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Except for die-hand Mets fans, does anyone feel sorry for the
dreadful state the team is currently in? Most baseball fans are probably gloating over this since
there’s nothing they love more than to see a team that tries to buy a pennant
fail. Only the Yankees exceed their $149,373,987 payroll.
After late season collapses the past two years, the team had
high expectations that their largess would finally bring that long elusive
division title, especially with the opening of their magnificent new stadium. But
faster than an “Insane” Bolt 100m run the team became incapacitated and the
long spiral down began.
The opening day lineup looked like this:
Jose Reyes ss
Daniel Murphy lf
David Wright 3b
Carlos Beltran cf
Ryan Church rf
Brian Schneider c
Johan Santana p
The other starters being counted on were John Maine, Livan
Hernandez, Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey. JJ Putz was counted on to set-up
Here was today’s lineup against the Rockies:
Daniel Murphy 1b
Cory Sullivan lf
Brian Schneider c
Tim Redding p
Only three starters from the opening day lineup, Murphy, Castillo
and Brian Schneider, played tonight.
Let’s take a trip to the infirmary:
1 . Oliver Perez starts the season on the DL and just
recently went back on it with patellar tendinitis in his knee. In between
trips, he started 14 games, went 3-4 with a 6.82 ERA.
2, May 11,
Carlos Delgado, right hip impingement, has not returned.
3. May 21
Jose Reyes, right calf tendonitis, has not returned.
4. June 3 Ramon Martinez, fractured right pinkie,
has not returned.
5. June 5 JJ Putz, right elbow surgery,
out for year
6. June 7
John Maine, right shoulder fatigue, has not returned
7. June 22
Carlos Beltran, bone bruise right knee, has not returned
8, July 9 Fernando Martinez, right knee inflammation, activated Sept. 1
9. July 20 Fernando Nieve, torn right quadriceps,
has not returned
10. August 6
Jon Niese, torn right hamstring, out for year
11. August 13 Joey Cora, thumb ligament surgery, out for
12. August 18 David Wright, hit in the head by a pitch, out
for 17 days
13. August 21 Johan Santana, bone chips, left elbow, out for
This list of injuries would be common for an NFL team, but for a baseball team it goes beyond unfortunate. It entered the bizarro world.
It’s easy to enjoy the precipitous ordeal that is the 2009
New York Mets, now 59-74 after tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Rockies. The manager,
the coaches, the team, the front office and the fans can’t wait for this
disaster to end.