The Mets beat the Pirates last night thanks to one of the longest singles I’ve ever seen hit in my life. The hit came from the bat of David Wright in the 11th inning and scored Endy Chavez from third base.
Usually when a team wins an extra innings game there are feelings of euphoria, excitement, invincibility. But for some reason the feeling I got after last night’s game was relief. I was relieved that the Mets were able to beat a team in extra innings that they should have been able to put away much earlier. When I saw today’s New York Post I was glad to see I wasn’t the only one thinking that way. Kevin Kernan has a column discussing this issue.
In short it appears that this team lacks the killer instinct needed to win at this level. As good as many of the players are there is no fire there in a team sense. The closest they came last year was Paul Lo Duca but with him gone now we’re left with a bunch of plain vanilla personalities led by a manager who is was too calm for a guy whose job is on the line.
It’s only late April so it’s too early to panic. But it’s not too early to take a hard look at the team as well as available players and see if there’s anyone who could come in and breath some life into this team. And if there’s no player who can do that then it may be time to find a manager who can.