As Mets fans, we’ve come to expect second half disappointments since the 2007 season. So the 2012 season is nothing new for us. The collapse has come in July and August instead of September like it usually does. But the 2012 Mets are still exceeding my expectations.
Before the season I predicted that this would be a 65-70 win team. Currently, the Mets are on pace to win 73. That would be a solid season for the sad roster that the Mets put together this season.
Let’s face it. The Mets won 77 games last year and then lost one of the best players in team history, Jose Reyes, in free agency. They traded Angel Pagan to the Giants for a bag of balls. What did you really expect? Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch would come in and account for more than 7 wins between them.
There’s no denying the Mets putrid play since the All-Star break. Its been disgusting to watch! They’re still playing right around the level that I thought they would, so I can’t say that I’m disappointed. Disgusted, yes. But not disappointed.
The Wilpons and Sandy Alderson didn’t put this team together to win games. They put this team together to save money. You’re witnessing the largest payroll drop in one season in MLB history. It’s a $50M payroll reduction from 2011 and this is what constructing a team meant to lose looks like. None of us should be surprised.