Typically, that hope is only temporary, as anger replaces it as the Mets bullpen squander away another victory, or an infielder drops a routine pop-up. It’s in these moments that I find myself yelling more expletives than a Joe Pesci character in a Martin Scorcese film.
That’s exactly where I found myself this Memorial Day Weekend. From the lows of Addison Reed’s blown game on Saturday to highs of seeing Matt Harvey and Robert Gellman not pitch abysmally. Throw in the news that Steven Matz threw five perfect innings in Las Vegas and now we’re on the upswing.
We are now past Memorial Day Weekend and we’re supposed to be able to gauge a team at this juncture. So far, I’ve had more changes in the outlook of this team than a magic 8-ball strapped to a paint mixer.
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Yes, Terry Collins has been dealt an awful hand this year, but he is also a man who makes questionable call after questionable call from the dugout. He has worn his bullpen out already, and we aren’t into June yet.
Whose fault is that? Is it because the starting pitchers rarely throw over 100 pitches? But is it Terry’s choice to pull them after that many? Rather, is it Dan Warthen or Sandy Alderson’s call?
The answer isn’t really clear. Regardless of the hand dealt this year, this has to be Collins’ and Warthen’s last ride unless they fully turn the year around, which wouldn’t surprise me at this point. I know Collins gets a pass with a lot of fans because of the way he plays bad hands throughout the season. To a certain degree, I agree with that sentiment.
However, how many free passes can the Mets afford to give Collins because of “bad luck?” Even the Braves fired their manager, Freddi Gonzalez last year despite no expectations and low talent. After that firing, the Braves became nearly a .500 team, not to mention, a thorn in the Mets’ side. Shake-ups can have a positive effect.
While we try to salvage our spring from the dark clouds, the Mets will continue to do the same for their season.
Through the agonizing losses, we need to look at the bright side of things. The National League is weak and the Nationals might be vulnerable. If you keep that in mind, maybe you’ll catch yourselves thinking, “but wait” as well. Maybe the players are already thinking it too.