Well, it finally happened.
The Mets were having a dream 2012 season, far exceeding the low expectations every expert placed on them at the beginning of the year and making themselves legitimate contenders to not only make it to the playoffs, but to win the NL East.
Going into the All Star Break, the Amazin's were sitting at six games over .500, and with a key stretch to start the second half, including series against the Nationals and Braves, the Mets were in perfect position to really make some noise in the National League.
However, instead of taking advantage of their opportunity, the Mets fell flat, losing 11 of their first 12 games, effectively crushing their postseason hopes in only two weeks. After a 7-18 July put them at 50-54 overall, the Mets are still in third place in the NL East, but are now 12.5 games back of the first place Washington Nationals, and are 9.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the East.
Is the season over for the Mets? No. Will it take an incredible, almost miraculous turnaround to even get the Mets back into playoff contention? Yes.
So what went right this month? Where did it all go wrong? Who's to blame? Let's try to make sense of it all as we review the month of July for the Mets.