Tough way for Ruben to end a miserable season. That’s what I call a bad break. Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Get it? Sometimes these jokes write themselves.
It’s hard to imagine Tejada being around in 2014. I have to admit, I’m not real broken up about that.
Speaking of Dice-K, we have a cross-walk in my town by the post office. Cars are supposed to stop, but they rarely do. As a pedestrian, it’s like playing Russian roulette. One lane will stop, you enter the street, but you don’t know what the car in the oncoming lane is going to do. It’s more dangerous than if there was no cross-walk at all. The police simply do not enforce the law, as if they don’t believe in it. Which brings us back to Dice-K . . . and the dulling down of ballgames . . . and the rule about the time taken between pitches (I think it’s 20 seconds, not going to look it up, sorry). I would love to see that rule enforced. Let’s start calling balls, let’s start with an honest, simple effort to speed up the game.
We talk about replay, which is going to make the overall problem worse. Why not have a pitch clock? Football has a play clock, basketball has a shot clock. Get it right up there on the scoreboard. It’s 2013, it doesn’t have to be an umpire using a sundial.
Of course, as we both know, one of baseball’s enduring beauties is there’s no clock. But please, can we move it along already? Next Matsuzaka game, you should start a chant in Citi Field, “C’mon, people. One alligator, two alligator . . .”
I noticed the following quote from Bob Geren in Adam Rubin’s daily roundup the other day, regarding Travis d’Arnaud getting battered around behind the plate.
“It’s more than I’ve ever seen, and it’s a little bit concerning.”
He has a history of injury problems, so it is a concern. He might have bad juju. The next John Stearns? Maybe sturdier body armor would help. I was thinking of something more . . . metallic.
Well, David Wright is back. He’s pretty good, his return could be the boost we need for the stretch run.
We’re still in this!
Here’s the reverse standings as of Friday afternoon.
|3||Chicago White Sox||60||92||.395||9.5|
|7||New York Mets||68||84||.447||17.5|
|10||Toronto Blue Jays||70||82||.461||19.5|
|**||Unprotected Picks Below||**||**||***||**|
|11||San Francisco Giants||71||82||.464||20.0|
|13||San Diego Padres||71||81||.467||20.5|
Now with our slugger back, the Mets could get hot, reel off some wins, and land that unprotected 11th slot! That way Fred and Sandy will have an excuse not to sign a premiere free agent. Think of the savings. Plus, with David back, Wilmer Flores gets to sit more. Just terrific.
But seriously, I don’t blame David Wright for wanting to play baseball, and play to win. That’s built into his DNA. He’s a competitor. But this is no time to win games.
Or watch them. I was out last night at a local sports bar, fifteen TVs going. I live 20 minutes from Citi Field. The Yankees were on, and the Orioles, the Red Sox too. If you wanted Ultimate Fighting, not to worry, they had that. The New York Mets, nope. I didn’t see any customers complaining.
I see that Troy Tulowitzki might be on the market this winter. Makes sense to me. And I have to hand it to you, Mike, you zeroed in on Troy last Spring. When last I looked, the Mets were at the bottom in team OPS at SS. Tulowitzki was up top. That would be a monster upgrade, like going from Jorge Fabregas to Mike Piazza. Of course, the Rockies want position players in return, so the only way I can see a deal would be to involve a third team. But do the Mets truly have enough pitching to flip? We read so many folks raving about the awesome pitching prospects in the Mets system, but I’m not convinced. Outside of Syndergaard and Montero, who are the future frontline guys? Tapia, Matz, Fulmer, and Ynoa? Too soon to get excited about, IMO. Do you think the organization has the depth to pull off this deal? After all, we haven’t traded a prospect in three years. Sorry, Collin McHugh, but you don’t exactly count.
Where there is a will there could be a way. It’s one trade, I could see packages that I would do if I am the Mets that would be serious. They would also further thin out an already weak system.
It’s a grim time to be a Mets fan, and not just because of the lack of current talent on the field. Three years of punting seasons, shooting for protected draft picks, and selling off all previous assets except for David Wright, has netted a mediocre farm system.
In other words, hasn’t it all been worth it?
Fred still has his team, and that’s been the main priority. And if we believe the oft-reported idea that Bud Selig strongly insisted that Fred hire Sandy Alderson to bring order to the financial mess, then you have to hand it to Alderson, too. He’s achieved the primary goal: Fred still owns the team. Again, we are sitting here like worshipers outside Lourdes, waiting for a sign. Show us, the fans, that there’s a new vision. That the long, ugly slide is over. Don’t just sit there. Do something.