The Mets already know this because it’s really quite simple. To be a good team, you have to beat the good teams. It’s a work in progress…
The Mets gave it a good run, holding down first place in the NL East for 90 days, in the face of multiple injuries to key players and blah, blah, blah.
We followed the team and cheered them on, but only with our hearts, not our heads, because we knew, or should have known the Mets are not a championship team – yet.
We pooh-poohed Steve Cohen’s remark in his initial meeting with the New York media that his plan for the Mets would take three years to complete, thinking perhaps what the hell does this guy know about baseball.
Mets: It’s Not The NL East – It’s The Entire League
There is no reason to bury the Mets, and this is not meant to do that because there are 45 games left to play, and as any fan of baseball knows – anything can happen.
It’s not so much where the Mets stand in the NL East, where the argument can easily be made there are no (really) good teams, as much as it is when we look at teams like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and the threesome in the West better than any of them.
We know, too, the Mets played competitively in two of the three games in the Dodgers series, but we also know they lost both games in extra innings and got themselves routed in the finale.
The kicker, though, is that if the Mets played the Dodgers in three more games beginning tonight, the result would almost certainly be no different.
Mets: Good But Not Quite That Good
The fact is, my friends, the Mets are a good team, but they are not a very good team this year, and I’m afraid the upcoming nine games against the Giants, Dodgers, and then the Giants again will prove that to be painfully true, once and for all.
Another fact is the Mets have a plethora of holes to fill, beginning at third base, right field when they let Michael Conforto go to seek greener pastures, and left-field when they trade Dominic Smith for a quality starting pitcher this winter.
The door is open for Steve Cohen to open his treasury to pick and choose from an illustrious Class of 2022 Free Agents.
But will he do it? Or, will he stick to his plan to build the Mets from the bottom up as he looks at his Triple-A team in Syracuse carrying the worst record in the International League Northeast division, at 34-54 and a full 20.5 games behind while echoing his big-league team with a -86 run differential?
Will Steve Cohen Cave To Impatient Fans?
Moreover, will Cohen withstand the torrent of “Believers” from Mets fans who were convinced that once the Wilpons were outta here, it was a brand new day that had no mention of tomorrow, expecting more from a man with $14 billion in the bank?
Leaders lead. And maybe someone like Acting GM Zack Scott should be applauded and not condemned, as he was here a few days ago, for laying out a couple of things that needed to be said about this Mets team.
Steve Cohen is a leader, and he will lead, listening only to the best and the brightest in the Mets organization, just as he successfully did in building his financial empire.
This is why my thinking is he will take the middle year of his commitment to Mets players and fans to concentrate on strengthening the team’s minor league organization because, with that, today is only a fleeting moment. Tomorrow is only what the Mets have always been.
And with that, Cohen needs to consider “demoting” Luis Rojas to his Double-A or Triple-A team as manager – but with no cut in pay.
The Mets Have A Future, It’s Just Not Today
The Mets mountain to climb is not that high, and it certainly is not insurmountable – but looking to 2022 to be an elite team, just as it’s proving to be this season, is not the way for this team to go.
The Mets can and will scour the free-agent market this winter, and if they pick up one or two pieces, all well and good.
But the puzzle can’t be completed until all the pieces are in the box.
And this team just isn’t there yet…
Here’s What Readers Are Saying…
Angel R. Hernandez It’s supposed to be the start of a new dynasty but all I hear is that free agents won’t wanna come to play in New York because of the fan base and people are already talking about Cohen as an owner cause of what happened with rocker. They are saying that they are keeping a close eye on him and the franchise lol. On paper that’s not a good look especially, the way the world works now
Ray Calabrese Let’s start with beating the bad teams, shall we?
Michael Mombo Calabrese What good is beating the good teams if you don’t beat the bad teams