I may not be your typical Met fan ... I date back to 1962 and have a few bins stored away filled with Mets momentos to prove it.
I was upset when Beltran was traded last season and of course devastated when the Mets lost Reyes and Angel Pagan was just adding insult to injury.
With those three players today - the Mets would be in first place with a comfortable lead.
The recent erratic results the Mets are getting are typical of a team that is rebuilding. Younger players are erratic.
Make no mistake - Mets ownership is all about counting beans. The Bernie Madoff lawsuit gave the Mets owners the cover to downsize payroll and increase profits.
New York sports franchises make money in-spite of themselves and rebuilding is profitable net net.
I can't say I am not pleased with the product on the field today.
Yet Santana and Dickey aren't exactly cornerstones of a youth movement nor representatives of a rebuild from the minor to major leagues.
David Wright remains the lone hope for a Met to begin and end his career as a Met.
My own dreams had Wright and Reyes being a tandem.
As for the Reds series - it is not often that both hits and balls and strikes get on the same page.
Inconsistency is a dirty word for a team that has aspirations.
The Mets are more inspired, while the fans and media have the aspirations.
The pivotal assets other than the obvious Santana, Wright, Murphy, Dickey, Duda and Davis are everone else.
That includes a manager who alternates between timidity and boldness in an erratic pattern.
Much like the ups and downs of the Mets season to date.
Stop stopping at third and go all the way.
These are all signs of a 81-81 season.
Been there, done that.