Knicks and Mets – Opposite Ends of the Same Stick

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The Knicks and Mets have one major thing in common; what the Knicks just went through the Mets are just starting. I think former Arizona Cardinals head coach, Dennis Green, sums it up best “They are who we thought they were”. The Mets organization as a whole is a mess. The number one ace has more walks than strikeouts, a higher WHIP than the top 13 NATIONAL LEAGUE pitchers have ERA, has almost triple the ERA of the league average and hasn’t gone 6 innings yet. And this is supposed to be the best pitcher on the staff?

Yes, we got teased more than Charlie Brown thinking he was going to kick the football after that first road series. I heard it on the radio, on blogs, websites, TV, everything. Why not us? Why can’t we get lucky and have everything break right? Why can’t Chris Capuano and Chris Young regain their past form, or Jose Reyes become a run anytime he gets on 1st, Carlos Beltran find new knees…..why not? If the Mets can have a monumental, ground-breaking, epic collapse why can’t they have the opposite happen….Stranger things have happened right?

Wrong.

There is nothing functional about this team from the top down. Fiscally and ownership-wise they are in the worst shape in decades. Sandy Alderson is more likely to go back in the Marines and become D.I. Hartman than turn this team into a winner in less than two years. Terry Collins was in the wrong place at the wrong time, an innocent bystander. Unlucky fellow.

Joe Janish from Mets Today does the best synopsis I’ve read so far about the beginning of the New York Mets season:

The Mets’ pitching staff has allowed more runs, earned runs, hits and walks than any other team in the majors. They’re also second in the big leagues in home runs allowed, total bases allowed and hit by pitches, and they’re tied for the most blown saves in the NL (three). Is it any wonder they’re 5-11?

Simply put, this isn’t just a bad start; it’s the tip of the iceberg. Are they going to be this awful? No, I they’re not. But there is too much to overcome. Not all is lost though Mets fans…We can scout for the Reyes/Beltran/K-Rod/Wright trades and look forward to $16 million dollars of Jason Bay!!!! As a New York Knicks fan, I’ve been through this kind of thing before. Its awful, gut wrenching, and soul sucking. But when it happens, when the turnaround occurs…..there is nothing sweeter!

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