The MLB 2010 preview by Beckette is out on newstands and has the Mets finishing the season in last place. Here are the NL East rankings according to them:
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Atlanta Braves
- Florida Marlins
- Washington Nationals
- New York Mets
Yes. It appears the Mets are going back to their cellar dwelling days. At least, that’s what they think.
The one thing the Mets have going for them coming into 2010 is the fact nobody is expecting them to do anything this year. People think the Nationals are going to do better. So there is no pressure where, since 2006, they have had nothing BUT pressure on them.
Believe it or not, that makes a difference. Think about it. Don’t you perform better when there is no pressure? Gentlemen, that question is for you.
The Mets can now just relax. They can go out and do what they know needs to be done…play the game.
Talk all the smack you want about Omar Minaya. Go ahead! Bottom line, he is still there. The game is played on the field. The Mets have been the favorites for years because on paper they were the better team. For all the good that did.
Now on paper they are no better than they were last year. So they go in with no expectations except what they have for themselves because it isn’t like the fans believe in them. I mean, why would a fan base stand behind their team? I mean, it is utter nonsense, right?
The Mets were injured last year. That’s why they did nothing. Outside of Carlos Beltran, they are all healthy, including Jose Reyes and Oliver Perez. I question Perez mental health though.
Other mags have the Mets finishing in second and third. Those mags cite the injuries they suffered last year.
Nobody has a clue where the New York Mets will finish. I like it that way. No expectations! No pressure! Nothing!
Where will the Mets finish? Have not a clue!
But I think they will surprise you.