Go Mets. Lets Go Mets! The 2015 Mets season has reached the halfway point. Three months down, three months to go. Trying to remain relevant in the pennant race, the Mets have been decimated by injuries to key players 3B David Wright (out since April), Travis d'Arnaud (out twice, finger & elbow), and Daniel Murphy (just came back from the DL). With many rookies having to pick up the slack and fewer veterans trying to shoulder the load the Mets are fortunate to be where they are in the standings.

No more road trips planned for me this season until I head home in the fall. My wife is here for two more weeks and then my Dodger/Iron Maiden buddy Jeff visits for the series against LA. The Mets schedule has them playing some of the better teams in the league in July [Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals, Nationals]. I hope they are up to the challenge. Pitching is fantastic and the hitting is atrocious. Is Steven Matz the real deal like Jacob deGrom? Can Jon Niese pitch a shutout so he can get a win? Will Matt Harvey and Bartolo Colon continue their dominance over NL hitters? Is Noah Syndergaard able to become the winning pitcher his hype has mentioned?

None of that happens without someone in the lineup swinging a hot bat, in fact it will take more than one hot bat for the Mets to contend into August and September.

End of Month Update

Two thirds of the season have now passed. With a record of 13-12 in July the Mets have kept in the playoff hunt. At home the Mets are 36-18, I've seen 2 wins for every loss. I had company from home for three weeks during July that kept me busy. The wife and I had a great mid season vacation in Niagara Falls and visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I spent some time with my older brother in Rhode Island. And my friend from work joined me for 3 Dodger games.

Four months of baseball. 54 games at Citi, 8 more on the road. Two games in the last week that had Mets pitchers throwing a perfect game for at least half a game (Syndergaard & Harvey). The Mets have revamped their roster a bit with the addition of Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard, and at the trade deadline Yoenis Cespedes. Will these additions pay off in wins for the Mets? I'm thinking they will.

I have met so many nice people while here, it has been incredible. Counting down the games left for the next two months will be sad but the prospect of some post season games are still alive. So many highlights to the season already, I can't wait for meaningful September games.

Obligitory photo by the field