Being a Mets fan is kind of like being stranded on a deserted island—you stay alive, hoping help will come, but nothing ever does. So you sit and you wait, using leaves as toilet paper and eating bugs.
Okay, at least Citi Field does have real toilet paper in the bathrooms, and Shake Shack is considerably better tasting than bugs, but you get the idea.
Heading into this season, expectations for the Mets were all over the place. Many saw a fifth-place team with little chance. Others saw a surprise contender.
So far, the former prediction has been the right one. After last night's 2-0 loss to Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants, the Mets are 12-18 and already eight-and-a-half games out of first place. After a six-game win steak, the Mets have lost five of their last six.
There are bright spots, but Murphy's Law still prevails in Queens. Ike Davis has emerged as a legitimate offensive threat, but he can't hit left-handed pitching to save his life. Pedro Beato, a Rule-5 pick, hadn't allowed an earned run in 17 innings, but he landed on the DL yesterday with right elbow tendinitis.
Mike Pelfrey and R.A. Dickey have struggled all season, but reclamation projects Chris Young and Chris Capuano have pitched better than expected.
The Mets' future grew a little darker as well this week. Top pitching prospect Jenry Mejia is set to have Tommy John Surgery, which would sideline him for nine to 12 months. Mejia will seek a second opinion for his injured shoulder, but this is not good news for the Mets.
Additionally, the Mets have reported they should complete the sale of a minority stake in the team some time this month. How that affects their finances and day-to-day operations won't be known until the sale is done.
All of that combines to create a very cloudy picture for the Amazin's.
So how do you fix this thing? How do you take a team from the bottom of the mountain to the summit? It can't be done overnight, and it probably can't be done this season, or even next season. But there is hope on the horizon; there are players the Mets can look to for help.
There are things general manager Sandy Alderson can do to take the Mets from worst to first.
Here's 10 of them.