It's Officially Over
We all had extremely high hopes for this year. We all thought we had improved our team and on paper - we did. Our offense added Alomar, Vaughn and Burnitz while we dumped Zeile and Ventura. A no-brainer. Our staff picked up Astacio, we added Weathers and Guthrie in the pen, and then later Strickland and Steve Reed. We even managed to dump Jay Payton a few weeks ago.
So what happened?
Want me to make excuses? Okay, here goes. Our new bats took longer than expected to learn the NL pitchers. All the new personalities in the clubhouse are taking too long to gel. Yadda yadda yadda...
It was a season of disappointment on par with the early 90's Mets of Bonilla, Murray and HoJo. It's been the roughest year I have suffered through, worse than the mid-90's - at least they were trying to rebuild. But the '02 Mets spent much money... and the results were terrible. Do I have a plan to save them? Sort-of.
This season is over, I need to deal with that. I wish I could say it's time to see what the kids can do but we have no kids. Wanna see Strange, Jae Wong Seo, Yates, Walker or Heilman up here and chance another 'Generation K' flame-out? Me neither. But I would like to see Jose Reyes up here. He's been touted as the Mets' answer to Alfonso Soriano and it's time to see if he can play on this level. Shit, he only has to out-hit Ordonez and I could do that...
Anyway, time for the shit list:
INCOMPLETES ARE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO PLAY A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT
Pedro Astacio: Solid innings with piss-poor run support
Mike Bacsik: Spot starter, has looked good and bad
GRADE: Incomplete, not enough starts
Armando Benitez: Having a good year, great ERA
KEEP? Unless we can get a young, strong starter in return, keep him
Jaime Cerda: Effective lefty specialist, future set-up man
Jeff D'Amico: An absolute bust. Not even a 5th starter on this team
Mark Guthrie: The staff's MVP without any doubt
Al Leiter: Staff ace, workhorse, and leader great clubhouse guy
KEEP? Under contract, definitely a keeper
Steve Reed: A rent-a-player deadline acquisition for the Wild Card run
GRADE: Incomplete, we won't see enough of him
Scott Strickland: A steal for Chen, works hard but gives up the long ball way too often
KEEP? Young and talented, you keep him
John Thompson: Well, I did once see him shutout the Mets at Shea...
KEEP? I hope not
Steve Trachsel: So absolutely confounding - one great start, one hideous start...
KEEP? If someone will take him, ship him out
David Weathers: Has been so overworked it's almost not fair, but very effective
Mike Piazza: Works hard, slumps too often, has had no help this year
Vance Wilson: Good as a day-off starter, skilled defensively
KEEP? Why not
Roberto Alomar: Hasn't adapted to the NL game at all, has shown flashes...
KEEP? Yes, yes, yes... 100 times yes...
Rey Ordonez: One of the dumbest players I have ever seen, tries to be too flashy
KEEP? If someone wants him, they can have him
Marcos Scutaro: Who? Can play both infield and outfield positions
KEEP? No idea
John Valentin: Nice bat off the bench, plays all infield positions
KEEP? Why not
Mo Vaughn: Had bounced back and subsequently cooled off, must lose weight
KEEP? With his contract we don't have a choice
Ty Wigginton: Great baseball name
KEEP? I have no clue
Jeromy Burnitz: Holy crap, this is the ugliest dive I have ever seen a player take
KEEP? Dump him, even if you have to pay all of his salary
Roger Cedeno: After Rey, the second dumbest player I have ever seen, looks lost 24-7
KEEP? Like Burnitz, dump him, even if you have to pay all of his salary
Joe McEwing: Having a terrible year, yet too valuable defensively to ship out
Timo Perez: If he can play every day, good things will happen
Tony Tarasco: Pop off the bench, that's about it
KEEP? I guess so