I was at my house Friday night with a few friends watching the Met game, as they took on the San Francisco Giants. The entire game all I heard was one of the following:
“Why can’t they turn a double play?”
“Where is a strike when you need one?”
“Can they ever get a clutch hit?”
I had no idea how to respond, I could not believe that with a record of 45-43 and R.A. Dickey pitching seven innings and giving up just two runs Friday night that my friends were complaining.
When pitchers and catchers reported to Port St. Lucie this past February with no Johan Santana, a closer who spent his winter in anger management, and a whole new front office; I, like any Met fan, was praying for a 65-win season. Now, with a record of 46-44 and 7.5 games out of the Wild Card with one more game before the All-Star break, I am excited and thrilled to be a Mets fan once again.
Yes, I know this is not 2006 where they dominated the National League and fell one game short of playing in the World Series. But the Mets are playing MLB-caliber baseball, no mental mistakes being made in the field, the ability to score runs with two outs, and finally have a pitching staff that come out every night and make respectable starts. The pitching staff has an ERA of 3.94, which ranks 9th in the National League and a team average of .262, which ranks 3rd in the NL.
So let me reiterate to all Mets fans to stop complaining, what will make you happy? A perfect game every night, a double-play turned everytime, and a shut down bullpen that can close out every game?
Yeah, that would make me happy too, but the Mets are playing their best baseball in years with a lost Jason Bay at the plate, a Buffalo Bison infield, and a bullpen with Rule 5 picks and life-long minor league players.
So please I am begging you Mets nation, please stop complaining and start appreciating this team that is scoring more runs, pitching more innings, and winning more games than any baseball expert ever expected.