After watching this series I think it is fair to say we have learned one simple, irrefutable fact. The Mets don’t suck.
I’m sure that many are clambering to disagree right now. Before you send me e-mails filled with personal insults and threats of physical violence, let me make a few points that are chock full of logic.
The Mets are two games below .500 which means they are two games below being an average team. Two games below average does not equal sucking.
A team that sucks does not win three straight series (two of which on the road). Nor does it go 7-3 in its last ten games finding itself 4.5 games back in the Wild Card standings.
The Astros, on the other hand, suck. At least they did in this series. They played absolutely horrible defense and at times seemed like they had much better things to do (see the Mets theft of home Little League style in the fifth inning today).
I know average isn’t exactly something to write home about, and I’m not saying I find it to be an acceptable stopping point. It is however, not a horrible spot to be in considering the financial and roster challenges the Mets organization currently faces.
When you stop and think about it, 19-21 is actually amazing in a way. After all,
- Johan Santana has not pitched a single inning this season.
- David Wright and Jason Bay are hitting .226 and .216 respectively.
- Angel Pagan has been non-existent (literally).
- R.A. Dickey still has yet to find his knuckle ball.
- Willie Harris and Scott Hairston, two players that were signed to create a solid bench, have been absolutely dreadful
- Chris Young is out for the season after only pitching 24 innings.
- Along with Pagan, Pedro Beato, Ike Davis, and Bobby Parnell are all currently on the DL.
Frankly, I believe we should be happy with where the Mets stand with regard to their record. It says something about the moxie of this team to be able to win of late.
Don’t mistake this as settling. As long as I feel the Mets are working towards becoming a franchise that will be perennial contenders, I am going to be content. Eventually, continued improvement will result in the Mets obtaining that goal.
So for those fans that fill up comment sections about how bad the Mets suck every time they lose, grow up. Realize that in the real world, building a succesful organization from top to bottom takes more than two weeks.
In the meantime, try to enjoy the 2011 Mets as much as possible. They could have mailed it in a long time ago. Hell, imagine what could happen if the Mets hang around and they get some guys back, or Wright and Bay start hitting.