The Mets have played absolutely dreadful this month. They have gone 6-15 in August and finish the month off with three games against the wild card leading Atlanta Braves and four against the dreaded Florida Marlins, which means their record could be even worse by the start of September. Even the Washington Nationals have gone ahead of the Mets in the division. That is when any Mets fans should realize that the season is really going south.
The Mets have put a damper on what was a really good season for a team that was rebuilding and had no playoff aspirations. I guess the team has showed their "true colors" during this four week skid.
It seems as if all the wheels are falling off at the exact same time for the Mets—almost every part of their game has been struggling mightily.
Those bullpen breakdowns triggered a domino effect to the rest of the team. The bullpen has had six losses this month alone. Among those losses were games that really changed the direction of the team. Those two losses that reliever Jason Isringhausen had against the Marlins in the beginning of the month really lowered the morale of the team.
More recently, Isringhausen suffered that brutal loss against the Brewers on August 20. Despite the Mets erasing a 7-1 deficit and eventually taking the lead into the top of the ninth, Izzy gave up a single and three walks. All of those runs eventually scored, and the Mets lost 11-9. That was a tough pill for Mets fans and manager Terry Collins to swallow.
Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson are so fed up with their relievers that Collins mentioned possibly calling up players before the rosters expand to 40 players on September 1. It is not a positive sign when the manager of a big league ball club is looking towards his double-A affiliate to potentially fix these horrendous outings by his bullpen. Either way, these bullpen troubles have affected the rest of the team.
The starting pitching has also had major issues as of late. The Mets' starting rotation has had some problems for the past few months, but the starting rotation has become a greater cause for concern now that the Mets are losing. There is not one pitcher who can stop the bleeding when the Mets are on a losing streak, especially with Johan Santana missing for the entire season.
Consequently, the Mets have gone 44 games straight, allowing at least two runs in each game. None of their starters have the ability to shut out a team on any given night.
Although they have pitched some fairly good games in August, the starting rotation is also responsible for blowouts. Both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers manhandled the Mets' starters. They have both have had no trouble putting crooked numbers on both the starting rotation and the bullpen. This inconsistency has not only plagued the pitching, but the offense as well.
With injuries galore to important positions players such as Ike Davis and David Wright in the first half of the season, the Mets were never able to establish an everyday lineup full of consistent hitters. Although they were able to do well in the first half without these hitters, more nagging injuries have caught up with the team.
The injuries of Daniel Murphy and offensive catalyst Jose Reyes have really weakened their lineup even more. Since the beginning of August, the Mets have had six games when they have scored two runs or fewer. This can be directly attributed to the absences of these two key players.
The inability of the Mets' pitchers to shut down teams, as well as the inability to score runs consistently, have led to the demise of the team this season.
Now the Mets are looking for some bright spots when they call up some of their valued prospects in September.
With one more week left of August, the dog days of summer are winding down, and the Mets cannot wait for them to end because right now, they are getting dogged by anyone and everyone.
Erick Fernandez is the creator of I Want to Thank My Hood & My Psychiatrist