New York Mets will continue their poor play after the All-Star break

New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The poor first half of the regular season for the New York Mets has many fans and critics frustrated, and it doesn’t appear that it will get any better soon

It has been one of the most disappointing first-half seasons in the history of this franchise. Not because the team is not performing. We’ve had plenty of those years. But more because of the way the New York Mets are losing. Expect more of the same in the second half.

The bright spots have been Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, both going to the All-Star game in Cleveland. Alonso has been a monster with the bat hitting .278 30 hrs 68 rbi. McNeil is leading the Majors with a .349 average. Both players are the future of the Mets so the previous administration un Sandy Alderson can take credit for that.

At least we can hold to the fact that Alonso won this year’s Home Run Derby. With Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis and Tomas Nido, yes, I said Nido, Mets fans that I can be happy and excited about this young core of players and what the future holds. Perhaps, it will come to fruition very soon.

But to see robotic moves and careless mind-boggling blunders from management and the on the field left a bad taste in the mouths of Mets fans. These are hard times. There is little improvement from last year at the All-Star break. Even with all the changes, it looks like the same Mets with different last names stitched to their uniforms.

So what can we expect for the second half? Look for the Mets to be sellers. Rumor has it the Mets are shopping around Zack Wheeler, who is slated to become a free agent at the end of the year. Similar to last year, the Mets find themselves as a team roaming the Sahara looking for an oasis when all they see are mirages.

The offseason moves made by Mets general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, have been disastrous. A house of cards that still shows no sign of stability, no solid foundation to build on. I can appreciate the message of positivity each time Mickey Callaway goes before the mics and cameras to say we still have a chance, but who are we kidding here?

Yoenis Cespedes was going to be the knight in shining armor riding on his white stallion to reinforce the front line. Instead, he gets off his horse and fractures his ankle, and so in addition to his recovery from double heel surgeries, he now has more pins than a bowling alley in his ankle.

Jed Lowrie? He has every kind of injury and issues short of flesh-eating bacteria, and with it, a lot of money spent and nothing to show for it. Keon Broxton showed nothing, traded, Hector Santiago, released, Carlos Gomez, DFA. Paul Wilson, injured and placed on Injured List, re-injured and placed on IL again. Jeurys Familia, same old same old. Same for Avilan and Lugo. And throw in the entire bullpen, and you have the making of a dark comedy.

You can see that unless the Mets have a change in attitude and clubhouse culture, you can see another long summer. You can’t wait for football camps to open. But there have been amazing turnarounds in the past. The 1969 Mets come to mind.

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The Mets can undoubtedly do better provided the Bullpen can come out of their year-long coma and do the jobs they were traded, signed, and developed. We can all use a little pixie dust, right?