Its ok to be Angry!

Mets fans it is ok to be angry.  Angry with this team, manager, and management.  Injuries have taken a huge toll on this team and yes I believe things would be different if Wright, Black, Murphy, d’Arnaud, Parnell, Mejia (Suspension) were not all out at different times this year.  However mental mistakes, poor play by veterans and managements do nothing approach has caused this team to hit a wall and hit a wall at high speed.  Team go through injuries, teams go through slumps, but winning organizations address this and try to find fixes.  These fixes are not guys who go through 0-25 slumps followed by a 0-23 slump.  These are not guys who were not minutes away from not being a MLB player to starting everyday.  The pitching staff and young pitching talent is too good to waste.  The Mets are a large market team in a city that was ready for a new MLB leader.  Instead we have watched nothing happen but back talk, posturing and the hope slip away like a fart in the wind.  We have watched the Braves make trades, the Dbacks make trades, and Dodgers.  All trying to help the team now and in the future.  So who should we be angry at?  Well everyone.  We are fans, we pay our money for tickets, MLB packages, paraphernalia, etc… So with that we can be angry.  Here is why I am angry:

Manager:

  1. Lets be honest, even TC is tired of the players he has and lack of MLB talent he is trying to put out there.  However mental mistakes, lack of creativity and poor bullpen management continue to be his legacy
  2. Grandy is still leading off when the Mets fail to score runs.  He has 11 home runs with 9 of them being solo shots.  The excuse there is no one else to leadoff is a joke.  It is not like Grandy is lighting the world on fire leading off.  Yes besides Duda his OBP is the best, but it is time to move him in a position where he can drive runs in and protect Duda.
  3. How TC can continue to put out the same lineup configuration each day is mind blowing.  He has admitted change is needed, and yes he only has these players to put in the lineup, but come on, at least try Lagares in leadoff spot, Plawecki in 2nd hole.  Something, anything to try and jump start the lineup, players, runs…. What is the worst that can happen, they have scored 9 runs in 7 games with this lineup.  They have been no hit with this lineup.

Players:

  1. Mental mistakes.  Both rookies and veterans continue to make mistakes hitting and fielding.  Simple plays become bobbles and big at bats become strike outs.  Players need to be accountable just like manager.
  2. There is no leader, not one stepping up, no one to stir the pot.  DW being hurt has not helped, but he wasn’t that veteran leader anyway.  He is a great guy, great clubhouse guy but not that fiery leader.  Cuddyer is that hard nosed veteran, but since he is struggling so bad how can he lite a fire under this team.
  3. A perfect player would have been Juan Uribe.  From what we know he is a great clubhouse guy and a leader among his teammates.  He has the hardware to back it up by playing in big games and big teams. He is also hitting right now for the Braves, the team ready to overtake the Mets in this division

Owners/GM:

  1. It is clear the stench of Madoff scandal has not gone away.  This team is not able to pay to play.  They are a small market team stuck in a big market.  The trade market is not empty, the Mets bank is… No matter how many ways Sandy spins things, it is about money come the end of the day
  2. free agent signings have been a disaster.  The trades have been great, the signing not so much. Cuddyer was a signing that I personally thought would be great.  He is a hard nosed player who would only rub off on this team.  Instead he has been a veteran who has seemed overmatched at age 37.  And yes we have 1 more year after 2015.
  3. Lack of trades of young players is killing this team.  The Mets have pitching to go with pitching but not hitting anywhere close to being ready.  It is time to trade, even I say it to get hitting into this organization.  The trade for Piazza changed this team and it is time to do that again.
  4. It is clear Sandy is running the team in terms of lineup and infield configuration. When the end of the year roles around and Sandy continues to be GM we will see Terry shown the door (and rightfully so) with another puppet being out into the dugout.

My rants can go on for hours, but these are my main points.  I will continue to watch, root and hope for this Mets team.  As many of you do, I get angry, and we have 100% right to be angry today!

Mets Best Lineup?

The Mets currently hold a 1.5 game lead over the Nationals thanks mostly in part to some gritty play and the Nationals not playing up to the level we all expected.  In any other division the Mets are looking up at 1-3 teams ahead of them.  But the Mets are a 1st place team and 25 + teams wish they were “the worst first place team in baseball”.

The Mets offense has been brutal at times.  It is obvious they need another big bat in there to help out Duda and our surprise HR and RBI leader Wilmer Flores.  But if we look at the numbers the past two years we can construct a pretty good lineup based on the talent we have.  I believe TC doesn’t construct the lineup to put the best players forward. Bare with me, I do not have the statistics the big boys have, but this lineup could work out well for the Mets.

  1. Juan Lagares – In 2014 Juan it .276 with on base of .329 in 156 at bats.  Juan has been hot the last few weeks and really adds an element of excitement when he gets on base.  He is by no means elite speedster, but he did have 9 stolen bases as a leadoff hitter in 2014.  Time to make the move
  2. Travis d’Arnaud – In limited at bats this year Travis has hit .300 with a .364 on base.  He has 2 home runs and 2 rbi.  He relishes the 2nd spot and thrives in driving in runs.
  3. Lucas Duda – Although Luca’s numbers are better in the cleanup spot, with Murphy out this is Luca’s spot for a while.  This year he has hot .267/.378 with 8 hr and 27 rbi in the 3 hole.
  4. Wilmer Flores – Wait what? He started the year batting 8th… Yes but Wilmer is currently leading the Mets with 10 hr and 32 rbi.  He has shown he can drive in the runs and should not be buried in the order.  He hit cleanup once this year and delivered a HR and BB in that spot.
  5. Michael Cuddyer – Cuddyer has struggled this year trying to be that cleanup hitter, however that was never the intention.  When Cuddyer has hit 5th he has a slash line of .435/.500 with 2 hr and 6 rbi in 23 at bats.
  6. Curtis Granderson – He just is not hitting the ball enough to justify to me the most AB’s per game.  In 2014 Curtis flourished batting 6th in the order with a .328/.403 line with 3 hr and 14 rbi in 67 at bats.
  7. Dilson Herrera – At this point Dilson does not have enough numbers from 2014 or 2015 to really slot him in.  So 7th seems good.
  8. Ruben Tejada – As long as he is hitting and playing everyday, time to slot him in 8th.  In 2014 he hit .229/.340 with 3 hr and 23 rbi in the 8th slot.  Not great avg but he did walk and clear the pitchers spot often.

