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Give Us A Reason To Watch

Look, we can all agree the Dodgers are a much better team than the Mets.  There are several reasons why this is the case, and there is another time to re-evaluate how the Mets have gone from beating the Dodgers in the 2015 NLDS to being completely over-matched in a three game series where Clayton Kershaw didn’t even pitch.

Teams have bad series all the time.  Even when the Mets are good, we see clunkers like this from time to time.  However, this series seemed more than that.  This was a team thoroughly out-classed on the field.  It makes you shudder when you consider the Mets had Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo going.

At this point, it’s time to press the reset button.  We all know the Mets aren’t going to the postseason.  With each passing day, even getting to .500 is a pipe dream.  For what it’s worth, getting to .500 is detrimental.  The Mets need to lose as many games as they can to get the best possible draft pick they can in the 2018 draft.  You want the Mets to be able to go and draft the next Michael Conforto.

No matter what happens, we know the Mets are going to continue to lose a number of games to close out the season.  That’s fine.  We’ve all accepted it.  What we cannot accept is turning on the game and watching a team lose without any purpose whatsoever.

What is the team accomplishing by playing Wilmer Flores and Jay Bruce at first base?  Neither one of them are going to be the first baseman next year.  That job is going to Dominic Smith.  With each game Flores and Bruce play first, and Smith remains in the minors, the Mets have accomplished absolutely nothing.

What does playing Curtis Granderson everyday accomplish?  He’s been a good Met and an even better man.  He’s also accepted a role as the team’s fourth outfielder.  It’s likely he will be gone after the 2017 season.  With each game he plays, you learn nothing about him.  All the while, Brandon Nimmo sits languishing on your bench not even getting at-bats in Triple-A to help him improve as a player.

For that matter, why is Gavin Cecchini in Triple-A?  Do we really need to learn more about Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera?  Isn’t one or two of them likely gone after the season?  If not, aren’t their roles going to be much different in 2018?  Reyes should be firmly on the bench in 2018, and Cabrera has shown he should be at third base.  If that is the case, why isn’t Cecchini playing second base over these two?

Ultimately, you can justify playing any of the aforementioned veterans you want.  Certainly, you want Neil Walker to showcase himself to teams after a lengthy disabled list stint.  However, the aforementioned veterans have already been showcased and teams have passed on them for a variety of reasons.  Playing them everyday serves this Mets team no purposes.  That is unless the Mets are going to have a huge push to celebrate Bruce passing Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley for the Mets single season home run record like they pushed Reyes winning the Mets first ever batting title.  Note, Reyes’ batting title didn’t exactly draw fans to the park.

Calling up Amed Rosario was a step in the right direction.  Seeing Paul Sewald pitch in some high leverage situations is another step.  Taking a chance on Chris Flexen was inspired.  However, it’s simply not enough.  Sooner or later, Mets fans are going to tune out these games . . . if they haven’t already.

To that end, it’s time to get Smith and Cecchini up here and play them everyday or close to it.  Fans would rather see them work through some growing pains at the major league level than watch Bruce, Cabrera, Granderson, Reyes, and Walker lose in lackluster fashion.

It’s time to turn the page if for no other reason than it’s time to give fans a reason to watch what has become a dreadful team.

18 thoughts on “Give Us A Reason To Watch”

  1. Mets Until I Am Blue says:

    Problems:

    Ownership not understanding the backend of Intl recruitment and player health

    Ownership cheapening out across the board coming home to roost where INFAIRLY the GM is the historical FALL GUY

    IT IS NOT THE GRANDRSONS
    it is a team build on veterans without;

    History not new emphasis on:

    Setting the table
    Situational hitting
    Playing or pursuing speed
    Small ball

    The Mets were not close (hitting wise) in 2015 but they took a half assed effort to go back to the WS by scooping up Walker and Cabrera

    They relying on Reed, Blevins and Familia. They did not bring back Clippard.

    THE EXACT TEAM FROM 2016 – 2017 is an UNPRECEDENTED DIASTER

    TERRY COLLINS WAS WONDERFUL UP TO 2015

    – He failed to get ruthless with Wash Cubs Dodgers- which they did to the Mets

    – Passion? A Void – Not responding to beaming in fear of injuries in potential brawls. A catcher physically incapable to stand up to a pitcher if he pitches inside and hits a batter.

