The Mets are moving on and currently the wrong way without Jason Bay.

It remains to be seen if their starting pitching, which provided them another stellar effort Sunday from Chris Young, will continue to sustain them as a competitive team in the National League East; or if Ike Davis will ever recover sufficiently from sub-Mendoza line depths, or if their defensive shortcomings will rear their ugly head more often than not as they did again Sunday and ultimately undermine the gritty personality this team has established under Terry Collins.

While all of those continue to be the primary story lines in Flushing, it is the luckless Bay subplot playing out behind the scenes that hovers ominously in the clubhouse and, presumably, the front office.