2012 New York Mets Are the Most Two-Faced Team in Major League Baseball

Doug GladstoneContributor IAugust 6, 2012

Chances are good Josh Thole won't be congratulating Frank Francisco nearly enough times this season for the Mets to make the playoffs.
Chances are good Josh Thole won't be congratulating Frank Francisco nearly enough times this season for the Mets to make the playoffs.Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Quick question—what do the 2012 New York Mets and actor Aaron Eckhart have in common?

Answer—they've both been two-face(d).

(Insert rim shot here.)

Don't like The Dark Knight comparison to the Mets season? Okay, how's about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

When they've played well, they're good. Otherwise, they're evil.

To make one other popular culture analogy, they're the baseball equivalent of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players." Except those folks really were ready for the big stage.

The Mets just aren't.

(Two)Face it—on any given night, you just don't know which Mets team is showing up at the ballpark. The scrappy, overachieving wild-card contenders—nobody in the National League East is catching the 65-43 Washington Nationals for first place—or the overmatched roster of rookies, veterans and disposable parts who still aren't talented enough to contend now or even next year.

Admit it. You got sucked in by the start of their recently concluded 11-game Western road trip, didn't you?  After splitting four games with the Arizona Diamondbacks and later taking three out of four from the San Francisco Giants, the Mets were 5-3 and were only two games under .500, with a 52-54 win-loss record.

A sweep of the lowly San Diego Padres was certainly possible, you were probably saying to yourself. Then the Mets would be back over .500 with a 55-54 record.

Now, after losing two of three to the Padres (46-64), the Mets are limping home to Citi Field with a 53-56 record, a full nine games out of a wild-card spot.

Realistically, to get back in the hunt, the Mets are going to have to win 35 of their remaining 53 games to have a chance at one of the two wild-card spots up for grabs this season.

Anyone think they can do that?

I didn't think so.