With Spring Training underway, baseball is starting to creep back into the minds of its fans. But it's not easy to be pleased with the New York Mets.
This is the first season in a while where I actually have zero high expectations for the Mets.
The Phillies just seem unbeatable, and the rest of the division is a question mark. Sure, the Mets could go for the Wild Card, and maybe they will surprise. Maybe now that they don't have high expectations, they will finally perform.
But I wouldn't count on it.
There are too many issues hanging over their heads. Aside from obvious on-field problems, the Mets have serious issues with the economic state of their team. With ownership, a new manager and so many new players I can't keep track of, these are just the start of their problems.
Will Carlos Beltran return to original form? What will happen now that Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez are gone? Can they muster anything out of the oft-injured Johan Santana?
We really don't know any answers at this point, the point during spring where happy thoughts are supposed to be abound. But it's hard to think that way when there are so many problems in New York.
If I had to guess, I'd say the Mets will either be bad straight out the gate, or they'll tease us, as they always do, with a decent showing and then tank.
We can hope for the best, but when it comes down to it, don't expect much out of these Mets this season. The best fans can do is hope for a pleasant surprise.
They do have some decent pieces, but doesn't every team? Bottom line—the Mets aren't going to win the NL East. Maybe they'll manage a Wild Card, but that hardly seems likely.
A surprise above .500 season would be best. Then they can prove the doubters wrong.