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One to blame for this mess

Manager Jerry Manuel was the one asked if he still had a job earlier this week. General manager Omar Minaya, though, is the one who should be really concerned.

Another early season stumble prompted the Mets’ chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon to meet the team on its two-game road trip in Atlanta that wrapped up last night. Wilpon insisted no one was to be fired — at least not yet.

“We are only worrying about baseball, how we can win on the field right now,” Minaya recently told reporters. “We have the right pieces in place. I believe that.”

They seem to be all the wrong pieces, as the Mets lost five straight to plummet to last place in the division before Monday’s 3-2 win over the Braves. Another lengthy losing streak could spell the end of Minaya, who has made the

Mets one of the league’s most expensive teams since taking over before the 2005 season.

Minaya, of course, has been in this position before. When the Mets were struggling two years ago he pledged public support for manager Willie Randolph in late May and early June. In the early morning hours of June 17, 2008, though, Randolph was canned with some of his coaches.

This time the axe could fall on both the manager and GM.

“That’s something that’s out of our control,”?David Wright said. “We just have to go out there and try to get wins.”

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