So we all understand the Mets season is over but losing to the Brewers and wasting another quality outing by Jacob deGrom is just annoying.
As bad as Jose Bautista’s error in RF was or Ahmed Rosario not being able to handle a chopper in the infield was, the undeniable fact that any game is in danger when the opponent scores 2 or more runs is like re-opening old wounds. Which wounds, you say? Well, I’ll call them the “Unfortunate Lean Years” that center around the financial issues created by the Madoff mess.
2006 saw the Mets in the NLCS. 2007, while they ultimately choked the NL East away in the last week of the season, saw another winning team.
Then came the exodus of quality players and the inability to adequately replace them. But that was all supposed to change with Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta. And for the most part, it did.
Matt Harvey was the first of the new young stars to emerge. We all know how that ended, but when he arrived and started the All-Star Game at Citi Field, he was our dude. After him it was (in no order) Zack Wheeler, deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Jerryus Familia, Travis D’arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto, Daniel Murphy, Brandon Nimmo and although he isn’t lighting the world on fire, Ahmed Rosario. These are homegrown talents (some acquired through trades while they were Minor Leaguers, to be sure) that are signs of a properly functioning franchise.
Sprinkle in some free agent veterans that played valuable roles and the Mets were back in the World Series in 2015.
And now it’s 2018 and the Amazin’ Mess has returned- with no signs of leaving anytime soon.
The Kanasa City Royals, who triumphed over the Mets for that 2015 World Series win are just as bad just as fast so I guess this Met regression isn’t unprecedented or even unparalleled, but man if you didn’t get whiplash watching the ups and downs over the last 12 seasons, you were lucky.
Everyone is hurt. Everyone sucks. Except for deGrom and Asdrubal Cabrera. Rookie manager Mickey Callaway has made some missteps, for sure, but the former pitching coach’s inability to improve the performance of the bullpen has to be one of the glaring failures from this year. He seems aloof in press conferences at times and it makes you wonder what life is really like in that clubhouse. It’s only been one year (not even) but I am soured on Callaway. Not enough to call for his dismissal yet, but I’m getting there.
There has been a LOT of good players on the DL this year, but everyone deals with stuff like that.
I don’t want to think a complete rebuild is necessary, but how long can you go on hoping for a healthier season next year, every year? Sometimes injured players are just that: injured players, and you’re never going to get full seasons out of them.
Trading deGrom or Syndergaard would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but everyone else should be on the market. Whoever ultimately is the Mets GM going forward (another unbelievable challenge with this team) unfortunately needs to rethink the entire roster.