Everybody but the most optimistic of Mets fans knew the team would not be very good this season, and thus far, they have lived up (or down) to those low expectations. But are the Mets as bad as we thought they’d be, or are they even worse?
We did expect much more from Ike Davis, and he has been a tremendous disappointment. John Buck has been a pleasant surprise, but after a strong start he has reverted to the average hitter we expected. David Wright and Daniel Murphy are doing what they are supposed to do.
After Johan Santana went down, we expected the starting pitching to struggle, but the struggle has been worse than anticipated. We assumed Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee would take steps forward; instead, they have gone backwards. We expected something from Shaun Marcum, and we’ve got nothing. The only bright spot, obviously, is Matt Harvey. We thought he’d be good, but not this good.
Nothing was expected of the bullpen, and that’s exactly what we’ve gotten, so expectations were unfortunately met there.
So the Mets are as bad as we thought they’d be, maybe slightly worse. I don’t get why everybody is acting so surprised by their poor performance. I guess it is easy to say they are going to be bad, but we all hoped that somehow we’d be wrong. Now that it is actually happening, it is just painful to watch.
If the unwashed masses knew this was going to happen, then Sandy Alderson and his genius lieutenants had to know, too. Yet they still went into the season with this team. This is absolutely unacceptable and they must be held accountable for this mess, as well as for the lack of a light at the end of the tunnel. Anyone who thinks this team will contend in 2014, as we were promised, is as deluded as Alderson and Co.