Today is one of those rare days in the life of a Mets blogger. When I went to do research to see what current or former Mets player was celebrating a birthday along with what transactions might have taken place, I found well…. nothing . It kind of puts me in a strange position because writing about memories of futures past is my forte.
So I decided today to take a page out of my fellow co-writer , GonzoWill’s book and I will pose the “Rustyjr’s Questionable Query ” of the day.
Today’s questions is – ” Do you see the upcoming 2011 season being more like the lost summer of ’83 where all we had to get excited about was the return of Tom Seaver, the acquisition of Keith Hernandez along with Darryl Strawberry’s “Rookie of the Year” season, or do you see this being more like the ’84 season when we got a reason to be optimistic by the arrivals of Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling etc?
I n my opinion I can see this season being more like ’84. First off the critics had pegged the Mets to finish dead last for their seventh straight season, they vilified the new manager ( Davey Johnson) and they thought there too many question marks surrounding the team. The Mets finished in second place that season winning 90 games, just losing the N.L East to the Chicago Cubs, but they proved their critics wrong. Can this season’s Mets do the same ? I think they have a good shot of being in the Wild Card chase going into the late months of the season. Will they win a spot in the post season ? Who knows, and you can never discount a team that features Wright, Reyes, Bay , Davis and Beltran. It is still one of the better line ups in the National League. I also think that the both the bullpen as well well as the starting rotation will be better than most people expect it to be. I also expect Terry Collins to be a better in game tactician that Jerry Manuel.
Will this team win 90 games like their ’84 counterparts ? I doubt it but like I have said before , I feel this team is good enough to win between 85 and 88 games.
Your thoughts ?
And with that said … HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
And while you keep scratching you heads trying to figuring out the winning combination for you NCAA March Madness brackets, just remember that there are just 17 Keith Hernandez days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and only 24 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn has took up the fine art of macrame.