New York Mets Make a Case for a Managerial Switch

Ira LiemanContributor IApril 23, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Manager Jerry Manuel #53 of the New York Mets dgreets fans before the start against  the San Diego Padres during opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I'm an optimist.

I'm a New York Mets fan.

No, the two are not mutually exclusive. Yet this year, the latter is testing the former. 

The Mets are 6-8, soon to be 6-9. Going into today's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the only starting pitcher with consistency has been Johan Santana. Jose Reyes has only two stolen bases and seven runs scored. David Wright has five RBI.

On the glass-half-full side, the offense has held up, with seven starters batting over .300. In addition, Carlos Delgado is among the league leaders in RBI and newcomer Daniel Murphy has scored 12 runs. 

Are there trades to be made? Would anyone want John Maine or Ramon Castro? Has Mike Pelfrey got bats in his belfry? 

You can't fire the underperforming players, though—especially half a roster worth. This smacks of a coaching shakeup. Yup, I'm talking to you, Jerry Manuel.

There don't seem to be very many decent major league managerial candidates in the Mets organization. Sandy Alomar Sr.? Ken Oberkfell? Eh, no thanks. Gary Carter? Uh, no. Willie Randolph? You gotta be kidding.

I think Bobby Valentine has a year left on his Japanese deal. Any way we could get him back?