The Mets seem to be taking a page from President Obama, and it is eerily similar to his 2008 campaign slogan. In regards to the remaining roster spots that need to be filled, the Mets are not aggressively pursuing remaining free agents. This is angering many in the Mets fanbase. Matt Cerrone and Joe Janish (great minds think alike) recently called for the Mets to learn from the Jets and adopt a team vision/identity. Omar claims that the Mets vision is “pitching and defense,” but I think this years’ team slogan should just be “Hope.”
The Mets have done nothing to address “pitching and defense” as their team identity. They have instead consistently tried to build an “American League” power lineup and failed. In the midst of building a top heavy lineup, they built a ballpark suited for small ball and pitching. But team identity crisis aside, to the average fan it would seem the Mets real issue is that they themselves are not really sure what they want. I say they do know what they want. Hope.
They want any and all risky moves they make to only show upside. And they believe in these moves, the same way they kept believing Ollie was going to turn into a consistent stud. They believe in these moves the same way they believe in the non-moves. Suddenly Omir Santos is the starting catcher and Josh Thole could be miraculously ready and fully trained to play in the bigs. Where did that come from? A week ago Bengie “My weight is consistently higher than my OBP” Molina was the man, and Santos wasn’t good enough for our pitchers. That’s Omar and the Mets hoping for the best.
What’s Omar’s reaction to the A’s landing Ben Sheets? Nieve and/or Niese are now good enough for our number five spot. You want to talk about hope, look at Omar’s pitching staff.
- Johan – We hope he comes back as strong as he was before surgery. (Seriously not worried about him.
- Ollie – We hope he can regain his previous form. (aka a glimpse of brilliance followed by walking the bases loaded and a grand slam)
- Pelf – We hope he can find his 2008 stuff. (This is one guy, along with Johan, that I believe will come back stronger this season)
- Maine – More hoping for past success and no injury.
- Nieve/Niese – Hope (and pray) for consistency
If they land one of the remaining FA’s: Garland, Washburn, Wang, or current front runner John Smoltz, they will have to hope that said pitcher can throw a consistent 200 innings.
I believe Omar is hoping for the best with the lineup and pitching staff he has assembled so far. We all better hope this turns out in November 2010 like it did for Obama in November 2008.