The anger keeps growing, and it seems as though the Mets aren't doing much to cease that anger. The Mets came into this offseason determined to become contenders again.
It looks like that is becoming more and more of a fantasy. It seems as though Mets fans were happy for around one week this off season. That was when they signed left fielder Jason Bay to a four-year contract.
Things were looking pretty good for the Mets, but then things changed. The Mets front office began to look more and more like a joke, causing a great amount of anger for the fans and even the players.
Things started to get real bad after the whole Carlos Beltran incident. It just looked like the Mets' front office just totally lost their grip on things. The team was focused on speed, defense, and pitching.
That's what they said, but that's not what it looked like. I like Jason Bay, but he certainly doesn't bring speed and defense to the team. The Mets were also concentrated on getting catcher Bengie Molina.
Molina is the slowest player in the league, and his defense is only getting worse. Thankfully, Molina re-signed with the Giants. It seemed as though the baseball gods might have been trying to help the Mets out.
Not at all, the Mets needed another pitcher, and that plan has totally been messed up. In the past couple of weeks the pitching market has totally been depleted. Pitchers such as Joel Piniero, Jon Garland, Ben Sheets, and many more have all found new homes. None of their new homes were located in Queens.
If the Mets could've just signed one of those guys, it would have been a pretty successful off season. Now, John Smoltz and Jarrod Washburn highlight the free agent pitching class.
Some people might even throw Erik Bedard in there, but his health might be a problem. It seems that the Mets will sign one of those guys, but they certainly aren't the pitching upgrade that Mets fans were hoping for.
Smoltz isn't getting any younger and has little left in the tank. Washburn is not what the Mets need, and Bedard will probably just be on the sidelines for the start of the year.
If I had to have one of those guys, it will probably be John Smoltz. I think that he can mentor some of our younger pitchers and maybe even teach guys like Mike Pelfrey and John Maine something new. He will be an alright number five pitcher.
If they do sign him, then it better be for only a year. That'll allow them to acquire a better pitcher come next offseason. With that, a lot of Mets fans are giving up on 2010.
I ask, why? I am actually looking forward to this upcoming season. I actually see plenty of positive in this team.
Whenever a team has a core as good as the Mets' core, there must be some talent. David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, and Jason Bay are now all part of the same team. That is a whole lot of talent.
Some argue that the Mets biggest need this offseason was a left fielder or a pitcher, but I think it is to just stay healthy. Sure we already have an injury with Carlos Beltran, but Jason Bay should make up for his loss while he's gone.
Angel Pagan should also impress us. His speed is just as good as Beltran's, and he can cover a decent amount of ground in center. If the team stays healthy, than that alone should solve our lineup and defensive problems.
My biggest concern is the starting pitching. After Johan everything is a question. Pelfrey, Maine, Perez and the number five pitcher could all be great or horrible. I don't think that any of those pitchers are going to be just average.
All of those guys have huge upside and a lot of things that can go wrong. This is where the coaching comes into play. If Dan Warthen can work with these guys and make them pitch up to their potential, than I think our pitching should be fine. I think that is one of the major keys to success for the Mets next season.
I just want to make it clear that Mets fans shouldn't be panicking right now. They can be angry, but don't panic. I'm angry like most of the Mets fans out there. There have been a load of missed opportunity's for the Mets this off season, but they are still a good team when healthy.
I know that they have the talent to be contenders with the Phillies and the rest of the NL East. Winning is the best way to make a great clubhouse and happy fans. If the Mets are doing good at the end of May, than all of our frowns will be turned upside down.
Give the Mets the benefit of the doubt, for now. Be happy of the talent the team has, and don't give up on them until the 2010 season is doomed for good. After all, this team's motto is "Ya Gotta Believe". So Mets fans, believe... for now.