As it is a common occurrence to the Mets and their fans, they tend to show up for the big affairs but fail to get up for teams they should beat. After riding into Miami with a five-game winning streak, the Mets were once again lifeless in a 5-1 loss to the Marlins–a team with a 14-41 record (with, yes, four of their victories against the Mets).
Alas, all hope is not lost. As long as the Mets can win the series, then they can carry some serious momentum into Washington next week. With five of the next eight games for the Mets being against the Marlins (they visit Citi Field for the Weekend of June 7), they’ll have to step up their game if they have any idea of breaking .500 anytime this year.
It is critical that the Mets treat the Marlins as if they were the Yankees. Granted, that’s a tall task, as the Marlins are doing their best impression of a Triple-A team. Playing the Marlins hardly generates any buzz or electricity. Seriously, how do you get up for this? It’s like children doing chores. You have to bring your hard hat and treat this as grunt work. The Mets simply can’t just show up and expect to beat the Marlins. The Marlins have a group of scrappy players who will not lie down.
If the Mets revert to old habits-like they did on Friday night-then yes, this Mets’ team will continue to be who we thought they were.
After the Mets’ sweep of the Yankees, the mood in the Mets’ clubhouse was jovial, with the team giving off a harmonious bravado. After the Thursday night’s game Terry Collins even suggested to the media that “we’re not that bad.”
Well, time to prove it against the rest of the league, Terry. It’s easy to get up for the Yankees, but the difference between good teams and bad teams is how you do against supposedly inferior competition.
As Brian Joura pointed out, it is key that the Mets get solid quality starting pitching. Right now, that’s pretty much all the Mets have going for them. The pitching is what will carry the Mets this year. With such a small margin for error, the Mets have to find ways to win when one of their starters tosses a quality outing.
The Mets will get pitching reinforcements when Zack Wheeler gets his call. Heck, maybe towards the end of the season Rafael Montero could get the call too. But for the Mets to really shake things up, they need to add some bats.
Sandy Alderson has stated that regardless of what place the Mets are in at the deadline, they could be on the market for an outfield bat (Alex Rios, Carlos Quentin being some of the names being tossed out). This way they can get a jumpstart in reviving a punch-less outfield in anticipation of the 2014 season—a season they are looking at making big strides in.
So, these next two months could be telling, as it’s time this team creates an identity the fanbase can relate with.