The New York Mets: 90 Losses Looming

Joe FiorelloCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

PHOENIX - AUGUST 10:  Manager Jerry Manuel of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 10, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Mets 7-4.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

An ugly season can be made considerably uglier with six games remaining for the New York Mets.

Ninety wins is an accomplishment any organization can be proud of. Ninety losses is an accomplishment in failure usually reserved for small market teams with payrolls that can't be expected to compete.

The Mets have broken new ground.  They've even been called the worst organization in Major League Baseball here.

It's hard to disagree with them isn't it.

This team has been a flop fest since Carlos Beltran looked at strike three in Game Seven of the NLCS in 2006.

Late season collapses, injuries, mental breakdowns, errors, base running mistakes...

It's been almost unbearable.

I'd like to see how the team would have finished, even with all the injuries, if the players on the field played to their potential, instead of playing the way they have.  Could they still compete for a Wild Card spot?  Does their talent, even with all the injuries, outweigh the talent of other MLB teams?

I think it does.

I think it's safe to say that the Mets on the field have underperformed to a point that is almost comical.

With six games left in the season, three against the Washington Nationals and three against the Houston Astros, the Mets may be able to save a little face.

Losing 89 games just sounds a lot better than losing 90+.  The Mets would have to win out in order to make this happen.  I don't think they can do it, I'm just pointing out that it would be nice if they did.

Looking at the active team roster, I hope it's full of guys that won't return next season.

Starting with the bullpen, I'd like to see guys like Tim Redding, Sean Green, and Ken Takahashi putting on new uniforms next season.

I would love to see if there's a team dumb enough out there to take over Oliver Perez's contract, but I think he'll be a Met for the next few years.

I'm certain Brian Schneider has played his last game with the organization.

Utility guys like Anderson Hernandez and Wilson Valdez have done a nice job filling in while the team's middle infield has grown paper thin, but they shouldn't be on the roster next year unless the team's injury situation repeats this year's mess.

Gary Sheffield and Fernando Tatis need to go.  Omar would be out of his mind to give Sheffield another year.  He has performed well, but his body broke down the way a 40+ year old outfielder's body does.  You would think the Mets learned their lesson with Moises Alou.

I also at this time believe Jerry Manuel should be fired.  He's lost the team.  It might not be his fault, but it is what it is.

Guys that I think should definitely be a part of the future that aren't part of the Mets "core" of players include Alex Cora, Jeff Francoeur, Daniel Murphy, and Pedro Feliciano.

It's almost over.  We only have to bear six more games this season.  Let's all hope together that the team can put together a winning streak to end the season, so they can avoid the embarrassing number of 90 losses.


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