Break Up The Mets?

An article by posted on October 2, 2007

That’s what Jon Heyman of SI.com thinks in this morning’s column…

Following one of the bigger collapses in major league history, the Mets need to make some significant personnel changes for 2008. They simply can’t come back with the same team. They couldn’t possibly sell that to the public. More important, they couldn’t sell it to themselves.

…Besides suggesting a major overhaul, Jon goes on to pinpoint some of the problems as well as offering up a few solutions…

The Mets’ young stars look like they could use some seasoning, at the very least. Lastings Milledge, who was determined to be an untouchable at the trade deadline, needs to grow up or be sent out. Carlos Gomez, another untouchable, appeared overmatched. While young stars like Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy are blossoming across town, the Mets’ pitching prospects Mike Pelfrey and Phil Humber didn’t overwhelm anyone. Getting younger is a great goal. The problem is, not one of the Mets’ youngest players showed that they are ready to help.

The Mets’ young stars look like they could use some seasoning, at the very least. Lastings Milledge, who was determined to be an untouchable at the trade deadline, needs to grow up or be sent out. Carlos Gomez, another untouchable, appeared overmatched. While young stars like Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy are blossoming across town, the Mets’ pitching prospects Mike Pelfrey and Phil Humber didn’t overwhelm anyone. Getting younger is a great goal. The problem is, not one of the Mets’ youngest players showed that they are ready to help. 

The pitching failed them. The bullpen took all the bullets, but the starting pitching — excellent early — was equally as brutal in the final days. The Mets never got the ace that they needed. And the truth is, pitching coach Rick Peterson, who became the darling of the Mets’ higher-ups and media in New York, missed the mark most of the year. Discards Brian Bannister, Heath Bell ("Peterson just didn’t think much of Bell,” a team source said) and Matt Lindstrom all showed significant improvement elsewhere. "Lindstrom throws 100 and he’s come up with a pretty good breaking ball. He’s going to be a closer soon, maybe next year,” one AL scout said. Plus, Chad Bradford, who went to Baltimore, was dearly missed.

…I don’t believe the Mets can put this brutal collapse behind them by just showing up at Spring Training with the same cast of chracters that contributed to this mess. If that happens, than the Mets are in store for some lean years as they say goodbye to Shea and hello to their new park Citi Field. Clearly, the Mets are not as good as they thought, and conversely you can expect the Marlins, Braves and Phillies to be even better next season…

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