The Mets are struggling. I guess the only positive that we can take out of this, is that Jerry Manuel should start to feel the heat again. Like I’ve posted on this website, I did not attribute the 9 and 1 homestand to him and still felt like he was incompetent during the winning streak.
This season under Manuel (and Omar and the Wilpon’s), a reoccurring theme is setting in, a day late, a buck short. To me, it almost seems like the Mets hierarchy read what the media prints the team should do. Then they stubbornly say they are not going to do that. Then either a few days later or weeks later they switch their minds after their plan fails and do what the masses want.
Case in point today, Manuel is going to sit Francouer for Chris Carter. Really? It took this long to see Jeff needed a blow. He is batting 5 for 45 this month. He looks like he could not hit a ball with a tennis racket and over the past week I’d have more confidence if we sent Raul Valdez up there to hit for him. When a guy looks absolutely terrible at the plate, you must give him a day off. This move in about 4-5 games way overdue.
This move just goes with the assortment of other head scratching moves the Mets and Manuel have made. First, leaving Davis and Carter off the Opening Day team. Moving Reyes to the third slot, using Nieve and Feliciano every night so they are burned out by mid-May, the kept Ollie in the rotation one too many starts and now put him in the ‘pen. You watch they will cut him eventually like we have said for weeks now.
I think the Mets are starting to show signs of trouble in paradise, I think the players have been effected by managerial decisions and decisions like keeping Perez. I think the fans and players alike, see that baseball decisions are not put first and that this is going to get ugly if the team keeps making decisions like they have this season. I think there is one easy way to get the players back on track and that is FIRE JERRY! Hopefully, the Mets will make this decision eventually, however in my opinion it is many days late already.