I had a nice chat with Nick Evans before the game, and while talking to him, I realized his presence personifies what’s wrong with the Mets. If a team has to reach down to Double-A to get an outfielder, what does that tell you about its depth in the minors and how it was put together on the major league level?
Manager Willie Randolph bears some responsibility because everyone must take some blame.
But, look at this team:
-For two years they’ve been waiting on Pedro Martinez, but what have they gotten?
-They’ve also been waiting during that span for Orlando Hernandez.
-Their first baseman, Carlos Delgado, is old, injury-prone, and has been in decline for two years.
-Their second baseman, Luis Castillo, is old, injury-prone, but is locked up for four years.
-Their shortstop, Jose Reyes, the player they call their catalyst, plays in a fog most of the time.
-Their left-fielder, Moises Alou, 41, is on the disabled list again.
-Their $120 million center fielder, Carlos Beltran, has no fire.
-Their farm system, or a good part that’s left of it, is wrapped up in Johan Santana.
-On of their starters, Mike Pelfrey, isn’t ready, but is begin force fed because there’s little else.
-Another starter, Oliver Perez, is gone after this season.
-The bullpen is a mess.
There are a lot of problems here, and the biggest one is how the team was constructed, and that’s not on Randolph.