5.5 games out of the wild card spot. That’s a disappointing spot for the Mets to be in for sure. But its also close enough that the Mets are not abandoning their season. At least not yet.
The announcement that manager Jerry Manuel and his staff will not be fired is in many ways a slap in the face to Mets fans. Something is obviously wrong with this team, so to say that the status quo will be maintained is either overly hopeful or just plain inconsiderate on the part of ownership.
Manuel, who always seems to defend his people and never admit their shortcomings, said his coaches are doing “an amazing job.” I’m not sure in what universe a hitting coach for a team that isn’t hitting can be considered amazing. Or maybe Jerry meant “Amazin” and not amazing, as in hitting coach Howard Johnson is a beloved ex-Met. Maybe that’s why he’s keeping his job. I know I cringe at the thought of advocating the firing of one of my alltime favorite Metties. But HoJo, I’m really sorry man, but the team isn’t hitting!
I think some type of change needs to be made, and if you told me that change needed to be at the managerial level, then I’m fine with that. Manuel’s made some quirky decisions all season long. Case in point: hitting Angel Pagan third in the order one night and then benching him he next. The #3 hitter should be your best hitter…so is that Angel Pagan or not? Angel’s production has been terrific this season, so why not stick with him and let him settle into that #3 spot.
This type of over-tinkering sends a very negative message to the team, it reeks of panic and doubt and lack of confidence. But then again we’re just 5.5 out of that wild card spot, maybe less than that after tonight’s defeat of the Cardinals. So status quo it is….
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Written by Mark Reichman