During the most difficult stretches that I have faced as a Mets fan, the one constant was my reaction after every loss: “Only the Mets find a new way to lose each night!” It wasn’t just me. Many friends and fellow bloggers also mirrored that sentiment. Only the Mets. And with the recent trade of Carlos Beltran to the Giants, once again this organization has me saying, “Only the Mets!”
Only the Mets would trade probably their best free agent signing in history (remember, Piazza and Hernandez were signed as free agents but only after they had already played for us, after being traded to us) in the midst of a five game winning streak, and be left with, or actually stuck with, arguably their worst free agent signing at the same time (if second, only to Oliver Perez). Five games, no big deal. But what if…? What if they go on an eight game winning streak? Ten games? Twelve? What if the Braves go on a five game losing streak? An eight game losing streak? Ten games? Twelve? That wild card spot looks so much more realistic, doesn’t it? But wait a minute, we traded away our best slugger. We have no power. Don’t tell me about Jason “K” Bay. (By the way, if you didn’t know, he’s the one I was referring to as the worst free agent signing in history.) And David Wright is always going to just be David Wright. (Conclude from that what you will.)
Now I know all this hypothetical stuff is a bit crazy. You can’t build a season — or a team — on “what if”s. But only the Mets would find themselves in a competitive position after trading away Beltran and basically giving up on their season. Only the Mets would fall one game short, yet again, of the playoffs after making such a deal. Only the Mets would give away proven, veteran talent now for a possible future star, which as we know, never works out in our favor. Only the Mets.
But none of this really matters anyway. Why? Because the Mets’ winning streak came to an end last night when they were shut out for only the fifth time this season. This, afer scoring eight or more runs in the four games preceeding last night, similar to when they scored 52 runs in the four games prior to the second series agains the Yankees earlier this year and then scored three runs in the first two games against the Yanks. Again, only the Mets.