The Mets Will Be Below .500 At the All Star Break

David MarineSenior Writer IJuly 7, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 28:  Livan Hernandez #61 of the New York Mets bats against the New York Yankees on June 28, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Unless the Mets manage to go 5-1 against the Dodgers and Reds this week, the Mets will find themselves in an unlikely place—under .500 at the All Star Break.

Few teams that are under .500 at the break find themselves in playoff contention at the end of September.

The scarier thought is that the Mets could be worse than just under .500, but more like eight games back if they don't win one of the next two series.

The crazy part is, just when you think the Mets can't spiral down any further, or can't get any worse, they do. It seems like all the injured players are now not expected to return until it's almost September.

The top prospects we once had dreams of are looking more like nightmares. Talk of breaking up "the core" has started earlier than expected.

All this still begs the question, what else is going to happen this year?

The answer is uncertain, but the most likely choice is "nothing good."