The question is simple. The answer is near impossible.
In the past when this question was posed the answer was relatively easy. For the last two seasons it was bullpen help, bullpen help, bullpen help. At times it's been starting pitching or an outfielder with a bat. But after dropping two painful games to the rival Phillies and with the toughest stretch of the season before us the question has become much more complicated.
Why? Because the Mets need a little of everything.
John Maine has just been put on the DL, Tim Redding is good only every other start and Pelfrey is not quite ready to be a #2 starter. So the answer could be the Mets need to get a starting pitcher.
But then I look at the abysmal effort the Mets have shown in the field lately. Errors are occurring every game and outside of Beltran there's a question mark at almost every position when it comes to defense. So the answer could be the Mets need to get some defensive help.
But then there's the loss of Delgado, the decline of Sheffield, the lack of clutchness from Wright & Beltran. FMart is still learning the ropes and Daniel Murphy hasn't quite lived up to the hype. The Mets can't score runs late so maybe the answer is the Mets need a big RBI bat.
There are so many things the Mets need. An argument could be made that the Mets need some extra bullpen help or a first baseman or a new trainer.
The possibilites are endless, but the options available are very few.
But the one thing that is for certain is that the Mets need something. A few wins would be a good place to start.