For several weeks now, Mets fans everywhere have been going insane. With the team underachieving, public opinion got the organization to scapegoat a manager, and there have been calls for the heads of everybody from Marlon Anderson to David Wright to Omar Minaya to people even higher. It's a mess of a situation with a thousand parallels to ours, but for one little exception:
The Mets are 37-39.
There are so many things you could say about this that I don't even know where to begin.
Biggest Contribution: Kenji Johjima, +14.5%
Biggest Suckfest: Yuniesky Betancourt, -5.7%
Most Important AB: Johjima homer, +11.4%
Most Important Pitch: Chavez DP, +5.1%
Total Contribution by Pitcher(s): +16.9%
Total Contribution by Lineup: +26.5%
Total Contribution by Opposition: +6.6%
(What is this chart?)
The game was well in hand by the time I got home, so once again I don't really have anything to say. A lot of Mariners were good. A handful of Mariners were bad. None of it will be of any significance in the long run. Granted, it would've been nigh impossible for anything to follow Monday's act, but as fun as it is to win by eleven, I can't believe there are another 85 of these. Most of the time there's just nothing worth talking about. Hey look, Dickey earned himself another start. Beltre lined out some more. Richie picked up his first extra-base hit since May 24th (over the same span of time, JD Drew has 19). Who cares? This team needs to decide what it's going to try to do in 2009 so I can start writing with an eye towards the future, because the present is the definition of meaningless.
If you're in dire need of reading material, I do have puns. Lots and lots of puns. Don't say I didn't warn you.