By Mike Steffanos
Game 21: Nationals 10 - Mets 5
Sorry for being late to the party again. This has been an absolutely brutal week for me. (And that's not even counting the trauma of actually watching some of these games.)
Due to the late hour (the Braves game starts in a few minutes) and the lack of anything really illuminating to bring to the table we'll pass on most of the analysis. I'll just offer this.
I think the bullpen will pull it together, as we've seen Heilman slump before and then regroup. I expect Reyes, Wright and Beltran to hit. I think Ryan Church brings some decent skills to this team. I think we'll see more good than bad from Oliver Perez this season.
On the other hand, if nothing else changes I'm starting to believe the Mets may continue to be the .500 team they have seemed to be so far. What can change this fate is for Carlos Delgado to rediscover his stroke, or a player to come out of nowhere, such as Valentin two years ago.
I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but it feels realistic at this point. Something needs to change in the dynamic of this team to spark something, or it's another season of mediocrity and discontent.