They are .500 after 36 games. They're 4-10 on the road. Their rotation is 9-9. Oliver Perez is a joke. Maine and Niese are inconsistent. Their bullpen pitches 4 innings a game. Their offense is unproductive. They lose one run games. They never win rubber games. Their coaching staff may be the worst in MLB(except for Hale and Jauss). Their GM is delusional. Their owners care more about a West Coast team, political correctness and possibly acquiring a floundering hockey franchise, then their team. Their farm system though improved, is still middle-of-the-pack at best. Their 66 million dollar LF'er has 1 HR. Their supposed star shortstop has 0 HRS, can't bunt and has one infield hit all year. Their star 3B man has decent power stats, but strikes out more than nerds at a college mixer. Their 2B man has no range or pop and is always hobbling. Their RF is pressing and regressing back to old habits.
So how do they turn it around? Do they make a deal for a real top line starter like Oswalt? Do they decide to give Gee a shot? Do they finally pull the plug on a manager who obviously has little clue about hitting(a life-time .199 hitter himself) or pitching? Do they simply replace the pitching and hitting coaches? All would be moves that are worth doing. My guess is they do none of them and wait, wait, wait.
This organization loves to make excuses. It's the wind, or injuries, or too many west coast trips. They look to blame external factors instead of looking within. That's where the problems lie. They have apathetic owners. They have an overmatched and inadequate GM who is basically the owner's son's gofer. Their manager is like a character from the old Dave Chappelle Show. Their pitching and hitting coach have no answers and look befuddled. The team looks resigned to being what they are and that's a mediocre team.
You know they'll start to talk up Beltran's return. He'll make this team a playoff contender, they'll say. If the Mets can just be around .500, they'll make a run and be a playoff team. Once again, hope over action. They'll say Takahashi is the solution. However, as good as he's been, he's never started an MLB game. This is a far better league than the one he played in previously. They'll also miss his great work in the pen. Management and ownership will say be patient to its fanbase. A trade for a starter is not a luxury, it's a necessity. This is because the GM again mistakenly ignored that this off-season.
Have they not learned from the last 3 years about inaction? Have they not seen the declining attendance? They can blow it off as cold weather or the kids still being in school, but that's only a small part of it. Mets fans are taking a show me attitude. They do not trust in ownership and management. That trust was ruptured in 2007, further eroded in 2008 and nearly destroyed in 2009. Then the Mets did little in the off-season and most of all failed to address their top need and that was starting pitching. The bench was also not addressed. In fact, they paid 3 million to 2 guys who really extremely marginal MLB players(and IMHO Tatis isn't one).
It is still early. However, sooner rather than later, this ownership and management have to make some big decisions. Some involved players, other's coaches. The GM should also be held firmly to the flame. They need to make moves. They can start with one, but if they want to contend, they'll have to make multiple moves and IMHO the coaching staff has to be shaken up, if not mostly removed(including the manager).
The Mets have lost the right to ask for patience. The word wait has truly become a 4-letter word and a crutch. Action is needed. The first one is Perez being permanently removed from the rotation. The line-up needs to be re-done with Reyes back at-the-top and Davis in the 3-hole. After that a possible RF platoon could be in line. Then if that fails, the coaches are next. No waiting in 2010. That was so 2009.