This year the team is again mired in a mostly barren desert when it comes to offense, yet the club continues to try the same things that have not worked in the past. Earlier it was Eric Campbell. This time is Ty Kelly, the Sequel.
In the meantime they have players in AAA like Dilson Herrera, Gavin Cecchini, Brandon Nimmo, Travis Taijeron and Johnny Monell hitting anywhere from .296 to .330, but the guy who flamed out of of four previous organizations as a non-prospect gets the call?
Now I can understand the 40-man roster rationale to some extent. It's certainly easier to move folks back and forth who are already on it. That partially explains the infatuation with Kelly and Campbell. It does not explain why, when an outfielder goes on the DL (as did Juan Lagares) and you have an outfielder in AAA hitting a mere .330 with excellent OBP in Nimmo that is on the 40 man roster you go with the guy who was hitting .174 in his granted limited trial up here.
Furthermore, the Mets STILL have not moved either David Wright or Lucas Duda to the 60-day DL, thereby hamstringing themselves in terms of who they can move freely back and forth from the minors. That, in and of itself, is one thing, but the continual decision to play shorthanded for days at a time rather than make moves is ponderous. I posted recently the prognosis for ligament damage in a hand, but somehow the Mets yet again banked on a miracle for Lagares.
Here's are some cold, hard facts for Sandy Alderson:
- David Wright is gone for the year. Plan accordingly. Kelly Johnson couldn't start for the last place Braves. Whisper to your manager that he's a bench piece.
- Lucas Duda is likely gone for the year. Plan accordingly. Loney's a nice bench piece, not a starter. Find someone.
- Alejandro De Aza is not getting it done. John Mayberry produced twice as much and was cut. Remember?
- Talent exists outside the US borders, too. Look in CF, for example. Now look globally for it. Yuliesky Gourriel is a free agent and wouldn't take any major/minor league players to put into the orange and blue.
- Even if your pitchers throw a shutout it could be an extra inning 0-0 game without SOME offense
- You're already 5 games back (and only 2.5 ahead of the mediocre Marlins). Panic City is the next stop on this train