State of the Citi: Part II
By Lisa R. Neilson
The state of the Citi in Flushing looks even worse today than last month. Our record is now 24 – 37, we’ve demoted three players to Las Vegas—including our first baseman—and our young ace Matt Harvey has just suffered his first loss. And if you thought the lineup card was littered with players who can hardly be called major leaguers before the recent roster shakeup, take a look at who the NY Mets are playing now:
Josh Satin – infielder. Satin is a 28 year-old minor leaguer who may be used to sporadically relieve Daniel Murphy at first base. In the past, Satin hasn’t shown that he is good enough to keep around. Will he make it stick this time?
Collin Cowgill – outfielder. Cowgill was sent down to Triple-A only a little more than a month ago after his short-lived splashy start to the season. What does the Mets organization think he can contribute now?
Josh Edgin – left-hander. Edgin has struggled at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. Still, Collins thinks Edgin has shown signs of improvement. It’s hard to say what exactly those signs are; time will tell.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – outfielder. Nieuwenhuis was also brought up, replacing Rick Ankiel who was designated for assignment Sunday. Nieuwenhuis has shown an increase in power with his 10 home runs in Triple-A, but is it enough to get this team’s offense going?
This is certainly not the kind of talent that’s going to salvage a season. The Mets organization knows this—and so do the fans. We also know that Fred Wilpon and company need to start fielding a respectable team, and soon. This is becoming a team that is beyond embarrassment.
One bright spot this week was right-hander Dillon Gee, who is starting to look like his old self again after tossing a 5 to 1 victory Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. And just in the nick of time. As the organization awaits prize pitching prospect Zack Wheeler’s promotion to the Biggies, Gee and Jeremy Hefner are fighting to keep a spot in the rotation. Manager Terry Collins suggested that one of the pitchers will be demoted to the bullpen to make room for Wheeler. Gee’s recent success could be enough for him to keep his job. Gee scattered six hits and struck out seven in Wednesday’s game; he has yielded only three earned runs over 21 innings in three games. This is quite a switch from 6.34 ERA over 10 starts in the first two months of the season. A little competition between pitchers may be just the thing this team needs.
Mets fans have something to look forward to with the arrival of Wheeler slated for June 18. But it will be difficult to watch the young star pitch if the offense isn’t able to get him any wins. It’s uncertain, though, where any run production is going to come from. The truth is the Mets just don’t have the players.
The rebuilding phase of this team may need to move beyond just the players – how about a shakeup of the owners?
That’s something Mets fans just might get excited about.