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The New York Mets: Something Is Missing

NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets bats against the Florida Marlins on April 29, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ed feverCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2016

How has this happened ?

I want to focus on the positive, I really do.......

I want to talk about how Ollie absolutely imploded, but that the Mets found a way to comeback and fight til the very end. The offense actually came back on the Philles and scored middle inning runs with two outs to take a lead in the sixth. That they may have found a solid long man, who can handle pressure situations in Ken Takhashi and that Parnell and Putz, looked strong against a potent Philly lineup.

How redemption road has truly found Luis Castillo as he drove in a critical run with two outs and seemed to be a fiery motivator for the rest of the team. Alex Cora is reminding me of Jose Valentin with his solid fielding and timely hitting and veteran leadership. Castro really seems motivated by Manuel's head games and Murphy continues to impress with his bat despite his fielding adventures. How Carlos Beltran is destroying the ball and Ryan Church hit a nice pinch hit line drive. All of that is true and I didn't miss any of it or appreciate it any less, but I keep coming back to the negative...

I'm trying to figure out how I became such a neurotic Mets fans. I remember in the bad years just enjoying them keeping things close and maybe winning one every once in a while. This definitely would have be an Art Howe, "we battled" game that really felt like we did.

It's about expectations. This team has raised our expectations and now that they can't live up to them. I've become more and more disappointed. Under Omar Minaya, this team improved in 2005 and dominated in 2006. The expectation was for them to continue along a natural line of progression.

I think, while 2007 was a disappointment, it was viewed more as a set back. But by the end of 2008, when they failed for the second time. Most of us had become concerned that these trends were more then just small bump in the road. Still, with the additions that were made and the roster that was assembled, the expectation is for this team to be better then it is. I find myself becoming increasingly more negative, due to the troubling patterns that are so familiar to the past two seasons that ended in failure...

The Mets find ways to lose in absolutely, heart-breaking and even humiliating fashion. When your team is labeled by the star pitcher of your division rival as "Chokers" because you couldn't make the playoffs on the last day of the season, two years in a row and in the first series of the year you lose the way we did, it's hard to think of anything positive...

Instead of thinking of all those positive things that happened and hoping, just maybe this was the win that jump starts the season, I'm left thinking of the negative....

About how bad Ollie is and were stuck with him for three more years, what will they do with him and who is going to replace him in the rotation?

How it seems like someone always finds a way to kill our momentum once we get on even the slightest role. Today it was Pedro Feliciano, who is suddenly the lefty specialist that gives up home runs to lefties. Why Sean Green was in the game, when he has looked horrible his last two outings and Stokes was still available.

But Green could have gotten out of it. He had two outs with a .182 batter up and walked him. It would have been less humiliating if Green had allowed a hit, instead of walking in the winning run.

But I also can't forget the offense, because when crunch time came around they disappeared. Whether it was Jose Reyes striking out twice in a row late in the game and being unable to bunt or Carlos Beltran hitting into a double play with a runner on third and one out ( I'll say it again and I wish Hojo would too "Fly Ball Gets a Run").

It seems like they never get a big hit when it really counts with the game on the line and fail to play simple fundamental baseball. In all the offense was 3-10 with RISP and stranded 13 runners.

The hardest part of all this is that we've seen the same patterns and trends for the last two years and it brings me back to the notion that something is missing from this team. Jerry Manuel said they get nervous, David Wright called it focus, and Omar, before recanting called it edge.

I'm not sure what "it" is, but if you ask almost anyone who watches this team they all say the exact same thing—something is missing.

All I know is on paper this team is much better then it's performed and this is the start to the third season that they have underachieved, in the exact same manner, despite addressing the perceived deficiencies after both seasons ( 2007 rotation = Johan; 2008 pen = Putz, Green, Rodriguez and Parnell).....

What is it called, that's missing from a team that finds ways to lose and underachieve for three seasons straight, despite being considered one of the best teams on paper....

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