IS IT TIME FOR A SHAKE UP?

Is this Mets team what its record says it is? Is this one of the worst teams in baseball?  The manager and the players talked up in spring that the Mets would be a team that would surprise a lot of people but I don’t think they meant it in a negative form.  I bought into it, I thought this was going to be a team that the headlines would be “HOW ‘BOUT THOSE METS”? but the headlines lately have been “HOW ‘BOUT THOSE METS, THEY REALLY SUCK”.

Thursday I was in Philadelphia as a chaperone for my son’s school for a trip to the Franklin Institute. It was beautiful day so for lunch we got sandwiches and sat in the park. My son of course had to bring a Mets drawstring bag and that drew attention from the Phillies fans. But the funny (or tragic really) thing was the Phillies fans felt sorry of us Mets fans. Imagine that.  One by one as we chatted with some folks the question asked over and over was “what the hell has happened to the Mets” Wow you have about 12 hours? The one thing though that each person we talked to mentioned was the Skill Sets and everyone asked the same question, “when are they going to sell” A question we all have been asking.

The bullshit play on the field and the owners problems are two different items. I found that out talking to various people on Wednesday at Citi Field, the players have no idea about the owners money woes and could  care less when told about it. The only way they would care is if their paychecks didn’t clear.

Terry Collins has done a nice job of keeping a stiff upper lip during this awful stretch of baseball and he’s trying to stay positive but there comes a point where he and Sandy Alderson and the baseball ops team might say this isn’t working and blow the place up. The question is when is that time?

If it comes that by the end of the month or early May and the Mets continue on this pace are 8-20 or 12-25 does the fire sale commence? It might even be earlier if the baseball ops feel a bold move must be made. It’s a lead pipe cinch that Carlos Beltran will be dealt and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens sooner but what of Jose Reyes? That is the multi year ,seven figure question.

When talk of Reyes was bantered about on Wednesday between bloggers and main streamers, there was no definite consensus except that there will be a massive fall out from the fan base when Reyes leaves.  To that I say, so what? If Alderson can make a deal say with the Giants and can get back Madison Bumgardner and say second base prospect Charlie Culberson as the focal points of a deal that would a coup for the Mets.

This not be taken as an ant-Reyes position as I am a Reyes fan but the fact of the matter is for all the talk I’ve heard about Reyes being the catalyst of the team and as goes Reyes, so goes the Mets, well the team has made the post season once in Reyes nine year Mets career, so maybe it’s time to bury the myth.

So what if the fan base gets piss off by dealing Reyes, it’s not like anyone is flocking to Citi Field to begin with and I doubt if Alderson is looking to sign Reyes to a long term deal  so why not get it over with and make a deal using one of the few trade chips you have. It’s time to do what’s best for the Mets rather than fans.

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  1. Excellent post and commentary. I still question the hiring of Terry Collins. There were hints that the players were laughing at his intensity in the spring. Personally, I think he’s a bad fit.

    I can’t believe they are this bad. They seem to have too much talent to play this way. But you are right. Something has to give. And if this keeps up, your predictions may prove dead on.

  2. Excellent piece my good friend. You’ve made nothing but sense and more cents!

    Hey is Murphy giving Reyes a “run” for the title as the dumbest player on the field?

  3. Patience is the word of the day as I eagerly await the start of the championship season.

  4. Jay Baumann says:

    Some random thoughts
    Steve , you do a great job with your blog.

    Wright and Reyes are both good players , but that is all. When they are the 2 best players on the team , you don’t have a great team.

    Did Beltran ( with bad knees ) gain about 20 pounds?

    How come when the Mets are turning a dp the runner from first is on top of our ss or 2b ,but when the Mets are hitting into a dp ,our runner is not close to second base?

    I believe our fans need to distinguish between a player being lackadasical ( boo you ass off ) or being in a slump ( need our support ).

    Finally , I’d like to thank the current team for making me feel like I’m 15 years old again rooting for the 62 Mets.

  5. First of all, I was wrong about Collins. Wrong wrong wrong.he is stand up and a good baseball guy.All of my december woes were wrongheaded…now, the post-mortem.Seriously,this is the worst team in baseball.there is nothing,nothing here.Start the sale now.Maybe if you go early,give Reyes to someone for the full season,you can get something back[The red sox might have some pitching..the Giants trade you mentioned is nice]Beltran,Wright,Pelfry[who is Limberger and a pussy]F Rodriguez,Murphy,Hairston,my Goodness where the hell do they FIND these guys? I really think they could lose 105 games without breaking a sweat.Well, when Bey comes back hes good for 9 or 10 homers[seriously didnt anyone notice the dimensions in left of PNC or fenway?Minaya might be dumber then a sack of hair]A serious, sober analysis of this team is painful.The ownership mess is another issue ,and it festers every day. Billionaires are NOT VICTIMS

  6. Been saying about Reyes for a couple of years now, he is still the same ball player he was as a rookie. Still makes the same mistakes, and swings at the same bad pitches. Rarely runs against left handed pitchers and never steals when you really need it. I am all for trading him…and as much as I don’t want to see it, for the right deal I would trade the guy next to him, that if not traded will hold most of the team records by the time he retires. I am speaking of course, of Mr. Wright. The strikeouts are more than alarming. No one is willing to say out loud that his swing has gotten so long that he tried to hit everything out. Stop trying to hit home runs Mr. Wright, and just try to hit doubles. You will be amazed at how much the strikeouts go down, and the home runs & RBI go down.

  7. You make some really ggod points on your blog. It’s the only place where the author is not shilling for the team.

    Why stop at Reyes and Beltran? Why not include Wright? You can go with the same argument as Reyes. In the approximately 9 years he’s been with the Mets, they’ve only been to the playoffs once.

    Get rid of them all and get some prospects in. The mantra at the beginning of the season was wait until 2012. Let’s start 2012 now.

  8. @Jay Baumann – You’re the man. I like where you’re coming from.

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