The last time the Mets had a record below .500 at the All-Star break was in 2014, when they were 45-50 and in the midst of a sixth straight losing season.
“We kind of put ourselves in this position,” Mets closer Addison Reed said.
The first half of the season has been unpromising at best for a franchise that dreamed of reaching the postseason for a third straight year. The Mets trail the Washington Nationals in the National League East by 12 games and are 10 ½ back in the wild-card race.
“Health is almost the absolute determining factor in all of that,” said right fielder Jay Bruce, who added that he thought the Mets stacked up with “anyone in the league, in my opinion, before the season started.”
Injuries, which also played a central role in the past two seasons, could define this one when it is over. The Mets’ medical and training personnel have come under scrutiny as significant physical problems have mounted.
“It’s just been one of those years where guys are falling like flies,” starter Zack Wheeler said. “I feel like we’ve done O.K. with the circumstances that we’ve had.”