Has Mets’ Freefall Begun Early This Year?

Rocky might be sugar coating what is going on with the Mets these days. Do you remember the beginning of the month when the Mets were off to a semi-good start and the Yankees – beset by injuries – stumbled out of the gate and the talk was could they actually finish with a better record?

Not happening. We are looking at a fifth straight losing season, and please, don’t delude yourselves into thinking the Mets will suddenly go on a spending spree this winter. Now that the Mets have substantially reduced their payroll and after this year will be finally rid of the contractual anchors of Johan Santana and Jason Bay, do you honestly believe they’ll be writing a lot of checks this winter?

HARVEY: Bright spot. (AP)

HARVEY: Bright spot. (AP)

Next year could be more of the same.

After being swept over the weekend by Philadelphia, going 3-6 on their recent homestand and losers of nine of their last 12 games overall, all appearances have the Mets are packing it in before the All-Star break this season. I’m not saying the effort isn’t there, just the talent.

The weekend proved the Mets don’t need Arctic conditions to play their worst. Without Matt Harvey to protect them against the Phillies, the Mets had breakdowns with their rotation, bullpen, defense and hitting this weekend. It was as complete a sweep as can be.

* The Mets are 5-0 when Harvey starts and 5-13 when he doesn’t. He goes tonight at Miami against fellow phenom Jose Fernandez.

* The last two winters GM Sandy Alderson made rebuilding the bullpen the priority. However, this year’s nightmarish edition is the major league’s worst with an ERA nearing 5.50. It doesn’t even matter how close Frank Francisco is to returning as he proved he’s not the answer, either. Typical Mets. Their best reliever is closer Bobby Parnell and they can’t even get to him.

* Terry Collins said at the beginning of the season he wanted to use set line-ups. Twenty-three games later he has used 20 different batting orders/line-ups. That’s not even close to being stable.

* The outfield remains fluid, with something different each day. Jordany Valdespin provides a spark and then sits. Does anybody really think Juan Lagares is the answer? Collin Cowgill won the starting center field job coming out of spring training, but was sitting by the fourth game of the season and only has 47 at-bats.

* Ike Davis continues to flounder and look overmatched at the plate with half as many hits (13) as strikeouts (26). He’s on pace to strike out 183 times. He’s also on track to hit 28 homers, but drive in only 56 runs. Need I say he’s hitting less than .200?

With the way the Mets are playing, there’s no guarantee they’ll get better with three games in Miami. About the only encouraging thing you can come up with concerning this series is even if the Mets are swept, they can’t fall into the cellar behind the Marlins.

Ah, good times.

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3 thoughts on “Has Mets’ Freefall Begun Early This Year?

  1. “Terry Manuel” is clueless. And so is his sidekick Dan “Throw the changeup more” Warthen. The team is dead, they play with no energy and they look like they are there just collecting a paycheck until a better offer comes along. Look at Collins record. Everywhere he has been, after he is fired or quits the team IMMEDIATELY becomes a winner. Houston went to the World Series, Anaheim WON the World Series, heck even Orix in Japan made the playoffs. It is time for Wally World.

    • Cowgill is not established and so since his bat went cold he sits.

      Why is Ike given rope where his bat sucks but he still plays?

      Francisco would certainly help the pen. He is a good pitcher. The issue is he would have to accept not being the closer. If he were the set up man this pushes everyone down. This makes them stronger. Yes. He is not lights out and can be a heart attack, but he is better than the other guys.

      I haven’t seen the recent games, but I do know that Duda has been pretty bad in the field. His bat is what causes you to forget that. They do not have a legit center fielder and Byrd has been ok.

  2. Maybe the fans should hope the team doesn’t spend heavily in the off season. Joel Sherman pointed
    out the Dodgers, Angels, and Indians spent the most in free agency last winter and the Blue Jays traded for some big contracts. Collectively they are 37-50. Maybe there is something to having ownership build “a culture of winning” and I wonder if Alderson will be sticking around long enough, or if he has a bright young apprentice who will be that person.