N.Y. Mets: What's Next After Hobbling Out of Georgia

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N.Y. Mets: What's Next After Hobbling Out of Georgia
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The Mets' season is deteriorating at an alarming rate, and most fans are looking to 2010 and even the start of football season as this Mets season appears to be done before August 1. 

It is getting harder and harder to watch this team lose. Dropping three out of four games to Atlanta was compounded by the most recent injuries this weekend. 

The trade deadline is looming, so a few deals will most likely be made by upper management to try to salvage the fans' trust.

Gary Sheffield, David Wright, and Fernando Nieve all came up lame during the weekend games.

Sheffield had his hamstring cramp up on him on a play in the outfield during Friday night's massacre of the Mets and is day to day.  As the 40-year-old veteran on the team who has been pressed into every day duty, Sheffield has been providing much of the team's power when he was in the lineup.

Wright is battling through a twisted and possibly sprained right ankle, courtesy of a Matt Diaz slide in the 5th inning of Saturday's game.  He stayed in the game after being tended to on the field by the trainer under the watchful eye of Jerry Manuel, but appeared to be in quite a bit of pain both Saturday and Sunday.

Nieve pulled his quad muscle trying to beat out an infield hit and had to exit last night's game in the 2nd inning after only one inning of work.  Nieve is most likely headed to the DL after he has his leg examined later today.

The Mets went into the All-Star break on a high note, taking two of three games from Cincinnati and were looking forward to having three days off to mentally unwind from the tailspin of recent weeks.

Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes are not likely coming back anytime soon, so the Mets are relying heavily on Sheffield, Wright, and Cora to lead this team to as many wins as possible.

Jeff Francouer has been a terrific addition so far both in right field and in the lineup, so he will be a critical part of this team in the coming weeks.

Tim Redding will most likely be released this week due to several ineffective outings. The Mets will have to decide who to bring up to take Nieve's place in the likely event that he goes on the disabled list.

John Maine is making progress down in Port St. Lucie for his return to the starting rotation, but he is still at least three weeks away from returning to the rotation.

Luis Castillo has been the Mets' most productive hitter of late, and Angel Pagan has done well since his return to the active roster.

The Mets have lost one third of their roster to the disabled list and are in daily danger of losing more players.

Losing Sheffield and Wright would all but seal their fate as the lost season of 2009, especially with no guarantees of the other players returning to the lineup.

Starting pitching has had its ups and downs. Santana as the ace, Pelfrey and Hernandez get shelled every other outing, and you never know which Ollie will show up for his outings.

Hold on Mets fans, this could be a very bumpy August. Let's just hope games in September have meaning.

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