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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Should We Be Worried Yet?

I caught a few minutes of the Boomer Esiason show on WFAN this morning. Some guy called in, bitching and moaning about Willie and demanding that Willie gets fired after the year is out if the Mets don't make the playoffs. Boomer and friends quickly pooh-poohed him, playing the "hey, let's not panic, we are still in first place" angle. Of course, I angrily shut off the radio.

Not panic? Still in first place? The Mets are in the process of attempting nothing short of a monumental collapse and we shouldn't panic? Keep in mind that after losing FOUR straight to the Phils, the Mets went on a tear, winning 9 of 10 and cementing an "unbeatable" 6.5 game lead last week. The follow up: a second sweep by the Phillies followed by a joke against the Nats last night. Now, the lead has been neatly trimmed to two and a half games. If not isn't the time to panic, when is?

Obviously if the Mets fail to reach the playoffs, there will be multiple reasons for such a failure. There almost never is one. But at the top of the list you MUST put Willie. His inept managerial moves are killing this team. What's worse, his greatest strength was his ability to motivate the players. Now he seems to have lost them, some even openly questioning his managerial decisions. That is not a good way to keep your guys. Keep in mind that he once made so many switches in a game that he was forced to pinch run a pitcher in the eight inning and use Tom Glavine as a pinch hitter in the ninth. Not exactly Tony Larussa-esq.

The Mets are simply too talented a team to not be more dominant. Omar Minaya, for all of his bad bullpen decisions this year, has put together a fine team. In fact, I believe the Mets are the best team in the National League. And that's exactly why Willie needs to get canned if the Mets aren't representing the NL in the world series this fall. This team is too good to (a) not make the playoffs, (b) lose in the first round or even (c) lose in the NLCS, even factoring in the rash of injuries that his the team this year.

As for managerial decisions, how the heck can you send Brian Lawrence and his 83 mph fastball out there when you have Mike Pelfrey on your roster? Can anyone explain that move to me? Is Willie trying to make the race more interesting?

If the Mets fail to make the playoffs and the yanks take the wild card, I'm moving to Boston and becoming a Red Sox fan.

- In other news, the Jetropolitans have started the year a very Jet-like 0-2. So not only is real football going to be depressing this year, fantasy football will be as well. Only three weeks till Knicks Maccabee Tel Aviv at the Garden baby!!

- Incidentally, this is post number 301 for me.


  • "As for managerial decisions, how the heck can you send Brian Lawrence and his 83 mph fastball out there when you have Mike Pelfrey on your roster?"

    Not Willie's fault, actually. Pedro demanded an extra day of rest, as a result of which the Mets are absurdly going with a 6 man rotation, with Pelfrey starting tomorrow night.

    "the Jetropolitans have started the year a very Jet-like 0-2."

    I had predicted the Jetropolitans would start the season 0-2 so there is really no reason to panic. Indeed, with their tough schedule, the Jetropolitans have set their sights on 9-8.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:25 PM  

  • So why not Humber???

    They will be lucky to shoot that high.

    By Blogger Elster, at 3:40 PM  

  • Because instead of letting him pitch in AAA, they let him stagnate in the pen until he had not thrown in weeks and couldn't be available to start.

    See (Journal News beatwriter's blog) http://mets.lohudblogs.com/ for the following tibdit and more:

    There is all sorts of speculation on Orlando Hernandez because the Mets haven’t been straight.

    Last Friday, Hernandez told the media before his manager he was hurting and didn’t think he would pitch Monday. He said he cut short his bullpen.

    Clearly, Randolph didn’t know this, which understandably irked him.

    Then, depending on the convenience of the issue, Randolph said he always talks to his players or doesn’t always talk to them.

    Yesterday, when asked about Hernandez’s injury, and if he knew he cut his bullpen last Friday, he said “I have a million things going on in my mind.”

    Well, the health of one of your key pitchers should be among them.

    Randolph and Omar, too, like to dodge questions by saying they don’t always know. Or worse, they ad-lib.

    Well, they HAVE to know. That’s their job.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 3:49 PM  

  • A little subterfuge is probably common between coach and media. But at least don't suck at it.

    I sense the fire Willie bandwagon is really filling up.

    By Blogger Elster, at 5:32 PM  

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