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?
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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.