God help us. As the Mets move from a stadium that is a disgrace to stadium architects everywhere to a stadium that is a disgrace to all of those who appreciate the history of the New York Giants Baseball Club, the Mets will fail us once again. Coming off a season where they blew a 7 game lead with 17 games to go... including 2 out of 3 in the final series to the Florida Marlins, the Mets look to repeat. I am so sick about hearing how Johan Santana is going to be the savior of the franchise. The fact is that they don't have a fifth starter.... Pedro's arm is more out of whack than this Democratic nomination fight... and more than that they got more holes in the bullpen than there are gaps than the Cable Guy script. Coming down the stretch, the Mets bullpen pitched 41.1 innings, in which they gave up 30 earned runs for a 6.54 ERA. Further, Billy Wagner's ERA was a God awful 6.75; Pedro Feliciano's, 5.68; Scott Schoeneweis's, 4.50; Joe Smith, 8.31; Jorge Sosa's, 10.80; and Guillermo Mota's, 7.50. Even Aaron Heilman's good looking 2.25 was darkened by a game where he walked to men and hit a batter. And we haven't gotten to the hitters. Catcher Brian Schneider looks to hit at around .240... Carlos Delgado would be lucky to hit 30 homers and .270... it'll probably be closer to 25 homers and .250. It would be nice if Jose Reyes didn't pop up to left field every five seconds... hopefully he can repeat his '06 season when he hit .300 with 19 home runs. Will Moises Alou actually play more than 80 games in left field? Can Angel Pagan and Brady Clark fill the void? Brady Clark is a personal favorite of mine... and let's not even touch on Ryan Church in right field... who in my opinion is on the border of being an anti-Semite... I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
I'd be happy with a wild-card birth... and even that is a stretch.