You know what I found?
That team was better than the team the Mets put on the field everyday now.
Now, not just better. Much better.
You don't believe me? Look at the middle of that lineup -
That trio combined for 82 homeruns among themselves. To put it in other terms, 30 more than the 2009 team has done total. The rest of the lineup was punchless, but with just those three they are already better than the '09 group.
What about the pitching?
That team boasted a rotation whose highest ERA was 4.48. The other four starters were all under four. The bullpen is the only area I would take the 2009 version of the Mets since Johhny Franco had a horrible year, and then got hurt to boot.
So what's my point? Simple.
The Mets are horrible. They are a 100-loss team over the course of a season. You can't blame the players - they aren't very good. You can't blame Jerry Manuel because nobody could win with the team he has to run out there every day. The '93 Mets tried changing managers by firing Art Howe after 38 ballgames. But the great Dallas Green went on to win 37 percent of his games as manager.
The Mets can expect to continue to play Washington National-like ball until September. By then, the DL All-Stars should be back and in something close to game shape. But in the intervening 42 ballgames, playing up to expectations for the Mets should be something like a 15-27 record. This would put the Mets at 57-74 and playing out the string.
I have resolved to stop getting upset at the bad play. Mets' fans just have to accept for the short term that this is the team we have - a team that makes us long for the days of Ryan Thompson, Tim Bogar and Mauro Gozzo. When the highlight of the season was Anthony Young breaking up his 27 game losing streak. Sad that the '09 Mets don't even that kind of guy to root for.
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