I don’t know what is more painful: following politics or being a Mets fan. In both cases, you have a group of people who believe themselves to be real when the rest of us know they are empty suits (or uniforms).
I belong to a group called MA, Mets Anonymous. We meet surreptitiously so no one knows who we are and we can blend in with the rest of society. We’re like Trump supporters in a room full of Liberals.
However, I decided to come forward and come clean that I love the Mets. I’m not one of those typical over-the-top Mets fans extols World Series talk when they are winning or bury them when they are losing. I accept them for what they are… a team owned by a family that seemingly does not care about winning.
Baseball is a funny game. A team typically has one really good stretch of play and one really bad one. The balance of the season hangs in how they play the rest of the games. At the start of the season I predicted the Mets would win 92 games. I still think it’s possible if a few things change.
Mickey Callaway needs to learn how to manage a game and a team. He relies on data analytics far too much when all he needs to do is use his eyes. I actually believe in data and love Saber metrics. I just don’t want to marry it.
Data does not have eyes. It cannot tell you a pitcher’s arm angle is dropping making his pitches come in flatter with less movement. Give a Major League hitter a flat pitch and chances are the ball will travel over the fence without the use of a launch angle. I don’t need data to tell me that.
Callaway needs to rely on his human ability to see and interpret data; not be ruled by it. Artificial Intelligence may take over the world one day, but not baseball.
The Wilpons need to go. From what I understand Fred Wilpon is a gentleman and a scholar. He also appears to be cheap and lacks a winner’s passion. His defenders will point to a number of reasons why my statement is wrong but just look at how the team is run. Again, I do not need data to tell me what my eyes can plainly see.
Unfortunately, the Wilpon family will never sell the team. They just don’t get how despised they are by Mets fans and if they truly loved the team….they’d let it go to someone who will give us a winner. Most people that lack that much self-awareness usually end up in politics.
In typical Mets fans’ luck, we got the Wilpons while the Yankees got the Steinbrenners. Enough said.
Sandy Alderson deserves admiration for being a marine. The same cannot be said about his ability as a general manager. Just look at the 2018 transactions wire and some of the moves he made this year. You may begin to worry the man is suffering from Wilpon Fatigue. I’m guessing the poor man’s hands are tied with the chastity belt the Wilpons put on their money but you mean to tell me in seven years he can’t swing a decent trade where we get a player that spends more time on the field then on the disabled list?
The trade game is already starting with the Mets and fools who have nothing better to do with their time but call in to radio shows are making outlandish trade proposals. There is a group of people suggesting the Mets do a complete tear down and re-build with young studs. Let me ask you something: Do you want Alderson and the Wilpons in charge of that re-build? That’s like asking politicians to fix the tax code they are responsible for creating in the first place. No thank you.
My advice to Mets fans, and I quote Arron Rodgers, Relax. This too shall pass. This current losing streak will end and Mets fans will see the light of day.
Michael Conforto will find his swing. Jay Bruce will remember he’s a home run hitter. Yoenis Cespedes will realize he’s paid to play and not sit. Brandon Nimmo will continue being a bright spot and Todd Frazier will do what Todd Frazier does. The pitching will be fine.
Any baseball person will tell you most players are within 10 percent of their career numbers. At the end of the season that will bear out. Will it be enough to get to them to the playoffs? I think so
But take what I think with a grain of thought. Remember, I’m a Mets fan so I’m not too bright and I’m also the guy who predicted 92 wins this season.