The lights are dimming slowly for the New York Mets.
Everything seemed like it was falling in place. Carlos Delgado is killing the ball in September, and the Mets offense was rolling. All of a sudden the momentum changed dramatically. Not only did the Mets lose their closer, Billy Wagner, who played a significant role in how the team was going, but they also lost their unsung hero Fernando Tatis after a failed diving attempt. When all seemed like it couldn't get any worse for the Mets, the atom bomb dropped right on their clubhouse.
Damion Easley may shut it down for the season or even his career. The frequently used second basemen injured himself while trying to beat out a routine grounder. The 38 year old has had a great season for the Mets, so its no surprise that this puts a kink in the Met's machine. Easley has been a surprise mostly in June and July to put the Mets on top for the time being.
Without Easley's great play in the 2008 season the Mets could be a long ways away from playoff contention. When all of the injured players come back and rejoin with the team next season, I wouldn't be surprised if the Mets were sitting atop the NL East. The Phillies and the Marlins will be hard to beat of course, but with Easley and Tatis back in the lineup as key role players the Mets will make a great run.