After a 15-8 April the Mets have dealt with the injury bug and gone 5-7 in the month of May. In a series that featured Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets were swept by the Cubs in four games.
With no timetable for David Wright's return and a sputtering offense, the Mets have reached a critical point in 2015. They can hope for the best and see if the team rebounds, or go out and actively solve the problem.
After their most recent loss, Michael Cuddyer said that he didn't think their confidence had taken a hit, but that it just "stinks to lose". While Troy Tulowtizki is not currently an option, the Mets do understand "Flores' SS limitations". Despite their willingness to be patient, the Mets are clearly in win-now mode.
They started Syndergaard's clock, and are still contenders in the NL East. With expectations high, upper management is not going to stand pat this season, and will actively seek out trades. If the Mets don't start winning soon, there were be a critical re-evaluation of the team that will lead to changes.
Bottom line: sliding #Mets are reaching tipping point as return home. Either this group rights itself or time for re-thinking of things.— David Lennon (@DPLennon) May 14, 2015
While Sandy Alderson has backed his manager, if the team continues to worsen it's fair to wonder if Terry Collins could be fired. While Collins may not be with the Mets by the end of 2015, that likely wouldn't be Alderson's first move.
They desperately need to upgrade their offense to complement their fantastic starting staff, and will look to add power. Bartolo Colon is still pitching incredibly well, and with deGrom, Harvey and Syndergaard, the Mets are set up for a deep October run if they made the playoffs.
Over the next few games, the Mets need to figure out how to best upgrade their team, without compromising their long-term success.