Mr. Met can't bear to watch

Mr. Met has seen a lot of losing baseball at Citi Field since the ballpark opened in 2009 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

This off-season hasn’t been kind to Mets fans who had hopes for 2013. Sure, the Wilpon family agreed to make the necessary financial commitment to keep David Wright in blue and orange for the rest of his productive major league career, but every other move Sandy Alderson has made this winter has been with an eye towards 2014 and beyond or just accumulating enough bodies to make sure the Mets and Las Vegas 51s can fill their rosters this year.

For the record, I’m on board with prioritizing the future… but the Mets haven’t finished a season with a winning record since 2008 and I can’t remember the last season that didn’t end in bitter defeat or plain old resignation. Did we feel good about the future after the season in 2005? It sure would be nice to see some visible progress.

Sunday, Jon Heyman tormented us with this gem:

My initial reaction was to laugh. My next thought:

I think Alderson will continue to sift through the pool of unemployed outfielders, starting pitchers and relievers that aren’t drawing a lot of interest elsewhere… Let’s face it: free agents with choices aren’t going to pick the Mets unless the money is a lot better or the only other options are teams like the Miami Marlins.  But now we’ll probably get a new round of speculation over Michael Bourn, Justin Upton or other unrealistic options.

I’m tired of expecting things from the New York Mets organization. I just want to see a few fake baseball games from the Grapefruit League, and then I want to spend a few nice afternoons or evenings at the ballpark.

We’re just over a month away from spring training. I wish I felt more than a shred of optimism.

Do you think the 2013 Mets will be better or worse than last year’s 74-88 team?

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9 responses

  1. I actually expect the Mets to be about the same, perhaps slightly better (77 wins?) Still, it’s going to be another long year in Queens. ‘
    Let’s put it this way, I think most Mets fans are ready to suffer through ONE MORE dismal season, but there better be serious improvement in 2014, or the fans will be ready to throw the Alderson regime overboard.

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    • Paul says:

      I was already getting close to wanting the Alderson regime out, but he bought more time with the R.A. Dickey trade. Still, at some point, the future has to arrive. Losing is ok if the Mets are building towards something. Otherwise, it’s just losing.

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  2. I’m going into this season with no expectations at all… I’m just looking forward to seeing young guys like d’Arnaud, Harvey and maybe Wheeler, and hoping that I don’t spend too much of the season groaning.

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  3. MJ says:

    Well, without our Cy Young award winner to anchor the staff, I suspect the Mets will finish 2013 season with a worse record than in 2012. And I’ve already expressed that I don’t think D’Arnaud and Syndergaard are going to amount to much. But, until they take the field in April, they’re tied for fist and undefeated. That’s the great thing about baseball.

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  4. Will in Central NJ says:

    I think we’re looking at another 74-88 season at best. Remember, the Mets finished at that record after overachieving during the first half of 2012. I expect they’ll consistently play at that pace throughout 2013. We’ll see if any signings or trades over the next five weeks changes that.

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    • Paul says:

      However the Mets do this year, I hope that they do play consistently. (And if they have to have a bad losing stretch, can we get it out of the way at the beginning of the season for a change?)

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