Then they went and outMetsed themselves with the apologyMets lose their 7th in a row, this time up 3-2 in the 8th and Lugo gives up back to back HRs to Markakis/Riley, then they strand the tying and winning runs at 2nd/3rd in the 9th, but the Metsiest moment of the day was that in their big 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 title team, they listed two players on the Memoriam list on the scoreboard who are still alive.
I'm surprised that people find this baffling at all. Fred Wilpon is 82, and the '86 world series win was when he was a minority owner - pitching a 5 year rebuilding plan to an 82 year old owner sounds to me like a pretty poor reading of the room. (and, of course, that's ignoring the fact that it's a bit self-serving for a GM candidate to recommend a rebuild - of course you would, then you have a couple years where you're already saying the team won't be good and pushing off the time when you'd actually have to show success).Great piece by Joel Sherman just now on the baffling-to-everyone Mets:
"Mets ownership talked to a dozen candidates to succeed Sandy Alderson. Eleven recommended a rebuild on some level. One did not. Who do you think got the GM job?"
"The mindset of this organization from the top is to always see the half-full scenarios when it comes to self-assessment because ownership so badly wants contention."
I agree with all of this except Dom Smith got hurt last week and is now on the IL with a stress reaction in his foot, possibly out for a while. They should have moved him long before that, though.It's a shame, the Mets have talent. It's just so badly misaligned and they are like the mid-80s Expos where they are carrying dead spots in the lineup despite having a lot of good players. They've totally screwed up the catching situation, as JA has pointed out on multiple occasions. They are playing the corpses of Robbie Cano and Todd Frazier. At least Frazier will be (should be?) gone after this season. So they are forcing one 1B to 2B and another to LF (Dominic Smith when healthy). They've been playing Jeff McNeil everywhere, which isn't helping his glove develop. They have good corner OF when healthy (Conforto, Nimmo), but don't have a CF that can hit and field at a decent clip. Rosario isn't developing as expected either with the bat or the glove. Alonso has exceeded expectations at this point. The rotation is potentially really good. The bullpen is a tire fire, but on paper it really didn't look too bad to start the year and could turn it around.
The problem is they need to realign the talent they have. They should have sent Wheeler and Dom Smith out of town and gotten a useful CF. Staple Todd Frazier to the bench, move McNeil to 3B and leave him alone. Rosario deserves more chances. Unfortunately they have to play Cano. They do have Hechiaverria to replace him defensively in the late innings when they have a lead. JD Davis is a useful bench player. They are stuck with the catching situation for another year. I can see where they thought they could compete, but the team's talent is just badly configured, they haven't gotten many breaks, and they have a manager and GM that aren't helping.
I'll put the 'Stros rotation up against this. I actually unposted this same thought after Greinke was traded to Houston, but realized the Astros don't have a #5 guy.The Mets break a 1-1 tie in the 9th again at the White Sox (nice deGrom/Giolito duel) and win their sixth in a row. They are still 4.5 out in the wild card at 52-55 with four other teams in between, but all of a sudden they have the best 1-5 rotation in baseball, deGrom, Syndergaard, Stroman, Wheeler and Matz (complete game shutout last start). Reality will likely come crashing in before too long, but six in a row and that rotation and it's easy to dream again.