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.