There's just no way to tell what'll happen year to year never mind 3 years from now.To use our beloved Mets as an example. Coming out of the 2006 or even 2007 season, having just picked up Johan Santana, not many on these boards would have guess a strong regression, unrecoverable through 2012.
Jade it has been quite a turn for me. jokati thought that line about insanity and expecting a different outcome was about Sandy Alderson, when it was actually about me these past four years. Knowing we were handicapped by injury or competitive balance and yet finding the slightest of stats that if everything fell in a perfect world the Mets would contend for a wild card. By September I would lower the bar to a .500 season. My cheerleading record is 0-4. What was the straw? I'll give you three, none more important the the next but collectively undeniablly crippling in being able to an atmosphere of optimism.
1. The 28-49 finish to last season. The seven games over .500 prior to the crash was an unsustainable run of clutch hitting with numerous 2 out RBIs. This was fueled by David Wright hitting .350 and, with two exceptions, the remainer of the lineup getting hits at the most opportune time.
2. The failure of Alderson to address the obvious OF needs, while he worked to trade R.A. Dickey. We got a top C prospect, won the battle and
for 2013 lost the war.
3. I believe that there is a correlation between the Mets reluctance/inability to spend and the 162 M clawback due in 2015. For that reason the FO should have been forthcoming and announced that "we are rebuilding". We are Mets fans and could have handled it. Another cache would have been
the attraction of new fans who wanted to be part of the rebirth. I was a Mets fan from game 1 of this franchise and 51 years later I'm still here. game 1 though game 970 was 6 years of 100 losses and 1969 was the rich fullfillment of those 6 years. The Navy term plank holder refers to a member of the first crew on a ships maiden voyage. I am a Mets plank holder. The holdovers from our last winning season are few; Wright, Santana, Daniel Murphy who was an Aug. call up and was part of a 7 player LF platoon in 2008, Niese who pitched 14 innings and Bobby Parnell who logged 5 innings. We have a pitcher we would be better off without, two pitchers who barely got dirt on their spikes, that is turnover and that is rebuilding. 138 M to sign David Wright as a showpiece on a team that is so far removed from being a serious contender was a dishonest move by the FO. Putting that salary in the same clawback escrow account as the Beltran, Reyes, Perez, and Rodriguez money would have resolved the 162 M obstacle and started the comeback clock sooner.
The holdovers from our last winning season are few; Wright, Santana, Daniel Murphy who was an Aug. call up and was part of a 7 player LF platoon in 2008, Niese who pitched 14 innings and Bobby Parnell who logged 5 innings.
Yes, and the bad ending was due in part to another rash of injuries with very little to pick up the slack. Really it was about the rotation, with Gee, Santana and Pelfrey all out by the break. So you have Hefner, Schwinden, Batista and McHugh making tons of starts and generally doing pretty badly overall. It's not like they would've been 49-28 with the regulars healthy, but they'd probably be a lot closer to .500.
The 28-49 finish to last season. The seven games over .500 prior to the crash was an unsustainable run of clutch hitting with numerous 2 out RBIs. This was fueled by David Wright hitting .350 and, with two exceptions, the remainer of the lineup getting hits at the most opportune time.
We got a top C prospect, won the battle andYogi, I think you have this backwards. We may have lost the 2013 battle, but it put us in a position to win the war a couple years from now.
for 2013 lost the war.
Common guys, remember when the Phillies got Halliday we were all saying how they would dominate the division for years? Didn't happen, and they haven't won any WS with him yet..ATWATW...you can have Halladay, Lee, and Hamels and I will take one of these two lists...
I do agree someone with MrBMG that the days of big-name free agents might be gone for a while. There might not be any more players like Santana, Beltran, Delgado and the like...but there's no reason there might not be some mid-range free agents here within the next year or so. There's no reason to think that a mid-range free agent couldn't help this team a lot.
That's why I agree with ATW about Bourn being the perfect pickup right now....thomasam