NY Mets: The Mets Must Be Consistent to Legitimize Playoff Hopes

Erick FernandezCorrespondent IIJune 21, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Frank Francisco #48 of the New York Mets and Mike Nickeas #4 celebrates after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at CitiField in interleague play on June 20, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mets defeated the Orioles 4-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Get swept by the New York Yankees. Sweep the Tampa Bay Rays. Get swept by the Cincinnati Reds. Sweep the Baltimore Orioles.

The past two weeks have been quite a roller coaster for the New York Mets. They have either been extremely impressive or absolutely dreadful.

Although they have overachieved by many people's standards through the first 70 games of the season, you can bet that the players and especially Terry Collins aren't completely satisfied with the team's performance.

While critics believe that the wheels are going to fall off at some point for this "Cinderella" Mets team, everyone within the organization fully believes that they can be a playoff team. Although the Mets have demonstrated the ability to compete with some of the best teams in Major League Baseball, they have also had some bad losses. 

This inconsistency has been apparent in their two weeks. In their six wins, they have outscored their opponents 43-12, but in their six losses they have been outscored 32-12. When these Mets are good they're great, but when they're struggling they can be really bad.

If the Mets want to remain near the top of the National League East division they need to perform consistently.

They can't have dry spells where the bats go on vacation for three games at a time.

The back end of the rotation needs to perform up to par with their 1-2 punch of R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana.

Most importantly, the bullpen can't have these epic breakdowns that have resulted in heartbreaking losses.

Can this team of young, homegrown talent really make the playoffs this year?

The Mets believe they can, but in order to do so they must maintain their solid play in each series.


Erick Fernandez is the creator of I Want to Thank My Hood & My Psychiatrist