Mets Not Worst In June

Good news, Mets fans: after being the worst team in MLB in May, the Mets were NOT the worst team in June. In fact, they weren’t even the worst team in the National League.

That’s right — the Mets’ 11-17 record in June was a far cry from Colorado’s 8-20. But, the bottom four teams beyond the Rockies were neck and neck; see the “race to worst” standings for the month of June below:

Race To Worst: June


Wow, not much separating numbers two through six, eh?

Again, what jumps out at me is the run differential — the Mets are the only team in the race-to-worst standings with a positive integer. What does that mean? So strange.

It’s too early to start posting race-to-worst standings for July, but the Mets are already a leg up (or under?) by dropping the first game of the month. Luckily, the Mets move on from Atlanta to play the similarly struggling Texas Rangers, have a three-game set against the Marlins, and also meet the patsy Padres and the phading Phillies before the end of this month, so they have a decent shot at not being the worst team in July. But who knows what might happen, especially considering the trade deadline. What do you think? Will the Mets be better in July than they were in May and June? Why or why not? Answer in the comments.

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  1. DaveSchneck July 2, 2014 at 8:50 am
    Nothing like starting off the day on a bright note. Nothing like trying to bounce back from two consecutive losses to the first place divisional team, one that was thrown away with three errors in the eighth and one where they lost to the opposing pitcher’s bat and whiffed 13 times, including the last 6 outs.

    So, back to back months of sub .400 ball. Over one third of the season. Bad at home, bad on the road. And, relative to other teams in their division, the Mets have been healthy. At 10 below .500, and way out of contention for both the division and the one game wild card playoff, the likelihood that this team finishes .500 is remote, no less contending. So, on July 2, the 2014 season is essentially over. Even 50 Cent has left the building. Citifield will be sparsely populated to vacant for balance of the season. So, the whatever credibility the Met ownership/management had left (likely little) has now evaporated, and the lack of a competitive team this season has damaged the brand even more than the poor product from 2009-2013 has. Of course the farm has been rebuilt, but the bigger question is, what do Met fans have to look forward to in 2015? What solutions are there to the holes that have existed the last three years? Payroll has shrunk every year, and there are no big contracts coming off the books this winter. What are the Wilpons going to do now? What if Harvey isn’t Harvey any more? What if Wheeler pans out like Pelfrey? Syndergaard was destroyed last night in Vegas and now has an ERA pushing 6. What if he doesn’t develop as expected? What’s the plan now Jeff? What’s the plan now Sandy? I hate be so pessimistic but we Met fans can be in for the longest losing spell the franchise has ever seen as this plan comes with a huge risk. Just ask the Pittsburgh Pirate fans how long their plan took.

  2. argonbunnies July 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm
    I expect that the Mets will do what they do every year — play just well enough before the trade deadline to give Sandy an excuse to preach hope rather than trading away assets for future help. So, maybe a 6-2 or 9-4 run coming up.

    If they absolutely tank in July, it’d be interesting to see what Sandy would do. Can he trade effectively from that position?

    I still think the Mets’ talent level is what it’s been all along — a .457 team — so if I had to guess their July record, I’d say 13-15.

    If I expect their run differential to persist, it’d be better; if I expect their choking in the clutch to persist, it’d be worse. I’d lean more toward the latter if I had to pick, but for now I’ll split the difference.

  3. Bat July 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm
    The surprising team on this list is the Giants.

    I had no idea that they had been playing so badly although admittedly I don’t follow West Coast teams as closely as East Coast or even teams in the middle of the country.