As a fan, anything I say about changing the Mets is imaginary. The front office isn't reading my blog and they really don't care about what I have to say. But I really have to say it. The Mets have a lot of issues and there are ways they can be fixed.
Let's start with the pitching. They need to get Oliver Perez off the roster. Send him to AAA, send him to AA, send him to short season A-ball. Send him to Madagascar. He just doesn't have the ability to get Major League hitters out. The Mets have pitchers they can call up, or move to the rotation. From the minors, they have R.A. Dickey throwing well for the Bisons. He's a knuckleballer with Major League experience. Dillon Gee is also doing well for Bisons. If the Mets don't feel like calling somebody up, they can give Hisanori Takahashi a chance to start. He was a starter in Japan and has gotten everybody out as a reliever. There's even Pat Misch, who nobody has mentioned, but he pitched a complete game shutout for the Bisons today. They have options.
Now for the offense. Oy vey. Jason Bay isn't hitting. David Wright isn't hitting. Jeff Francoeur isn't hitting. Jose Reyes isn't hitting. The Mets are getting as little production as possible. Perhaps that will change a bit today with the return of Jose Reyes to the leadoff spot, but nobody really knows. The Mets have to make a change. All of those players have the ability to hit, and hit well. For one thing, I think Howard Johnson has to go. I like him, but he hasn't helped anyone. He tinkered with David's swing and David has been terrible ever since. He worked with Frenchy in the offseason and he has been terrible this year. I don't know if he's done anything to Jose Reyes or Jason Bay, but he needs to leave before he can. As for the lineup, I think it should look like this:
I don't really have much of an explanation for my lineup, but if I could fill out the lineup card, that's what I would write down.
And finally to the man in charge. Jerry Manuel has to go. He doesn't know how to run the team. He'll use five relief pitchers to try to get one out and then a sixth to intentionally walk the next batter. He doesn't understand when something isn't working. He lets the same lineup be used for a weeks when it clearly isn't working. He leaves the same terrible pitchers in the rotation for months and then lets them struggle through games giving up 7 or 8 runs every time. He shows no emotion after the toughest of defeats and the most exciting and relieving wins. It's always the same meaningless chuckle. Jerry simply does not have the ability to be the man in charge of a successful baseball team.
There isn't much else to say about the Mets. They're sitting at .500 right now and there really is no reason to think they will win a lot of games.
Let's Go Mets!