If you ask Mets fans how they feel about the next three-to-five years, most would be optimistic. It’s not in any way an unreasonable position to take. But things don’t always work out the way they’re supposed to in real life. Angels fan Matt Welch points out how things can go off the rails:
“The Angels in 2009 won 97 games, made the playoffs for the 5th time in 6 years (and 6th in 8), finished two wins away from the World Series, featured a decent amount of young talent (Kendrick and Aybar were 25, Santana and Weaver and Morales were 26, Napoli was 27), and then made 5 selections among the first 48 draft picks & 6 of the first 80, netting them Mike Trout, Garrett Richards, Patrick Corbin, Randal Grichuk and Tyler Skaggs.
They haven’t won a playoff game since.”
Source: Baseball Think Factory
FWIW – that 2009 team also traded for 25-year-old Scott Kazmir in mid-season, too.
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