I'm glad the Mets hired Mickey Callaway to be their manager. He was the right choice. However, it's so far been an up-and-down experience for him running his team -- especially this past week.
In the wake of the Mets putting Todd Frazier and Jacob deGrom on the disabled list, and trading Matt Harvey, Callaway made national headlines when his team hit out of order in the first inning, lost later that day and ended up going 2-3 on a five-game road trip after losing all six games of a homestand.
Callaway gathered his players and coaching staff after the game, explained to them what happened with the batting order and took full responsibility for what transpired.
"I told them I messed up big time and we need to do a better job moving forward," Callaway said, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. "I took ownership of what happened, and I wanted them to hear that from me, not through the media.
"Look, we're all human beings, we all make mistakes," he continued. "I try not to worry about the things you can't control. But this is something you can control, and that's why it hurts so bad. If you're prepared and you do the things the right way and you fail, you can live with that. Obviously, we didn't do it the right way in this instance."
The Mets are now 8-17 since starting the season 11-1. In other words, they have spent more time this season being one of the worst teams in the league than they spent being one of the best teams in the league. The results of first two weeks of April have not only been given back, but the whole salt-and-pepper phase of this season now feels like a silly dream.
I understand the danger of judging small sample sizes. And, I know every baseball lifer will say things even out over the course of a season and it's not smart to evaluate a roster until Memorial Day.
"It's a long season," they like to add. However, it's only a long season if a team stays in contention for a long time. Otherwise, it can feel like a very short season, just as everyone who played in and watched 2017 can attest.
It's easy for me. I'm a fan. My choices are simple. I can either choose to watch or not watch, believe or not believe. For Sandy Alderson and his front office, it's much more complicated.
Alderson and his staff will soon need to make a final decision about what type of team they're working with and whether the current leadership, roster and talent can win enough games to get to the postseason (or, at the very least, be entertaining enough to sell tickets in September).
If the roster and Callaway are capable, Alderson then must also decide if it's worthy of being helped by trading prospects for an injection of new, helpful talent, much like he did in 2015 by trading for Yoenis Cespedes and in 2016 by trading for Jay Bruce, among other players.
If the roster and Callaway aren't capable, Alderson must decide whether to stick with it and hope for the best. Or, he can do like he did last season and trade away veterans for other team's prospects.
It's May 14, decisions do not need to be made yet, but the time to evaluate has clearly begun.
Check MetsBlog later for Part 2 on the current situation with the Mets and Alderson
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