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You Can’t Blame Sandy Alderson For This Mets Mess

We’re in the dog days of summer, and the Mets are currently 10.5 games out of first place in the NL East, treading water around .500. They sit in fifth place in the Wild Card standings, six games behind San Francisco for the first wildcard and three games behind St. Louis for the second wildcard.

At 60-59, what went wrong for the 2016 Mets?

There is certainly enough blame to go around (injuries, slumping players, lack of clutch hitting, etc.) but one place where blame is going that is not deserved is on Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

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Trading Dilson Herrera for Jay Bruce Likely a Rare Error by Alderson

Yesterday afternoon, on the day of the trade deadline, the Mets acquired slugging Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce, to varying reactions on Twitter and in the media. If you like old school statistics like RBI, in which Bruce leads the National League with 80, you liked the deal. If you have more appreciation for Wins Above Replacement, in which Bruce is 103rd in the National League with 0.7, you didn’t like the deal.

It’s fairly easy to make the case for or against given the diversity of the things that have happened to Jay Bruce in his career. As recently as 2013, Bruce posted 4.2 WAR and posted a slash line of .262/.329/.478, finishing with a wRC+ of 117 and enough votes to come in 10th for the National League MVP. He followed that up in 2014 and 2015 by being below replacement level and posting a collective .223 batting average and 85 wRC+.

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Asdrubal Cabrera’s Injury Means the Mets Must #FreeDilson

News tonight is that Asdrubal Cabrera, who came up lame during the Mets game against the Rockies this afternoon, might be done for the year. If that’s the case, the Mets need to act quickly to figure out what they will do with their roster.

The way I see it, the Mets options can be sorted into three main themes:

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The #BernieOrBust Movement Should Be Over

The Bernie Sanders Campaign is one of the best things to happen to the Democratic Party in a quarter century. The insistence of the #BernieOrBust movement helped give Sanders leverage to influence the Democratic Platform and to continue to have a platform with which to give a voice to the 13 million voters in the political revolution. But the general election is now upon us, and it is a time to be practical. #BernieOrBust voters must now throw their support behind Clinton to defeat Donald Trump; and hold her accountable every day of her Presidency.

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Are We Going For it or Not? The Mets Need to Decide

Right now, the Mets occupy the most uncomfortable position in baseball: fringes-of-the-race-in-July purgatory.

At 6.5 games behind the Nationals in the NL East, and in third place behind the Marlins, the path to the division title is unlikely. Even worse, the Mets have finally dropped out of Wild Card position, sitting third and smack dab in the middle of a group of five teams separated by only four games (Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Cardinals, Pirates). Fangraphs puts their odds at winning the NL East at 4.8%, and their odds of winning a wild card spot at 34.4%.

Decimated by injuries to David Wright, Lucas Duda, and 3/5ths of the starting rotation (although Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz continue to take the mound, for now) this is not the team we expected to see in the spring. Nonetheless, the Mets remain on the fringes of the race at 49-43 (on pace for an 86 or 87 win season) and do not appear to be clear buyers or sellers.