Fact- The 2009 season was partially ruined by injuries BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT- The Phillies have won 91 with 5 to go, so they will end up with likely around 93-94 wins, Rockies 89 wins with 5 to go, they will likely win 91-92 games, so how were the Mets making the playoffs even if healthy with the team they trotted out there opening day? Beltran, Reyes, Delgado and Wright (especially the 2009 version) and Santana were going to carry this team to 92+ wins? Murphy, Schneider, Church, Pelfrey all stunk, all were basically unaffected by injury (I know Schneider was injured but cmon). Whether people want to accept it or not this team was NOT a great team on paper. Could they have challenged for the playoffs? Sure. But the math says we needed more than 90 wins to make it and with the roster we had even healthy that looked like a stretch.
Injuries obviously are all people want to talk about. Injuries are why Jerry Manuel has gotten a pass (2 seasons of 85 or more wins out of 7 full seasons as an MLB manager), they are why Omar has received a pass (Who goes into the season with a 140 million dollar payroll with Church, Murphy, Castillo (coming off a HORRIBLE year) and Schneider? PLUS Maine coming off surgery and Livan Hernandez but spends 4.5 on Cora and Redding, 6.5 on a set-up man (yet not enough money for a real RF or LF) and gives Oliver Perez 3 years 36 without ANY other offer on the table?