New York Mets: First Half of the Season Over, How'd They Do?

Nick Carlo@@carlo2612Analyst IIJuly 13, 2009

It's been a long first half for the New York Mets, and they can sure use a break.  As of now, the Mets are in fourth place in the NL East with a 42-45, but they are only six and a half games behind the Phillies.  The Phillies have a 48-38 record and lead the NL East at the unofficial halfway point of the season.

The Mets have had a really tough first half of their season.  They lost so many players who mean so much to the team.  Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, John Maine, JJ Putz, and many more are currently on the Mets' overflowed disabled list.

Despite all those huge losses, the Mets have somewhat managed to stay alive in the National League East.  They are within striking distance and their players should be making their way back soon (knock on wood).  But this article is about how the Mets have done in the first half of the season.

The Mets came into the 2009 season with high expectations.  They had a great core of players and a solid starting rotation and a new revamped bullpen.  Little did they know, they would be playing with a totally different team later in the season.

Since Opening Day, the Mets have lost many valuable players.

Despite all the injuries the New York Metropolitans have managed to stay alive in their division.  Even though the Mets are in striking distance, I would be the first one to say that they shouldn't be in the thick of things.

The Mets were very fortunate last month when they had a record of 9-18.  The Phillies could've gained serious ground but they stumbled too.  The Mets could've plunged down deep in the standings, back 10 or more games, but they find themselves six and a half back.

After the dreadful month of June was over, all of baseball was getting ready for the All Star Break.  All of the teams were playing their last games of the unofficial first half of the season.

Twenty One of those teams still have their sights on playing in October as they are still in contention. 

The Mets went 5-6 before the All Star Break, and they managed to win their last two games with their newest player Jeff Francouer.

Francouer went six for nine with two RBIs and a double in his first two games with the Mets.  The Mets gave up Ryan Church for "Frenchy" and although I liked Church, the Mets needed a new face in the clubhouse.

The Mets have given themselves and their fans so much anger, but they can fix that with a strong second half. 

Their players should be back some time soon (knock on wood, do it with me), and when they come back let's hope the Mets can do some good damage.

If I were the Mets' teacher, and I was filling out their report card for their first half of the season, this is how it would look like.

Teacher: Mr. Carlo    Student: New York Mets

Offense: C-

Defense: B-

Starting Pitching: B

Clutch: C+

Teamwork: A

Injuries: F



That's it for my first half review of the New York Mets, I hope you enjoyed it.  Let me know what you think about the Mets in the first half of the season and how they can improve.