Recently the New York Rangers were dispatched from the NHL playoffs in game 7 of their third round playoff series. In that league you need to win four best-of-seven series in order to win the Stanley Cup.
The Rangers were a team carrying high expectations since they had been to the championship series last year and had spent high draft picks and a top prospect to make the big push for this year.
Since the crushing game 7 loss the hockey writers, bloggers, and fans have tried to put into perspective whether the team’s season could be called a success, a failure, or something in between. The consensus seems to be that since the team didn’t win the cup and didn’t again reach the final series that the season was not a success.
Our subject, of course, is the Mets.
Unlike the Rangers they weren’t built to compete for a championship in 2015 although one can argue that any team that makes the playoffs has a puncher’s chance of winning the whole thing. The team has been designed to at least compete for a playoff slot.
This got me to wonder what would have to be accomplished to call the 2015 season a success for the Mets.
Starting with the rosiest scenario: if the Mets win the World Series then this is a huge historic success. Terry Collins would get a long extension for as many years as it might take for his hair to turn its next color (what comes after white?). As fans we would have to take some, if not most, of the pins out of our Jeff Wilpon voodoo dolls.
Of course this is highly unlikely but I said the same thing about the 1969 Mets and some other teams that have won championships as underdogs. So there is hope.
More realistically, what if the team wins the NL East and perhaps even wins its first playoff series? Also a success although here Collins just gets one or two more years on his deal.
If the team makes the playoffs as a wild card then this too would have to be considered a success given the talent level and the low payroll this was accomplished with.
But what if the team does not make the playoffs? Let’s say it hits the number of wins many, including yours truly, have projected, 83. In that case some might point to finally getting over .500 after four years in the wilderness. Those folks could consider a modest success.
Others likely would say that getting left out of the dance once again makes it an unsuccessful season. I am in this camp and believe that if this happens and despite a possible .500+ season that Manager Collins will be issued his retirement package.
And just to touch all bases if the club were to finish under .500 which is still possible then surely Collins is a goner and the season would be considered a failure.
So tell us. What do you think the Mets have to do this year for you to call the season a success?