How Long Can This Injury Fueled Destruction Last?

Tim O'TooleCorrespondent IJune 29, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 23:  The New York Mets mascot, Mr. Mets,  performs on field during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on June 23, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside because the sun finally peaked through for an entire weekend in New York, Mets fans found another miserable reason to stay inside. Playing host to the second half of the Subway Series' annual installment, the Replace-Mets were shellacked in their own building and swept by the Yankees. Due to three of four superstars (Beltran, Delgado, Reyes) riding the pine, compounded with the dismemberment of their starting pitching because of injury (minus Johan's absolutely grand heroics), the Mets are looking pretty shabby.

So, the question is when will they put Humpty Dumpty back together again? Survey says it will be somewhere around the All Star Break in mid July. The issue then becomes that, with a long road trip with heavy playoff implications, can the Mets actually stay in the race for the NL East? Oliver Perez has looked dominant on his road to recovery, yet Johnny Maine has struggled. The B-Squad has put together a solid patchwork offense, but it is not the feared lineup that these teams faced out of the gate.

The only silver lining in these clouds of gloom and doom is that typically when the Mets are healthy to this point as they were in the past two seasons, the wheels begin to fall off in late August due to fatigue and injury. With everyone returning healthy in a window of a month to the ever important baseball month of August, this may be the best possible scenario for this team to be in. If they can hang in the next four series, win 6 of 13 minimally, they could still be in the race for the division title, and maybe the wild card as well.

What's funny about this scenario is that as a Met fan, this is the status quo. This is what we have come to expect. Inconsistency, inadequacy, and ineptitude with a side dish of hope and patience. We'll win it one day, just maybe not this time.