ATLANTA – There was a fire at Citi Field on Wednesday.
Ehrlich. No joke. A real fire. Nobody got hurt, so it's okay to let go of hyena-like laughter out of hysterical laughter, if you like, for read this sentence again: There was a fire at Citi Field Wednesday .
Honestly, the god of met-aphors (understood? Met-aphors!) Has obviously been working overtime in the last few days because the mets got an official diagnosis for Steven Matz on Tuesday night – quote – "middle finger discomfort" what As we've shown in the later editions of this paper, that's the kind of thing that hits Mets fans when they see too many Mets games.
Now there was a fire in Citi Field. There were obviously no tires involved. There were obviously no dumpsters involved. That would be too obvious! The God of Met-Aphors is more subtle than that. So there was only a billowing cloud of smoke emanating from the Gil Hodges Gate, and a surreal video, and …
Here we are with the Mets of 201
And look: Yes, the Mets have been spectacularly unhappy for almost three years. It's almost as if the karmic chickens born in August, September and October 2015 have all come home. They attempted (but failed) to sabotage the Mets in 2016 (even if they were not prepared for the duels of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman), and then spectacularly managed to do every bit of it in 2017.
Mickey Callaway recently enjoyed some of the absurd Mets losses that piled up on this road trip (it's hard to distinguish one from the others) when he said that in light of the species how things are going. 500 feels pretty good (even at the start of 11-1). But he is also honest somehow. Much of it, the obvious stuff, is bad luck, sure.
But if, as the saying goes, luck is the remnant of the design, then it does not follow that pitch is perhaps the remnant of a bad design?
Which brings us to Sandy Alderson, the architect of this team, who was the overseer of a roster that looked suspiciously thin at the start of the season and was shown to be thinner than a Kleenex with 110 games still to play in the season.
The most obvious of Alderson's offenses was Wednesday night at SunTrust Park: Jason Vargas, who rested briefly and was available for a brief break because he was so unbearably horrible on Saturday in Milwaukee (and "unbearably bad" was actually an upgrade from his first three starts). Alderson ignored the fact that Vargas was one of the worst starters in the majors after last year's All-Star Game, still signing him for two years and $ 16 million.
is the reality of Alderson & # 39; s complete works. He's the GM since 2010. That's eight seasons and (so far) seven designs, and that's enough time for a man to shape the whole organization. And what do the Mets have to show if they have to dive into the smaller leagues?
I am waiting …
Still waiting …
The Braves saw a break in their formation, they are sponsoring Ronald Acuna Jr., 20 years old who immediately enlightens the sky. The national team are suffering from an injury error, and their answer is Juan Soto, 19 years old, who came with an OPS of 1.092 to 0.393 last night. The Phillies have a wealth of children in the team or close to come.
Still waiting …
Look, yes, it took a fair bit of drainage of the farm system to get the 2015 team that made the World Series, build on-the-fly. But that was a shock. Alderson has had eight years. The bones of a good team remain, but many of these bones are broken, splintered and broken. There should be temporary answers if the farm system is good. But it is not. Not so.
The whole operation is on fire. Starting with the ballpark.