Winning 2 games out of 3 against the Yankees could be a big deal for the Mets. A series win against the world champions is certainly a shot in the arm going into a series against the runner up and NL East division rival Philadelphia Phillies. If nothing else it has bought Jerry Manuel at least another week on the job.
While on the topic of Jerry Manuel, I don’t think firing Manuel is the answer for this team. At least not if that’s the only change being made. With the team batting a collective .248 and striking out 320 times in 45 games this season maybe Howard Johnson should be on the hot seat too.
And what about the players? Gary Matthews Jr., Jeff Francoeur, Jose Reyes, Fernando Tatis, Alex Cora and Luis Castillo are hitting .250 or less with Matthews being the worst of the bunch at just .182. I know that Matthews is going to be gone once Carlos Beltran returns but we still don’t know when that’s going to be. So why wait to find a solution for that roster spot?
Maybe the right thing to do is make some kind of trade (any trade) to shake up the roster a little. It doesn’t have to be a blockbuster just something to show the players and coaches that the team is not going to stand pat and watch things get worse before they get better.
If that doesn’t work then it’s time for a managerial and coaching change. I put those together because doing one or the other is not enough. It simply would not have the desired impact.
But I digress. This post was actually meant as a congratulatory one on the Yankees series and to convey some optimism. The last few paragraphs will be moot if the team can use the Yankees series as a springboard to bigger and better things.