It was only last year when the stench that settled over the team in Flushing for years finally vanished. Last season brought hopes and dreams to a fan base that has been craving a chance to step out of the shadows. Only a year ago did a fan base that has endured so much torment of the years get to wear their team colors with pride.
It was only a year ago. National League Champions for the 2015 season.
This season has not even come close to replicating the magic that was last year. Maybe it wasn’t magic. Maybe it was just sheer dumb luck.
This team is not the team that took back New York in 2015.
We can talk about the endless injuries that has crippled the team. Season ending injuries to Matt Harvey, David Wright, Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda. New surgeries. The endless injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Steven Matz, and Travis d’Arnaud. Setback after setback for Duda and Zack Wheeler. Matz skips Friday (8-19) night and in place is Seth (who?)-go. You can’t blink without seeing a player hit the disabled list. Even the reinvented third baseman, Jose Reyes, has seen the disabled list.
Manager Terry Collins has very little to work with. You can argue he has done his share of mismanaging the team at times. With his back against the wall and his job possibly on the line, it is easy to say that he is in panic mode. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, while he will not commit to Collins remaining on the team for the rest of the season, he has said:
There are no present plans to make any changes.
This late in the season, and with the season nearly dead, it hardly seems likely this team could turn it around.
They stand 11 games back in their division and 4.5 games back in the wildcard. The wildcard may not seem that far off, but the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals hold the two spots. The Mets are only seeing those teams for three more games. With only six games to go against the Washington Nationals, it hardly seems right to sit here and say, “Ya Gotta Believe”. It feels like you would just be fooling yourself.
So as Mets fans wake up to another devastating double digit loss, they wake up realizing there is nothing to believe in. The only thing left is the question.
The question is: “Who really gets the blame for this season?”
The general manager puts the team together. The manager manages the players. The players play the game. The minor league team coaches develop the players for the majors. From where I sit, it looks like there is plenty of blame to go around.
Last question: Does the front office gets fixed first during the offseason or the team?