OK, I am expecting some hate e mail from this post by Mets fans.
I have my guard up.
Let me get this out of the way… I don’t hate the Mets. I have moved on from 1986 (seeing my team win two World Series helps.)
So save any “You are an angry Red Sox fan jealous because of the Buckner error” responses.
Fine… that’s on the record. Let’s get to the post.
I am going to type a few facts.
It is late June and the Mets are a sub .500 team.
It is late June and the Mets are a third place team.
It is late June and the Mets are riddled with an insane amount of injuries.
Carlos Beltran’s career might be in jeopardy.
Carlos Delgado is still unavailable and nobody knows what he will contribute when he comes back.
The Mets offensive output in the recent subway series was nearly matched by Mariano Rivera.
They have issues up and down their pitching staff.
Their line up resembles a AAA team.
The clubhouse seems as to be as enjoyable and healthy place to be as Eli Roth’s Hostel.
Now players are calling for Omar Minaya to make a deal.
Mets fans are screaming for a change in the line up.
Nothing I just typed can be disputed.
Now for my thoughts.
Omar Minaya can’t be blamed for EVERYTHING that happened this year, but for the third straight season since the Haunting year of 2006, the Mets seem like an undermanned team.
And what trade now can fix the Mets ills?
They need hitting. Who are they going to get?
Yeah the A’s are dangling Matt Holliday out there… but what will the A’s be asking for? I alluded to this in my Lion and Prey post. They want players ready for the Bigs.
If the Mets had anyone who was Major League ready, that player would be currently playing for the Mets! Beane could do better just taking the two draft picks.
They could use a solid pitcher… but anyone dealing a pitcher in this market would demand solid prospects in return.
If the goal of the Mets is to win the World Series, I submit this radical plan:
Why? Because this team isn’t a player or two away from being a World Series contender. Can you IMAGINE this team in a best of five playoff series?
How would they do against a Tim Lincecum or a Chad Billingsley or a Chris Carpenter? They made Chien Ming Wang look awesome!
It isn’t happening this year. They don’t have the horses and do a panic move now, they’ll deplete their farm only to be a Division Series and out team AT BEST.
Ah but Sully, what about 2006? The Cardinals stumbled into the playoffs and won it all!
When Jerry Manuel becomes a Hall of Fame manager like LaRussa, I’ll listen. Instead, I’ll call 2006 a fluke.
And yeah, there is 87 games, more than half of the season to go.
But it isn’t THAT early. What part of the first half of the season could make ANY honest Mets fan say “This team can win it all!”
A player that will help turn the season around would cost a Fernando Martinez, a Wilmer Flores or a Bobby Parnell… and even THEN they wouldn’t be better than the Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals or Brewers.
The Mets aren’t winning the 2009 World Series. You know it. I know it. We all know it. So why sabotage the chances for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons for an ill advised pennant run?
Why revisit Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano?
I say look back to 2006.
No, not Carlos Beltran looking at a called third strike… I’m talking about the 2006 Red Sox!
They were in first place on July 1.
They had a 4 game lead on July 4th.
They were in first place at the trade deadline but experiencing injury after injury. The lead had shrunk to a single game at the trade deadline. The bullpen and the lineup needed reinforcements… and the Red Sox had a TON of minor league talent to deal.
And the team stayed pat. I am convinced that someone in the front office (maybe Theo) thought “this team isn’t winning it… and there’s no way we’re tearing up the farm for an ill advised run at it.”
I screamed bloody murder. “YOU HAVE TO GO FOR IT!” I thought. Who are these young players? Why sabotage the present when you don’t know what those players will even do?
The Yankees tied the Red Sox for the division on August 1. The Red Sox went 23-35 the rest of the way and were completely irrelevant the rest of the season… finishing the season in a distant third place.
And they held on to Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Manny Delcarmen and Jon Lester and they very next year they all contributed to a World Series title.
Some organizational honesty went a long way. If the 2006 Red Sox made the playoffs, they would have been KILLED in the Division Series the way they were in 2005.
They held pat and won big.
Learn from that, Mets.
You aren’t winning in 2009. Admit that and 2010 might be the year that Fernando Martinez, Bobby Parnell and company give the team a spark of youth.
Or you can wrecklessly stumble into the second half and set yourself up for another painful September.
It's your call.