3) The Mets need to find consistency in the manager role
This one is a tough one to achieve. Consistency in the manager role is rare in this league. You don’t want to hang onto a loser for too long. You also shouldn’t execute prematurely.
After seven years of Terry Collins through the 2017 campaign, the Mets have gone through skippers in pairs of two. Mickey Callaway, Luis Rojas, and Buck Showalter each got a pair of chances before losing their jobs. Now it’s Carlos Mendoza’s chance. He needs to be the guy if they want any chance of feeling a little more like the Dodgers.
As hot as the seat has become under Dave Roberts at times in Los Angeles, having his singular voice is beneficial. He has been with the team since 2016. They’ve never missed the playoffs since. Their fewest total of wins are the 91 they had in that first season outside of the shortened 2020 year when they won the World Series after a dominant .717 winning percentage pre-playoffs.
The Dodgers have been so good for a decade now that they’ve only not finished in first place once from 2013-2023. That was in 2022 when their 106 victories was one shy of the San Francisco Giants.
Mets fans have the desire for much more than regular season dominance, though. A single championship despite all of the success doesn’t exactly have the Dodgers faithful clamoring for a statue of Roberts. It’s still a necessary step to achieve some level of success. The players will always change. The manager can remain the same. It’s Mendoza’s turn to prove he is the guy.