The crowd of 28,296 booed the Mets as they walked off the field. These weren’t low grumbles, either. These were the guttural sounds of a frustrated fan base that was promised so much more than a fourth place, 20-23 start to the season. The Mets, boasting the largest payroll this sport has ever seen, are trending toward an unwatchable mess.
And apparently no one, not even a future Hall of Famer and reigning American League Cy Young winner like Verlander, can escape whatever curse is plaguing the club right now. New York’s shiny offseason signing was charged with six earned runs on eight hits across five innings and 96 pitches by the time his outing was over
Oh, I do not hate JV, and I will be forever grateful he accepted the trade to Houston, and I am thankful for all he accomplished as an Astro. It was not all one-sided, though; the Houston organization did a lot for him.
At the same time, except my hope for his good health, I do not wish him well in NY. If most or a lot of his outings are like the most recent one, I will shed no tears for his W-L record or for his ERA.
I don’t really wish him ill despite my comment. It would be great to win another one without him
I’m not sure we currently have the pitching for that though.
One of my neighbors here in Georgetown is a NYer and he claims it was expected JV to eventually end up with the Mets because JV and one of the teams’ owners are very tight. My neighbor was in a position in NY where he would hear a lot of inside shit. He was a bartender at a sports bar in Manhatten.
The Mets’ owner has the same approach as do the Clippers and Suns’ owners, which buys the services of the top free agent because they can afford it. The margin for error is reduced when the player in question is 35 to 40 years old. Verlander’s performance won’t change their behavior, but we can hope