Where There’s a Will(ie), There’s a Way

An article by posted on June 13, 2008

I sat there stunned as Billy Wagner blew his 5th save yesterday. I turned the game off after that because I had a feeling of what was going to happen next: enter Heilman, D-Backs win game. Of course, I put none of the blame on Heilman himself because he would not have been pitching had Wags gotten the third out. Casey Stengel once said, "Most ball games are lost, not won." Well, Casey doesn’t know the 2008 Mets, where it seems like every game is lost. I know the 1962 Mets went 40-120, but at least they were likeable.

Instead of being excited over a Mets victory, I feel relief. Instead of the happiness that comes with victory, I feel relieved that we had a 1-2-3 ninth instead of putting runners on base (like that’s actually happened). I shouldn’t have to feel relief. I shouldn’t be saying to myself, "Thank god we got out of that one."

A report by Ken Rosenthal on Foxsports.com says that Willie Randolph is on thin ice and Omar Minaya will determine Willie’s fate. Since the press conference on May 26, where the Wilpons announced that Willie was still the manager of the Mets, the Mets are 8-8. They also lost five in a row, including three straight 2-1 losses.

The report also says that Mike Pelfrey talked Willie into letting him pitch into the ninth. It was the first time he reached the ninth inning in his career and Willie took him out after letting off a base hit. Well, kudos to Mike Pelfrey for wanting to keep going, for wanting to defy the de facto 100 pitch rule, for wanting to give his bullpen a much needed rest.

While I appreciate Willie for guiding the Mets to the 2006 NLCS, 2006 was two years ago and Willie’s time at Shea may be up. The Mets have become predictable, down to which pitcher Willie uses in each situation, no matter how hot or cold the pitcher may be at that point. One of my fellow bloggers noted that some of the Mets players were tired of playing in New York. We need to lower our expectations of this team; we need to accept that we’re already 7.5 games behind the Philthy Phils. Right now, I just want them to stay at .500 for more than three days. I still believe in this team, but I just want them to produce a winning record, not a pennant.

Casey Stengel also said, "The Mets have shown me more ways to lose than I even knew existed." I think we’ve seen them lose in every possible way, while adding a couple to the book. Now lets go out there and win!

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