Though I’ve been a Mets fan since 1974, and have been writing this blog for nearly five years now, I don’t often indulge myself in all things Mets (probably because there’s not a great deal for which to indulge.) Yet, given the declining interest among the fan base (do they still make Mets fans?), I thought I would do my best to try to cheer up my fellow refugees here in Mets-Land.
To that purpose, here is my list of the top ten things for which Mets fans can be moderately satisfied:
1) Through 276 plate appearances, Curtis Granderson has not yet hit into a single double-play this season.
2) Jon Niese’s 2.67 ERA ranks 8th-best in the N.L., and his 1.15 WHIP ranks 11th in the senior circuit.
3) Compared to the San Diego Padres (210 runs scored), our offense (273 runs scored) looks like the ’27 Yankees.
4) Through 274 plate appearances, Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo has an outstanding .449 on-base percentage in Single-A for the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League.
5) Matt Harvey is still undefeated this year.
6) If it’s true that with age comes wisdom, then Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson (66), manager Terry Collins (65), and team owner Fred Wilpon (77), are Major League baseball’s version of the Oracle at Delphi, if the Oracle at Delphi featured poor infield defense, and looked at lots of 2-1 fastballs down the middle.
7) The Mets home attendance average of 27,823 fans per game (17th-best in MLB), means that there is normally plenty of leg and elbow room for the fans who actually do show up, not like out in San Francisco, where the park is 99.5% filled to capacity. Being a Mets fan attending a game at Citi Field is, then, like enjoying a first-class deck cabin on the Lusitania.
8) Mets third baseman David Wright still has a perfect driving record. And, according to another blog I read recently, Wright plays baseball “above the neck.” That might put him at a competitive disadvantage, however, in a league where most other players use their hands, feet, legs and arms.
9) No Mets pitcher appears to be on track to match the team record of 24 losses in a season accumulated by retired Mets pitchers Roger Craig and Jack Fisher. Zack Wheeler currently has just seven losses to lead the team, so he’ll have his work cut out for him if we wishes to join Craig and Fisher in the pantheon of Mets infamy.
10) With just six triples as an entire team so far this season, the Mets appear to be on pace to at least match the all-time team low of 14 triples the team legged out in 1999. But at least management will have to spend less money on footwear during the next off-season. No doubt they’ll put that money to good use signing marquee free agents for the 2015 season, and beyond.