10 Out; Season Officially Over
by, 07-22-2009 at 02:43 PM (584 Views)
Flushing most recent version of a baseball club reached the 10 games out of first mark last night, the first time they've been this far out since the 2004 season and all but guaranteeing they have no hand in the out come of the NL East beyond trying to be spoiler for the Philadelphia Phillies. That would take some actual offensive effort, however, so don't expect the Mets to be any kind of factor from here until the merciful end of the 2009 season, which has been more ballstastic than any I've seen in recent Mets history (and that includes the Steve Phillips years).
Yes, the team is still 'only' 6 games or so out of the Wild Card, but it's time Mets fans just were honest, took a look around and realized that, no matter who comes off the DL, no matter who's in the lineup and no matter where they play, this team is just utter bunk. 10 out is almost always the point of no return for any club, with few exceptions in ML history. It doesn't mean it's an absolute impossibility the club couldn't suddenly explode to get back into things, I'm just saying it's not gonna happen, cause this roster construction sucks horribly bad. Even with healthy Delgado's, Reyes's and Beltran's, this team was never good enough to win the division. They're just good enough to take 2nd place and miss the playoffs, which is where they've been the last 2 years.
Yes, Omar's team did reach the NLCS in 2006. But that's long ago and looking more and more like an anomaly rather than anything else. No team Omar's constructed has ever other than that 2006 club has come close to making the playoffs. You can point to 2007's collapse and saythey were only a game out, but that one game might as well have been 20 out after that collapse. And I don't think this current roster construction has ever really gotten over that disappointment, as they've never showed the chemistry they had before that god awful September came and blew the minds of anyone watching.
The team has been in decline since then, with holes in the bullpen and bench overshadowing the fact that Omar has never done enough to actually improve them beyond what they are: a few talented players surrounded by scrubs. This year, the injuries have exploited Omar as the fraud GM he is with zero contingency plan and almost no farm system to speak of (one he now vehemently tries to defend despite all ML scouts pointing and laughing at his efforts like they might a Will Ferrell comedy).
There is no silver lining on the horizon. The team has no future as is. When team's go into decline and start getting injured and stalling at the finish line like this, it's a clear indication that it's time to blow things up and start again. The move to Citi Field killed Omar's dream of an AL style hitting attack as it's proven to be an offensive black hole for this team's current roster. It's rendered David Wright a singles hitter and just about made him appear useless while he struggles to be the only guy this team has that's a legitmate ML hitter. Perhaps a move in of the fences before next season can save his career, but as of now, the park is in his head and he's beyond lost at the plate. The same can be said of most others playing there this year, except for the opposition as they don't seem to have any problems hitting homeruns.
This is the worst team 140M can buy. Omar's proven he can spend other people's money on bad investments (Luis Castillo and Ollie Perez looming largest). He now thinks he can build the farm AND have the team contend for the division? This is a man who singlehandedly DESTROYED the Expos/Nationals farm system, a team STILL struggling to rebuild their farm (it didn't help that Jim Bowden took over afterwards, I'll give Omar that one); He's going to be the guy to build up a farm system? He's not that kind of GM, he knows this, so I can only assume he's doing it to try and prove people wrong. That's a shame because all it'll do is kill the team further while he tries to prove something anyone with two eyes can tell you: he sucks a this job.
I know the horrorshow's not going to end anytime soon.I realize it now. I think there was a part of me that thought something might click or they'd get lucky or maybe even the earth would swallow up the entire league and free my from my Mets shackles, but the last month has left my apathetic towards anything they do while they continue to pretend to be contenders with Omar at the wheel.
So,with the team being 10 out, the Wild Card not being a real option, the farm being in total disarray AND all the disabled players not mattering whether or not they actually show up again sometime this season, it's about time the Wilpons wake up, take a look around and realize just what the man they put in charge has done with their 140M investment this year and what he's got in store for next year, too, because Omar's all about signing big contract free agents who cost draft picks.
If this were my employee, he'd be at the bottom of a lake by now. until 2010.......
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