The Mets have just been swept by the Philadelphia Phillies, which puts them two games in front of the National League East as they limp to Atlanta. And with 6 games left on this 10 game road trip, there's a good chance the Mets could be out of first place by the time they finally make it home to Shea. If that happens and the Mets go on to miss the playoffs, I'm putting the blame squarely on Omar Minaya's back for these reasons:
1) His over-the-top love for Latino players which has come back to bite him, esp. in the cases of Duaner Sanchez and Guillermo Mota.
2) Not re-signing Chad Bradford who had an excellent year last year.
3) Giving up way too early on Brian Bannister and trading him for mediocre relief pitcher Ambrioux Burgiois (who couldn't even make the Mets roster this year and now needs Tommy John surgery)
All year long the Mets have allowed the Braves and the Phillies to hang in there, they haven't even had a 5-game winning streak all season. There's a good chance that they might not even win the wild card--hard to imagine considering that the Mets clearly have the best team in the National League.