The second half of the baseball season is underway, and the New York Mets have stumbled out of the starting gate.
The Mets lost their first five games after the All-Star break, a disappointing beginning to the last half of the baseball season. Worst of all, they lost all five to the top-two teams in the division.
Fortunately, New York picked up the last game of a two-game series against Washington, keeping them a little bit closer in the division title chase. The Mets are seven games back of Washington, and sit in third place behind Atlanta.
It seems obvious that if the current Mets squad keeps playing the way they have recently, it will be near impossible to make the postseason, something the Mets haven't done since 2006.
Still, there is hope for New York as the trade deadline approaches and we reach the sweltering heat of August, a time that can make or break a team's playoff hopes.
Here are four things the Mets need to do if they want to keep their dreams of October alive.