New York Mets' New Outlook: Fresh Start or More Circles?

Michael CuanContributor IJune 17, 2008

Is this the big breath of fresh air that the New York Mets have been seeking, or is the firing of manager Willie Randolph the deep breath before another colossal plunge?

We'll just have to wait and see if Jerry Manuel can turn this dizzy spell of a slump into something worthy of being called a rally before the All-Star break.

The breaking news occurred during the middle of the night, even after their win in Anaheim, which was shocking—yet not surprising, as "Fire Willie" chants can be heard during every homestand at Shea.

Manuel proved himself to be a sound manager while coaching the White Sox from '98-'03, so I look forward to seeing what he can do to spark up the team.

Now, why does Minaya insist on keeping Howard Johnson as their hitting coach? Simple. Along with Sandy Alomar Sr., he's a very popular face in the Mets' organization, but that doesn't answer the question of why aren't the Mets hitting.

Their slump is due in large part to their hitting department, or should I say, the lack of a hitting department. Even with solid outings from the starting pitching, these Mets can barely muster up a few runs in support.

The most frustrating games to watch, though, are the ones where the bullpen (a.k.a. Billy Wagner) can't close out a game if his job depended on it.

In short, I feel the Mets have done some overhauling that was desperately needed. This is probably more beneficial for the future, or at least more so than having a laid-back Willie at the helm.

And oh yeah, Rick Peterson will be much harder to replace. I admit that he has done great work with the Mets' pitchers, but I only have one name to say: Scott Kazmir.