By Mike Steffanos
Game 22: Braves 6 - Mets 3
I think we've reached the point in the season where picking apart individual moves is almost pointless. I've put off writing anything about yesterday's game because I feel as if I'm starting to write the same things over and over -- a common feeling last season.
In the recap of this game by on Mets.com, Marty Noble makes the following point that I believe says it all:
"It's not so much the wins and losses," David Wright said, covering old territory. "It's not doing what we're supposed to do. We're a better team than we've started out. But until we prove that, we are a .500 team."
And while Wright restricted his remark to the 22 games contested this season, it should be noted that the Mets have played to the level of mediocrity for 134 games, dating back to last season. Their record in those is thoroughly unremarkable -- 66-68.
At some point, you are what your record says you are. At 11-11 in 2008 combined with Noble's point going back 134 games, it's safe to say the Mets are an underperforming mediocre bunch. When I say "underperforming", I am only referring to their payroll. They've shown nothing so far to give me any reason to believe that they are better than their record.
The hope, really, is that something happens to spark this team and gets them out of this cycle. Last year they spent two months masquerading as a very good team before the stretch of mediocrity that Noble refers to slowly took last season down. Maybe this year something happens and gets them going. I don't really see it coming, though, but it's a long season.
If they keep playing as they have this week, it will be a really long season.