Mets Are Drowning With Few to No Life Preservers in Sight

Wendy AdairAnalyst IJuly 17, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 19:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the eigth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 19, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets are now seven and a half games behind the Phillies in the standings.

Jerry Manuel has said that seven games out is a place that they do not want to be and with the trading deadline approaching, you do have to wonder what changes will be made to this roster.

There are some good and some bad developments surrounding both the players on the DL and the players on the active roster.

Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, and John Maine are all showing signs of progess towards their return but Carlos Beltran is not progressing well enough to even consider returning to the lineup in the near future.

The addition of Jeff Francoeur last weekend has helped David Wright because he has been a run producer and will offer right handed protection for Wright and Sheffield.

Luis Castillo has a seven-game hit streak alive and his speed along with David Wright's aggressiveness in the fourth inning of last night's game did give the Mets a three-run rally, which is all they mustered off Derek Lowe and the Braves bullpen.

Castillo and Wright are both getting on base with fair regularity the last several games and have combined to score many of the Mets runs generated via the small ball and base path speed, as home runs have been lacking team wide.

Daniel Murphy is also showing signs of making the adjustments necessary, as his double was the only extra base hit of the night for the Mets.

Alex Cora has also had his struggles of late, but he is playing with torn ligaments in his thumb, so he is being given props for his presence at shortstop and also in the clubhouse.

The next two weeks will be telling for the Mets, as they will have very few games at home and are going on their second west coast trip on August 6 to face San Diego and Arizona.

By the time they return on Aug. 14, hopefully Maine, Reyes and Delgado will be close to returning and they will have a better idea on how Carlos Beltran is progressing towards at least playing in rehab games.

In September, they have the expanded roster, which will be the 40 man. That is when most of the players who are out are expected back.

The Mets who are playing have to keep it close in the meantime so that the games with the expanded roster can make a push in the NL East.