Well here we are on July 10, 2012 – in the middle of the All-Star break, and all I can say is that I am pleasantly surprised about the Mets.
I has felt that if the Mets had finished the first half of the season at .500 (43-43) – it would be a major victory for a team that has been predicted by many to finish the season with more than 100 losses. But the Mets are 46-40, 4 games out of first place and a half game out of second. If you told me that the Mets would be playing this well this far into the season I would have told you that everything would have to had broke right for the team by Flushing Bay.
But you know something – not everything has broken the right way for this team. They have lost key players to injuries ( Pelf, Tejada, Bay,Francisco as well as Torres) and they have fallen victim to some shoddy umpiring. So when you think about it is is plausible to say that if everything has broken the Mets way so far – they could ( and maybe should be in first place).
But if if’s and buts were candies and nuts everyday would be Christmas. This team does have it’s flaws thaT need addressing , specifically the bullpen as well as the reserve catcher. I am very hesitant to bring aboard either a Houston Street – or to reunite the temperamental ( and occasionally wild in the strike zone) Frankie Rodriguez. I do feel that Frank Francisco should remain as the closer . Yes he is shaky but I trust Terry Collins when he says that Francisco is getting stronger.
The defense also has to tighten up abit. The Mets have given up too many runs – and lost too many games because of poor defense. The offense has been excellent – as has the starting pitching – with the exception of a handful of blowouts.
If I was to grade the Mets they would get a solid B from me. They have played very well in the first half – which in my opinion is a testament to both manager, Terry Collins as well as General Manager, Sandy Alderson. And with some minor tweaking to the team, I am starting to believe that this team may have a a legitimate shot at the post season.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Larry Burright, the Mets utility infielder from ’63-’64 is 75 today (1937) .
Mets utility man from 1981-1983, Bob Bailor is 61 (1951) . Bob’s best year with the Mets came during the ’82 season when he batted .277 with 31 RBIs in 110 games.
The New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever, Brian Bohanon to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever, Greg McMichael on July 10, 1998.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Ryan Church to the Atlanta Braves for right fielder, Jeff Francoeur on July 10, 2009. It is too bad that Ryan Church never developed into the outfielder that Omar Minaya wanted, but the concussion that he suffered was so severe, he never was the same player. Frenchie proved that he had a strong arm as well as a power bat, but he struck out way too often on a team that lacked the ability to get on base – let alone score runs.
Mo Vaughn thinks that Tony Larussa is a douche !!!