My insane co-worker keeps asking me what the Mets record has been since the All-Star break. He's convinced that they are truly the worst team ever. That may not be true, but given the way things have gone, it's not too farfetched. A 12-14 July that appeared barely respectable gave way to a 10-19 August that really felt a lot worse. I would have banked on the Mets having been about 3-26 in August the way things have gone. Every series goes the same way. Lose the first game, Lose the 2nd game despite hanging tough and then when everyone expects the Mets to get creamed in the 3rd game, they get a good pitching performance and win. And that's the way it's gone for the last month.
But there are far greater issues with the team that are slowly creeping out of the woodwork. You've started to see a number of different articles talking about where the team is now, and what direction they can go in. Some of my fellow bloggers have touched on it themselves, but the sad reality of the future of the Mets is starting to rise to the forefront as this miserable season winds down.
This article talks about how the Mets, whose Minor League system is starved for talent, overpaid for one of their draft picks while sacrificing another.
An article from Philly.com that seems on the surface to be rather sympathetic to the Mets plight really smacks of smugness.
This Article on Deadspin starts out with the image of that sad doofus that we saw so often in 2007 and only gets worse from there as it details everything that's gone wrong (WARNING—May cause you to throw objects or cry).
Jayson Stark at ESPN doesn't offer us any solace either.
We can only hope that Erin Arvedlund, author of the Bernie Madoff book that suggests the Wilpons will have to sell the team, is somehow prophetic. David Howard called her out on Fox Business last week, but she seems to stick by her word. Given the way the Mets have operated over the past year, I for some reason feel more inclined to believe Arvedlund. I don't think it's right or fair what happened to the Wilpons as far as Madoff is concerned, but they've proven themselves only marginally capable of running this team for a few years now. Selling, and giving the team some new blood at the top, might be for the best.
But, as the NBC article warns us, we should be careful what we wish for. The high bidder for the Mets could very well be Cablevision and James Dolan...
Late edit...Jason from Faith and Fear sums the season up in what is by far and away the most ingenious summation I've seen...MetsSloppily!