Greetings. It’s September and there’s a fall nip in the air that forewarns of a pennant race. The Philadelphis Phillies are in for a three-game series and this was supposed to be a special weekend. Instead, we have the Mets, a sliding team on the field and a fractured, disjointed team off it waiting for the season to end.
There’s a sadness with the end of the baseball team as it represents the end of summer, the briskness of fall that leads us into the unrelenting winter. Emotionally. the end of season represents the death of a dream of a promise for so much more.
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I think it’s safe to say things aren’t going to fundamentally change for the Mets any time soon. They might get hot for a week or two, perhaps even hang around on the fringe of the pennant race, but the foundation of this mediocrity won’t change.
There will undoubtedly be a managerial firing, but unless they bring in a heavyweight, the hierarchy will stay the same.
Speaking at an SNY function yesterday, Mets owner Fred Wilpon gave a vote of confidence to GM Omar Minaya. When asked Thursday if Minaya would be back next year, Wilpon said: “Is the sun going to come up tomorrow?”
Minaya is signed through the 2012 season and owed $2 million.
Manager Jerry Manuel does not have a contract for next season and it has been consistently reported the Mets have to make the playoffs if he’s to return.
S0, next year shouldn’t be that much different than this year.
This should be a big series tonight in Philadelphia. There should be a tenseness in the air, a feeling of excitement and anticipation that comes with a pennant race.
But, there is no fire. After the Mets fell flat and were routed by Arizona last Sunday, they sleepwalked through Atlanta. Take away one swing of the bat by Jeff Francoeur and they would be heading to Philly on a four-game losing streak.
Not only were the Mets sloppy in Atlanta, but worse they were listless and seemed disinterested. With the exception of R.A. Dickey (and Johan Santana after the first inning Monday), they played flat and without a sense of urgency.
Their season is hanging on by a thread and they are playing with an aura of inevitability, as if they were waiting for the end.
It is too late in the season to say “they won, that’s good.”
They had better win from here on out if they expect to see October. They did what they were supposed to do, which is beat an inferior team to keep pace in a pennant race. No kudos for that.
I wrote yesterday the offense needed to wake up to support Brandon Knight, which is what happened. Knight didn’t pitch badly, but needing seven relievers to close the deal is not a good sign.
A lot of heat directed at David Wright last night, but relax, he’ll be fine. You can tell watching him at the plate that he’s trying too hard. I believe Wright is too good a player to get consumed by the pressure. He will break out of it.