New York Mets: Top of the East as of May 31. September 30—Who Knows?

Brendan CostelloContributor IMay 31, 2009

The New York Mets sit at the top of the east as of May 31. September 30—who knows? I mean, who is to say they won't build our hope, our faith and then smash it down faster than they built it. I'm as optimistic as they come; however putting all my faith in the same team three years in a row is moronic. What is so much different and better than the last two years? Alright, maybe a better bullpen, but the injuries are building up and we could be with out our All-Star first baseman. It just seems this team is missing something.

When is it time to question the core of the team (Beltran, Wright, Reyes, Delgado)? Are they the cause of the losing? It seems like we don't have a leader on this team. Someone who has been there, and can take the young players under their wing. Either that, or maybe dish one of them off.

There has been talk of sending Jose Reyes to Toronto. That would be the DUMBEST thing the Mets could do. I know he has his flaws, but come on, he is one of the most explosive players in the MLB. In reality, getting rid of him would make them wholly different. He brings fun to the team, like a breath of fresh air. He will be back and will catch fire; but a little leadership could help.

I mean think about it, Jose Valentin really was a leader and guided Reyes. Valentin helped Reyes to his best season (2006), but after getting hurt in mid-2007 nothing has gone right. I feel that the Mets need a leader; someone who has won championships and is a tough 'no games' player. Who? I truly don't know. I think that will be the distinct factor between winning the wild card, and winning a championship.