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New York Mets Lose Again: When Will It Stop?

NEW YORK - APRIL 09:  Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch as his hat is blown off from high winds against the Washington Nationals on April 9, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Joe FiorelloCorrespondent IApril 15, 2010

The Mets lost another tough game last night against the Colorado Rockies, extending their losing streak to four straight.

The optimist in me looks at the loss as a good one, with the Mets fighting back late in the game to eventually tie it in the top of the ninth.

The pessimist in me, who has a much louder voice, says a loss is a loss. It seems like there are going to be plenty of those this season.

The offensive struggles for the Mets are in the spotlight right now.

The team is 11th in the National League with a .244 average and 13th in runs scored with 35 (the Phillies have 64). I’m not sure what they’re hitting with runners in scoring position, but I know it’s awful.

Clearly there is a problem with the lineup.

It may be the way it’s constructed, which Jerry Manuel will be adjusting for the St. Louis series, where he plans to move Jose Reyes down to the three spot.

It may, however, be in the fact that this team is loaded with bad hitters.

These offensive struggles are not new to the Mets, and much of the lineup is the same. At what point do we say the Mets' offensive funk is not just a funk?

Maybe it’s just the Mets.

As bad as the offense has been, it doesn’t hold a candle to the starting pitching!

The team’s overall ERA is 4.88, good for 10th in the league. That number would be much higher without the bullpen’s steady work so far.

Mike Pelfrey’s 3.00 ERA is best of the starting rotation, and I have a feeling that’s because Mike’s only pitched one game so far. John Maine is destined to leave the rotation, and signs point to that happening if he throws another stinker in his next start on Sunday. Jon Niese got knocked around a bit last night. Johan is Johan. Ollie is Ollie.

I don’t know how else to describe the staff other than saying it sucks.

I’m not sure how anyone in the Mets organization expected the team to compete with this staff. I know I didn’t, and I know anyone I spoke to about it felt the same way.

Sure, Mets fans may have a negative attitude toward the team right now, but that didn’t come out of nowhere. When you have the fifth-highest payroll in the major leagues, you expect to be able to field a competitive team.

Sure, we all gave them a pass last season. You can’t be expected to win with that many injuries. Last season is over, and in 2010 the Mets seem to be playing just as badly as they did last year, when the scabs were playing.

Right now it seems like the second most expensive team in the NL East may be one of the worst.

Why should we as fans stand for it?

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