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.

THE SPACE BETWEEN

The New York Mets are understandably wobbling. Travis d’Arnaud is on the disabled list. Steven Matz missed his scheduled start in Colorado over the weekend due to elbow soreness. David Wright and Curtis Granderson, the Mets No. 1 and 2 hitters, are slumping. Matt Harvey has been ineffective — and doesn’t know why.