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    For Mets, light at end of tunnel appears

    For Mets, light at end of tunnel appears

    NEW YORK -- Apparently there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    After two collapses and five consecutive losing seasons, things are starting to look up for the New York Mets.

    The Amazin's still are a modest 52-56 with one-third of the season remaining.

    Yet they have won 14 of their past 21 games. And with Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell poised to return from Tommy John surgery next season, with the emergence of young arms such as Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia, and with solid recent contributions from Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud, the Mets may only be a shortstop and a left fielder away from legitimate contention.

    That’s a far cry from how it looked early in the season, when Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth comprised the back end of the bullpen, Ike Davis versus Duda had yet to be resolved, deGrom had yet to debut and d'Arnaud struggled so mightily he eventually ended up with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    “These guys have competed all year,” manager Terry Collins said after the Mets' 11-2 rubber-game win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. “Always you’re being evaluated, regardless of what anybody says, on wins and losses. Again, we aren’t happy with the fact we don’t have more wins. But all we can do is compete. All you can do is go out there and play nine innings as hard as you can play and then tip your hat and get ready for tomorrow. And that’s the way we’ve approached it.”

    Wheeler did not have his sharpest control Wednesday, but he nonetheless limited the Phillies to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

    “We’re a good team right now, I feel,” Wheeler said. “We’re just a couple of swings or outs away from turning the corner. I feel like we’re a whole different team from the beginning of the season, honestly -- with the bats, with the pitching all around.”

    Said David Wright: “We’ve dug ourselves a hole, obviously, so we’ve got to find our way out of it. I’ve been impressed mostly with the consistency that this team has played with the last month or three weeks or however long it’s been, where we’re not going through such streaks where you’re hot for a week, cold for a week, hot for a week, cold for a week.

    “It seems like we’ve been going out there winning series against some quality teams. Hopefully that continues, because that’s what it takes. You can’t just get hot for a couple of weeks and try to ride that. You’ve got to consistently get better as a team, and we’re doing that.”

    The non-waiver trading deadline nonetheless is expected to pass at 4 p.m. Thursday without any action from the Mets.

    “Guys understand the deadline, and you just go about your business and get ready for the game,” Wright said. “There’s no talk of it. There’s no real thought of it.”

    Said Daniel Murphy, feigning ignorance: “What is it, tomorrow? I’ll be hanging out with my son and my wife tomorrow. I’ll be fine.”
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    Good read... I wish I could be optimistic with this team again but 2006 seems so long ago now... C'mon Mets make some damn noise finish strong

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    I'll take this optimism. I'll make believe it's 2005 again.

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    For Mets, light at end of tunnel appears

    Be careful. The light at the end of the tunnel is often an oncoming train.


    Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
    -Sun Tzu

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    10 year plan baby!

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    For Mets, light at end of tunnel appears

    Doesn't the light at the end of the tunnel usually signify death?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    10 year plan baby!
    When the previous regime puts you in a 10-year hole, a 10-year plan is what is needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zmaster52 View Post
    Doesn't the light at the end of the tunnel usually signify death?
    Oh oh!

    Dont walk into the light timmy!

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    Don't get too excited, that light is an oncoming train.

    Quote Originally Posted by WrightStuff82
    When the previous regime puts you in a 10-year hole, a 10-year plan is what is needed.
    Omar left Spindy with plenty of bloated contracts, but lots of them were/would have been easy to trade for talent: Wright, Beltran, Reyes and Dickey, for example.

    We'll be going into year 5. No more excuses for the Spinster.
    Sandy Alderson says Mets' 2014 payroll will be more than $87 million
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Alderson
    Payroll is $85 million this year. It was $85 million last year.
    (05/27/14)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Alderson
    I don't think we're that far away.
    (6 games under .500 before June. Not that far away from what?)

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    Omar left him with horrible contracts and a wrecked farm system. Wilpon left him with no money. Yes, Alderson's fault we're not competing yet.

    The fact he's starting to smell like roses ONLY 4 years into this absolute disaster (with no recovery funds available) is incredible in itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Magoo View Post
    Be careful. The light at the end of the tunnel is often an oncoming train.
    Clever.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zmaster52 View Post
    Doesn't the light at the end of the tunnel usually signify death?
    If the train hits you. You die. So, yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by WrightStuff82 View Post
    Omar left him with horrible contracts and a wrecked farm system. Wilpon left him with no money. Yes, Alderson's fault we're not competing yet.

    The fact he's starting to smell like roses ONLY 4 years into this absolute disaster (with no recovery funds available) is incredible in itself.
    True dat.

    Quote Originally Posted by StoicSentry View Post
    Omar left Spindy with plenty of bloated contracts, but lots of them were/would have been easy to trade for talent: Wright, Beltran, Reyes and Dickey, for example.
    All except Wright were expunged for talent.
    "The 90 wins is about challenge. It's about changing the conversation. It's about framing questions for ourselves as to how we get there. So I stand by the notion that we need to get better, and in doing so we need to set concrete goals for ourselves so that we have sort of specific conversations among ourselves about how we're going to get there." -- Mr. Alderson

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrightStuff82 View Post
    Omar left him with horrible contracts and a wrecked farm system. Wilpon left him with no money. Yes, Alderson's fault we're not competing yet.

    The fact he's starting to smell like roses ONLY 4 years into this absolute disaster (with no recovery funds available) is incredible in itself.
    There's no reasoning with haters. Don't bother.

    Yes, i'm with you. Sandy has done a fantastic job with this team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeGamer81 View Post
    There's no reasoning with haters. Don't bother.

    Yes, i'm with you. Sandy has done a fantastic job with this team.
    Sandy has done a very good job with the farm, but again he left this regime with quite a good amount of young talent. Mejia, Familia, deGrom, Niese, Gee and Harvey to name just a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Sandy has done a very good job with the farm, but again he left this regime with quite a good amount of young talent. Mejia, Familia, deGrom, Niese, Gee and Harvey to name just a few.
    He also took a flyer on Dickey. I don't hate Omar. What he was good at--scouting young talent--he did extremely well. What he wasn't good at--running an organization--he did extremely poorly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Sandy has done a very good job with the farm, but again he left this regime with quite a good amount of young talent. Mejia, Familia, deGrom, Niese, Gee and Harvey to name just a few.
    A random garbage GM always leave a few useful pieces over. 5 years after Ruben Amaro is fired, there will be nostalgic Phillies fans defending that meathead too. "Hey, he left us Maikel Franco, Cody Asche, Roman Quinn, Jesse Biddle, and Aaron Nola."

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