LOS ANGELES — The Mets’ lack of athleticism, pitching woes and front-office stubbornness are all part of the real challenge this 31-38 team faces.
Combined with the injuries, it has all caught up to Sandy Alderson’s club as the Mets trail the Nationals by 10 ¹/₂ games in the NL East.
The Mets are in an even worse spot for the wild card, 12 games back in the loss column of the rampaging West teams, as the Dodgers, Rockies and Diamondbacks each have only 26 losses.
On Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the Mets ran into the major league’s rookie sensation not named Aaron Judge.
Cody Bellinger, who’s father, Clay, was a Yankee, blasted two more home runs in the Dodgers’ 10-6 win to give him 21 home runs over his first 51 career games, the most in MLB history to start a career.
“It’s unbelievable,’’ Terry Collins said. “This guy swings the bat. He hits it on the barrel.’’
The Mets, who are built around the home run, hit four, including two by Jose Reyes.
Bellinger is all of 21. That’s the same age as Amed Rosario.
Despite all the issues surrounding his team, Alderson is holding out hope the Mets can make a run.
“We are [far] back in the wild-card race, but we are way behind only two teams,’’ Alderson told The Post. “It’s not like we have to climb over eight teams. That’s something that has to happen over the next several weeks, we’ve got to start picking up games.’’
Essentially the Mets still are holding out hope they will beat the lesser teams.
The Mets, from Alderson on down, have been a cocky team from the start. That came with the territory when Noah Syndergaard was healthy and running around like a comic book character.
They need a reality check.
They’ve lost five of the last seven games and have surrendered 9.2 runs per game in those losses. No team can hit that many home runs to overcome such a deficit.
The Mets hit four home runs off Clayton Kershaw, the most he has ever surrendered in a game, but it…