Are you a fan of a sports franchise. Do you feel like you’re at an AA meeting every time you tell someone? If so, I can relate to that.
My name is Bob Colling Jr., and I’m a New York Mets fan. I’m glad I could get that off my chest. The last two years as a Mets fan has been by far the most frustrating time of fandom. Brodie Van Wagenen had made it clear that the Mets were going to be a win now franchise. He promised a playoff berth in 2019.
That didn’t happen.
Brodie’s “master plan” was to trade Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Seattle Mariners for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. At the time of the trade, Cano was coming off a steroid suspension and Diaz was arguably the best closer in baseball. Cano was likely a salary cap dump by Seattle with Diaz being the main target in the trade.
Needless to say, the Mets have not been benefiting from this trade. In Diaz’s first season with the Mets, he blew seven saves and had a 5.99 E.R.A. Those are awful numbers and absolutely not what you’d want to see from a supposed star closer.
So far in the COVID-19 abbreviated MLB season, Diaz has blown 4 saves and only converted on 2. On the bright side, his E.R.A. is down to 2.57. However, it’s obvious that the Mets franchise has been losing its patience with Diaz. Rumor has it, the team put him up as a trade candidate at the deadline.
Ultimately, nobody was interested, especially at the Mets’ price. Who can blame them?
When Diaz enters the game, I have zero confidence that he can close it out. I’m sure the guys behind him feel the same way, no matter what they say to the media.
The trade shocked me. It disappointed me. I had no interest in the old, slow second baseman in Robinson Cano. However, Brodie used to be Cano’s agent. Personally, it felt like Brodie was looking out for a former client rather than making the Mets a contender long-term.
Many have said Kelenic could be a potential Mike Trout-level player, while Justin Dunn has the ability to be a back-end starter. Kelenic is not on the Mariners’ major league roster. But he’s fared well in the minor leagues thus far, hitting .290, with 52 XBH and 29 HRS. I’m dreading the day that Kelenic goes off to become a star. Absolutely dreading it.
As for Dunn, he’s been pitching for the Mariners this year, starting 6 games, as well as winning 2 of them. He’s been solid for a guy in his second season, posting a 4.33 E.R.A. with 21 Ks in 27 IP. Dunn has shown some wildness as he has 16 walks, as well. Keep in mind, Dunn is only 24 years old.
At a time when the Mets have lost Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz to injury, having some kind of promising starter would be ideal instead of the likes of Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello.
Not to mention the fact the Mets traded left-hander Anthony Kay to the Blue Jays at last year’s deadline and he’s done very well in his appearances in 2020. Kay’s won 2 games and has an E.R.A. of 2.93 while coming out of the bullpen.
Brodie cost the Mets a bright future with his trades. The Mets’ likelihood of winning a championship in 2019 or 2020 were never high. Considering how the trades have worked out in such an awful way, it may be another 5-10 years before the Mets are a viable threat in the National League.
Steve Cohen, please buy the Mets. For your first order of business, fire Brodie Van Wagenen. Let’s start off the new era on the right foot.