Due to the changing nature of Baseball there are certain records which will stand forever. Cy Young’s 511 wins and Walter Johnson’s 113 shutouts come to mind. Nowadays pitchers don’t even toss 113 complete games much less 113 shutouts.
Then there are records which were supposed to stand forever but did not, such as Ty Cobb’s 4191 hits. In 1928 Walter Johnson retired with 3508 strikeouts, a record that stood for over 50 years. However, The Big Train has been dropped to 9th on that list. 714 HR’s was unattainable. But yet, in another 10 years or so, The Sultan of Swat may very well be 5th.
This brings me to another record: 120 losses, a dubious honor set by our own beloved Mets. Since that 62 team set the modern day record for baseball ineptitude only once has a team even come close (the 03 Tigers lost 119). Could this be the season we break our own shameful record? Probably not. However…
It’s only a few weeks into a new season. For those who say it’s too early to panic, you’re right. We all knew that 2011 would be a wasted season filled with more losses then wins. But this??? This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
The image of this years club with this big of a payroll losing a record 120 games seems unlikely. However we’ve lost 8 out of our first 9 at home. In 1962, we lost 7 of our first 8 at home. Our record of 5-13 has not only landed us in the bottom of the NLE and resulted in the worst record in all of baseball, but this is the worst start in team history since 1964. We lost 109 games that year.
We’ve lost 12 of our last 14.
It does seem, at least as of now, that we may break 100 losses for the 1st time since 1993 and only the 3rd time since 1967. Even in the dark post-Seaver era of the late 70’s/early 80’s the hapless club managed to avoid the century mark.
I will admit discussing 120 losses in April seems premature. But unless things change, that is the road we are heading down.
Through yesterday, the Mets are 12th in the league in HR’s and slugging and 14th in OBP. Our team ERA of 5.25 is 2nd worst. Our pitchers have allowed 74 walks, most in the league.
Remember Angel Pagan? Yes, the same Angel Pagan who’d been named de-facto lead-off hitter once Reyes heads to greener pastures. The same Angel Pagan who was a contributing factor to Gold Glover Carlos Beltran moving to RF. Right now Pagan’s weight is higher than his batting average.
Remember Tom Seaver and Doc Gooden and David Cone? These were some of our aces who got the opening day start in seasons past. Add Mike Pelfrey to that list. This years “ace” has a 9.72 ERA.
David Wright is currently mired in an 0-19 slump and his BA has dropped to 239. Wright apparently has a new approach this season. His frequent swinging and missing is creating enough of a breeze at home plate that perhaps he is secretly trying to have opposing catchers come down with a cold.
We all have the sinking feeling that the Mets will most definitely be sellers at the trading deadline. As bad as we are now, imagine how much worse things may get when you possibly subtract Reyes and Beltran (and maybe even Wright) from the equation.
Yes, I’m being sarcastic. No, David Wright will not end the season with a 239 BA. Nor will Pelfrey end with a 9.00+ ERA. Pagan’s BA will rise above his weight. Hopefully Bay will bounce back and Johan can return and at least help us have a fairly respectable season. We all knew everything had to fall into place for us to even be somewhat competitive. Now it’s almost as if everything has to fall into place just to avoid losing 100 games. Or more.
All we can do is sit back, watch, hope for the best while yet another season passes by.
Lets Go…yea, whatever