to believe the Washington Nationals have a goal the rest of this season, and that goal is to catch the Mets, especially with six head-to-head games left.)

It's just that I didn't expect the journey to take the Mets from the top to the bottom - I thought they'd sink early and stay there.

But here the Mets are.  Following Friday night's loss - in which another great start by Jonathan Niese was wasted by the bullpen's implosion - the Mets dipped below .500 for the first time since May...and I suspect they'll dip even further below .500 before all is said and done.

The Mets are seven games back of the Philies - but it's not like the seven games the Phillies made up on the Mets with just seventeen games to play a few years back.  This seven feels like seven hundred.

The Mets are just six games ahead of the Nationals.  That's a margin that seems a heck of a lot slimmer.

Entering the season, I fully expected the Phillies and Braves to be in a battle for the National League East title.  I did not expect the Mets to challenge...but for a while there it looked like that would be the story of their 2010 season.

Now it's looking like instead of battling for the top of the division, the 2010 season is going to be about the Mets avoiding finishing at the bottom of the division.

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