Answer—they've both been two-face(d).
(Insert rim shot here.)
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.
Do you think the Mets can go 35-18 down the stretch to finish with 88 wins?
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.
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.