The Mets are literally and figuratively limping their way into the All Star Break.
Much has been said about how they can try to tread water until the second half and how the return of key players will be significantly better for the team but there are a lot of question marks.
Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado are expected back from the DL at some point in August.
They have been greatly missed the last several weeks, but their individual timetables for return is far from set as they are at various stages of recuperation and rehabilitation.
Honestly, the way that Jerry Manuel has flipped flopped the lineup and these players around with both overuse and underuse, its any wonder that they have won any of the recent games.
Daniel Murphy has proven to be a natural first baseman but has only seen occasional work as he platoons with Nick Evans and Fernando Tatis.
Carlos Delgado will most likely return, but at what capacity from having the hip surgery is a big question that will be a concern once he returns to the lineup.
Jeremy Reed has shown great potential in center field, but has seem very limited play time in deference to Ryan Church and Gary Sheffield because of their power, which has lacked this season for the Mets.
Once Carlos Beltran returns, Reed may find himself out of a job and that would be unfortunate.
Alex Cora has been an incredible substitution at shortstop, along with being a gritty player and clubhouse leader, so it will be interesting to see how things will change once Jose Reyes comes back to the lineup.
Reyes is the motor that drives the Mets, but if his leg is not healed properly, he will not be the speedster that we all know and love. He makes things happen and the rest of the lineup seems to get a charge from him getting on base.
David Wright is the team leader in stolen bases, but has not stolen any bases recently due to leg pain which hindered his basestealing ability last season. Wright has been up and down with offensive streakiness but has supplied the day to day stability that has been lacking everywhere else on the team.
Oliver Perez returned from the Disabled List this week and was fairly effective in his first start since May 2 on Wednesday night. He was wild and walked a lot of batters, but when he needed to settle down and get the big outs, he was able to with help from the defense.
Johan Santana, Fernando Nieve, and Mike Pelfrey have been both dominant but inconsistent during their outings. John Maine has been on the DL, but is expected to return in August.
In order for the Mets to have a legitimate chance of making the post season they will need all of their starting pitchers to show a lot more consistency, but they have not had good defensive or run support in most games.
The second half starts on Thursday for the Mets in Atlanta, it will be a wild ride and i'm sure there will be more twists and turns coming as players return to action, and hopefully no one else will need to go on the Disabled List.
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