Wow talk about a nail-biter of a game last night ! I have to admit that when umpire Kerwin Williams erroneously called David Wright out when he was obviously safe sliding home in the seventh inning , well lets just say I didn’t expect the Mets to end up winning the game.
With Last nights win against the Marlins, our Mets are now 70-71, one game under .500. In order for the Mets to finish at .500, they would have to go 11-10 the rest of the season. Honestly I think this is an attainable goal. This team has scratched and clawed it way to respectability this season, and I don’t think that this team will accept falling short of that mark to end this season.
When you look at the roster as it stands now, you realize that this team has either
A. played way over their heads
B. Played well despite losing core players such as David Wright, Jose Reyes and Ike Davis missing big chunks of the season and trading away important players such as Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez.
We must also keep in mind we haven’t our best pitcher, Johan Santana as well as this franchise being under a black cloud since the break of Spring training with the Irving Picard/Bernanrd Madoff ( and now Einhorn) fiascos.
This team is gutsy, they are hungry, and at the end of the day – yes they are mediocre. I know a lot of fans are not into moral victories, but if this team can go 11-10 – or better I think that both ownership and the front office may rethink this possible “rebuilding” campaign of lower payroll and trading away high salaried players. If you haven’t been watching this season then you wouldn’t know we are already midway throught the rebuilding process !
Look, last years team was viewed as an abject failure when they finished 79-82. They played the second half of the season as if they had taken prozac – lifeless and uninterested. This seasons team has been exciting and relevant no matter what the beat writers and radio hosts may say.
Will this team be a contender next season ? I severely doubt it, but I do feel if all breaks right they can be in contention for the Wild Card – stranger things have happened.
The first thing is that the numbers have to add up to make both ownership and Jose Reyes happy ! Because as we all know – If Jose Reyes is happy, this team wins games !
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets third base coach from ’64-’67 ( and again in ’72), Warren “Sheriff” Robinson would have been 90 today (1921) . Robinson also managed a few years in the Mets minor league system.
Middle reliever from the ’89 season, Don Aase is 57 (1954). A little bit of Mets trivia. If you were to alphabetize every player who donned a Mets uniform by last name, Don would be first on the list !
Our closer of the future (?), Bobby Parnell is 27 (1984). Read my column from yesterday to see my defense of him – Good Stuff if I do say so myself !
Mo Vaughn was not only a former power hitting Major League first baseman, but he can also be used as a flotation device and garbage disposal !