Is April 12 too early to give up on your team's baseball season?
Well, technically no, since I'm pretty sure I gave up on the Mets sometime in December. But after a 2-4 start to the season, with a series loss to the dismal Nationals, I'm ready to call it a year, and we haven't even hit tax day yet.
After last year's debacle -- mostly injury related -- I didn't have high expectations for this season, but it's hard not to look at the roster and see talented players scattered throughout the lineup and think "hey, maybe this team can at least contend for a Wild Card spot."
In many ways, this year's team is like the early '90s Mets teams. Just like it was back then, this team is only a couple years removed from back-to-back second place finishes, and four years removed from an NLCS appearance. They had some young players who were supposed to be pretty good and made a splashy outfield free agent signing (Vince Coleman in '91, Jason Bay in '10). The early '90s teams actually had better pitching, but in both cases, they had a lefty Cy Young winner who they'd acquired in a trade from Minnesota.
Those early '90s Mets teams were among the most detestable in franchise history, thanks in large part to off-the-field troubles. Last year's team was unlikeable mostly because it sucked, and it seems like this year is going to be more of the same. They're not bad guys, like the '90s teams were, and in many cases they're not bad baseball players (well, Mike Jacobs is, and I'm not sure why he's started four of the six games). They're just a bad baseball team.
Will I still go see them at CorporateField later this year? Probably. But will I expect them to win -- either in that specific game, or on a larger scale. Not a chance?