Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Real Work Lies Ahead

In my last post, I shared some thoughts on the current punditry that the New York Mets organization has reverted to WILPON ERA DYSFUNCTION. Especially amusing was the idea that the value of the Mets had "gone backward significantly," with Steve Cohen's tweets a significant contributor to that drop in value. This was a ludicrous statement from an unnamed "former MLB executive." The Mets organization has indeed made some serious, high-profile blunders since Cohen took over. Still, the Mets are a viable franchise in the country's largest (by far) sports market. There's a difference between temporary setbacks and long-term trends that would hurt the franchise's value as a whole.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

It’s Not Quite as Dark as It Seems

I've been working on a long post, looking ahead to the choices the New York Mets will be facing in the offseason. I've been dissatisfied with how it's been progressing. It was more negative than I generally choose to be on this blog. I've decided to table it for a while and pick it up again after the season. The Mets have plummeted so far in the standings recently that there is no longer any plausible drama for the remaining dozen games of the 2021 season. The club seems destined to finish third in the NL East with a record south of .500 for the tenth time in their last 13 seasons. A season that began with a ton of promise is ending miserably. As Mets fans, we have the uncomfortable feeling that we've been here before.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Checking In

I haven't written here for a while. It's just as well. There really isn't much to say about the 2021 New York Mets any longer. They've been at the edge of "stick a fork in us" for quite some time. The just-completed dreary series against the St. Louis Cardinals did a good job of putting an end to even semi-realistic playoff hopes for the Amazins this season. The first year of the Steve Cohen regime went a little too much like most of the recent Wilpon seasons have gone. It only compounds the frustration that this season provided such an eminently doable route to the playoffs, and all the Mets could manage was another slapstick faceplant on another too-familiar journey to Palookaville.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Catching up on the Mets, Part 2

Since I wrote Part 1 of this post, the Mets winning streak came to an anticlimactic end in game 2 against the Nationals on Saturday night. The New York Mets lost that game the same way they have lost many games in this 2021 baseball season: fielding a less-than-optimal starting lineup thanks to a depleted roster and mustering little offense in an eminently winnable game. Then in today's series finale, they failed to convert runs to build a comfortable lead, leading to a heartbreaking (and backbreaking) loss. Raise your hands if you were shocked by either of these outcomes. Anyone? Yeah, me neither.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Catching up on the Mets

The New York Mets are in the midst of their first nice winning streak in months. After today's ugly but ultimately successful game in Washington, they have won 7 straight games they have played. Technically their streak is 6 in a row, as the first of those wins was the final 8 2/3 innings of a game suspended on April 11. Even though only one single out of the game was recorded in April, it goes in the books as a win on that day. Go figure.

The Defense Doesn't Rest

A renewed emphasis on defense would be a good thing for the New York Mets. Mike Vaccaro had an interesting column in the New York Post  abou...