Posted by Thomas Brennan at 10:00 AM
Tom Brennan: ARMCHAIR EXPERTS NEED PATIENCE
I was at a BBQ over the weekend and cousin Bill, a big Mets fan for 53 years like me, was excoriatingWilmer Flores. "He can't hit, he can't field, he does his hop, skip and a jump to make throws and sometimes with the delay, he doesn't throw guys out. I hate him. Get rid of him."
Then I did what any understanding family member would do - I talked him down off the ledge!
A funny thing was in the process of happening as we downed tube steaks and other food types that are grilled almost as much as Mets ballplayers. Wilmer went 10 for 13 over the weekend, raising his average 30 points in the process. So sometimes we as fans get very very, very impatient, and rightly so when it seems that the team is in a death spiral.
And then out of nowhere, a player like Wilmer does what a player like Wilmer just did. Even the vilified Ruben Tejada (I'm guilty as charged) had 5 hits this weekend.
I remember back in 1969 when the Mets started poorly, won 11 in a row, then meandered for a few months until early August found them nine and a half games back of the Cubs.
And then a remarkable thing happened. The Mets won 41 out of their last 50, as the Cubs folded, and the Mets made up those nine and a half games and won the pennant running away.
They did the unbelievable, mostly with timely hitting and unbelievable pitching. And a bowlful of Lucky Charms.
The Mets have, in all likelihood, Travis d'Arnaud returning within a few weeks, which should give the offense a shot in the arm, and outstanding pitching with Matz here. With Mejia returning, there is potentially sensational, sensational pitching which, with a little hitting and a little better defense, could win a lot of games.
Some folks have been suggesting a Harvey trade, and maybe that's the right thing to do, but I sure as heck would love to see Harvey, deGrom, Matz and Syndergaard and yes, even Niese and Colon, go on a pitching roll like the one in 1969.
I think the ingredients are there pitching wise and if Travis returns and Duda ever wakes up again, this could get mighty interesting with a few weeks.
I prefer it, if we were to trade any of the core starters like Harvey, that it only be Harvey and that it wait until the offseason. I'd love to see these pitchers play out - unless of course the Mets collapse in the next few weeks.
If anyone is traded, may it be Niese or Colon. And that's all I have to say about that, as Forrest Gump might just say. Have a nice day, folks. Stay patient and don't put on the football paraphernalia just yet. If you can.