Monday, July 20, 2015

Mets leave an entire 25-man roster on base

Before reverting to Eeyore mode, I'll give the Mets some well-deserved praise for hanging tough through 18 innings to defeat what many consider to be the best team in baseball. The Mets are trying, at least. And now, back to Eeyore mode.

Trying? Trying my patience, and that of everyone else watching this team (except, apparently, the front office). 25 men left on base, tying a franchise record. 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position. Dead last in the National League in runs, ahead of only the White Sox in MLB. Dead last in MLB in batting average. But 17th in walks, so I guess Sandy Alderson's moneyball approach must be working.

But if there's anything that brings out the Eeyore in me and many other Met fans, it's that behind our shouts of "Sandy, do something!" there's another voice muttering, "Sandy, don't make things worse." Last winter, everyone knew the Mets needed offensive help. So Alderson went out and got... Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry Jr. And he was willing to give up a first-round pick for Cuddyer. If Alderson wants to mortgage the future, he needs to do a lot better than that.  Instead, we could get something like Alderson pulling a reverse Zack Wheeler trade. Hey, he's hurt - out of sight, out of mind, so let's trade him for someone who could help us now, like Carlos Beltran! If nothing else, he'd make Cuddyer seem healthier and younger by comparison.

Of course, it all comes down to money, and as long as the Mets are unwilling to spend, it's all a moot point. They won't even take on payroll to bolster their pathetic bench.

Late in yesterday's game, the SNY feed went out. The game went to audio only, and not broadcast-quality audio either, more like someone listening over the phone.  I wondered if perhaps the Mets had run out of money to pay for the overtime the broadcast  was accruing.  At least you could still hear Keith Hernandez's sighs.


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