"The next month will determine a lot," Terry Collins professed prior to Friday night's 7-5 loss to the Braves. "We're going to know how we're standing when we get to August 1st. If we're still in the dogfight."
Listening to Collins' comments, one may suggest that the Mets skipper's confidence could be wavering just a bit. It's no help that his starting pitcher, Chris Young, allow five earned runs on six hits in just three innings of work. And that the Mets pitching staff as a whole walked eleven batters, four of them by Miguel Batista in just one-and-a-third innings of relief. Batista has been mentioned as a replacement for the injured Dillon Gee.
As for the Mets offense, they were able to put up a four-spot in the fourth inning to keep the game interesting. However, that effort was over-shadowed in the top of the fifth when they had the bases loaded and no one out and nothing to show for it thanks in part to two swinging strikeouts by Scott Hairston and Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed by a Josh Thole flyout.