May 27, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talks to the media before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets are letting 2014 slip away, and it isn’t surprising

The Mets enter Friday’s game a season-high 11 games under .500. Despite their less than terrible run differential, there’s nothing to suggest they’re about to lift themselves out of their malaise. Terry Collins knows this, Sandy Alderson knows this, but it’s highly likely that nothing is about to change.

According to Alderson, no one (the manager or any members of his coaching staff) is in imminent danger of losing their job. Additionally, Alderson says the Mets will not choose a trade deadline course (buyers, sellers, or neither) until after their 10-game homestand wraps up.

Basically, the Mets are content to let another season slip away – and that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

When the Mets entered 2014 with a starting shortstop who they badmouthed all offseason, a first base situation that defied logic, and an outfield whose overall production relied on a solid season from Chris Young, it was clear that they weren’t going for it.

With the club having gone 22-37 over their last 57 games and not a single notable player brought in from the outside to help out, the Mets have confirmed without stating it that they’re not interested in contending – or even staying relevant – in 2014.

2014 was supposed to be the season where the Mets, after five straight losing campaigns, turned the corner. Instead, it appears they may be headed for an even uglier finish than either of the last two seasons.

In the grand scheme of things, where the Mets finish in 2014 is much less important than their apparent lack of urgency.

Currently, the Mets are content to carry six outfielders but no true backup shortstop. They’re keeping Chris Young on the roster even though he’s hitting below .200. They don’t have a first baseman who’s equipped to hit against left-handed pitchers, but are doing nothing to address the issue.

Help is needed, but none is on the way.

The Mets shouldn’t be dealing prospects for quick fixes, but they could definitely be functioning in a much more proactive manner.

Aside from the money issues surrounding ownership, and aside from the fact that the Mets are employing a manager who hardly ever gives them an advantage, it would be nice to see some creativity and/or action from the front office – especially during a season that was supposed to be the beginning of a turnaround.

Instead, the Mets are doing what they did in 2011, 2012, and 2013: sitting on their hands as another season slips away.

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  • Darrell Smith

    It’s tough being a Met fan these days , But as Tug used to say ” You gotta Belive ” , that things are gonna get better , hopefully before I die , not that I plan on leaving soon , but I am 60 and would like to see my Mets win it all at least once more.

  • Eric Ohlson

    Ownership has dictated this situation, period, everyone else is just slong for the ride. Sandy talking about 90 wins and then hoping providence will intercede as apparently we all are.

  • Ken Meoni

    I think Duda and soup will be a good tandem at first. I think 3B is a bit much for soup. I agree too many OFs. Get rid of Abreu. He is not part of the future, unless the Mets are going to continue to use recycled players in the future. Which is a big part of the problem here. Get rid of CY. Let the others play. There are too many players sitting on the bench, cooling off. Why do the Mets commit so many errors when Familia comes in? Why does this team perform so awfully? Why do I bother watching?