How much money did Wednesday’s loss cost the Mets? The different between 15-13 and 16-12 is huge, as is bouncing back from a bad series with the Phillies with a winning one against a lesser team. The Mets after their awesome home stand had a ton of good will brewing in the fan base, but they threw it all away with a miserable road trip.
Even if the Mets split the road trip, I think most fans would still be feeling good about the team. They’d buy tickets, they’d head out to Citi Field to see the Giants, and more importantly, to see the Mets. The Nationals come in again next week, and who really wants to see the Nationals if the Mets are playing poorly? (Besides die-hards like me, who’s probably going to two of those games)
So, how many fans are going to now stay home for this stretch of games? 5000 a game? 10000? The Mets haven’t been drawing well, it’s not yet summer, and they’re coming off some bad play. Between ticket prices, parking, concessions, and souvenirs the Mets are going to end up missing out on a lot of money that they may have gotten just off one more win.
I’m sure the Mets are aware of this. They know what the perception of the team is, and they have access to their own records and attendance figures. While the answer isn’t as simple as a player move, or a bad lineup, you wonder where the Mets would be and how we’d feel about the team if they’d cut Gary Matthews Jr, Frank Catalanotto, or Fernando Tatis for Chris Carter, Nick Evans or Jason Pridie. How much better would we feel if Jerry Manuel rested relievers better, didn’t rest Castillo for Cora one game in each of the last three series, or didn’t stick with guys like Gary Matthews or Mike Jacobs when everyone else realizes they have nothing to offer?
So the Mets are aware of the problem, and know some of the problem areas. It seems unlikely they’ll wise up and get a decent manager in here, but I’d definitely bet on the roster being shaken up a bit. I think the Mets trust a guy like Carter over some kind of center field replacement like Jason Pridie or Jesus Feliciano, but I’ve been wrong before. Maybe the Mets are leaning towards sparking excitement through young players, such as they did with Ike Davis when Chris Carter may have done. Could it be that Fernando Martinez could be the starting centerfielder on Friday against the Giants?