Have The Mets Quit?

I always try to look for something when I watch the Mets and last night it was R.A. Dickey. But, let’s be frank, there’s nothing compelling about them right now.

DICKEY: Four more starts.

Terry Collins has often spoken of accountability, fundamentals and playing the game the right way. I can’t see that anywhere in the second half. The Mets have gone 12 straight games at home without scoring more than three runs and have lost 21 of their last 25 at Citi Field. That’s almost impossible to do.

It makes me wonder if they’ve quit on Collins and themselves. When a team packs it in it shows up on offense because players start swinging at garbage – as if to get it over with – and give away at-bats. Bernie Williams said you can’t afford to take a pitch off, let alone a play or an at-bat. Winning entails total concentration and you don’t see that with the Mets.

When they cut it to seven games below .500, silly me, I thought they had a chance to play for something. But, they’ve lost five straight. Meanwhile, the Phillies, who have been behind the Mets in the standings for a good part of the season and were sellers at the trade deadline have reached .500 and are still in the wild-card hunt. That says a lot about them.

The Mets are again closing in on the basement, and with games remaining against Miami and teams with something to play for, how can they not land there?

 

4 thoughts on “Have The Mets Quit?

  1. So are you saying we need a new coach?

    In recent history the Phillies have always been a better team. What I mean by that is they want it more. They made fun of us a few years ago and made it stick.

    It is boorish behavior but they backed it up and whipped us. Some of it is talent, but a lot of it is just will. There are many instances in sports where will wins over talent.

  2. will means nothing if you do not have talent.
    The phillies have excellent starting pitching and have been getting timely hitting.
    will does not allow you to hit a baseball.
    will sounds like grit, and grit gets you only so far as the talent on the team. David Eckstein had gritz, yet there is a reason he played for so many teams, he did not have a lot of talent.
    for a short spurt, even a marginal player can look like a star. but over the long haul, talent is what is needed.
    we don’t need a new coach, we need better players. There are 3 position players that other teams would want playing for them, Wright, Tejada and Davis (and Ike only because he has hit better of late). Hairston is a bench player. Duda is a AAAA player. Thole is not good, Murphy is a singles hitter, Torres stinks and Bay, well Bay is Bay.

    • Perhaps it was circumstance, but earlier in the year ( when we had our pitching and before Ruben’s injury and Kirk was hitting and.. ) we played small ball. We minimized our mistakes and played pretty solid ball and won.

      You may be right but making the fundamental plays, being in the right position and putting the bat on the ball goes a long way. Baseball is more mental than physical compared to other sports. Yes it is a fast twitch game: hit the ball, catch the ball, etc but it is also about knowing the count, the outs and the type of player at the plate. All these guys are professional. All these guys can hit 250. We shouldn’t be 4-50 at home. We shouldn’t have gone into a deep dive after the break.

  3. Now, as to whether the team has quit. Just because a guy is swinging at bad pitches does not mean he has quit. It may be because he is trying to do too much. Ike swings at a bad pitch, one person could say it was because he quit, another could say it was because he got fooled or because he is trying to hit a home run.
    You think Wright is quitting? Or do you think he is tired from carrying this team most of the season?
    Bay swings at bad pitches because he is trying to hard, to make up for his sucking.
    Duda is not that good. Hit straight ball far, not hit curveball.

    Face it, the Nationals are simply better than the Mets right now. Better pitching, better hitting.

    A manager can yell, cajole or do whatever he wants, but if the team he is managing stinks, it is not going to matter a whole heck of a lot.