Last time at this keyboard an article spit out asking for people to complain a little less. The reaction was to explain their complaints. You know, in a complaining kind of way. Of course it’s easier to complain than it is to be grateful. Besides, it was pretty vain of me to think that people would change their ways just because of an overly long blog post. Maybe that could be my epitaph – Here lies Brian, who vainly believed that people should be merely depressing, rather than unbelievably depressing, around him.
Don’t let it bring you down
It’s only castles burning,
Just find someone who’s turning
And you will come around.
So, come with me on the never-ending quest for the river of sight. And along the way, let’s continue our tradition of handing out the Christmas gifts really needed by the guys on the Mets.
Jerry Blevins – A season-ending line with 60 IP.
Asdrubal Cabrera – The return of his slugging prowess. In an era when everyone is showing power and leaving the yard, Cabrera somehow lost 40 points of ISO last year.
Yoenis Cespedes – A couple of crates of flavored water. He’s right, water is boring and Gatorade tastes horrible. But there are other options to keep hydrated. One week he could do grape and the next week he could do lemon. And if he wants, he could venture into the land of Pineapple-Mint-Ginger water.
Michael Conforto – The old saying is that everyone needs a little head and shoulders to make it through and the joke is the blonde wanting to know how to give shoulders. If anyone can help that blonde – and Conforto – out, let’s come up with a healthy shoulder.
Travis d’Arnaud – The confidence to embrace the freedom of no expectations and to deliver the year we all thought he was capable of five years ago.
Jacob deGrom – A few more early “W’s” so that the powers that be will give him the All-Star nod he so richly deserves.
Jeurys Familia – A return to his 2015 BB/9 rate.
Wilmer Flores – A trade to an organization that believes in him as much as TexasGus does.
Robert Gsellman – More changeups to LHB.
Matt Harvey – A return of the bite on his breaking balls.
Juan Lagares – The ability to elevate the ball while hitting fastballs to right field and breaking balls over the fence in left.
Seth Lugo – The health to be used out of the bullpen and the opportunity to be an impact multi-inning reliever.
Steven Matz – Thirty pain-free starts.
Brandon Nimmo – For a majority of his PAs to come from the leadoff spot.
Kevin Plawecki – The total elimination of bounced throws to bases so he can be a viable option to play when the pitchers who are bad at holding on runners start.
AJ Ramos – The same present as either Familia or Flores.
Amed Rosario – Improved strike zone recognition.
Dominic Smith – A visit from the BABIP regression gods.
Anthony Swarzak – For his six to eight bad appearances (since we know every single reliever will go through a bad stretch) to come after he’s had 20 or 25 good ones.
Noah Syndergaard – A season where he doesn’t visit the barber and end up looking generic, like deGrom does now.
Zack Wheeler – The confidence to attack and put away hitters when he gets to a two-strike count.
Sandy Alderson – For him to show us more of his no-nonsense Marine side and less of his stand-up comedian side.
Mickey Callaway – The stones to run his pitching staff in the way that makes sense to him, not the paint by numbers approach that we saw all too much of the previous seven years.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of the readers here at Mets360! My gift to you is a break – however brief – from relentless negativity.
I’m very happy that you come to our site on a daily basis. And I’d like to give an extra special thanks to loyal readers like Gus, TJ, Jimmy P, Jim OMalley, Chris F, Mike Walczak, Eraff, Name, IB, Metsense, BK, Pete in Iowa, Pete, IDRAFT, Steevy, NormE and anyone I may unintentionally be forgetting. Your contributions add to the site and make us all better writers. And finally, thanks to all of the writers at the site. May you have a wondrous holiday season.