Wow, todays match-up between Brandon Webb (11-2) and Mike Pelfrey (2-6) really shows the disparity between a great team and a team who thinks they’re great. It just seems like the Mets keep finding ways to lose, while teams like the Phillies and the Diamondbacks keep finding ways to win.
I really feel bad for David Wright who is always at his locker after each game trying to explain why his team is so abysmal. The wear and tear of this season has transformed him from the always smiling, always optimistic, always enthusiastic player he once was to this depressed and confused young man who has run out of excuses for his teammates. Watching the post game show on SNY has become a real drag.
I wish Mets fans would stop saying that the Mets play with no heart or that the players have no guts. Nothing could be further from the truth. These guys all have plenty of heart. They bust their asses every day they take the field. The problem is that the expectations are way too high for a team that is simply mediocre and average. You can’t explain away the fact that for a over a year they have proven to be just a .500 team. Please don’t blame the players for this, blame management.
The fact that no Mets player will be in the starting lineup for the All Star game shouldn’t come as a surprise to Mets fans. Put away your outrage and face the facts… there is no player on this team who deserves to unseat the current leaders on the All Star Ballot. I’m sure that Billy Wagner may grab a spot as the lone Mets representative, but after that your guess is as good as mine. Maybe Wright gets in too… I hope he does…
At what point do we begin to consider a complete overhaul? Most teams look at their record at the All Star break and usually if they are under .500 they become sellers… My biggest fear is that the Mets go down to the wire assuming they are buyers and in the end we fail to make the post season and we have nothing to show for Carlos Delgado, Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou and Oliver Perez who all walk away at the end of the season. I think I would have more fun trading these guys for some young and exciting players and then I can enjoy the rest of the season regardless of whether we win or lose, knowing fully well that in 2009 we will be younger and better.
Is it me or has everyone in the Mets bullpen given up a game tying or game winning homerun in the past week? Hmm… Obviously Duaner Sanchez, Joe Smith and Claudio Vargas did last night. Then there was the Billy Wagner game… and the Pedro Feliciano walk-off… and oh yeah Schoeneweis… Okay, I had to stop writing for a minute and check the boxscores. In five of the Mets last six losses, the losing pitchers were Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweis, Pedro Feliciano, Billy Wagner and Joe Smith. Wow!
Okay, I think I’m starting to feel sick now. More later…