After all, the team wrapped up the first half of the season 16 games under .500 with no meaningful baseball on tap. How could it get any worse?
It couldn’t, could it?
Maybe not on the field, but off the field the Mets have sunk to new lows with the ineptitude that was on display when it comes to handling a variety of situations.
It actually may sound ridiculous after this weekend, but Friday night was shaping up to be one of the best days in Met land in quite some time.
Noah Syndergaard returned and gave the Mets a competitive start against one of the best lineups in baseball. Yoenis Cespedes returned off the disabled list and homered and reached base three times.
The Mets actually won the first game of the Bronx edition of this year’s Subway Series.
After that, it was all downhill.
In the wake of Friday’s victory, Cespedes dropped a bombshell of bombshells regarding his health, sharing with reporters how the calcification of his heels will most likely require surgery with a recovery of eight to ten months.
But before Friday’s game, the Mets told those same media members that they believe Cespedes is finally back to where he needs to be health-wise, and would be poised to contribute in a big way in the second half of the season.
Talk about a disconnect: the player tells you one thing and the team tells you another.
Considering where the Mets are in the standings and the importance of Cespedes to this team, there is absolutely no reason he should be playing, case closed.
Why was Cespedes in rehab games, learning a new position and on the field Friday at Yankee Stadium?
These were all fair questions to bring to manager Mickey Callaway’s attention before Saturday’s matinee matchup between the two teams.
Cespedes spoke after Callaway on Friday night, so you wouldn’t expect a comment from the manager, but Mets fans were searching for answers on Saturday.
Instead of getting a clear answer, Mickey Callaway proceeded to make a fool of himself, proclaiming to members of the media he was unaware of the comments that Cespedes made the night before.
Let’s get this straight: the manager of the New York Mets, a day removed from his highest-paid player dropping an injury bombshell, had no idea that the comment was made?
How is that possible? How does that make sense? Only the Mets.
And the disconnect is evident all throughout the organization.
Before the Mets traded closer Jeurys Familia, Mets management stressed that eating Familia’s contract would not be an issue if it meant getting the best possible package in return.
The Mets agreed to a deal Saturday with the Oakland A’s in which Oakland gave up very little as far as prospects, but of course was willing to take on the full salary of Familia.
The Mets had a week before the trade deadline. They were not in a rush in any way to deal their closer with the need among contenders for relief pitchers, so there was absolutely no need to rush to make this deal.
They tell their fans one thing and they do the opposite.
To add insult to injury, Noah Syndergaard was placed on the DL with hand, foot and mouth disease after hanging with kids at a youth baseball camp.
Yep, only the Mets.
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