The Mets have been quite difficult to watch for much of May. They had a better than expected April and had fans riding high. But thanks to May, we have come crashing back down (in a tailspin) to the harsh reality that is Mets fandom. All prospects, hope, and promises with little results, execution, and victories. For me however, the hope and belief is still present, and how can it not be. Despite all of our injuries, we are still in very close proximity to the Nationals and first place in the NL East. Despite all of our injuries, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Bartolo Colon are all healthy and despite a few hiccups along the way, have all produced at a very high level. Jeurys Familia has taken the closer job and run with it, and a band of unknowns has solidified a bullpen that has been a huge question for the Mets since, well, forever. Memorial Day will not mark the end of the season for the Mets, as it has in many recent years, instead it will mark a new day, a new wave of momentum and a renewed resilience that won’t let these Mets fade away into the basement of the league.
The Bad: The Mets have scored 3 runs or fewer in 19 of their last 26 games. This is clearly getting in the heads of their starting pitchers. Niese is clearly affected, deGrom and Harvey at times seemed irritated by it and the bullpen has suffered from their miscues or inability as well. Something needs to change. Would bringing in someone like Casey McGehee help this team (just put on waivers by the Giants). He has struggled offensively as well but maybe a Kirk for Casey deal makes some sense. Just stick him at the hot corner until Wright gets better (which who knows when that will occur). This move wouldn’t be much worse then how the team is currently configured now but would bring some stability to the lineup as well as the defense.
The Good: The Mets play in a weak NL East and are welcoming the basement of the NL East, Marlins (18-27) and Phillies (19-27), to Citi Field this week where the Mets are 17-6. In order for the Mets to put this streak behind them, they need to continue to feast on the worst of the east, which they did quite well back in April, when they seemed to only face NL East foes. Taking 4 or 5 of the 6 games this week would go a long way to getting them back into the groove and keep them relevant. Anything less than 4 wins must be considered a disappointment and would surely have to light a fire under management to make some sort of move for reinforcments.
The Reality: Big picture, none of this really matters. If you are reading this blog, odds are you bleed orange and blue just like I do. You will be around for the good times, the bad times and everything in between, just like I have been for my now 32 years in this world. What truly matters is why we are off today and are afforded the freedoms that we are all enjoying as we spend time with our loved ones around the BBQ, drinking beers and stuffing our faces. It is in appreciation to all of those that made the greatest sacrifice to allow us to celebrate today and be able to have this time with our families. So all that is left to say is Thank You. Thank each and every one of you who has served our great country and sacrificed time with your loved ones so we can enjoy time with ours. That being said, there will be no recap on Metsin’ Around today as I plan to take the time to enjoy each and every moment with my beautiful wife and daughter. I hope the Mets win and end this losing streak, but if not, there will be another game tomorrow and I will still be by their side cheering them on like I do every other game. Have a great Memorial Day everyone and Let’s Go Mets!