Monday, November 11, 2013

The Baseball Crazy Season Has Begun For The Mets and Sandy Alderson Better Get Things Right

Mets fans are counting on you Sandy (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Arsenal are on hiatus for two weeks as international matches are taking place so this one is all about the Mets.

It's that time of year when rumors begin to fly around as the baseball off season dealings begin to make news. I've heard what some of the broadcasters think and read what some of the beat writers have speculated. Time will tell, but here are just some of the things that this loyal Mets fan is thinking about as the Hot Stove begins to heat up.

Of course Mets fans are some of the most loyal baseball fans around. They have to be...after sitting through a 15 year period of the Yankees getting all the positive headlines in New York while the Mets were relegated to late night fodder for David Letterman and Jon Stewart...they remained loyal.

As the Yankee dynasty continues to crumble (it is so wonderful to watch this happen and see entitled Yankee fans not used to anything but winning jump ship), the Mets are in prime position to take over the number one spot in the city. That is, if the organization can finally do something right.

That was then....2006 (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
The 2006 Mets won the NL East and were primed to become a mini dynasty. As we all know, that era ended right after Endy Chavez's amazing catch in game 7 of the NLCS. In other words, they were a one season wonder. Two embarrassing late season collapses followed and then five straight pathetic losing seasons. Us Mets fans have been more than patient. PLEASE Mets, do something right.

This is now (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Let's start with shortstop. Ruben Tejada is terrible and he missed almost all of last season. Luckily Omar Quintanilla filled in admirably but he's obviously not the answer. I hate to say I told you so, but I TOLD YOU SO. At the top of the Mets' wish list is a new shortstop. Why the Mets let their franchise shortstop and one of the games most exciting players walk away (and get nothing in return) still baffles me. Jose Reyes is long gone and those jerseys that would still be flying out of the Mets clubhouse stores are being sold in Toronto. Typical Mets.
The Mets need a why is Reyes in Toronto? (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Names being mentioned include Jhonny Peralta, Rafael Furcal, Erick Aybar and Jef Lowrie. I've heard Troy Tulowitzki's name as well and that would be an amazing pick up.

First base is still up for discussion. Fans like Ike. Fans want Ike to do well. Unfortunately, Ike has been beyond terrible. He's had so many chances over two seasons and there comes a point where enough is enough.
Ike in his typical pose (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
I pray the Mets don't think that Lucas Duda is the answer. He can hit the long ball every now and then, but other than that, he's slower than an 85 year old woman with one leg. Balls that should be outs when he's in the outfield turn in to singles or even doubles. He strikes out constantly and rarely has a clutch hit. He's proven that having a cute last name is not enough of a reason to keep an unproductive player. It's time to say bye bye.

Daniel Murphy may not be the most graceful or gifted athlete, but he's worked his ass off and has become a pretty good second baseman...and man can he hit. It seems like he gets a hit in almost every clutch situation. He's a keeper.

David Wright is the only true lock on the Mets that can be counted on. The organization is lucky to have a loyal class act like him as the face of the franchise. If they ever traded him, there would be anarchy in Queens.
Mr. Met....David Wright is the face of the franchise (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
I hear the Mets are looking for a catcher, but I am confused as I thought that Travid d'Arnaud was a top prospect. The kid barely had a chance to play last season due to injuries so how about giving him a chance? They let Duda suck for two seasons straight, the least they could do is give d'Arnaud a real look.

As for the outfield. Who the hell knows. Juan Lagares looked great so he deserves the opportunity to win a starting job. As for the rest, they better get a couple of power hitters to fill those holes. The Mets' offense last season was beyond pathetic.

As for pitching, the club has some great young arms and hopefully the club won't screw this up and trade these valuable pieces, unless they get REAL value in return. Proving the Mets are cursed, they finally get a Cy Young caliber pitcher in Matt Harvey and then lose him for next season after Tommy John surgery. They do however have Niese, Wheeler and Gee who were all solid last last year. The Mets also have young arms such as Monetero and Syndergaard that could be ready to make an impact next season. 

Dan Wheeler = Good (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
I have read a couple of rumors that the Mets are looking at the possibility of reacquiring Mike Pelfrey. I pray these are false. Why the Mets would even consider Pelfrey at this point is beyond me. He proved how unreliable and how bad he could be already. Don't go back. That would be like bringing back Oliver Perez or going back to an abusive spouse...i.e. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

Pelfrey = Bad (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
As for the bullpen, I have no clue. The funny thing is they were pretty good last year. All those years when the offense was fine, the bullpen sucked. As one would expect with the Mets, once the bullpen looked reliable, the offense disappeared. Parnell had an excellent season while the surprise package was LaTroy Hawkins....Hawkins, however, is about 58 years old so who knows what he has left.

The bottom line....reports are that Alderson has money to burn and he intends to improve this ball club. Based on how lousy they've been in recent years, it shouldn't be that hard to "improve" the team. What us Mets fans want, however, is a "real" team. Get it done Sandy. Pitchers and catchers report in about 150 days.

Time to bring the good times back to Queens (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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