The Mets were in the pennant race when they left for the coast. Now, losing 9 of 11, they seem to be out of it. Weak Mets teams have coast trips like that. The team has been measured and found wanting. I'm sure they can hit better than they did on this trip, and maybe they will come home and put together another streak. But they are down to.500 now, and: here comes kindly August.