Mets: Jacob deGrom and the fans deserve better than this
By Tim Boyle
Jacob deGrom and New York Mets fans are kindred spirits who both deserve better than what they’re getting.
Saturday was a tipping point for me. The way the New York Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates was typical. In yet another quality start from ace Jacob deGrom, the team failed to score a single run.
The final box score with a 5-0 score and 11 hits for Pittsburgh hardly tells the tale of another miserable evening. The Mets mustered just 6 hits of their own with deGrom packing in two of them, including a double.
The one-man-army deGrom now has an ERA at an MLB best 1.82 and a record of 5-6. It’s amazing how consistently bad the offense is when he pitches. It’s almost expected to see them strand runners and put up a goose egg whenever he makes the start.
This game, as meaningless as it is to the standings for New York, does plenty of damage to the organization. When they return to Flushing, they won’t have Asdrubal Cabrera. There’s also a chance we see other players traded before then. I doubt deGrom is one of them. No matter how many stars he wishes upon, he can’t get that lucky.
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deGrom deserves better than this. The fans do, too.
Even with the misery piling up, fans of this team remain loyal. Their calls for the Wilpons to sell the team show the passion. They desire better baseball.
The hunger from this fanbase is not something you see in every city. Most would roll over and allow the sludge to build up. Spend one night on Twitter talking with Mets fans and you will see how even the most pessimistic people will stick through it. They will moan, but they do it out of love for the team that isn’t giving them much to root for.
At almost every turn, this organization has made mistakes. They signed the wrong free agents. The way they’ve handled injuries is questionable, too. Just about every way you can handle a roster, they have screwed up. From sending Brandon Nimmo to AAA early the season to delaying Jeff McNeil‘s big league promotion, the front office has looked inept in every way possible.
I don’t want to call for a boycott or the firing of anyone. Others can do that.
Instead, have your voice heard on what bothers you about this team. In whatever way possible, let this team know the way they are playing is unacceptable. Speak up on the poor ownership decisions.
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It’s time this team spoke honestly about how bad this season has gone. Give something back to the fans. Offer up something more than a free shirt on a Friday. We need proof that next year won’t be the same.