I hoped the Mets would close out this disappointing season strong, if for no other reason than to leave a fresh taste in their mouths.
It won’t happen.
For the 25th time in their 49-year existence, the Mets will finish with a losing record. They enter the final weekend of the season against the Washington Nationals having lost nine of their last 12 games, including three straight to Milwaukee.
Nothing could have saved Jerry Manuel, and this finish only underscores change is needed.
There are a lot of glaring records that explain the Mets’ demise this season, including a 7-8 record against Washington, of which they are 2-4 at home.
How can a team call itself a contender when it routinely loses to the worst team in the division?
To access the chat room, click onto the icon to your left.
Tonight I’d like to introduce to you an expanded Mets Chat Room. I’ve linked up with Metsmerizedonline.com to bring you to the ground floor regarding chat rooms.
In addition to being hooked up to another successful Mets blog, we will be linked to other blogs from around baseball. There will be a Braves blog linked for tonight.
To access, please click onto the Mets Chat Room icon to the left of this post. It will bring you to another page. At the bottom on the right is where you can click on to register. Please use your same screen names that you normally would.
This is an experiment. It is a work in progress. I am greatly optimistic about the future of this type of chat room.
To the friends of this blog your continued support is greatly appreciated. Tonight I will introduce to you the expanded Chat Room. I’ve linked up Metsmerizedonline to form a bigger chat room that is also linked up to blogs from other teams.
I’ll have the normal chat room post, but with instructions on how to access the new room. I’m still be there to comment along with you. I hope this is the beginning of bigger and better things for the blog, which I’m sure there will be with your support.
I try to look for positives because being negative all the time can be draining. But, right now the positives, at least offensively, are scarce.
This team just doesn’t score any runs, and the odd thing is people are talking about blowing up this group and trading David Wright and Jose Reyes, the Mets’ two best, although inconsistent, offensive players. Doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
One of the season’s bright spots, R.A. Dickey, goes today against Houston. Dickey has been splendid all season and has pitched better than his 8-5 record indicates. He’s pitched deep into games, but has given up two late-inning homers in his last two starts to deprive him of victories. Otherwise, he’d have ten wins. He’d have even more than that with a little run supprt.
We’ve known for awhile now that the playoffs weren’t going to happen, but you’d like to see some form of growth, something to build on. But, right now there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of it.
After today, there are 32 games left. Ouch, where did the season go?
At one time this season Mike Pelfrey was 9-1 and headed for the All-Star Game in a breakthrough season.
Then July came to derail his year and leave us wondering whether the first half was a fluke, a mirage and whether the good times were over and he had regressed as he went 3-6.
True growth comes from adversity and it looks as if July might become a watershed moment for him as he fought his way out of a tailspin to pitch great ball with a 1.64 ERA over his last three starts.
He’ll continue the rebound tonight against the Houston Astros at Citi Field.
I thought Pelfrey had pitched too good for too long in the first half to lose it completely, but I was concerned. Was it an injury? A loss in mechanics and subsequent loss in confidence?
Whatever it was, Pelfrey is once again pitching aggressively and quickly. That aura about him has returned.
If it comes back to say, it will be one of the highlights of this season.
NOTE: I have programmed the chat room to open around game time. I am currently getting ready to go to New Jersey for a wedding. No, not mine. I won’t be able to monitor t0night or tomorrow, but should be back in time for Sunday’s game.