By Mike Steffanos
I honestly don't know what to make of this team right now. They're not really terrible, but not particularly good. I keep hoping for them to turn a corner, but they're a strange bunch. I think whether they turn it around this year or not this is a club due for a major off-season makeover, to change the dynamic as much as any other reason.
I hate writing b*tchy stuff, as I think there is more than enough of that out there already. Last year I enjoyed sharing my optimism with other Mets fan, but I believe the reason it resonated with many of you is that you knew it was honest on my part, what I really felt.
It's not that I'm really down on this team, or totally pessimistic about their chances. Actually, it's very strange to be this deep in the season and not have a clue what this club really is. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if a month from now they were comfortably in first, nor would it shock me if they just playing out the string on a disappointing season.
You have a feeling this club will make a move or two by the deadline. They could use a dependable reliever and maybe another outfield bat for the mix. What they need most, however, is an injection of spirit, and I'm not quite sure that that's out there.
If at the beginning of the year I was able to guarantee that the starting pitching was as good as it's been, you would expect the Mets to be 20 games over .500 and coasting towards October. Funny, after overcoming so many things last year, they don't seem to have that knack for rising above their troubles in 2007. I keep looking for signs that they're still capable of that, as I'm sure many of you are doing. Keep a good thought...