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Definition of Mediocre

Mike SteffanosFriday, April 25, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

Game 21: Nationals 10 - Mets 5

Sorry for being late to the party again. This has been an absolutely brutal week for me. (And that's not even counting the trauma of actually watching some of these games.)

Due to the late hour (the Braves game starts in a few minutes) and the lack of anything really illuminating to bring to the table we'll pass on most of the analysis. I'll just offer this.

I think the bullpen will pull it together, as we've seen Heilman slump before and then regroup. I expect Reyes, Wright and Beltran to hit. I think Ryan Church brings some decent skills to this team. I think we'll see more good than bad from Oliver Perez this season.

On the other hand, if nothing else changes I'm starting to believe the Mets may continue to be the .500 team they have seemed to be so far. What can change this fate is for Carlos Delgado to rediscover his stroke, or a player to come out of nowhere, such as Valentin two years ago.

I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but it feels realistic at this point. Something needs to change in the dynamic of this team to spark something, or it's another season of mediocrity and discontent.

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Comments (2)

Well after making Braves starter JJ look like Bob Gibson (getting only 2 hits against him) something has got to give. I'm staying away from the window(that ledge is getting crowded) but my optimism is shrinking. There is just no consistancy, one night no offense, next night no bullpen, next night the starters barely go 5 innings. I'm doing a lot of head scratching lately. This team is way too talented to be playing at or below the .500 level. I don't know what it would take, I believe that they are trying, but it is not translating on the field. I don't want to be so judgemental with it only being April, and if they run off a quick 15-5 over the next 20 it probably quell my anxiety. However, I am really starting to think Willie has to go. He is not all to blame, it is the players that are on the field, but he just does not seem to be the "straw that stir this particular drink". I am reminded of Rocky III, when Apollo and Rocky are running on the beach, Rocky fades and stops running and says " I have had enough, we'll do more tomorrow", and Apollo responds "there is no tomorrow". I say to Willie "it's got to be today, the is no tomorrow"

Sorry for the late reply, LJ. I've always supported Willie for the most part, but I agree he might have to go. Winning the past 2 games against the Braves reduces the anxiety, but this club seems to lack spark. Willie's unemotional approach just doesn't seem to work with them. We'll see.

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