We all remember that sweet little story about the Little Engine That Could. You know the one. The cute, sweet, little engine that tried like the Dickens to get over that big, big hill.
Life is not like the little kiddy books we read before bedtime. It’s cold and cruel at times. Many wanted to believe the Mets were that little engine (myself included). It didn’t matter what reality was. We believed that if the Mets fought hard enough they would have a chance.
Unfortunately friends, the real world is settling in. It doesn’t matter how hard the Mets try, they are simply not talented enough to beat teams like the Brewers and the Phillies. It hurts to write that, but sometimes the truth hurts.
Be realistic. Before the season started it was going to be a tough road to hoe. Now look at the bumps along the way. No Johan, David Wright missed 50 plus games, Jose Reyes has been on the DL twice, Ike Davis played a whopping 36 games….you get the point.
Avoiding sweeps is the reality. Winning against division leaders is an illusion.
The point is, I hope Terry Collins and my fellow Mets fans put this stretch into perspective. The Amazin’s are playing superior teams (talent wise) while they are short-handed.
Put it this way. How well do you think the Phillies would perform if they lost Roy Halladay for the season, Ryan Howard only played 36 games, Shane Victorino was on the DL sporadically throughout the year, and Chase Utley spent 50 plus games on the DL. Trade away Ryan Madson too while you are at it. Would they make the playoffs? They certainly wouldn’t be running away with the division title, that’s for sure.
Don’t mistake this for an excuse for the players to mail it in. They are professionals and need to handle their business accordingly. I’m just not ready to bitch and moan about how horrible this current streak is. To use a phrase that is quickly becoming cliche, it is what it is.