The Mets are still only five games back in the NL East race and an equivalent five games back in the NL Wild Card race. And yet, again, they lost a close game more because of their own mistakes and lack of execution than the opponent outplaying them.
Mets have scored 248 runs so far and allowed 252. That should be “good” for .500 and not seven games under.
They´re an MLB worst 8-17 in one-run games. If they had gone 13-12 in these games, the Mets would be 33-30 and holding the second Wild Card spot in the NL. The Mets have also lost 21 games in which they initially held the lead.
But this is a team that is in pretty much every game and should be winning more games than it actually has – for all the flaws on the roster which are similar to flaws on other rosters. The manager is not getting the most out of this roster – and stands for the losing ways of past seasons.
It´s why managerial mistakes have been magnified and the constant lack of execution – be it baserunning, situational hitting, defense and pitching wise – has been a major factor.
The way this year is playing out – due to all the parity in the league – the Mets season can still be salvaged rather easily.
The lack of success so far this season, is all the more upsetting because things could have been looking a lot better now with just a little fine tuning.
Mr. Wilpon and Mr. Alderson,
MAKE A MANAGERIAL REPLACEMENT AND CHANGE THE TONE AROUND THIS TEAM!
Terry Collins has done an admirable job with his hands tied behind his back in the past. The players like him. Thank him for that.
But sometimes, a fresh start is needed. And it´s about time this happens for the Mets in terms of managing the players on the active roster.
Players that are 25 or younger, now make up almost one third of the Mets roster and are looking to establish themselves as major leaguers for the long haul and many may be part of the Mets next core going forward. All of these players remain under team control for the next 5+ years.
Hopefully the growing pains won´t be too extensive. And while Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard - the two highest ceiling arms that you can also add to that group – remain in the pipeline poised to help either late in this season or early next, this is pretty much it in terms of potential impact young talent for the major league roster for the foreseeable future.
The Mets chances for the remainder of the 2014 season but even more so in 2015 largely depend on how this group of young players ends up performing and how quickly they manage to adjust to the major leagues. With veterans like Wright, Granderson, Murphy, Niese, Gee and Colon potentially also playing a vital role, of course.
For the past 3+ years, Terry Collins and his staff have navigated the Mets through the rebuilding phase, dominated by severe financial restrictions and tried to keep spirits up in spite of having limited talent at hand. It´s tough to say whether the impact of TC and his staff on the 77, 74 and 74 win seasons from 2011 through 2013 was positive, neutral or negative. Still, at the very least, Collins was a good soldier and oversaw the transition on the field. But now a new era has begun.
The wave of young talent we’ve been waiting on for a couple of years has pretty much arrived. Yet, the results on the field haven´t changed and the Mets once again seem headed towards a mid-70 win season with no “meaningful” games scheduled for August and September.
TC – apparently well liked & respected by his players – deserved the chance to return in 2014 with the financial restrictions lessened and the wave of young talent finally arriving. But a good start was mandatory to receive an extended chance – and the Mets currently find themselves at 28-35 while mired in a six game losing streak.
This experiment can´t go on. While TC deserves credit and appreciation for trying his best with what he had, he symbolizes the transitional period of 2011 and 2013 – with the common denominator that his teams have constantly failed to win. It may not be his fault and it may not be fair. But he can´t remain in charge of the Mets. Offer him a job within the organization as a thank-you . But relieve him of his duties. Right NOW – and not in a month when the Mets may well be 10-20 games back and totally out of things.
Will this be the cure and instantly turn the Mets into a bonafide contender? Probably not. But it would show how serious ownership & the front office are about EXPECTING and not just HOPING to win.
What´s needed in 2014 isn’t necessarily a playoff team, but obvious progress. And currently we´re not seeing that. ACT NOW!