Okay Met fans, it’s over.
You don’t have to be on the ledge anymore, just come into the house and enjoy a baseball-free summer.
For those of you, who happen to root for the New York Rangers, then great. They are still playing and into the second round of the playoffs. And for those of you who do not, at least the NFL draft and OTAs can keep you occupied.
Oh, and Game of Thrones has a new season coming in July.
As for this team, heck why not give up after being swept by the Nationals after dropping two of three from the Phillies and three of four from the Marlins. That’s eight out of nine for those scoring at home.
And add insult to injury, the Braves will have R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon on the mound next week.
So, you might as well punt on 2017 and look forward to next season. Heck, here’s some good news for you: The Mets can have one hell of a fire sale come this July. Everything must go. The Yankees did it last year and look at them now. Their farm system is the envy of baseball and boy do they look good for some free agents in the next few years.
This season the Mets have a ton of expiring contracts that can be moved at the deadline. Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, and Fernando Salas can all find new homes and maybe bring back something significant in return. There will be plenty of desperate teams out there looking one or two veterans to put them over the top.
Last season, the Yankees moved, among other pieces, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller at the deadline, bringing back a haul from the Cubs and Indians, including Gleybar Torres, Clint Frazier, and Justus Sheffield. That was just for those two guys. Imaging what the Mets can get from seven expiring contracts?
General manager Sandy Alderson needs to get on the phone and just tell teams both Chapman and Miller led their teams to the World Series last year. Bruce, or Walker, or Reed, or Granderson will do this for you. Restock the farm system, while keeping your stud rotation intact and healthy. With the season over so early, why have them pitch more than five innings and risk their arms. Just treat each game like spring training outings and limit them to sixty or seventy pitches.
With this kind of tanking, the Mets could even challenge the San Diego Padres for the first overall pick next year.
So, don’t fret Met fans, the best is yet to come this year. The World Series is so two years ago. It’s time to sell and tank.
Restock that system. That’s baseball like it oughta be.
And this column is sarcasm like it oughta be. It’s Apr. 23 and the season is just getting started. It’s been a rough week and a half, but it’s still too early to give up on the Mets.