The New York Mets Aren't Any Better Than a Year Ago

Mets PoliceSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2008

So, I was thinking about the Wilpons and how much Jeff annoys me, and how little the franchise has accomplished since Frank Cashen got old.

Then I thought about how the 2009 Mets are no better than the 2008 team.

Let's compare Opening Day 2008 to 2009.

1B  Delgado.

2B  Castillo vs Nobody, Anybody. So far the 2Bman is still Castillo. That doesn't make the 2009 Mets any better.

SS  OverReyes.

3B  The Captain

LF  Angel Pagan. Remember him?  He was scrappy for two months. This year's LFer is, um, er, somebody I guess. A rookie platoon? Miracle Tatis II?

CF  Beltran

RF  Ryan Church.   Let's hope Church is over his concussions.

C   Schneider vs Schneider/usual suspects.

So there's the lineup.   No better because nothing has changed.

2008 P:   Santana, 4 Inning Pedro, Maine, Pelfrey, Perez and Wagner

2009 P:   Santana, Maine, Pelfrey and um er some other guys and K-Rod.  

Wagner was an All-Star, so how much better could K-Rod be. I think that one's a wash at best (although in theory K-Rod doesn't miss September and if he does Putz can close).

So same lineup, two starters short and better in the 8th inning.  What makes them think they'll beat the World Champion Phillies this season?

I think it's time for a change, and the change should be the unsuccessful General Manager, but more on that tomorrow.