Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Any enthusiasm and energy the Mets may have had when they broke camp in St. Lucie and headed north have slowly dissipated. The visions of grandeur that Jon Niese would be the ace of the team, that Lucas Duda and Ike Davis would have breakout seasons, that Collin Cowgill would be the leadoff hitter they haven’t had since Jose Reyes, that Kirk Nieuwenhuis would rake in right field, that the bullpen couldn’t possibly be worse than 2012 – all those things and more now seem like more fantasy than substance. The baseball betting odds on the Mets heading into the season were never great, but nobody could have expected things to deteriorate so quickly – so much so that they now boast the the third worst record in baseball trailing only the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. Last night’s 4-2 loss to the Cardinals was particularly reflective of the team’s struggles as they lost their sixth straight game for the second time in this very young season. They looked futile and if anything could go ...
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