Welcome to the Mets' Last Stand

July 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Welcome to the Mets' Last Stand

" We've seen this movie before.

The Mets head to the All-Star break with a record on the right side of .500, that record holding off concerns about the makeup and talent level of the team just enough to provide hope that the season would end in tears of joy. And then the wheels come off the bus as the second half gets underway, which results in a very different sort of tears.

It's an old story, but that doesn't make it any less painful to watch it happen right in front of your eyes once again. The Mets are in the throes of another death spiral after getting swept by the Dodgers, their ninth loss in the last 10 games, and they can no longer point to their record as reason to sustain belief in this team's chances.

Sunday's 8-3 loss came in 12 excruciating innings, complete with a ninth inning comeback to tie the game and raise spirits just enough to have them absolutely crushed by a 12th inning of misery "

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