The stage was set on Monday night for a moment: down three runs in the ninth inning, runners on first and third with one out and Yoenis Cespedes at the plate sitting pretty up in the count 3-0.
If it was 2015 or 2016, Cespedes is turned loose and hits a moonshot into the Queens night, tying the game and propelling the Mets to victory.
Sadly, if you’re a Mets fan, it is not 2015 or 2016. It’s 2017, so what do you think happened?
Cespedes rolled into a game-ending double play sending the Mets back to eight games under .500 for the season.
Monday’s game was yet another telltale sign that the 2017 season simply is just not meant to be.
Just about everything has gone wrong for the Mets this year. Of course injuries have been a factor, there’s no denying that.
The Mets have been without their best pitcher and closer for most of the season. They also have gotten very little from Matt Harvey, or as I call him, “The Artist Formerly Known as The Dark Knight.”
The consistent pitching the Mets expected to count on throughout most of the year has been mediocre. Aside from Jacob deGrom, you cannot find another consistently reliable starting pitcher within the rotation.
However, the Mets problems go beyond their injuries and underperformance within the rotation.
Despite the fact that their lineup has scored a ton of runs, slugger Yoenis Cespedes has been a shell of himself all year.
The power, the production and the dramatics have not been there.
Trying to watch Cespedes limp after balls in the outfield has become cringe-worthy, because you know he’s clearly not playing at 100 percent.
Sadly for the Mets, there have been far too many cringe-worthy moments watching this team in the field night after night.
The Mets and their braintrust did not put much of an emphasis on defense going into the start of the season.
They were of the mindset that power pitching and power hitting would carry this team to big things.
Their brain trust was gravely mistaken. In a sport that has become younger and more athletic with each passing day, the Mets are an old, station-to-station ball club that does not do a good enough job defensively.
It’s time for the brain trust to realize that this season is the definition of a lost cause.
Too many things have gone wrong. The roster’s talent was overrated by many people, including yours truly, and come the July 31st trade deadline, the Mets have a very easy decision to make.
It’s time to be a seller.
I’m not suggesting the Mets tear apart the infrastructure of this team or do something ill-advised like trading away their best pitcher in deGrom.
That would be idiotic.
However, the Mets have pieces that many contending teams would be interested in.
It’s now time to decide who will be apart of the 2018 team and beyond and if there’s value for players who are free agents at the end of the year, like Addison Reed or Jay Bruce. It should be time to the pull the trigger.
I never imagined a Mets season where the team was in full-tilt sell mode, but the reality of double-digit games out in the division and the wild card race speaks volumes.
2017: “Ya Gotta Bereave”
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