When critiquing the New York Mets, there's plenty to choose from.
They have a shaky rotation; they have a shaky bullpen; they have an underperforming lineup.
One underrated aspect of a baseball team that the Mets lack?
The closest thing you'll find to a leader on the Mets in recent memory is Jose Valentin, and that ship is long out of sight.
At the start of this season, with all the questions facing the team, it was clear someone needed to step up and be the face of the franchise. If you can't come to a consensus, there is no leader.
Who's the leader of the New York Yankees? Do you have to think about it for more than a second?
What about the Boston Red Sox? How about Dustin Pedroia?
There are teams with clear leadership, clear direction, that simply perform better as a result.
The Mets are not that team.
With so few bright spots, the Mets have taken several huge hits in the last week. First top prospect Jenrry Mejia went down and is now looking at Tommy John surgery. Then their best starting pitcher, Chris Young, suffered the same injury that limited him to just four starts for the San Diego Padres last season and is now done as a Met.
Now it's Ike Davis, far and away their best overall player.
Davis landed on the DL today with a left ankle bruise and sprained ankle suffered in Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.
In the bottom of the fourth, third baseman David Wright converged with Davis in front of the mound trying to catch a pop-up off the bat of Troy Tulowitzki. Wright made the catch but collided with Davis, sending him to the ground.
Davis was visibly in pain but stayed in the game to finish the inning. Davis was taken out and replaced by Daniel Murphy at first base.
Davis was sent back to New York for an MRI, which revealed the injury.
Wright is one of the players looked at as a possible leader. Jose Reyes seems to lack the maturity and clear-headed thinking to fill that role, and as the second-longest tenured Met, the responsibility falls to Wright.
A leader takes charge of that play and makes sure no one else comes close to him. Wright had the better path to the ball and was in better position to make the catch.
Mike Pelfrey simply stood on the mound to watch the play. Ronny Paulino didn't move either.
Nobody took charge, and Davis has landed on the DL as a result.
The Mets are in a state of disrepair. Their losing ways have inched them to the edge of a cliff. Once they fall over the edge, the fire sale will begin, with players like Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez on the chopping block.
But a team with an intended direction and a strong voice among the players would perform far better than a group of guys with nothing in common other than a uniform.
The Mets lack chemistry. They lack leadership.
Unfortunately, that lack of leadership has claimed yet another Mets player, and who knows who's next?