Morning Briefing: This is depressing

FIRST PITCH: Sandy Alderson has preached patience from Day 1, but even the Mets' GM understands why it's wearing thin amongst the fan base.

As the New York Post’s Mark Hale wrote in his game recap Saturday, the Mets are on pace for a 101-loss season, which would bw their most losses since 1993.

The fans aren’t happy, nor should they be. It already feels like the Mets are playing meaningless games and it’s only mid-June. Imagine what it's going to feel like in the dog days of August and September.

Manager Terry Collins certainly isn’t happy, but his roster is devoid of substantial talent. Collins’ Mets have gotten strong seasons from Matt Harvey, David Wright and Bobby Parnell, but that’s about it.

“Nobody’s having any fun right now,” Wright said after the Mets fell to the Cubs, 5-2, on Saturday.

Unless the Mets manage to turn things around and creep back to respectability, there’s not a lot left for fans to look forward to this season. Zack Wheeler is going to pitch Tuesday, and Travis d’Arnaud will hopefully be up with the big club before the end of the season. Other than that, you might as well look ahead to 2014, when Alderson expects the team will be able to spend some money on impact free agents, with Johan Santana and Jason Bay off the books.

Sunday's news reports

• Alderson told season-ticket holders Saturday that the Mets will be players ... eventually. Said Alderson: “I do believe that in the next six months or so we will be in a position to make some significant acquisitions, either via trade or free agency.”

Read more here.

Carlos Torres exercised a clause in his contract which essentially forced the Mets to promote him to the majors. The Mets had 48 hours to either promote or release Torres after he exercised the clause on Friday. Greg Burke was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, while Collin McHugh was designated for assignment to make room for Torres on the 40-man roster.

Read more here.

• Injured reliever Scott Atchison could return Tuesday. Atchison (elbow) is currently rehabbing with Double-A Binghamton.

Read more here.

• Check out the preliminary roster for the Brooklyn Cyclones here.


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