Mets' midseason report card

Despite Bay's sub-par season and road woes, Amazin's are still in contention

Updated: July 15, 2010, 1:43 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Here are reasons for optimism:

The Mets get five-time All-Star Carlos Beltran back on Thursday.

They're within four games of first place after salvaging Sunday's series finale against the Atlanta Braves.

They're within striking distance despite getting only six home runs from Jason Bay in the first half -- paltry long-ball production that surely can't persist for a full season.

And the Mets have yet to play a game this season against National League doormats Pittsburgh ...

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