Mets Fail Again
Although I had come to this realization at the beginning of one of the worst stretches of Mets baseball I’ve ever seen, one moment made me shut the TV. The other night when Taijuan Walker was pitching a gem against the Giants, Luis Rojas inexplicably pulled him in the 7th with runners on first and second and no outs.
Per usual fashion, not only were the team’s hitters failing to score runs but they failed to play defense. The runners on base were caused by an error and a blooper that somehow no one caught. Walker was cruising and at 74 pitches.
Walker’s frustration at being pulled on the mound mirrored just about every Mets fan in existence. We know what the analytics say, we know that Aaron Loop is about the only person on the team having a career year, yet we know as Mets fans what’s going to happen.
Do I have to say what happens next? I’d rather not.
Mets Fans Know What’s Coming
Time after time Mets fans know exactly what’s going to happen before the team’s management seems to figure it out. We’ve been watching this team our whole lives. When you’ve lived through a tragedy or survived a disaster, you know what to expect and how to safeguard yourself the next time.
Mets fans know when Edwin Diaz or Jeurys Familia are going to blow the game. We know that almost nightly, the Mets will tie the game in the 7th or 8th, then immediately give up the go-ahead run, get runners in scoring position in the 9th, and then strike out two times in a row to end the game.
Oh, wait, Jacob deGrom is having a career-best season…season-ending injury. Perennial all-star signs, it would be a shame if they had their worst year ever *cough cough* Francisco Lindor and about 100 other players in history.
“This is the year the Mets stock up on depth pieces!” Every single one of those pieces went down after the starters did.
What goes up must come down and what seems good for the Mets must fail. Well, at least that’s what it feels like. But hey, the team chemistry was terrific!
Let’s circle back. When Loup gave up that first pitch double, I had to shut the TV off. That was the last straw for me. Would any of us watch a new movie or TV show if the ending was spoiled for you? Maybe, but, the magic would be lost and the surprise and awe of watching would be gone. This is the 2021 Mets. The writers jumped the shark and are giving us the same episode over and over.
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This show has run out of steam. It’s time to watch something else until the season 2022 premiere.