Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Wright disappointed after elimination
By Ian Begley
David Wright isn't just upset over the Mets missing the playoffs -- again.
Wright's also mad because he feels that, given the resources afforded the organization (prior to the Madoff mess) and the players they've acquired with those resources, the Mets should have made the playoffs more than once since 2006.
"It's disappointing," Wright said. "It's another year where were obviously not going to the playoffs.
"You would have thought that with the resources that we've had and the players that we've had that we would have the opportunities to go to the playoffs more that once and that hasn't happened. And obviously, that's disappointing. There's only one thing to do and that's play better."
Since losing in the NLCS in 2006, the Mets have suffered through back-to-back September collapses in 2007 and 2008 and finished below .500 in the last two seasons. They officially were eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday afternoon when wild-card leading Atlanta beat the Marlins.
"I never would have thought that we'd be in the position that we were in especially after the short burst of success that we had," said Wright, whose Mets haven't made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.
Significant payroll issues aside, Terry Collins liked his club's chances early in the season.
"We left [spring training] with a good baseball team; we couldn't keep it together ... that's the nature of the beast," Collins said.
After finishing April five games under .500 and in last place in the NL East, the Mets went 16-10 in June to surge to a game over .500.
They were hampered by injuries to Chris Young, Ike Davis, Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan -- not to mention the prolonged absence of Johan Santana -- but managed to stay at or near .500.
Even after dealing Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers and Carlos Beltran to the Giants, the Mets were 6.5 games out in the wild card standings and four games above .500.
But they fell apart thereafter. Entering play Wednesday, the Mets are 15-26 since the Beltran trade.
"They could have given up two months ago, the way things were doing at one time," Collins said, referring to a rash of injuries that saw Wright, Reyes and Daniel Murphy go down. "On the field or off the field, they were just getting beaten up and thy didn't let it bother them."
Reyes, who is going to test the free-agent market this winter after a stellar, but injury-marred, 2011, said the Mets should have persevered through the loss of key players.
"When you get into spring training, the attitude is try to win a division no matter what happens," Reyes said, adding, "when you get to this point, you have to feel bad about yourself ... because baseball is all about winning."