Russ’s Rants - Mets Ownership Short Range Failure
Going into this season fans were hoping for a fun team to watch. Well they got that for the first half of the season and low and behold they were in the midst of a potential pennant race. Long term plans for the team seem decent especially when Matt Harvey had as good of a first outing as any Met pitcher’s ever had. But we get back to this season.
The Mets have gone into the tank and with all of the injuries they had management could have thrown the fans a bone and gotten them a reliever during the All-Star break to gear up for the series with Atlanta and Washington. Well that didn’t happen and the season has been going south ever since.
At 3 games back and 6.5 out of the wild card race, Harvey or no Harvey, the bullpen is still a mess and to hurt the offense even further, the Mets sent down Lucas Duda, who was having a better season than Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Andres Torres and Jason Bay. He was 4th on the team in RBI and yet he got pulled. So what happens next week? Who goes down next? It has to be Bay (hitting .176 and he didn’t hit well during his rehab assignment). Bay has 23 homers and 112 RBI in 249 games. Whether they are paying him a king’s ransom or not he’s not helping anybody develop on this team. He needs to work on his game elsewhere. He needs more confidence at the plate. He’s averaging a strikeout per game.
Manager Terry Collins is doing all he can considering ownership isn’t really helping the situation. That’s not to say that the manager gets off scot-free here, but he does have more challenges than the average skipper.
The Mets had a chance to solve their attendance issue this year by spending a small amount of money. Instead they invested in some land, and now expect fans to come to games knowing their team is out of it. That’s a tough sell in New York.
Currently the Mets are 15th in attendance just ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets are down 65,000 fans to last year and they’re charging less. For the record 11 teams in MLB are experiencing a drop in attendance. You do the math this is a recipe for disaster especially for a New York franchise.
Met fans deserve better. Most have been very understanding and now they feel like they were teased in the first half and were waiting for the second half collapse that has become a phrase they can’t seem to distance themselves from.
So fans will have the “wait till next year” mantra. They have to. Let’s see what GM Sandy Alderson has to say because he’s been pretty silent in the past few weeks. One last thing, Alderson has certainly thrown cold water on the fact that the Mets “might” try and lock up David Wright during the season.
Wright has to be signed long-term, plain and simple. They gambled by not locking him up to see what kind of season he might have and they lost because he’s come back to have one of the best year’s in his career. If he every leaves the team you might as well fold up the tents.