Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/20/12

The New York Mets got a much needed win on Thursday afternoon defeating the Washington Nationals, 9-5, ending their season worst six-game losing streak while picking up their first win of the second half in the process.

I’ll be honest.  I was nervous.  I was on the brink of throwing in the towel, disgusted with the team, and left wondering what had happened to the exciting club from one short month ago.   While Thursday afternoon’s game featured some late-inning stress from the Mets bullpen, the bottom line is the team won.  As R.A. Dickey said following the game, that is the most important thing:

“We probably, as a whole, played pretty sloppy baseball. We feel good about the win, sure. But we know that it’s not going to cut it. We’ve got to get better.”

Things seemed to be rolling right along until R.A. handed the ball over to the Mets bullpen with one-out and a runners on second in the bottom of the eighth. It took three relievers (Tim Byrdak, Ramon Ramirez, Josh Edgin) to record two outs, but not before loading the bases and multiple trips to the kitchen cupboard for some Rolaids.

Bobby Parnell was brought in to close things out in the ninth and promptly allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base. Parnell managed to escape the inning but not before allowing an RBI single off the bat Roger Bernadina.

What started out as a 9-1 laugher turned out to be anything but.  “That is why the Mets continue to evaluate how they can improve the relief corps before the July 31 trading deadline — and whether it makes sense to do so,” according to Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger.   Multiple league officials familiar with the Mets situation have told McCullough that NY remains in a holding pattern, waiting for the big-league club to either flounder or flourish. One executive described the Mets as still “perusing” the market, according to McCullough, who stated the following in his report to the Ledger:

“Their targets are high-profile relievers. General manager Sandy Alderson desires a player “who can actually have an impact,” he said Tuesday. The three pitchers who appear to fit that bill are San Diego’s Huston Street, Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez and Houston’s Brett Myers.

Relievers like Oakland’s Grant Balfour, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and Houston’s Brandon Lyon are also being considered. The top-end trio, it appears, will be difficult to acquire — if the Mets are still aiming for a move by July 31.

The price for Street, an All-Star, is considered steep. The availability of Rodriguez is questionable. And one league executive indicated the Mets “haven’t been very aggressive” in pursuing Myers, who has a $10 million vesting option (with a $3 million buyout) for 2013.

The team possessed legitimate interest in Rodriguez, their former high-voltage reliever. But Milwaukee promoted him to closer this week. Alderson was recently told the Brewers are not yet ready to start selling, according to a league executive.

Which leaves the Mets waiting: For prices to settle, for sellers to emerge and for their own club to figure out its course.”

There is no doubt this pen needs help.  They are brutal. As we witnessed once again during Thursday’s victory. But I don’t think one person, alone, will be the answer.  And so, I would like to see the club go after guys like Balfour and Broxton, who could be acquired for a cheaper price than a guys like Street or Myers. However, I do NOT think the Mets should mortgage off their future for mediocre players or short term solutions. That said, I am confident deals will go down. So for now, we’ll see what the next week holds because it will literally determine this teams fate for the rest of 2012.

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