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Slumping Mets have little to sell

Jul 25, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

Scott Hairston AP

Stephen Strasburg made easy work of the Mets lineup on Wednesday, racking up 11 strikeouts while throwing just 94 pitches in seven innings, and the Nationals won 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep in New York.

It was the second straight series in which the Mets have been swept. They’re 1-11 since the All-Star break and now 47-51 for the season.

The brutal stretch leaves little doubt the Mets will sell, rather than buy, at the trade deadline. But the most likely scenario is that they won’t make much noise at all. David Wright, who is under control for 2013, is staying put, and the Mets figure to work hard to sign him to an extension in the offseason. R.A. Dickey is likewise off limits, and with Johan Santana and Dillon Gee on the DL, the Mets no longer have any real pitching depth to use in trades.

So, if the Mets do shed pieces, they figure to be small. If some team wants to give up a prospect for injury-prone starter Chris Young, let them. If anyone is interested in taking on the salaries of disappointing relievers Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez, they can go. Tim Byrdak can retire lefties. Outfielders Scott Hairston and Andres Torres make for decent role players. That’s really about it.

  1. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Johan would be a great fit for the Angels to replace Ervin in the 4th starter role..

    • butchhuskey - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Fun fact: Ervin Santana’s birth name is Johan Santana.

      • mavix27 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        Even funnier fact: They both like Carlos Santana.

      • tsi431 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:27 AM

        Another fact if you take the good parts from each of there arms, you still don’t have one complete arm.

  2. halladayslabia - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Dickey has gotten blown up his last half dozen starts. Anyone who believed his first half was anything other than a fluke doesn’t know much about 37 year old knuckleballers.

    • jetstizzi85 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      and you do know?

    • novanation33 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      That’s funny considering Dickey posted a 2.84 ERA in 2010 and 3.20 in 2011.

      Obviously no one believed he would keep up the 1st half pace, but he’s not some fluke that came out of no where this season. He’s capable of being a sub-3.00 ERA pitcher.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      37 year old pitchers in general, I’d agree with you. But the fact that he’s a knuckleballer is a huge point for, not against, the argument that Dickey can be a top-shelf pitcher.

  3. stackers1 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    The Mets weren’t as good as they looked earlier in the year, and there not as bad as they look now. Hope it evens out for them soon. I have Met fans in my family.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      They will even out as usual, playing better the last six weeks but only after it’s clear they have no chance of being a wild card. Just like the last two seasons. It’s depressing, but consistent.

    • kkolchak - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Wright and Dickey were largely responsible for the Mets being surprisingly decent in the first half, but those two can’t do it alone.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Can they trade Mr. Met?

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    At least this saves them from trying to bring back KRod

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Young has been a pleasant surprise so far, but even assuming someone takes the risk on him, how could the Mets trade him with the rotation so thin?

    I still expect Alderson to work the phones a bit and see if he can find someone who needs spare parts. I also hope against hope that he can find a way to bring in bullpen help. The collapse started with the pen, and if they are to stop the bleeding at all, it has to start there as well.

  7. jetstizzi85 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    No one really expected this team to compete this year so a .500 season isnt terrible at all. They still have a nice team with some good young players to build around.

    In need of relief pitching in the worst way. Still – LETS GO METS!!

  8. mavix27 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    It’s obvious the Mets have pitching woes…the problem is they should’ve let Dan Warthen go when they let Manuel and Minaya go…Sandy is on the hook for keeping Warthen.

  9. tsi431 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    The Mets have plenty to trade in young talent, but they won’t trade them. Sandy Alderson won’t sacrifice the future for the present. The Mets future (2013 and beyond) looks far better then the last 5 years with all the pitching prospects (Wheeler, Harvey, Mejia, and Familia. Once Bay’s and Johans contract’s are gone, they will have plenty of money and an all homegrown team.

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