Well with yesterday’s 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins ( why couldn’t they win the final games over the Marlins in ’07 and ’08 – maybe the Mets present day situation would be a lot different these days) the 2012 Mets season mercifully came to a close.
Yes now we have about a month of irrelevant baseball to look forward to until the hot stove heats up again. It will be interesting to see if Sandy Alderson will be able to stay true to his ” turn over the roster” plan with what is speculated to be the same payroll budget as last season ( or slightly higher).
Last season I made a bunch of bold predictions – some were ended up being true ( Dickey winning more than 15 games, Harvey being promoted by late July) as well as many more that I was off base about.
First off I was very happy with the trade that sent Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. I still maintain that Pagan was – and still would be a bad fit for the Mets with his lazy brand of offense and defense. But Torres proved to be just as much as a liability both in the field as well as at the plate. While Ramirez was erratic at best.
My second prediction that I was wrong about was that Chris Young would not pitch until August at the very least. Well we now know Young was back in the Mets rotation by mid June. When you saw the long road back that Johan Santana took from the same procedure that Young had it was easy to speculate that Young may have sat this past season out.
I was also wrong about the Mets bullpen. Yes I thought the additions of Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch – along with Bobby Parnell and the rest of the pen would be better than the bullpens of the recent past. Yes they had stretches of dominance, but they blew too many close games and finished up with the worst bullpen E.R.A in the league.
And finally I predicted the Mets to finish the season at or above .500 – instead they ended up with a worse record than last season. Boy was I wrong !!!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Middle reliever Middle reliever from ’98-’01, Dennis Cook is 50 (1962) . Cook was one of the unsung members of what I consider one of the best Mets bullpens of all time.
Sadly on this date in 1975, original Mets majority owner, Joan Payson passed away. Joan was not your typical owner. She was a passionate baseball fan and could always be found sitting in the stands mingling with Mets fans. She was the Mets matriarch.
The New York Mets released utility infielder, Chico Walker on October 4, 1993.
The New York Mets released reserve outfielder, Ced Landrum on October 4, 1993.
The New York Mets granted reserve outfielder, Ricky Ledee free agency on October 4, 2007.
Mo Vaughn will now try to go into hibernation until spring training – but we all know he will be too hungry to sleep !!