And while Wright didn't complain about the Mets' inactivity, he also admitted that he looks forward to a time when the Mets can be the team making the high-profile July acquisition.
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"I think we're getting to the point we're really close," Wright said Friday. "You read about certain things, and expectations get set high. You don't know what the asking prices are. But I think we're getting to the point soon where you're a talking about being a piece or two away."
The Mets didn't end up being buyers at the deadline, but they also didn't end up being sellers. The market for Bartolo Colon wasn't what they hoped it would be, and they weren't willing to deal other established players for a return of only prospects. So they came out of the deadline with the same team they had going in.
"I think when guys walked in and saw all the familiar names, they kind of took a deep breath and said, 'Let's get after it,'" manager Terry Collins said.
Collins said he hasn't set a goal for how many games the Mets need to win over the final two months of the season.
"I'm trying to stay away from numbers," he said. "Just take care of business. We have a lot of games in the division coming up. I could sit here and say we need to go 15-10 and 15-10, but who knows, that might not be good enough."
Wright said he's not disappointed with the team as is.
"These are the players we have," Wright said. "We've got to get it done with the players in this clubhouse. We've been getting it done lately."
Dice-K throws: Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, on the disabled list since July 25 with inflammation in his right elbow, played catch on flat ground Friday and hopes to throw off a bullpen mound sometime next week. Matsuzaka said he had no discomfort Friday, and said he believes the decision to play it cautious and go on the disabled list was the right one.
Collins reacts: The Mets had an issue with the new home-plate collision rule, so Collins watched with interest when a play in Thursday's Marlins-Reds game seemed to be decided the opposite way. He watched Marlins manager Mike Redmond's outburst, and said he would have reacted the same way.
"We've seen too many situations where it's been inconsistent," Collins said. "I was certain when I saw it that they were going to call [the runner] out. And they didn't."
More Mets hits: Chris Young benefitted from a scoring change in a July 13 game against the Marlins, getting credit for a hit on a play originally scored an error on third baseman Casey McGehee. Daniel Murphy got an extra hit and an extra RBI when an error was taken away from Robinson Cano in the July 21 game in Seattle.