The New York Mets have lost five games in a row including a three-game sweep against the Miami Marlins. For the second straight year, I’m here to say the fans deserve better than this.
I’ve been with Rising Apple since the beginning of the 2018 season so I haven’t had a chance to write about how much New York Mets fans deserve better all that much. Only a few weeks into my second year here, I’m already prepared to revisit the topic.
On May 19, 2019, Mets fans official deserve better than the product this organization is putting on the field.
Following a five-game losing streak with a pair against the Washington Nationals and a three-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins, I’m officially declaring this season painful. It pains me because there’s nothing I hate more than pessimists winning. Earlier this year, I even vowed to stay positive about this team while they were above .500. Honestly, it feels like months ago when they were there.
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In what may have been one of the roughest weeks in recent Mets history, the team went 1-5 against division rivals with below .500 records. Worst of all, they combined for only three hits on Saturday and Sunday. Thank goodness for Jeff McNeil on Saturday and J.D. Davis on Sunday.
It’s an embarrassing product right now. Though very much mathematically alive at 6.5 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies after Sunday, it feels much tougher to come back than that. These were winnable games. Even if they had put in an effort, the vibe around this ball club would feel different a week before Memorial Day.
An abundance of problems are plaguing the Mets right now. I feel as if the front office and the coaching staff are not on the same page. Manager Mickey Callaway was not the man hired by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Their styles don’t seem to mesh well together and this was a concern of many before the year even began.
What made Callaway’s job look like it was even more jeopardy at the start of 2019 was the hiring of bench coach Jim Riggleman. Riggleman has an extensive history of replacing managers midseason. In fact, he did so last year with the Cincinnati Reds. The writing is on the wall in bold, offensive, and loud text: Mickey’s firing is inevitable.
The Mets attempted to do something they have routinely tried for several years: build a winning ball club. To their credit, nothing was torn down. That’s about the only kudos they deserve in this messy season.
Unfortunately, this only sets them back further when the time comes to make those tough decisions. Jacob deGrom is locked into a contract now, but for what purpose? The Mets traded last year’s first-round pick Jarred Kelenic for Edwin Diaz (essentially) only for them to let him rot in the bullpen.
The lackluster play over the last five games is what is most frustrating of all. This was the Mets’ chance to climb up the standings. The Phillies got hammered by the Milwaukee Brewers last week. Even a slight better performance out of the Mets would have put them in a better spot to compete.
Instead, we’re here on May 20th wondering how long it will take before the manager is fired, the general manager comes out from his cave, and the time remembers how to hit again.
The Mets put on a shameful performance this weekend against a team that traded the past two National League MVPs and several other stars for a hope and a promise that they can become stars, too. A team with Curtis Granderson batting leadoff and Neil Walker in the middle of the order in 2019 is not one you should lose to three days in a row.
On Saturday, I fasted from the Mets and decided to take advantage of the nice weather. I spent a few hours at the beach, forgot about baseball, and assumed I’d catch up on the results later on. To my amazing, the whole team took the day off, too, then applied for a second one on Sunday.
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Nobody needs to get fired, traded, demoted, or sent on a rocket ship to the moon. This team just needs to be shamed for playing like these games don’t even matter. On behalf of fans, they do. And it’s time to start acting like it.