The New York Mets continue to struggle toward consistency, as they have now lost three in a row after winning four in a row. RA Dickey and Johan Santana lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season, as Dickey was rocked by the New York Yankees Sunday, giving up five runs on five hits in a duel against CC Sabathia that saw both pitchers end up with no decisions. It was a far cry from Dickey’s previous two outings, back-to-back complete-game one-hit shutouts. The following day, Santana gave up only two runs in six innings, but the Mets bats went silent against the Chicago Cubs and the bullpen failed to keep it close.
On a positive note, Mets shortstop Reben Tejada is back after missing over 40 games with a right quadriceps injury. He is a superb defensive player who should continue to improve the more at bats he takes in the majors. The New York Mets finished Interleague play with an 8-7 record that included a seven-game winning streak against the American League. Mets third baseman David Wright continues to play well, and currently owns a 15-game hitting streak and a .358 batting average, good for second in the National League. It is his third hitting streak of 10 or more games in the first half of the season.
The New York Mets continue a series in Chicago, before heading to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers, who own the best record in the National League. The Mets then host the struggling Philadelphia Phillies, a team that has always given them problems. The Mets continue to play above .500 ball, but if they are to stay in the post season hunt and become a serious contender, they will need to play more consistent baseball, especially without Dickey and Santana on the