Took me a few days to clear my emotions from this recent post All-Star break season tanking nose-dive these Mets are in the midst of. This baseball display has been outright atrocious to put it softly.
This has got to be the worse, if not one of the worse stretches I’ve witnessed as a lifelong Mets fan dating back to the early 80′s. Absolutely, putrid baseball with no end in sight. The scary part is this could get worse before it gets better, which is pretty hard to believe.
I’m no delusional fan by any means. Coming into the season, anything better than a fourth place finish and/or over .500 baseball, would have been viewed as a success in my eyes.
These Mets have overachieved and over performed for a full half season. They gave us a false sense of hope. We knew they really weren’t that good, but perceptions changed. And with a blink of an eye, they’re crashing back to being the team they really are.
The early season success couldn’t possibly continue for a whole season, not with these pieces and questions.
No one expected anything out of Johan Santana. He came out and gave us the franchise’s first no-hitter alongside ace performances. R.A. Dickey pitched borderline Cy Young’ish, better than our true ace. Dillon Gee did his part. Jonathon Niese continues his progression and still pitching brilliantly.
What about all the clutch hits, the incredible run of two-out rbi hits, the hitting from unlikely sources? Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Omar Quintanilla, and Scott Hairston all contributed like we never knew they could. The late inning home run magic that is Jordanny Valdespin. Ruben Tejada making us not miss Jose Reyes and David Wright back to being the David Wright we wan him to be.
All this without anything from Jason Bay, Ike Davis until recent, the bullpen or any defense all season.
This amazing run for a team destined to finish last could not continue could it? Was is a mirage?
This recent stretch, one win in last thirteen games, placing them seven games behind the wild card winner humbly puts everything back in perspective. The same team that kept finding ways to win could not hold a lead for more than one inning in the entire recent homestead, getting swept by the Nationals and Dodgers.
This team is defeated and facing an eleven game west coast trip. Unless they can pull off some amazin’ miracle, we can kiss this seasons hopes buh-bye.