Blame Sandy Alderson for Mets Current Collapse
Added by Eddie Utley on July 25, 2012.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has watched his team collapse since the All-Star break.
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson has given Mets fans a lot of lip service from the very beginning of this season.
First, he brought in talent that brings very little, if anything, to the table. His replacements are no better than putting the Buffalo Bisons on the field. The only player who has done anything is Scott Hairston and even that has negatives along with it, like whenever he’s on the field.
I you could argue starting pitcher Chris Young has been okay but they keep leaving him in for the 7th inning where he loses it. At least former GM Omar Minaya stocked the team with good bench players, where the ‘B’ lineup wasn’t like a little league team.
Secondly, Alderson has been telling us that the Mets do indeed have money to spend. We all were under the impression that they have no money and this has been proven by the lack of moves. Alderson continued to say the Mets are buyers and the next 7-10 days will tell if we’re buyers. So, he was planning to wait until the 31st to make trades? Really?
What about this Triple-A shuttling. Ike Davis didn’t go down when he was horrendous yet Lucas Duda gets sent packing. I don’t care about defense for Davis; he has not been that good in the field this year anyway. I like Kirk Nieuwenheis but he has not been hitting after his hot start either so why isn’t he going to Buffalo too (probably will for Baxter). V
Jordany Valdespin is up but barely plays. He has done more for the Mets in his time in the majors than Jason Bay has done for the team in three years. Reliever Josh Edgin was left to rot in Buffalo while Ramon Ramirez is allowed to stink up the joint with no consequences yet Pedro Beato got about a week.
Now the Mets have fallen hard, Santana is on the DL and Batista was given a start which we all penciled in as a loss before the game started. The Mets have been in some of the games but errors and bullpen miscues have killed them. They probably would have had four or five more wins and still be over .500.
Now we sit here wondering why we bought in. We watch teams get players for very little in return. Even low budget teams are paying the freight. The Yankees got Ichiro and the Mariners are paying most of his salary. The Pirates got Wandy Rodriguez who is not the next coming of Cy Young but a solid starter. Someone to replace Dillon Gee would have been nice right? The Astros are paying about half of the money due to Rodriguez.
The Dodgers got Hanley Ramirez. Could the Mets use a right handed power bat? Oh wait; we have one…Jason Freakin’ Bay.
They have been trying to get Mets fans to back Bay and believe he’s still “that guy”. He’s not. Eat the money already. The Pirates want a right handed bat, maybe sending him there would revitalize him, but who cares, if we have to watch losing baseball then get him out of here already.
Teams were saying the Mets wanted to trade for their pitchers but wouldn’t pay any money. Some teams will take on the money to get a better player. The Mets were trying to give up nothing and not pay. What happened to having money to spend, as Alderson claimed.
When are you going to get a no hitter, a 13-1 pitcher using an ancient pitch, a batter hitting .350 and previously in the running for MVP until the team flopped, all in one season?
Alderson should have put the pedal to the metal. Omar was making trades in May some years and the Mets will do nothing this year. How do you expect the fans to back you and keep coming back? When you don’t win, you don’t get the fans. How will David Wright want to come back to this? Knowing they’re looking at 2014 with unproven pitchers and players. Who knows how they will fare. Harvey, Familia, Wheeler and Mejia can all flame out. Den Dekker can continue to be a strikeout machine.
You let down the players and the fans. The Mets were seven games over .500 and leading the wild card when the All-Star break came around and now…
There are still chances for the Mets to do something and try to turn it around or at least make it look like they are. They could have signed Wright to an extension but now the price has gone way up. They could have signed R.A. Dickey to a reasonable contract but didn’t. BJ and Justin Upton are still out there. Hunter Pence anyone? Teams have shown that you don’t have to mortgage the future but you can do something even if it’s more for next year.
Can you at least make it look like the Mets give a damn? Just a little.