Put a fork in 'em, the New York Mets are done.
Miguel Batista's dreadful outing on July 21 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which included a final line of five hits, three walks and four earned runs in three innings of work, effectively ended the Mets' long-shot chance at the playoffs.
Just One Victory After The All-Star Break
The miracle season is no more, as the Mets dropped to 1-7 post-All-Star break and sputter into the series finale against the Dodgers on July 22, with a 7.5 game deficit to make up in the NL East divisional race, and much ground to chip away at in the Wild Card chase.
New York is now five games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves for one of the two NL Wild Card berths, and we're rapidly closing in on the July 31 Trade Deadline.
The one good thing that has come of the Mets' recent woes is the fact that it's pretty clear we're not going to be buyers at the deadline, which means we can trade off some chips that might bring back some high-level talent.
On the other hand, we don't have a lot of guys that can be used as trade bait to bring back the best young guns from other organizations. Bobby Parnell was a valuable piece at one point, but not many teams want to touch him now that he's blown two saves and tallied a 5.79 ERA in the month of July.
Trade Daniel Murphy?
With the emergence of Jordany Valdespin, a young, reliable second baseman, perhaps Daniel Murphy can be shipped off to a contending team to bring back a couple top prospects. Murphy lacks power, but he's a legitimate .300 hitter who has a knack of coming up big in the clutch.
Contending teams also might be interested in his versatility and willingness to play any position asked of him just to stay in the game. At present time, there doesn't seem to be anyone else on the Mets besides Murphy who would bring back a high-level prospect.
For now, the Mets have to count on Jon Niese to be a stopper when he takes the mound against Dodgers rookie Nathan Eovaldi on July 22. If the Mets lose this game, there's no doubt that Citi Field is going to be a ghost town for the upcoming three-game set against the Washington Nationals.
The Mets have no business falling short against Eovaldi, as the rookie failed to pitch more than six frames in each of his last eight starts and he has a 1-6 record with a 4.33 ERA. This is a guy the Mets should have no problem handling.
Let Matt Harvey Start
Getting back to Batista, the Mets are going to have to think long and hard about sending him out for another spot start over Matt Harvey. Mets fans have seem enough of the 41-year-old journeyman to know he doesn't fit with our future, and it's time to give the kid a chance.
The one thing that could breath some life back into our season, even if it doesn't result in a playoff berth, would be bringing up Harvey for a start the next time around the rotation.
Should Matt Harvey get the start over Miguel Batista the next time around the rotation? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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