The New York Mets have been choke artists the past few years.
As a Mets fan, still in awe from last year, I never saw myself writing this article.
The Mets will not choke this year for one simple fact: there just not as dominant to put themselves in the position to choke.
Don't get me wrong, there still a great team, that should be fighting for a playoff spot come September, but being plagued with injuries, didn't help them.
Now at 33-30, the Mets are in the mix, but unlike last year, they don't have all the other NL East teams in their rear- view mirror, with comeback on their minds.
Now two and a half games behind the rival Phillies, who are 23-9 on the road and the Mets, 15-19 on the road, 4-6 in their last ten, and are hoping to get key players back soon.
J.J. Putz has been a disappointment, and hopefully a fully healed J.J. Putz and someone who is (hopefully) starting to feel comfort in the big apple.
Delgado, Maine, and Reyes should come back by the end of July, and now with Oliver Perez feeling discomfort in his knees, I am praying that this will cause him no dis comfort, and will act like the Oliver of 2006.
Then a possibility of Billy Wagner coming back later this season, though improbable, may establish a bullpen, that was supposed to be on of the most dominant in baseball this season, though with surprises in Bobby Parnell and Pedro Feliciano in the pen, they still haven't appeared to be up to expectations.
Llivan Hernandez stepped up to being a 5th guy throw in, in the rotation, hes showing signs of becoming a consistent MLB starter.
Wright, Beltran, Santana, and Rodriguez, have all performed up to their abilities this year, its just the injuries are hurting, and its looking like the Mets won't be ten games up with twenty to go this year.
The Braves and Marlins are sure to make it interesting also, who are both not easy wins at all, and could surprise some of em in the division, surely no team will be in a position to choke this year in a competitive national league east.
Here's to a great playoff race in the NL East this year!