Looks like Willie Randolph survived the weekend and even got lukewarm votes of confidence from GM Omar Minaya and ownership. That should buy him at least a little time. I’m sure he knows that a vote of confidence with the current feelings around Shea are not much more than a momentary thing. He knows it only buys him a few weeks and that he much get this thing turned around. The Mets are 6 1/2 games out right now and we’re about a third of the way through the season. There’s still time to get this thing turned around. And while Willie is the main target of fans contempts there are other people to blame as well. Here’s a short list.
- Omar Minaya – Minaya has assembled a team with limited depth at all positions. Sure the starting lineup is a good one at face value. But they are also a fragile bunch. Luis Castillo, who had knee surgery in the off season, was signed to a 4 year, $25 million deal and has been hobbled by his knees all season long. The team is left with Damion Easley playing second base half the time. There’s no decent option at first, third or short if Carlos Delgado, David Wright or Jose Reyes get hurt. The outfield is even worse where Moises Alou, currently on his second DL stint of the season, is expected to play in 100 games or less at his healthiest. And don’t get me started on the bullpen.
- Carlos Delgado – After last year’s failure I figured that maybe he just had an off year. A terribly off year. I took a wait and see attitude toward him this season. Now the waiting is over. With his average down at .215 so far this year I think we can safely say his best years are far behind him and it’s time to move on. He was the right guy when he was acquired and the team was able to bear the burden of his bad bat last year for most of the season (before the break down) but he no longer belongs and is just bring the team down around him.
- Rick Peterson – He was hailed as a pitching guru when he was first brought to the Mets under Art Howe and has managed to stay on long after Howe was shown the door. But looking at some of his projects that haven’t panned out is enough for me to think that he’s not all he’s made out to be. Look at Oliver Perez who is still wildly inconsistent. Didn’t Peterson say he could fix Perez in a month?
- Jose Reyes – How Reyes goes so goes this team’s offense. He’s only hitting .276 and has an OBP of .335. He simply must hit better and be more consistent if he’s going to lead this team anywhere.