Last year around this time the Mets were limping into the All-Star Break after performing way over what was expected of them by both the sports media – as well as the fans.
So far this season we had seen almost the same thing. Terry Collin’s squad was predicted to be the laughing stock of the National League East, and after a 5-13 start it would have been a easy assumption that they would never sniff .500.
Well not only have they sniffed .500 on more than one occasion, they were as high as two games over. But in the last seven games the Mets have started to flame out a bit, going 2-5. Jose Reyes has been out for the better part of 2 weeks with a grade 1 hamstring strain , and Carlos Beltran has not seen action since Friday – being felled by a bad case of the flu.
The team has played admirably in their absence, always – unfortunately in the words of Art Howe “ battled“ in every game, but either a boneheaded play ( see Bay, Jason) or ineffective outing by a pitcher ( see Pelfrey, Mike) has doomed the Mets to being a game under .500 at this juncture of the season.
The team has already jettisonned their ” lights out ” closer, Francisco Rodriguez, and it is almost a given that Beltran will be out the door within 12 days. So will this team finish with a whimper or can they gut out the remainder of the schedule to prove that they are a team that is better than last years sub .500 record?
Well I have to hope that the Mets will be able to bounce back from this mini slump that they are mired in. Jose Reyes is expected back as soon as today, after playing a rehab game in Brooklyn yesterday. David Wright is expected back this Friday night in Miami – if all goes well in his rehab games, and Johan is in the middle of a spring training schedule to get his surgically repaired shoulder into game shape.
The question is will this be enough for a team that has teeter tottered throughout the entire season, or in the case of last season is it already too late ?
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes :
Mets hitting instructor from ’75-’78, Phil Cavarretta would have been 95 today (1916). He was allegedly the only person whose career spanned from the time of Babe Ruth and the early career of Hank Aaron.
Middle reliever from the ’65-’66, Gordie Richardson is 73(1938).
Reserve outfielder from ’87-’91, Mark Carreon is 48 (1963).
One of the better Mets first basemen of the ’90′s ( and now an admitted steroid cheat), David Segui is 45 (1966).
One time top outfield prospect ( and step/adopted son of Mookie), Preston Wilson is 37 (1974). He was the centerpiece in the deal that imported Mike Piazza from the Florida Marlins.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of utility infielder, Bobby Klaus from the Cincinnati Reds on July 19, 1964.
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder ( and clubhouse cancer), Karim Garcia to the Baltimore Orioles for middle reliever, Mike DeJean on July 19, 2004.
The New York Mets traded second baseman, Jeff Keppinger to the Kansas City Royals for utility infielder, Ruben Gotay on July 19, 2006. Yeah – that worked out well !
I had spotted Mo Vaughn during my stay up in Newport Rhode Island last week. Needless to say there was not a quahog to be found after he had left town !