Gary Carter was one of the class acts ever to put on a baseball uniform. I wasn’t even born when Gary was playing with the Mets, but I still feel his impact by the stories my Dad, Brother, and Sister tell of him and the type of player that he was. He meant so much, not by just his play on the field, but how he changed the lives of each of the players on the 1986 Mets roster. Without his leadership, we would not have won the World Series. There would be no wild pitch, or “It get’s through Buckner” without the clutch 2-out single the Kid hit to keep us in the game. The Kid is more of an Expo than a Met, but to me, he always looked the best wearing the orange and blue. I never got to see The Kid play, but man do I wish I was alive to watch him play. He retired in 1992, and I was born two years later. Cancer takes the wrong people, it took a family friend of mine who was such an incredible human being just one week ago, and now it takes a class act and from what I’ve seen, not just a great baseball player, but a genuine, kind person. It is a sad day, but we were all so lucky to have him play for our teams, and change our lives, giving all Met fans so much joy. You will surely be missed Kid, but not forgotten. RIP Gary Carter.
Jose Reyes is a dynamic player. The question is however, do we need him to be a successful ball club? Through analysis of Jose, the answer may surprise. He is an incredible player, but with some trades, he can be replaced. Reyes gets injured, too much for comfort with a speed-oriented player, and that could make giving him a 20MM dollar per year deal a bad idea. If you think about it, we are signing an all-star talented first baseman, Ike Davis this off season as he comes back from injury. If he produces as he has produced in the beginning of last season. He can be a thrill to watch. With a trade for a fast center-fielder, and a mid season promotion of sky-rocketing prospect Juan Langares, we could stick the slick fielding Tejada at short and win some games without Jose. Let me repeat myself, I WANT JOSE BACK, I have just been thinking what would happen without him. With these lower fences, we can have a huge incline in offense. Our pitching will almost be the same with Pelf, Niese, Dickey, possibly a free agent, and maybe another top prospect Matt Harvey in mid season. 2012 may not look as bleak as everyone thinks.
Last weekend the Mets won their first series of the year at Florida, 2 games to 1. This does not seem like a huge accomplishment because it is only one series out of about 50. However, for this team, it was huge.
Last year, not only did the Mets go 1-8 in Sunlife stadium, they also did not win an NL road series until August 22nd against the Pirates. They simply could not win on the road. This year appears to be different: After looking so bad opening day, they come out and win 2 in a row to take the series.
On another note, I believe last year’s Mets would have lost the 10-inning game on Saturday. First of all, I don’t think they would’ve hit off the Marlin’s closer to score in the 9th. That was smart and clutch baseball. Also, I don’t think that the team would have come back after K-Rod blew the save. They would have just fallen apart and the Marlins would have taken the game. Last year’s team would have said that one run was enough in that 10th inning and we would not know the outcome of that game. This year’s team, however, scored as many as possible in order to win the ballgame.
With the win tonight, the Mets finished their year on the road on a high note. I know, who would have thought. We have been a terrible road team this year winning only 5 road series all year-long. That needs to change in 2011. I believe Chase Utley sliding hard into Ruben Tejada may have been one of the best things to happen to the Mets all year. The Mets final road record was 32-49.
With the Mets loss tonight, they were officially eliminated from the Wild Card and can no longer get into the playoffs. That said it was nearly impossible to get into the playoffs anyway. The Mets would have to win all of their remaining games and all the teams in front of them would have to go into serious slumps. Now, it is time to look forward to 2011.
I have not been posting the past couple of days because I am in high school and have been busy. Let’s recap what happened while I was gone…
Johan Santana has to have shoulder surgery for what was originally a strained pectoral muscle. His season is over.
Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran, and Oliver Perez did not attend a get together at a hospital that Mike Pelfrey dubbed “mandatory.” Strange, those are the players that most Met fans seem to dislike the most.
The single-A Mets (Savannah Sand Gnats) facing the single-A Yankees (Charleston Riverdogs) last night. My sister was there and emailed me this picture. Gnats got the win 7-4. You think it is a subway series type of thing? If they are good enough, it will be someday.
The Gnats are beating the Riverdogs 6-3 in the 7th
What direction is Jerry taking with this club? In spring training he said that this was a team built on speed and defense. The defense has been great up until tonight when they gave up 4 errors that led to 4 unearned runs. However, the speed element has really bothered me. I have to start with the catalyst, Jose Reyes. Tonight he stole just his 2nd base in 29 games. Speed is not supposed to slump Jose—you’re fast, RUN! Also, correct me if I am wrong, but to my memory the Mets have not stolen 3rd once this entire year. Speed teams are supposed to be aggressive, right? I think this is Jerry and Chip Hale’s and it needs to change.
Nobody on the Mets is hitting right now. No one really has hit since the all-star break. We have people who can carry our offense. If Wright, Beltran, or Davis get hot, they can carry the ball club. Reyes also needs to hit consistently in order for this team to be succesful. None of this is happening. Wright and Davis are in a slump, and Beltran hasn’t found a groove since his return. Reyes has been somewhat consistent in his offense, but that is it. The Mets need to find a way to score runs or the future does not look bright.