Jacob deGrom did not pitch Sunday and the Mets won nevertheless, which is a reflection on the current condition of the reeling Phillies. But it also is part of a growing puzzle that will challenge the Mets, particularly whoever succeeds Sandy Alderson.

The totality of the past two years strongly suggests the Mets are not a good team and reconstruction is imperative. But let’s face it, the Wilpons are not hiring someone who recommends a raze as the best strategy to rise.

And you can see the seducing qualities that would coerce GM candidates to sell what Mets ownership wants to hear. I am sure if you anonymously polled the front offices of the Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers and Rockies and asked which NL club they would prefer not to see come October (should those teams qualify for the playoffs), it would be the Mets. Such is the power of starting pitching even in the season when more than ever teams attempted to diminish the impact of rotations.

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