Manuel Plays The Blame Game Too

Jerry Manuel was a guest of Mike Francesa this evening on WFAN and he sounded a lot like someone who knew the end was near.

The most interesting part of the interview came when Francesa asked Manuel to tell him what he felt went wrong this season.

Manuel replied that Jason Bay’s lack of power and production really hurt the Mets this season.

“He didn’t have a Jason Bay season.”

He didn’t stop there, also adding that he never thought that David Wright would be as streaky as he was this season offensively.

Regarding Carlos Beltran, he expected him to come back swinging and never expected him to take so long to get started.

When asked if he could deal with Ruben Tejada’s lack of offense in lieu of his great defense, he hesitated and said,

“That would really depend on what we get from the other guys (Bay, Wright, Beltran) I mentioned.” 

Actually, he then brought up Bay’s lack of offense again.

He mostly praised his pitching staff and bullpen and had glowing remarks for Dickey and Takahashi who he hoped the Mets would bring back.

When Francesa asked if this whole team needed a major shakeup, he said “definitely, for sure.”

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