After going 2-9 on their Left Coast trip, the Mets are sinking fast in the standings. They are now 50-49, which may satisfy Omar Minaya’s goal of “being around .500”.
Further, the offense has sputtered and died like a 1974 Ford Pinto, getting shut out an incomprehensible 4 times in 10 days. That would be quite a feat if this were 1979, and the likes of Frank Taveras, Doug Flynn, and Bruce Boisclair were littering the lineup. But to be that anemic in the 21st century is … well, there are no words. Unfortunately for Howard Johnson, someone is going to have to be the scapegoat, and it’s unlikely to be the bullpen coach.
Whether it is HoJo or someone else, heads are guaranteed to roll in the next 24-48 hours. That’s an educated guess based on privately gathered inside information and the following public reports:
From tweets by Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger:
Omar: “When you have a trip like this, you have to sit down and assess how you’re going to get it right . . . We’re not going to sit back.”
Twice asked if staff would survive by Tuesday, Omar Minaya twice demurred from anything definitive.
From Andy Martino of the NY Daily News:
Minaya passed on two chances to say entire coaching staff would be intact Tuesday.
From Adam Rubin of ESPN-NY:
No one will say Howard Johnson’s job is safe
Omar would not directly state staff would remain intact Tuesday.
From David Lennon of NY Newsday:
Asked twice, Minaya would not say definitively that staff will remain intact on Tuesday when #Mets return to action.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize something is up, and that changes of some sort are coming soon — or sooner. Heck, even a two-bit blogger such as myself can figure that out.
What exactly will happen, no one is sure. HoJo’s job is unteneble right now, and though the pitching has been mostly strong lately, Dan Warthen could be blamed for Mike Pelfrey’s sudden slide. Dave Jauss could be in jeopardy for no other reason than the fact he’s Jerry Manuel’s pal (remember when Willie Randolph’s buddy Rick Down was fired?). Whether Manuel himself is spared the hatchet remains to be seen; Omar Minaya could have a tough time ‘splainin why he chose the wrong manager twice in five years. Indeed, one has to wonder if Minaya himself is on the chopping block.
We don’t know for sure what will occur in the next two days, but we can be sure that SOMETHING will happen.
Fasten your seatbelts …