Where's The Panic Button?
Okay, maybe it's not Def-con one. Maybe it's not Armageddon. However, if you're the New York Mets, how are you going to dodge the bullets?
After two weeks of the 2009 season, the team with a new ballpark, and a supposed new attitude has that same stench about them, otherwise known as mediocrity.
Through the first 12 games of 2009, the Mets are 6-6. After starting the 2007 season at 35-19, the Mets went 53-55 to finish that year. In 2008, they started at 34-35, which led to the way too late demise of Willie Randolph. Seeing a pattern? If so, you're better than me, because there is no pattern. This team has become way too unstable and unpredictable to win a championship in the near future.
In order to win a title, you have to show a winning consistency over the course of 162 games. Since 2000, the Mets have failed to do that. Even within the first handful of games, you already have issues within Team Amazin'.
Will Mike Pelfrey need to go on the disabled list? Pelfrey is already pitching to an early season ERA of 8.10. Do things look to get any better if he's already injured?
Then, there's John Maine. What is his ERA, you ask? Slightly better at 7.20. Still recovering from surgery, has Maine regressed to being the guy that was "thrown in", when the Mets traded Kris Benson to Baltimore for Maine and Jorge Julio? Even with Maine's struggles, I still wouldn't insult Maine by putting him in the same category with Jorge Julio.
Where to go with Oliver Perez? Actually, nowhere. After all, Omar Minaya signed him to a 3-year contract. He's here for a while. As for his 7.84 earned run average, you can only hope that Dan Warthen snaps him out of his doldrums quickly.
That's right. New York's starting pitchers have given up 26 earned runs in 30.1 innings pitched. Can Jerry Manuel take these guys to charm school?
I haven't even gone into a rant about the in-opportunistic offense. That's another column.
At least the bullpen is doing its job, and of course, Johan Santana has been good as advertised. As I said, I'll get to the offense another time. Right now, with the Florida Marlins already five games ahead of the pace in the NL East, can this team make up ground with the mounting uncertainties on its staff?
I don't know about anyone else, but of the many new features of Citi Field, somebody had better find the one thing this team failed to do the last two years—a panic button.
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