WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

The New York Mets entered Saturday’s play 57-58, in third place, 10 1/2 games behind the National League East leading Washington Nationals and three games behind the surprising Miami Marlins. The Kansas City Royals, whom the Mets played in the 2015 World Series, are having their own set of struggles. Ned Yost’s team is 56-59 in third place, 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central and five games behind the second place Detroit Tigers.

PULLING A RABBIT OUT OF YOUR HAT

As the first weekend of June faded, the New York Mets boarded a plane in Miami headed for Pittsburgh; the 162-game Major League Baseball season offers little time for rest or reflection. It’s on to the next city.

Maybe that’s a good thing for Terry Collins and his aching, limping roster. The Mets clubhouse has morphed into a triage unit over the last month. 

David Wright officially landed on the disabled list Friday with a herniated disk in his neck. Despite the initial prognosis of a 6 to 8-week absence, Wright’s injury could lead to season-ending surgery and, more importantly, put his career in limbo.

SEEING IS BELIEVING

Moments after Terry Collins told the media he was not embarrassed by the team’s current starting lineup, the New York Mets manager penciled in John Mayberry Jr. as his cleanup hitter in the series opener against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the record: Mayberry Jr., who was signed last winter to bolster the team’s bench depth, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts dropping his batting average to .165.