Scoreboard Watching

manuel-ghandi-smJerry Manuel’s “positive” spin on the 9-1 loss to the Yankees on Friday night:

“I’m satisfied that everybody else in the division lost. It’s scoreboard-watching for us because we’re trying to survive.”

Scoreboard watching in June, eh? Just “trying to survive”, huh? Whatever …

Every day this team gets closer and closer to first place, and yet Manuel continues to tell the world how terrible his team is, presumably because of all the injuries. (News flash: other MLB teams have lost players to the DL as well!)

And so goes the Jerry Manuel for NL Manager of the Year Jedi Mind Trick Hype Machine. Keep telling everyone what a challenge it is to win with the current roster, and you’ll look like a genius if your team finds its way to any kind of success.

Funny, this same Mets team was good enough to score eleven runs a few days ago, and good enough to beat a red-hot, NL Central-leading Cardinals three out of four. But I guess those achievements were the result of luck mixed with managerial wizardry not commonly found in this galaxy.


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. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. TheDZA June 27, 2009 at 4:13 am
    I am sooo tired of this ‘treading water’ mentality. On what basis exactly is this a way to motivate the team and make the playoffs?!
    The Phils have been dropping games like easy pop-ups and here we are hanging half a game out waiting for what? To pounce in the last week and take the division?!
    Well here’s to Scoreboard watching for the next 80 or so games – oh no that’s right once the cavalry get back we’ll start hauling…
  2. Jack O'Brien June 27, 2009 at 5:41 am
    I see an awful lot of similarities between Obama and Manuel. America hating, excuse making Obama.
  3. sincekindergarten June 27, 2009 at 7:32 am
    Jack, I fail to see how Jerry hates the Mets, though.

    I just posted on another forum that why the Phillthies haven’t run away and hidden from the rest of the division with the division lead is incomprehensable. It’s one of those questions that is tough to answer.

  4. Dave June 27, 2009 at 8:08 am
    You nailed it Joe.
  5. adrock June 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    but jerry manuel does hate america.
  6. nwaldrop June 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    Jerry Manuel meant to say, “I’m a millionaire, trying to manage a team of millionaires. But the problem is these other teams we’re playing, well they get paid more millions than our team that’s on the field now. You get what you pay for, that’s all I’m saying.”