We can debate all day and year long whether or not the Mets’ awful season is the fault of Jerry Manuel, Omar Minaya, the Wilpons, or the Injuries, or a combination of all of them. But there is one thing I want to see happen this off-season. Omar needs to make more than one big move this time to improve the club. Two years ago he pulled the trigger on bringing in Johan Santana, and last year it was K-Rod and JJ Putz. But nothing was done before the 2009 season to bolster the team’s biggest weakness—starting pitching.
I was worried going in that we didn’t have enough horses in the rotation, and while you surely can’t win when Johan and John Maine each miss more than a month of time, you could also argue that you can’t win with Johan and a collection of #3 and #4 starters. I was a big Maine fan, and still am, but I have tempered my expectations on him being dominant and healthy for a full season. He’s really a #3 or #4 guy now. Pelfrey is a train wreck, and so is Ollie P. And Livan pitched great for a couple months before being derailed by awful performance and then injury. We should pursue Roy Halladay as Joe suggested earlier today, but we can’t stop there. If we can land both Halladay and Jason Marquis, the rotation would look a whole lot nastier—championship nasty so long as everyone stayed healthy, a big if.
But that’s still not going to fix the other big problem—an utter lack of power. Daniel Murphy leading the team with 12 home runs (not counting Jeff Francoeur, who had 5 when he came to New York)? That’s not going to cut it. Depending on the health of both Carlos’, the age of Gary Sheffield, and the fact that David Wright’s 10 homers might be a horrible anomaly, we really need another big bat. I don’t know what that bat is, but you can’t win a championship by hitting 95 home runs as a team.
And the worst part of all this is that I don’t think Omar is going to do enough, again. He’s going to make one token move and otherwise go with what he’s got, and we’re all going to be complaining again. If you feel differently, please say so, but that’s what my gut is telling me.