Post Trade-Deadline Expectations for New York Mets

Ryan GerbosiCorrespondent IIAugust 1, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24:  R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at CitiField on July 24, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New York Mets fans with hope for the postseason were likely disappointed with the team's activity around the trade deadline, mostly cause it was nonexistent.

The Mets chose to stick with their current roster for the remainder of the season, giving their fans an uncertain expectation for the remainder of the season.

Mets General Manger Sandy Alderson did not establish New York as either buyers or sellers, instead settling for a team with a weak bullpen and lack of power to make a possible late season playoff push.

The Mets are currently 12 games back from Washington in the NL East and 9.5 back in the Wild Card. Those gaps aren't impossible to make up, but it will be an incredibly difficult task. 

New York does have two series left against Washington, a good chance to make up some ground if the Mets can play well. They also play current Wild Card leader Atlanta in three more series, a great opportunity to make a turn to the postseason.

Mets fans, however, shouldn't expect too much from the team going forward in terms of wins.

New York's bullpen is still the worst in the majors with a 5.04 ERA and third-worst with 21 losses. The Amazin's inactivity at the deadline is most felt here, as an extra hand in the pen could've made a major difference. Frank Francisco may return within the week, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, but his addition is not enough to turn the bullpen around.

While Mets fans shouldn't expect a major playoff push, there is still plenty to be excited for.

Matt Harvey made his second Major League start Tuesday night in San Francisco, earning a quality start despite a loss. Harvey should be the ace of the future for the Mets and will have an impact in the coming seasons. Harvey's continued development will be fun to watch and telling of how he will perform over the next few seasons.

Mets fans can also take solace in watching R.A. Dickey spin the knuckle ball every fifth day. Dickey is a Cy Young Award contender entering the last two months of the season. No Met has won the award since Dwight Gooden in 1985. Dickey leads the NL with 14 wins and has a chance to be the first 20-game winner in Queens since Frank Viola in 1990.

Expectations are not high for the Mets for the remainder of the season, but Mets fans never give up. There's reason to keep watching outside of winning and you never know, New York could have an Amazin' ending coming for all to see.