Here are reasons for optimism:Rubin gave A's to: Pagan, Wright, and A-'s to Dickey, Feliciano and J Niese, with Maine getting a D and Ollie P an F.
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 longball 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 (30-58), Arizona (34-55) and Houston (36-53). Meanwhile, division-leading Atlanta has played a combined 16 games against those opponents.
Jerry Manuel got a B- and as his need improvement = "Please stop bunting every time with runners on first and second and nobody out."
Omar got a C.
My Take: I agree with most of the rankings, and agree 1000% with Jerry Manuel's needs improvement. I'm ready for baseball tonight, but to no avail. I am excited to watch Tiny Tim Lincecum throw tomorrow night.