4 Reasons the 2014 Mets Will Be Better Than the 2013 Mets

Mets fans are frustrated, beaten, exhausted, disillusioned, and mostly, pessimistic about 2014.  And I get it.  In the past seven years the organization has mostly gone backwards.  2007 ended poorly, and we’ve just gotten worse from there.

But I’m here today with a plea for optimism as we get ready for the 2014 season.  I’m not here to predict a championship, or even solvency.  I know we wish the payroll was double what it is, and that we had more all-stars around the diamond.  Do I wish we had tried to sign Tanaka or Cano or Peralta? Absolutely.  But if you feel like you’ve suffered through 2012 and 2013, I think you may actually be able to enjoy 2014.

Look at it this way: Unlike the past few years, when the Mets dumped then-presently-good players (Reyes, Beltran, Dickey) in favor of lesser-skilled players while waiting for potentially-future-better players, this offseason the Mets front office actually tried to get better.   You can’t look at the signings of Granderson and Colon and not conclude they weren’t trying to get better.

So, here is why I am optimistic that the Mets will be better in 2014:

  1. Pitching.  Yes, we won’t have Matt Harvey in 2014.  However, Matt Harvey only won 9 games in 2013, so from a win-loss perspective, he is replaceable.  Bartolo Colon helps, as does a full season of Wheeler and a midseason call up of Thor and his hook from hell.  Niese, Gee and either Lannan or Dice-K round out a rotation that is decidedly not embarrassing.
  2. Infield.  We truly cannot get worse production at Shortstop and First Base than we did in 2013.  Ike or Tejada will get better or they will be replaced.
  3. Outfield.  There are better outfields in baseball than Granderson, Chris Young, Lagares and Eric Young Jr.,  however this outfield is inarguably better than the 2013 Opening Day outfield of Cowgill, Byrd and Duda.
  4. The Mets tried to get better this offseason.  The fact that the Mets added better players in the winter gives me optimism that they will continue to do so going forward.  So, unlike the past few years when we were sellers at the deadline or stood pat, I believe we are trying.  And that, to me, is meaningful.

Follow me on twitter @verceman and let me know what you think.

photo credit: Michael Vercelletto
photo credit: Michael Vercelletto

@dtwohig’s Mets Library #1: The Complete Illustrated History

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYes, we here at MetsPolice have a lot of jerseys … and bobbleheads … and caps … and baseball cards … and did I mention jerseys?

But we aren’t just superficial.  We also own more substantive things – like books. (Ones with pictures are very popular).  With the holiday season approaching, we thought now would be a great time to showcase some books we own about the Mets (or by Mets, or having some association with the Mets).

So, in no particular order:

New York Mets: The Complete Illustrated History
– the title says it all.  A must own for any Mets fan.

If you click on the link it will take you to the Amazon page for the book.


37 14 41 42 — And More? « Faith and Fear in Flushing

From a few weeks back but still a good read…

Not retiring a number doesn’t mean you hand it over to the latest wide-eyed arrival from Las Vegas. No Met has worn 31 since Piazza left town, and that’s as it should be. The Mets have kept 24 mostly mothballed since Willie Mays’s cameo, handing it out only to Rickey Henderson and, um, Kelvin Torve. But without speaking ill of Dave Gallagher, David Newhan or Tito Navarro, no Met should have worn 8 or 17 or 36 since their examplars left town either.

via 37 14 41 42 — And More? « Faith and Fear in Flushing.

Help a Mets Fan Become an Honorary Bat Girl

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As Shannon says all the time, we try to use this blog to help people and not only complain about “wrongs in our eyes” that we see the Mets do.(Yeah we also give the Mets credit when they do something right too.)

I met Lisa last year through hanging out with Darren of the 7 Line. She is one of the many die hard Mets fans that I have gotten to meet that way. We never really said more then Hello, man that game sucked, and see you at the next game to each other in person but since last season she has become one of my twitter buddies. Lisa tweeted to her friends if they wouldn’t mind voting to get her to  be an honorary ball girl for the Mets through the MLB’s contest to help battle Cancer. Now I figured why should I just stop at voting myself. I don’t ask a lot out of our readers, but I would like for you guys to do me a favor and read this. It is the story that Lisa’s husband wrote for her entry into the contest.

Lou S.
My wife, Lisa, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at the age of 36. This is considered young for breast cancer and so her doctors have pursued the most aggressive treatments possible. Fighting the cancer has disrupted her life at home, work, and even her chance to have children, but it has not dampened her spirit. Lisa has greeted each challenge with strength and determination and she has tirelessly advocated for breast cancer along the way. She discovered her own tumor through self-examination and she advised friends, family and, as an ultrasound technologist, her patients to perform their own routine self exams. She offers advice and comfort to others diagnosed with breast cancer through the Breast Cancer Social Media efforts on Facebook, Twitter and message boards. She never loses her fighting spirit.

Throughout her treatment, Lisa has remained a diehard loyal Mets fan. We went to Port St Lucie for Mets Spring Training as it was her wish to see them play before she started chemotherapy. As opening day approaches, she plans on attending as many games as she can, even on days when she’s receiving treatment, as her love of the Mets goes as far as anything else at keeping her happy and her spirits high.

Lisa would be a wonderful representative of the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program to show both that breast cancer affects all women, regardless of age, and that it can be fought effectively thanks to awareness efforts like this.

Read it? Moved you? GOOD, now go vote for Lisa. Heres is the link to vote- Vote Here. The last time I checked Lisa’s entry was on page 11 under Lou S. Vote for her, she is good people. If you don’t vote for her I am sending @lagranderusty to your house to perform a live reading of “Thoughts?!?!?” by Rusty Jr. The contest I think runs through 4/21….VOTE.