The time to get panicky isn’t now but three weeks ago, when the seeds of another dreadful Met run were laid. I remain convinced despite the evidence that the rotten offense and lapses in concentration among the pitchers is more or less just what happens to this team, and that to this point, every one of those lulls has been answered with an even hotter run, and that the team as presently constituted — despite some versatility concerns — is as prepared to get on a hot streak as any group we’ve run out there.
So I’m not panicking that Oliver Perez is back, and I don’t believe the Mets will bleed chemistry now that Jeff Francoeur is on the bench (and/or the trading block). And even though I cried for the Mets to sack Jerry Manuel in May, it probably wouldn’t make much of a difference if they didn’t make that move until October. What they need now is a solid win or two, some support, and watch it go from there.
Wanna see an inspiring win? Check out the video highlights here (good stuff begins about 1 minute in, and doesn’t stop). Dig Claudell Washington wearing No. 15 with no nameplate! He’d been with the team for a week by then and they hadn’t yet gotten to it despite playing at home the whole time. Justin Turner by the way was demoted to make room for Perez.