Those of you old enough to remember when Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith (the best broadcast team ever, by the way) used to do “Monday Night Football,” you’ll recall that when the game was finally out of reach, “Dandy” Don would sing “Turn out the lights, the party’s over…” Well, that tune ran through my head as I was watching Sunday’s game ended with yet another Mets loss.
Now, I know that less than a week ago I wrote that I thought the Mets still had a chance. Ah, what a difference a week makes. The Mets needed to win at least two out of three from both the Braves and the Phillies in order to get back into the race. Instead, they lost two out of three to both teams.
The Mets are now nine games behind the Braves and seven games behind the Phillies. I don’t see them making up that distance. They are also seven and a half games out of the wild card with five teams ahead of them. That is an even taller order, because the Mets would need all five teams to go into slumps. Stranger things have happened (oh, I don’t know, blowing a seven game lead with 17 games to play comes to mind), but the odds are against them.
So what do the Mets do now? They shouldn’t throw in the towel, but it’s time to start thinking about next season. If guys like Jeff Francoeur and Luis Castillo are not part of the plans for 2011, let them go now and play guys who may actually be on the team next season. The same goes for Jerry Manuel. If he won’t be in the dugout in 2011, get rid of him now.
Whatever happens, the next month and a half will not be very fun. Unless the Mets have one more hot streak left in them. We can only hope. As Mets fans, we’re used to doing that.