I woke up this morning in a relatively good mood; disappointed at the Mets performance last night, but overall “good day” vibes. That was until I got on the subway and starting reading Twitter. I know it’s just speculation and nothing is final, but ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! Usually I tend to keep my posts at a PG level, but as I’m writing this I may lose it. So if you don’t want your kids to know about the absolute utter disgrace this franchise has become over the last few months, make them go watch cartoons where everything is happy-go-lucky in Bikini Bottom.
First off…would somebody score a god damn run! I mean, everyone knows your season is over, but there is still one of your teammates that can accomplish something this year. Remember that word, team? When two out runs grew on trees and Justin Turner’s pies occurred almost daily. Now, we get down more than two runs and everyone knows the game is over because the team quits. R.A. Dickey must be feeling the pressure. He knows he has to pitch a shutout in order to win the game. In Dickey’s last seven starts the Mets have averaged 2.5 runs a game. The fact that Dickey has added three wins to his record in that stretch is amazing.
Next, a housekeeping item. Are you kidding me with these extra “high-roller” seats behind home plate? These sections are more of an eye-sore than the black outfield wall. They look like a penalty box! Please do not keep these hideous displays of blue plastic and plexi-glass up any longer. No one comes to your games anyway, and they’re not going to come next year. If you want to build nice looking ones for the All-Star Game, that’s fine; just don’t subject the fans and team to those jetties the entire season.
Now onto Terry Collins. Around the middle of July, I remember telling people that TC was slowing creeping up on Bobby Valentine as my favorite Mets manager. Remember when he called Johan Santana his “hero” as he broke down in tears? Remember how he took a team destined for last place to the top of the Wild Card standings through the first half of the season? Well, all that is gone. I don’t know whether he is getting orders from Sandy Alderson or the Wilpons, but his managerial moves as of late have been head-scratching at best and atrocious at worst. All you need to do is look at last night. Why is Jason Bay starting? Collins says because he wants the top defensive players in there when Dickey pitches. Fine, I’ll buy that. But then why in God’s name is Lucas Duda and Mike Nickeas on the field?! Let’s look at the first inning shall we. Dickey strikes out Jimmy Rollins, however he reaches first base because Nickeas can’t handle the knuckleball and it goes to the backstop. Then Dickey makes a pick-off move and Duda misses the throw and Rollins advances to second. A groundout and sac fly later, the Mets are down 1-0 because of Collins’ managerial moves.
I don’t want to pile on Jason Bay, but an aging outfielder who clearly has lost it (.154 batting average) is getting starts over a younger player the Mets want to be in the future plans in Duda.
No onto the final piece of my morning rant, the Mets want to trade Ike Davis. This is f*cking ridiculous! Adam Rubin calls a Davis trade a “very plausible option” because the Mets are worried that he’s out too late after games. Are you kidding me?! In case you forgot there was some team in the 80s that went 108-54 that liked to party and I think they did okay for themselves. The fact that Davis is considered expendable in favor of Lucas Duda is laughable. Davis is guaranteed for 30 home runs and 90 RBI every year. He may not hit for average (which still isn’t a given), but his plus glove at first and power in a singles-heavy offense makes him more valuable to the Mets than any other team. No one knows what Lucas Duda is – remember he was sent down to the minors because he was over-matched in the Majors – but I can very easily see Davis-like batting numbers but less defense. Remember Davis is coming off missing nearly a full season and an off-season flare up of Valley Fever. Let’s give the kid a shot at success, because we all know its there.
Now to steal the MetsPolice mantra: MAN UP AND PLAY BETTER (that means you too TC, Sandy, and Fred)