July 16, 2012 12:00 AM
" If the Mets were trying to convince people that they aren't going to fade out of sight in the second half for the third straight season, they sure have a funny way of showing it.
They got swept in Atlanta over the weekend and every loss provided new reason to wonder if the Mets made some kind of deal with the devil to get them to the All-Star break with a winning record. It wasn't a full-on meltdown as they could have won two of the games, but the results certainly make it feel like one.
Chris Young spent Friday night providing ample argument for why you don't want to be relying on Chris Young as a key part of the rotation when you're trying to make it to the playoffs. Saturday found R.A. Dickey allowing five runs for the third time in his last four starts, a blistering splash of cold water after his remarkable run although Dickey left the game with a chance to win.
The relievers took care of that, living right down to the reputation for ineptitude they painstakingly crafted over the first three-plus months of the season "
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