On Sunday when the Mets bullpen gave up seven runs and the team blew their 7-3 lead against the Brewers it was clearly the lowest point of the season. It was basically your standard “fire everyone” Mets rock bottom game. Mets fans know that the team has at least 10 of these moments per season. Last night’s loss to the Diamondbacks was pathetic as well. It was a 1-1 ballgame in the 8th inning, our horrendous bullpen got involved, I blinked, and three home runs later it was 7-1 Diamondbacks.
But honestly who the hell cares? None of the things that are happening to this franchise right now are all that surprising. The smoke has been building for a while now and finally the fire has started.
The injuries to our best hitter (Yoenis Cespedes) and starting pitcher (Noah Syndergaard) were literally caused by decisions made by our incompetent organization. I have no idea if participation in the World Baseball Classic played a part in the Jeurys Familia injury, but people certainly are speculating that it had an impact. The other key injuries aren’t surprising because the roster is filled with a number of fragile veterans and injury prone players. And almost every injury issue has been exacerbated by terrible DL management.
The bullpen problems are 100% attributable to a lack of depth that was known for the entire offseason, and also to Terry Collins’ bullpen mismanagement. Terry has been destroying relievers for his entire tenure as manager. He should have already lost his job for that reason alone.
The front office is ultimately responsible for the Mets currently having the worst pitching staff in the sport despite devoting years of player development resources trying to stockpile top young pitching talent. Where is the next generation of arms? If the front office thought the team didn’t need to add any veteran arms in the offseason then they must have felt we had viable depth in the minors. Soooo where the hell is the depth?
The front office/ownership also never gave this team a chance to win the NL East. The Nationals split a doubleheader on Sunday. They are now 24-13. I’m not going to get worked up about a stupid ass organization that had its sights set on the Wild Card before the season even started.
If the Mets had spent the offseason building a team that had a chance to win 95 games, then maybe I’d be upset about the adversity this team has dealt with in 2017. But this ownership group had no intention of building an elite NL club. So why bother getting worked up when scouts and experts seemingly agreed before the season that this Mets roster had the talent to win 85-88 win games? The Nationals were better than the Mets last season, and they improved their ball club. There was no reason to expect anything other than frustrating mediocre baseball in 2017.
The Yankees spent Sunday adding Jeter’s plaque to monument park, and I’m sure Brian Cashman spent some time thinking about his goals for the Yankees franchise. I guarantee you his long term goal doesn’t include Wild Cards and 86 win seasons.
When I say I plan to relax and watch the team burn, I’m not trying to say I’m rooting against the Mets. I’m just saying I’m fine letting this play out. I can’t handle the Panic City mentality day in and day out anymore. It’s draining me. Let’s just see what happens over the next 30 days.
If Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Yoenis Cespedes return and Matt Harvey/Robert Gsellman start to show signs of life then maybe there’s some hope for this team. If we’re still playing like crap come mid-June then we need to call up Amed Rosario, Gavin Cecchini, and Dominic Smith and trade every single impending free agent for some pitching depth at the upper minor league level. Lord knows we need it.