Why The New York Mets Will End the 2010 Season Under .500

Jeff SpencerContributor IFebruary 16, 2010

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets walks to the dugout after striking out against the Atlanta Braves during the game on September 23, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Last season was gutrenching, not just for me, but for Mets fans everywhere. This off-season, I expected some sort of shinning light or hope and all I found was a lame excuse for why the sun didn't shine. Time and time again, I always tell myself that "oh, the Mets will be fine this year, you gotta believe!" but other times I start to wonder what happened to the 2006 Mets I loved so much.

This off-season began just like all the others. Mets fans waited in anticipation as the Mets front office just sat around and let key players go to teams that had already made the post season last year.

Then I heard all of the talks about how the Mets were interested in Jason Bay and how he was going to bring a spark back to our team, but at the same time I heard that Jason Bay didn't want to go to a losing team, and who could blame him? After what seemed like a roller coaster ride, Jason Bay finally ended up as a Met, but soon after we started hearing allegations that Bay had knee trouble that wasn't entirely disclosed in the talks.

So let me get this straight, the Mets signed an over-paid injury prone athlete who will be under the watchful eye of the Mets trainers and doctors? The same trainers and doctors who wronged Carlos Beltran, JJ Putz, Carlos Delgado, and Jose Reyes? That doesn't seem like a big help to me.

Let's not forget the pitching. The Mets currently have Johan Santana, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez (still not sure why he's on the team), and are currently looking for a number 5. I think maybe the Mets should have addressed these two other pitchers a bit sooner, don't you think? Because now the Mets have to find somebody who will step up during spring training, which means we have to base spring performances on their ability to pitch for the rest of the season. Smart.

With the lack of pitching, the somewhat lack of defense, and the amount of injury prone players that the Mets currently have, I don't see how the Mets can possibly finish the season above .500. I'm not sure if I am the only one who thinks this, but all signs point to it. Of course I will stay optimistic as I always do, but I do have that reason to believe that this season will be just like the last three.

My best friend is a die-hard Phillies fan and I'm hoping that this season I will be the one still wearing my team's attire in September, but it doesn't seem likely.