The Mets don’t have the luxury of time as they try to stay in the playoff hunt – and in doing so, maybe keep the team together. That’s why the key dates are sooner rather than later.
July 15: The second half begins Friday with three games against the division-leading Phillies at Citi Field. A bad showing here could be an early knockout blow.
July 22: The Mets have targeted the series opener against the Marlins, and the start of a 10-game road trip, as the return date for Jose Reyes and David Wright. Will it be too late?
July 31: The non-waivers trade deadline. If the Mets are facing a double-digit deficit in the wild-card race by then, Sandy Alderson will continue his wheeling and dealing.
Aug. 19: The return of K-Rod to Citi Field. Will it be as closer or set-up man for the Brewers?
Aug. 31: The last chance for teams to trade for a player and get them eligible for the postseason. Also, players have to pass through waivers to be dealt. Shouldn’t be a problem if Carlos Beltran is still on roster by then.