I said it in a previous diary, and I'll say it again: the biggest threat to the Mets' season is injuries.
With Willie announcing today that Pedro is headed to the DL for his strained calf, and with Cliff and Ramon Castro still on the list, and Delgado and Dookie looking like they could use some time there, what was once a nice, balanced veteran/youth type club is fast becoming a strictly youth-based club with a couple of broken-down adults trying to chaperone them (no offense, Ricky - and I mean that literally).
I'm not overly concerned with the two blowout losses the Mets just endured. Their lead is comfortable enough to easily get over any lingering psychological damage those games might otherwise have inflicted.
Still, the Mets need to turn things around just to get back on the right track. Glavine once had a reputation as a "stopper". Not so much with the Mets, but now would be a good time to step up with a decent start, if he has another one in him (his last one was pretty good even though he didn't come away with the win).
I have confidence in our young players to win enough games to get us over the NL East finish line even if our veterans sit out for the next 3-4 weeks, but it might be a bit much to expect them to do a lot of damage in the post-season without the veteran presence they've had to back them up all season.
Anyway, I'll take a decresing lead in the standings if it means we can get everyone rested and healthy.
That's Willie's task over the next 6 weeks.
Lets Go Mets!