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?