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No catch to Mets' offense

This is one of those who-would-the Mets-be better off with conversations that has a not too surprising answer.

The Mets are hurting behind the plate. Rod Barajas turned out to be Mr. April and Mr. May and Mr. Missing since that point. He has 11 homers and 32 runs batted in with no homers since May.

The Mets spent the offseason in pursuit of Bengie Molina, who spurned them for the Giants and $6.5 million. Molina was traded to the Rangers three weeks ago. He hit for the cycle recently but is hitting .257 with five homers and 23 RBIs. The Mets signed Barajas to a one-year contract for $400,000. Who would the Mets be better off with today, Barajas or Molina? Judging by the stats, neither.

Josh Thole has played well in a small sampling, but will be sent down while the Mets plod along with Barajas and Henry Blanco.

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