Sunday, April 15, 2012
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
What exactly is going on with this team? They are clearly rebuilding, and as such, expectations are low this year. But, they get out of the gate quickly, and the pitching is surprisingly good. Expectations begin to rise. I'm not sure what's in store for us in 2012, though Ed and Joey at Studious Metsimus think 2012 bears a resemblance to 1984. I agree on some level. In 1984, there was a sense that this "wasn't the year", but "the year" was coming soon. As Ed points out, there was young talent on the roster (Gooden, Strawberry, etc.). There was veteran leadership in Hernandez. I'm going to say that this year reminds me more of 1983. In 1983, the Mets struggled in the standings, going 68-94 (which is close to my prediction of 71-91 for 2012). Similar to this year, in 1983 the true, young talent was not yet on the big-league roster. We were hearing the names of Gooden, Darling, Dykstra, etc. This year, we're hearing about Harvey, Familia, Wheeler, Valdespin. 1983 was a "bide-your-time" year, and I think this year is the same. I hope I'm wrong, as 1984 was more exciting, with the Mets in first place almost all summer, before going to Chicago and getting kicked in the....gut. Be right, Ed! I need a fun summer.
Bay is out with a finger injury. You have to laugh about that, coming off Wright's similar injury, albeit to a different digit. It's the little stuff like that, constant reminders everywhere, that we're Mets fans. Strange things happen. Who knows what's coming. Quoting different recording artists (sorry, Meatloaf), in 2012, we've only just begun.