    Contracts where HRs were desirable vs situation hitting

    Collins capitulation to HR vs. Small Ball
    He knowing that situational hitting and bullpen wins rings

    THE UNFATHOMABLE LACK OF CONTROL OVER REHAB AND OFF SEASON TRAINING REGIMEN STARTING WITH HARVEY’s 2014 refusal to rehab in St Lucie

    BESIDES SELLING THE CLUB OR DOING A COMBO OF CONCERNS WUIH ‘THE RELATED COMPANIES’ (builders of Flushing) to infuse massive cash to start from scratch with especially a Team President who knows baseball

    There must be new leadership from the very top.

    The lack of spending thru-ought operations after the end of Minsaya years is getting worse by the years

    Bringing up pitchers is not enough.
    Winning clubs wait until the pitchers have a predictability of durability and THEN THEY SIGN GREAT STARTERS AS FREE AGENTS

    SURE EVERY TEAM HAS A DRAFTED STARTER FROM HS or College

    BUT THE LACK IN PLAYER DEVELOPMENT OF VERSATILE FAST CONTACT HITTERS W APPROPRIATE STATS CAN NEVER BE OBTAINED VIA TRADES OR FREE AFENCY

    SANDY HAD DONE A GREAT JOB ON COLLECTING PROSPECTS WITH LIW GR ALLOWED, good hitters with high BB/Ks yet:

    Not signing Koreans Japanese Cubans on their first MLB contracts is only the tip of the iceberg Of INSUFFICIENT NON EVOLVING TO THE COMPETITION OF ITHER TEAMS DEVELOPMENT OF LATINO STARS

    CHRIS TAYLOR BECAME A DODGER VIA INVESTMENT IN BETTER SCOUTING

    YET OWNERS MUST HAVE A MUCH HIGHER TOLERANCE TO LOSS MONEY ON CONTRACTS

    YET THE SITUATION IS SO BAD
    W POSITION PLAYERS RARELY AVAILABLE under 29 years old as Free Agents

    That even if the Mets spend $75 M more annually on payroll to be equal with other larger market teams that there are few places to spend if one wants to build a team on young versatile situational hitters with speed and high OBP.

    Yes, if deGrom Familia Harvey Syndergaard are healthy effective and signed long term it will be a good foundation.

    Adding a developed Conforto Rosario and a motivated Dom Smith, evolved CF prospect with high SBs in AA or AAA, lots of young relief arms, serviceable returns from Lugo, Gsellman
    Or Matz, Wheeler…

    THEY MUST PLAY SMALLER BALL
    HAVE BETTER ATHLETES
    SPEED
    HAVE PASSION
    BE RUTHLESS AGSINST FOES

    AND

    RESPECT AND LISTEN TO THE TRAINERS OFF SEASON MID SEASON

    PRESIDENT AND MANAGER MUST CRACK THE WHIP WHEN NECESSARY AND GET RESPECT BOTH WAYS …

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    I agree that the President and Manager of the club must be no nonsense!

    TC deserves many thanks for the great service but he was available in 2011 for a reason and the GM did not hire him for he came at a heavy mark down price.

    But the intangibles just were not there to compensate for the holes in the personnel.
    That Noah did this ridiculous workout schemes this past winter and Cespesdes was completely ignorant after 2016 about cramping and water is COMPLETELY on the manager!

    Not pitching inside for fear of injury via brawl, especially injury prone d’Arnaud to break up a fight is beyond me.

    There is no killer instinct to even sweep a series where the Nats completely anniliated the Mets in spring training with AA players getting indoctrination to the ruthlessness!!!!

    After the first three Sunday afternoon disasters you would think he would read them the riot act?

    Should we talk about his use of the bullpen?

    LAST SUMMER HIS RIOT ACT WAS GOING TO THE MEDIA AND THREATENING TO BRING UP AAA PLAYERS!!!!!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I think Terry went to the well once too often. Happens when your team is poorly constructed.

  3. Gothamist says:

    There is nothing to watch.
    Since Early June.
    Sure I love watch Reyes run out triples.
    Grandy’s ninth inning two run homer was my last highlight.
    I tried watching on TIVO,
    I would watch deGrom and scan thru the Mets, stopping at extra base hits
    But that got tedious.
    I tried Lugo until the other batters saw him a third time.
    Matz is maybe pitchng around slider elbow scar tissue, so watching him is out
    I am happy for Montero but I can not watch with their record.
    If only Cespesdes choked up on two strikes and fouled off the stuff he OBVIOUSLY can not hit – working towards getting something to drive or the walk.

