Don’t be fooled by tonight’s victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates; the 2014 New York Mets are a disaster. Truthfully, any fan worth their salt knew full well this would be the case. This doesn’t include the team’s GM, Sandy Alderson. He thought they were capable of winning 90 games.
Hindsight is always 20-20, but his preseason comments look worse each passing day. Did Alderson really think this team had a chance to compete? Perhaps he’s only guilty of being overly optimistic, but longtime fans will be difficult to convince. Anyone who has seriously followed this club knows they have a rich history of lying to their fanbase. There have been many promises and few returns.
It isn’t surprising that Dave Hudgens was fired, especially considering how horrendous the Mets have performed offensively. Is it fair to blame Hudgens for the collective atrocities we’ve seen from the Mets’ lineup this year?
Yes and no. On one hand, Hudgens should have found some way to help the team cut down on their strikeouts. Not putting the ball in play combined with a lack of power has killed this team. On the other hand, he has some really lousy players. Hudgens didn’t decide who the Mets would send to the plate this year – Alderson did.
One of Alderson’s primary responsibilities this winter was to rejuvenate the club’s perennially struggling offense. He failed — miserably. His other major challenge? Fixing the bullpen.
You can fill in your own joke here. Anybody who has watched an inning of Mets baseball in 2014 knows exactly how “good” this team’s bullpen is. They don’t even have an eighth-inning guy, let alone a closer. Alderson’s two fill-in signings, Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, didn’t survive May.
Another offseason acquisition, Chris Young, played so well that he lost his job to Bobby Abreu. Abreu is 40 years old and did not play professional baseball last season. Alderson thought Young was worth $7.25 million.
Alderson spent so much time worrying about 2015 that he forgot about 2014. Or he didn’t care. Either way, it’s the paying customers who are forced to suffer. But fear not, Mets fans, because everything will be better next year. When have we heard that before?