Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I've got to give the Mets credit...
I've been brutal on the Mets both on my blog and the podcast.
I wondered how a team in New York could be losing money, putting a non contender on the field and be an absolute mess.
And I predicted that they will have a firesale and lose 90 games.
Now I stand by most of those statements.
But I have to give Terry Collins some credit.
He has been handed a crappy hand (and the aftermath of the Omar Minaya years) and has the team over .500.
He doesn't have David Wright nor Johan Santana at his disposal. And the line up and bullpen has been patch work.
Just last night the Mets had Willie Harris at DH, Lucas Duda at first base, Justin Turner at second base and Josh Thole at catcher. That's a lineup you'd expect at a split squad spring training game.
And they throttled Detroit to the tune of 14 runs. And that's not a chump team. That's a first place team they blew out of the water on the road.
I don't know how much longer this will last. I still think Reyes and Beltran and Rodriguez are going to be dealt in a month (and why not? They could get three valuable and cheap building blocks for them.)
And it is unlikely that they will leapfrog five teams for a playoff spot.
But if they split the next few games, they will be at the official half way spot with a winning record... and that's more than I was expecting.
And if I can give the Pirates, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Indians and Mariners all credit for exceeding expectations, then I suppose I should for the Mets as well.
Things could be worse for the Mets. They could be the Dodgers.