Not that there hasn’t been frustration in many other years if you are a New York Mets fan that bleeds orange and blue, but the 2013 MLB season will offer a new sense of frustration that even the most die-hard of fans has not experienced.
The Mets will be so close to the cusp, and we will all lay helpless at the edge of the chasm, clawing at a sense of urgency that will not present itself.
I have stated in many of my previous articles and rants that the Mets are so close to contention, we can almost taste it. Maybe that is just the aftertaste of the Amway wagon selling its wares outside Citi Field, but the feeling is there.
The Mets have a MLB rotation that can set the tone and win games with Matt Harvey, Johan Santana, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee and Shaun Marcum. The infield will not just be serviceable, but dare I say the word good with David Wright, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, and Daniel Murphy?
The catching situation will not be a detriment, and halfway through the season, it will have the possibility to be very good when Travis d’Arnaud comes up from Triple-A and is sharing time behind the plate with John Buck.
Yet for all of the hard work GM Sandy Alderson has done to be patient and help build this team the right way with Omar Minaya‘s system he left in place, fans will only be allowed to get to the edge and glare at what could have been. We will have to wait until 2014 to make a solid run at the playoffs for the sole fact that the Mets could not enhance an outfield that at this moment may be serviceable, but will not wow anyone with their talent.
Yes, the Mets could win 87 games this year if every single chip falls in the right slot, and Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Collin Cowgill and Marlon Byrd can prove their worth in the outfield.
Of course, the Mets could also lose 100 games if injuries and the proverbial black cat keep crossing their path. Realistically, I would expect about 78 to 81 wins, and I hate to even settle for that.
I guess the sum of the Mets season has already been stated yesterday, when Zack Wheeler was scratched from his start due to an oblique strain. Manager Terry Collins was a little miffed at the news of his No. 1 prospect put on the shelf.
When pitching coach Dan Warthen first shared the news with the skipper, Collins was heard “cursing the baseball gods, so to speak, and then he stomped off into the outfield to shag batting practice fly balls and give himself time to cool down,” John Harper of the New York Daily News reported.
This feeling from Collins will be echoed hundreds of times over the next seven and a half months by fans everywhere. I love my team, and bleed orange and blue each and every day. I will watch all games with hope and belief as I always do each year.
The Mets are close, and it pains me to know that Alderson could not do more. I also understand that the future is extremely bright.
What are your views on the upcoming New York Mets season and the next in a long line of oblique strains that have hindered them over the years? Rant your comments below.