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The Mets are struggling all year but is anybody really at fault? FOXSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal breaks down the NL division.
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I'm Brian -- it's time to talk baseball for that we're pleased to be joined by foxsports.com. Senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal can. -- third baseman David Wright blast that he'd be after a loss this way people -- all the injuries the Mets are dealing with is that he really under achieving. Well tempting as it always is to rip the Mets can't really do it in this case. If you took the equivalent of Carlos Delgado Carlos Beltran Jose -- JJ put. -- Oliver Perez all of any other team. It would be -- in the same problems that the Mets are. In one game this week the Mets and Alex Cora batting first Daniel Murphy second nick Evans -- -- end Jeremy Reed it. Ladies and gentlemen that is not -- lineup that Omar and I envisioned when he put this team together. Now that's that a lot of people of wonder why has not made any moves at all. Fair question. Not in the sense that the Mets can go out and get necessarily someone like Nick Johnson. Who would be replaced by Delgado it Delgado came back as expected him in August. But Scott Hairston earning just one point 25 million dollars was available last week and treated last week the open dates. It's very fair of Mets fans ask where were the Mets in this particular transaction. Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is not happy with the manager Lou put out Soriano spending more time on the bench and he'd like to what's going on -- Chicago. Well they've been the most disappointing team in the major leagues this year and yet there's still 500 no right in the thick of the NL central. Let's start with -- He is -- not because he's been benched three times in the past eight games but because Luke Allen didn't give him advance notice of his most recent. You might say that sounds rather petulant. But it is routine from interest -- veteran players heads up the night before tell them listen. I'm not going to play tomorrow just prepared to take a mental day off. That it Soria has -- -- okay. Here's a guy hitting 182. In his last forty games and his struggles are one reason why the Cubs haven't igniting yet. But of course the Cubs in the Cubs there are many issues. Ryan Dempster hop fans -- hope he'll miss a month. Geovany Soto now -- oblique strain that's a major concern. In Milton Bradley brought into -- right handed pitching has yet they hit well in the left high. So they have one issue after another but clearly -- Oreo productive. When he's productive in the line up everyday. And maybe -- bat leadoff spot. The Houston Astros started June 9 games out of first place in their division but and then they cut back up at half or the Astros legitimate playoff contenders. They actually are legitimate contenders particularly in that watered down and -- central. Where there are five teams within three and a half games of first place the Astros being one of them. You mentioned those records since may 31 they are tied for the second best record in nationally. Before that eight they had the third worst record in the majors. So the question is what has changed. Couple things. One Lance Berkman has finally gotten hot and always is critical for the Astros. But even more significant -- Berkman has been the performance of the astros' rotation. Currently ranks sixth nationally rotation here -- Royals -- is back to being Royals while one that Rodriguez has performed at a near All-Star level. It got enough decent work Adam Mike Hampton and the rest of that group to really be a formidable team over the last 67 weeks. Now do expect the Astros to win the National League central no. But because they're competitive you know that their owner Drayton McLane is not going to sell off part. If it in the Astros might be looking for bullpen piece or two as they go forward. Okay -- always we appreciate your side for Ken Rosenthal I'm Bryan Webber will.