Clearly that’s a rhetorical question.
With the Mets dropping six of their last seven games, the grittiness and fight that this team displayed shortly after the All-Star break, all but seems to have dissipated. The air has been let out of the balloon as far as this season goes.
Obviously, it’s not just the mounting losses that is breaking the spirit of the Mets and their fans.
On Monday, the collective hearts of Mets’ fans were broken when Matt Harvey was diagnosed with a UCL tear and will be shut down for the season. Tommy John surgery is likely and if he goes through with it, Harvey will assuredly miss all of the 2014 season.
Then the Mets did what they ultimately had to do; trading away Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pittsburgh Pirates for prized prospect Dilson Herrera, as well as solid pitching prospect Vic Black (the player to be named later). When the Pirates offer you a high-upside prospect(s), you have to accept the deal. The Mets, obviously, were going nowhere with Byrd and Buck, and both, more than likely, had no future with the Mets outside of this year.
I haven’t even mentioned David Wright yet, who’s return may be in doubt this year, as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
While the Mets were playing some solid ball in the middle of the summer, extenuating circumstances will now make it difficult for the Mets to play any semblance of solid ball for the duration of the season. Between devastating injuries, players underachieving and trades that, in essence, had to be made, it appears the Mets will limp to the finish line.
Or will this team show some intestinal fortitude and use these setbacks as motivation? You’d like to see that, but chances are slim this team wins anymore than 70-74 games.
The good news is that the Mets will likely finish in the bottom ten of the MLB standings, and will likely have their pick in next summer’s MLB Amateur Draft protected.
The positive momentum the Mets were building this season will likely all but evaporate, and that will still sting. With the Mets putting nothing much better than a Triple-A squad out on the field, it’s hard for Mets’ fans to give a reason to tune into games.
On the other hand, these setbacks should give Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson a chance to do some key evaluations in regards to players like Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Matt den Dekker (who’s set to make his debut today, August 29) and others when the September reinforcements make their way to Flushing.
Player evaluation and development is ultimately what this final month will be used for.
However, with the so-so product being put on the field, it’s hard not to think any excitement will be built heading into the 2014 season. It’s just been a bad week for Mets’ fans and any sort of good news may just be delayed until the start of next year.
Here’s to hoping the Mets can give us some hope this final month (and no one should ever thrown in the towel-that is not what I’m implying), but doing so might require some heavy lifting.
**Got something to say about the Mets? Go to the Mets360 Forums to talk about whatever you like in regards to the Amazins!**