I admit this has been a very painful start of the Mets season. I don’t think I have seen this team come out so slow since names like Bailor, Ownby and Morales graced the back of the Mets pinstriped uniforms. If you listen to the media, read the papers and take the pulse of the Mets fan base, they will conclude that the Mets season is over – finito, time to cash in the chips and wait until next season.
But is it really time to bury the Mets? First off they have not been playing at full strength. Jason Bay is expected back this week , which makes both the starting lineup as well as the bench a lot stronger. Secondly we are about to play a stretch of games against bad teams which includes the Astros, Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals. These are teams that we know the Mets are better than. And if the Mets can finally get their act together and go 9-2 against these teams – well then it would be a whole new ball game now wouldn’t it ?
I know right now that Chris Young is on the shelf and Mike Pelfrey seems to be trying to find his form from last season, but Dickey seems to be getting back on track since his meltdown on Mets opening day two weeks ago,and Chris Capuano seems to be better than decent when he keeps the ball in the park. Jon Niese has been a hard luck loser, pitching well enough to lose, and Dillon Gee has the stuff to be a under the radar pitcher like Rick Reed.
I have maintained that this team will more than likely not make the playoffs, but they will make a strong push until the last week of September, so far they have proved me wrong, but it’s is hardly the time to bury this team.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include:
Mets starting pitcher from ’89-’91, Frank Viola is 51 (1960). If there was ever a player for the Mets who could be described as a mystery wrapped in a enigma it would be Frank Viola. When Frank was first obtained by the Mets at the trade deadline in ’89 for Rick Aguilera, Dave West, Kevin Tapani and 2 minor leaguers, it was thought that he would be the final piece that would clinch the Mets chances of making the post season. Viola pitched decently, going 5-5 with a ERA of 3.38, but the Mets barely missed the post season. He went 20-12 in ’90 but had a abysmal ’91 season ,where he went 13-15 with a ERA of 3.97. He is currently the pitching coach for the Mets short season, Brooklyn Cyclones affiliate.
Back up catcher from ’96 season, Brent Mayne is 43 (1968) .
One of Omar Minaya’s biggest follies, flame throwing reliever from the ’07 season, Ambiorix Burgos is 27 (1984) . If there will ever be a Mets Hall of Shame , I would think that Burgos’s off field antics ( spousal abuser, alleged murderer ) would give him the dishonor of being a charter member. It makes me wish that Brian Bannister was still a Met.
The New York Mets traded shortstop, Tim Foli and minor league player, Greg Field to the Pittsburgh Pirates for shortstop, Frank Taveras on April 19, 1979. It was the typical uninspiring deal for a awful team. At least I got to see ” Crazy Horse” play a game in a Mets uniform.
I wonder who would win in a hot dog eating contest – Mo Vaughn or Mike Francessa !!!!