Again this lineup could improve by putting hitters in the correct situations and spots in the order.  I know it shouldn’t matter where you hit in the order, you should just hit.  But being put leadoff, cleanup or even third in the order gives these players a different approach, different attitude and maybe even better results for the team.

Rock Bottom? New Hope?

Ok so the Mets were no hit last night against a pitcher who would have been 100 of a list of 100 pitchers to throw a no hitter.  The Mets are not the first team to get no hit and won’t be the last team.  Heck the 1969 Mets were no hit and that season seemed to turn out ok.  Yes the strike zone was all over the place and that last inning was a bit out there, but still they had 24 other outs to get at least one hit.

Today is the day Travis is activated from the DL and while he was gone the Mets catchers and heck the Mets were dismal to say the least.  Is Travis the “New Hope” that can bring balance to the offense? I don’t believe so, but he can’t hurt it.  Travis in the lineup will help stretch the lineup a bit, but while we still have Tejada and Campbell playing everyday the darkside of the offensive force will still win.

Below is the lineup I would like to see brought out tonight in hopes of shaking the lineup up and generating some offense.  I know this will not happen as Terry refuses to move Grandy off the leadoff spot.  I am sorry, but yes Lagares does swing at too many pitches out of the zone, but Grandy is striking out just as much.  Time to put Grandy and his 8 home runs back in a power spot.  I am also tired of hearing about balance in the order in terms of LH and RH batters.  Good teams make their lineup up of talent, not LH RH batters.  Giants are a good example of that.  Time to try something new.

  1. Lagares
  2. Travis
  3. Cuddyer
  4. Duda
  5. Flores
  6. Grandy
  7. Campbell
  8. Tejada

If the Mets really want a New Hope it is time for Sandy to make a move or two to help this team.  The Mets have the prospects and too much starting pitching to sit back and watch an opportunity slip by.  Yes I know Neise and Gee will not bring back a big bat, yes I know they do not want to displace Grandy, Cuddyer or Wright (if he returns), but something has to be done and fast.

Yes the Mets have hit rock bottom, but they are still a first place team and 24 other teams would love to be able to say that 60 + games into the season.

Meet the Mess….

We all know it, the Mets have played bad since their 11 game winning streak put them at 13-3.  Since then they have been 16-22 but still remain in the thick of the NL East and NL Wildcard crowns.  Yes they have been injured, but are they more of a mess then we see?  Is this a train really about to get derailed? Is this a mess?  Notes below makes you wonder the following:

  • The Mets captain is MIA, no he is not missing as we saw him in the dugout during the SD trip and the press conference updating his status.  But your guess is as good as mine and also as good as all the experts on when DW will be back.  The Mets are currently weathering the storm that could last until game 162.  A move needs to be made.  Good teams do not sit back and wait till it is too late, they strike while the iron is hot.  Atlanta and Seattle who are not good teams, made moves to help them get going, the Mets need to make a move to help them keep going.
  • Leadoff spot is a joke.  Grandy has done a job leading off.  Can’t say good job, can’t say bad job but at this point just a job.  I know what everyone says, “Who else is there”?  Well my stance has always been give it to Juan and see what he can do.  He did it in September last year and needs a shot now.  I know also, he is not hitting, but sometimes putting guys in pressure spot helps, I think Juan needs a shot.  We can’t keep letting Grandy get 5 AB’s a game.  He needs to be hitting 6th.
  • The Mets never can seem to have their stuff polished in terms of their stances on things.  6 man rotation was all the rage, now it could be a spot start, now it is not locked in stone their doing 6 man rotation.  They are messing with their players minds and workouts.  The team is so worried about September, don’t want to shut young pitchers down.  Hey we need to get there first.  I don’t see well managed teams playing these games.
  • Will this team spend money or prospects to upgrade?  The payroll is right at 100 million.  Can this team take on money, bad contract, etc.. to help upgrade?  Are the Mets looking for a guy who “needs a change of scenery” and will come on the cheap? Upgrades need to be upgrades, the Mets have a real chance this year and the time to strike is now. Mike Piazza addition changed the team when he arrived, it is time to do that once again.  I have not been a fan of trading for Tulo, Braun, etc.., but my tune is changing watching this team play
  • Finally Terry Collins has done a good job, but as a stated all year I still do not believe he is the manager for this team.  Time to bring in new blood, someone who can energize this team, make some bold moves and switch things up.  Terry continues to manage scared, he is fighting for his job and managing in defense mode instead of fight mode.  He will last all 10 rounds, but in the end he will lose the decision and so will all us Mets fans dying for a winner in 2015.

These as always are just my thoughts and rants.  I want to see this team move forward, make a run and give us all hope for future, I just don’t think the ownership has the money still to do this.  Sandy is in a tough position, I just don’t think he has free rein to do what he needs to get out of the hole ownership has dug.