It's not so much the mounting injuries that have been the issue for the Mets thus far, it's a combination of a few issues, some of which don't even pertain to the Mets.
- There was no way of knowing that three players who combined to miss less than 10 games in 2008 would miss significant amounts of time in 2009.
- There was no solid contingency plan within the organization to compensate for an injury to any of those particular players.
- The team's system was not properly stocked with attractive-enough prospects that could be dealt for a replacement to one of the injured regulars.
- According to an article by Adam Rubin in today's Daily News, there appears to be a dangerous discrepancy between the doctor-recommended advice given to the Mets and the treatment given to players by the team's medical staff.
- The poor play of several divisional rivals has given the Front Office a rather convenient excuse to not do anything, hiding behind the guise of "Hey, we're only 4 games back!" (this excuse becomes less palatable when the Phillies win 9 of 10 and open up a larger lead)
That said, let's examine just how bad it's been:
What's gone Right: Sadly, not much.
- Citi Field has been as good as advertised, despite lengthy lines at Shake Shack. Food great, Seats good (I have yet to watch from an "obstructed" seat), general look of the ballpark beautiful.
- David Wright has finally learned how to hit, even if he slips into idiot mode from time to time. It's come at the cost of his power stroke, which has drawn the ire of a lot of fans, but I think he's better served hitting .340 with 15 HRs than .280 with 35 HRs. This will become evident in the long run.
- Daniel Murphy has shown signs of being a decent-fielding 1Bman.
- Johan in April.
- Francisco Rodriguez (except when he walked Rivera)
- Injuries to key players, and then injuries to the guys replacing them.
- Sudden and inexplicable loss of fundamentals.
- Too many games like This One.
- Too many games where the Mets not only lose, but embarrass themselves in the process.
- Lack of ability to generate much, or sometimes any offense for days at a time.
- Inconsistency of pitchers such as Pelfrey and Livan Hernandez.
- Oliver Perez.
- Daniel Murphy's complete and total inability to play the Outfield.
- Fernando Tatis' carriage turning back into a pumpkin.
- Days where Jeremy Reed was the #5 hitter in the lineup.
- Jerry Manuel's constant chuckling.
Bad contracts, injuries, questionable medical advice and failing farm system have crippled Mets [NY Daily News]