As a Mets fan, the first thing that comes to mind is why? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why can't we just be Yankee fans? They're both in New York. Why does this team make the same moves, and do the same thing over and over again? I mean the list of why questions could go on and on, but in all seriousness why? I am positive my sentiments resonate with nearly all fans of an inept, unfortunate, and a tad unlucky organization. I do not even know where to begin because there are so many issues. The owner, the general manager, the manager, the bullpen, I mean it is almost a new issue every day with this ball club.
The New York Mets may very well be one of the worst run organizations in all of baseball. I compare it to my love of the Buffalo Bills, a notoriously bad football team that can't seem to catch a break. It's kismet that both teams I love continuously seem to get the short end of the stick. What further promotes our travesties is that we share a city with what might be the greatest run organization in sports. Playing uptown of the New York Yankees, a coveted sports franchise that is universally revered only adds to our troubled luck.
For Mets fans, I think what gets us so angry about this year, more than any other year, was that this team should be better than they are. They have had so many games slip away because of that dreadful bullpen. That bullpen that was supposed to be lights out. I mean I do not know if I am alone on this but how many more wild throws and blown leads can we watch Jeryus Familia throw.
I get this man had 57 saves one year for the Mets but I do not know if this guy has been worse in his career than he has been this year.
Nothing is easy for him, he cannot throw strikes, and off the top of my head, he has cost the Mets a minimum of 6 games. Win half of those and they are one game over .500 and maybe we feel a little different about the season. Also, I should probably mention that when this article posts the Mets would have had series against the Rockies and Yankees, two of the hottest teams in baseball, so all the things I have mentioned above might be even worse while you are reading this.
Moving on to the manager. Not too long ago I wrote an article referencing who can replace Mickey Callaway as manager of the Mets...yeah, the thing is I do not know if anyone can save this team right now. Yes, Mickey has made some more questionable moves, like taking Syndergaard out of a game with 2 outs in the 7th and only 100 pitches only to watch the guy he brought in to give up the tying run. But in reality, there is a part we have to understand as fans, and that is a lot of our top players have underperformed. Remember when we all wanted Vargas gone? Candidly, he is now our best pitcher. deGrom has been steady but not himself, Matz has been hot and cold, Wheeler goes deep in games but always has an inning in which he gives up 3+ runs and well Syndergaard looks like Matt Harvey 2.0.
I know I am being harsh, but I was once such an optimistic Mets fan, but at only 21 years old, this specific team, manager, and management have made me make a turn for the worse. All of the off-season shenanigans that were thrown at us, all the important signings, the famous "we plan to win now and, in the future." I also think as a collective group we should not buy any of it either. Also, did you know a combination of Kimbrel and Machado would have been cheaper than Cano, Diaz, and Lowrie, plus we would have been able to keep Bruce (having a great year) and 3 of our top prospects? But remember those two guys were not "cost-effective." I mean it is still early, but that trade has dumpster fire written all over it. A very good representation of the whole Mets organization actually.