Monday, July 20, 2009

Ask the Reader: Sudden Collapse or Slow Descent?

The past several years have been perhaps the most frustrating for Mets fans, with the past two seasons ending with historic collapases after leading for much of the season. This year, the Mets have been hit by one injury after another. So, they have no offense, their pitching depth (such as it was) is no more, and a valiant effort to stay close to the top of the division has failed. After taking several bad beats from the most hated team of all--the Atlanta Braves, it is time to ponder whether it is better to accept this season's fate than to watch an under-achieving team fail at the end of the season.

The Mets could not beat Jeff Supan of all people and the St. Louis Cardinals a few years back when they could have kept up their pace of a WS win every two decades. Then, two seasons lost at the end. Is this better or worse than the mid-80's when they had the most talented team but only won the World Series once? I think this is worse, as the could have been's of the 1980's produced at least one crown, whereas this decade's failures will almost certainly mean a long wait until the next chance. Hopefully, we will not have to wait two more decades.
I guess we can take solace as Mets fans that the Yankees are spending more $$ but will almost certainly be spending the middle and end of October in the same way--at home, watching other teams play in the World Series.

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