Monday, May 26, 2014

Meet The Mess.....2014 New York Mets: Same Old Same Old

The three stooges

We're one third through the 2014 MLB season, but the 2014 New York Mets are already looking a lot like the 2013 Mets and the 2012 Mets and the 2011 Mets....(continue all the way back to 2008).

I have been a die hard Mets fan since I was a little kid and I will remain one through thick and thin. However, it is getting to the point that I am compeltely fed up at the inept way that the franchise is run. Either the Wilpons don't give a crap about their fans or they are just terrible baseball people. I actually think it's both. So, until the Wilpons and the Mets organization begin to show us fans that they want to put out a winning ball club, I will not spend one cent at Citi Field.

Prior to the start of the season, Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson boldly predicted that the Mets would win 90 games this season. So far the club is 22-28. In order to win 90 games, the Mets will have to go 68-44. Anyone that can repeat Tug McGraw's old Mets mantra, You Gotta Believe, with a straight face has to be delusional. This team is lacking in many areas.

The season started off decent enough and the Mets came out of April five games over .500 with a 15-10 record. Since then the only bright spot was defeating the Yankees twice in a row at Yankee Stadium. Other than that almost every game goes a little something like this:

  1. Great starting pitching.
  2. Mets offense can't mount a challenge.
  3. Starter gets the loss
  1. Great starting pitching.
  2. Mets offense scratches out a few runs.
  3. Bulllpen comes in and blows the game.
  1. Bartolo Colon stinks up the joint putting the Mets in an early hole.
  2. Mets offense can't mount a challenge.
  3. Mets lose

Since those 2 impressive wins at Yankee Stadium, the Mets have gone 3-9, including 2 consecutive shutouts at Citi Field at the hand of the Yankees.

Even when something good happens for the Mets they can't reap the rewards. During the Yankees series, the Mets were in need of an extra arm and promoted Jacob deGrom from Las Vegas. The kid has been tremendous in each of his three starts and in 19.2 innings he has put up a 1.83 ERA. Based on that you would assume that the kid has a W to his name...but this being the Mets those tremendous starts have been wasted and deGrom is 0-2. It's ridiculous.

The Mets finally have a decent starting rotation but everything else is a mess.

  • The team batting average is .227 giving the Mets a MLB rank of 25 out of 30.
  • The Mets have hit 34 homes ranking them 27 out of 30.
  • The Mets bullpen has 8 blown saves which ties them four other clubs for third most.

Based on some of the comments from Mets fans on Twitter it's clear that I'm not the only one that is fed up.


  1. I do think they are on the right track, but even more changes are necessary to get to the winning level, and still more needed to get to the contention level. excising valverde and farnsworth were good starts. having cruz instead of young would have helped, but...hopefully an innocent hudgeons losing his 'job' will make some players accountable, as you cant fire the team. But primarily, I think they need an infusion of different energies and styles, with a new manager, to get them to a new level. Also, some more better spent moneies have to be pumped in to the payroll, for a slugger, leader and an everyday table setter. 90 wins was a pipedream, but it is not unreasonable to think they could be a .500 or better team this year, if a few things break right for them. i just do not believe that Collins has that ability to bring a team to that next level, as much as I like him as a nuturer of young players. Look at what Bobby V. did with so much less talent at many positions. yes, he had Piazza, olerud, and Alfonso, but he also had Agbayani, Payton and Hamilton for OF'ers. and Leiter as an ace. He did a lot with less. Collins' guys seem to underachieve or regress, like Ike did. Like Tejada has. I dunno. I like Alderson's moves for the most part. But he has made clunker moves as well.

    1. Thanks for the comment Peter. I also thought they were on the right track but now I'm not so sure. Good points about Valentine getting a lot out of non superstars. Collins comes off as a nice guy, but maybe that's the problem. At the end of the day, the real problem is ownership and their inability to invest in a winning team. Mets fans are definitely loyal but we're not stupid and we're being taken for granted by the organization.