Welcome to the postseason. For some that means playoff baseball. For Mets fans, it's a literal interpretation of the term meaning the season after the season has begun. And for the Mets, it's the most meaningful part of this baseball team since late June.
There are some highlights from the 2012 Mets campaign. R.A. Dickey's Cy Young season. Ike Davis overcoming an abysmal start to finish with 32 home runs and 90 RBI. The emergence of Matt Harvey as a future star.
But of course the negative outweighs the positive in 2012. We shouldn't be surprised. We've been here before. It's another season that started well only to crumble late. I use "late" loosely as things imploded around July 12, but the point is still the same.
The Mets are on a sick cycle carousel that nauseatingly continues to turn.
The following statements are true for 2012 but could easily be made in reference to any of the last 4 seasons:
- Jason Bay was hurt most of the year.
- When Jason Bay wasn't hurt he was pretty awful.
- The bullpen stinks.
- It appears like the team fell apart after the All Star Break.
- We need a major improvement at catcher.
- INSERT PROSPECT NAME HERE played great to start but after 100+ at bats got exposed for the mid-level talent that he is.
On top of that the Mets are faced yet again with another dilemma in whether or not they should sign a big name star to an extended contract. While Ruben Tejada turned out to be a fully capable replacement for Reyes, the same cannot be said of David Wright.
So what was old is new again. Actually it probably never got old. It's just coming back around for another turn.
I said it last October and I'll say it again this October. There is much work to be done for the Mets in order to not just make this team competitive, but make it watchable.
I love baseball. I love the Mets. I don't like having the season end like it dead, but boy am I glad the torture is over...for now.