You may have noticed I’ve been quiet here lately.
Truth is, I’m not sure what to think about what’s going on with the Mets right now.
On the one hand, I’m not out on the ledge thinking that the season is trashed — I recognize that it is still very early in the season, the Mets are only a few games out of first, and there’s plenty of baseball to play.
However, there are many things broiling in the crucible right now, and it feels like everything is going to come to a head very soon. What that means, I’m not sure, but I have a really bad feeling that Willie Randolph will be the scapegoat — and I’m not sure he should be. After all, is it Willie’s fault that the Mets score 12 runs on one day and then can’t muster more than three in two games the next? Is it Willie’s fault that Aaron Heilman looks like a lost cause? That Pedro and El Duque are injured? That Ollie Perez can’t pitch consistently? I’m not sure.
After sweeping the Yankees, it’s been a tense few days. Willie makes some self-damaging comments, backs off them, then loses a doubleheader to the Braves. His status as manager was wavering before the weekend, seemed to “save his job” by beating the tar out of the Yankees, then immediately goes back to hot seat. In addition, the press has been pounding the fact that the Mets have been a mediocre .500 team for nearly a year — and David Wright admits as much. Adding injury to insult, the Mets MVP thus far, Ryan Church, suffered his second concussion this spring and likely will be out for a while. What will happen next?
If the Mets don’t take the next two games from the Braves, there could be some sweeping changes taking place. Maybe something similar to what Steve Phillips did to Bobby Valentine back in 1999, firing his entire coaching staff. Maybe Aaron Heilman and Carlos Delgado get dealt for a difference-maker, though I don’t see how that’s possible. Maybe Willie is given a public ultimatum.
Hopefully, the Mets will go on a hot streak, and put an end to the tension. I’m not liking the current feeling.
About the Author
Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.