You can recycle that ad campaign for next year because it doesn’t look like the Mets will be coming back this year. The season is starting to slip away fast and this will be the third year in a row that the Mets, who again have one of the highest payrolls and the some of the best talent in the league, will just choke it all away.
On my very first article for the Mets Report I predicted that the Mets were no better than a 4th place team. The Mets are now ½ game out of fourth and it looks like my prediction may come true.
Despite the fact that I didn’t predict the wonderful additions of Ike Davis and Angel Pagan as true everyday players, which should have made them wild card contenders this year, I did get the feeling that with Omar Minaya in charge the Mets would make an early run and then drop out of the race yet again.
I fully expected Oliver Perez and John Maine to not make it through the year but I also didn’t expect the great first half that Mike Pelfrey had. Hopefully, he finds that great stuff again. Johan Santana will have a great 2nd half as usual and R.A. Dickey has been a Godsend. How long will this last? No one knows but we caught lightning in a bottle.
My next prediction is as follows: Omar will fire Jerry Manuel. HoJo will stay as he is one of the few links to the ’86 team that is working as a coach. Wally Backman is inserted as the new Mets manager, which will at least sell tickets in the short term.
What really needs to happen? Omar needs to go immediately. Carlos Beltran gets benched because that is the right thing to do. Luis Castillo continues to play because we just don’t have anyone better to play the position and we go get another pitcher.
I advised everyone to stock up on the Rolaids and Tums at the beginning of the year because this team would be an offensive and pitching nightmare. Well, they are only an offensive nightmare that can’t even score ONE RUN every 16 or so innings! Truly pathetic.
On a positive note, by the middle of August there will be plenty of $.99 tickets on Stubhub. Bring your Tums and Rolaids.