    You would think for $110/4 the man was going to make asjustments?
    And his manager does not seems bothered?

  4. Five Tool Ownership says:

    TC fails to show resolve and self confidence in his dealings w stars.

    When he has confidence (bullpen) sone say it borders on abusive.

    The Cabrera situation was 80% on him and 20% on Sandy.

    Bill Martin managed to his talent and sought to max the output.
    I do not see command, insight, savvy in TC.

    In TC, I see a manager with a excellent track for teams coming out of expansion or the rock bottom.

    I wish I could see a role in player development but honestly I do not know if I an correct about my assessment of him.

    Maybe it is only about his desire to earn a ring or retire?
    If so good luck w another franchise…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The Cabrera situation was 100% on him. They had previously tried to treat him like a professional, and he responded by acting like a child.

  5. Gothamist says:

    Grandy?
    Was a new beginning for the Mets.

    His affect, his commitment till today, his leading off, playing CF, his work ethic, his clubhouse presence, his leadership, his role modeling his charity… and today he is not watchable, a problem, without sufficient skill or teammanship????!!

    If he should retire, have respect, have gratitude, have a little respect!

    Any mention of him even as a fraction of the problem……….
    SHOCKS ME…..

    SHOCKING!

  6. Five Tool Ownership says:

    The ongoing dismal Sunday performance?

    The lackluster effort to sweep any series after being up 2-0?
    Not only fire the manager, fire the GM, fire the President.

    In July, with that lack of effort put a veteran immediately on waivers if no trade can be had!

    Horrific!

    No accountability!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I do find it odd there has been no fall guy.

  7. Gothamist says:

    No drive to play sundays.
    No feeding off each other into situational hitting.
    No hitting synergy.
    No drive to sweep series.
    No drive to beat down rivals.
    So we ask them to be watchable when they playing better teams?
    Where low tier pitching – throwing it down the middle is playing elsewhere.
    Oh, can not handle the better pitchers?
    Cannot have resolve to scratch out runs, one at a time?

    Well, if they play hard in September there is more hope for nect year.

    IF SEPTEMBER IS MORE OF THE SAME OR A COLLAPSE YOU CAN HAVE MUCH MUCH MUCH LESS CONFIDENCE FOR NEXT YEAR!!!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      They’ve already collapsed. How can there be another?

  8. Five Tool Ownership says:

    San Diego, Arizona proved that you can not bring in wholesale changes to your starters abd expevt fast results.

    If they do it without vet leadership, the grounded durable Grandy and the play hurt passionate Cabrera?

    If they do wholesale change without integral importing of relentless table setters…. i do not care about the starters being the best ever, good pen …. the results st the plate will make 2017 look like Murderers Row.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The 1997 Marlins proved you could. There are other teams as well.

      Ultimately, you win with talented players.

  9. Gothamist says:

    Slow down!
    We do not need more Jason Bays!

    If FAs, trades not there why force it?

    It took since 2010 financial neglect throughout the org on items like data, Asian presence, inability to be able to take on ‘ownership average’ financial risk signing big intl FAs etc.

    Will not get fixed overnight if not ever….
    The roster is not the problem, it is the ownership.

    Fix that!

    The fans are screwed year in year out but to throw money at the wrong FAs is outright guaranteeing more torture of Mets Nation.

  10. Five Tool Ownership says:

    You can thank Bud Selig.
    He should have not loaned them $100M.
    A HOFer?
    Central into collusion and the steroid mgmt?

    His worse blunder was loaning the Mets the money!

  11. Five Tool Ownership says:

    How many morons in the tri state METS BEAT can we stand?

    This guy is a moron?

    http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2017/08/mlb_trade_rumors_mets_dumping_matt_harvey_to_barga.html

    1. Gothamist says:

      The media is a disgrace.
      This guarantees that the owners will never have to sell.

      The media shouts for Rosario and then knocks Grandy as Rosario is not the turbo accelerator?

  12. Gothamist says:

    They dump Grandy, Dom Smith has less mentoring to lose weight and they will blame Sandy again.

    They did not trust Sandy on Rosario’s hitting flaws?

    If Rosario and Smith are not physically mature and driven (Smith) next year and their contributions (what about line up protection?) next year are well below these irrational expectations that will be devastating to Met Nation.

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