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Monday, March 1, 2010
Mets pull back from opposite-field hitting

Hey, the 2010 season has almost arrived but we're not quite finished attributing blame for that embarrassing performance in 2009. John Harper:

You think? In the 21st century, if you don't pull the ball you're not going to win. It's (mostly) as simple as that.

Of course, we're missing a key piece of information here. We know the Mets were last in the majors in home runs, but were they last in the majors in pulling the ball, too? And did individual players pull the ball significantly less in 2009 than they had in 2008?

Even without that information, it's hard to imagine the Mets doing worse this year than last year, and it's hard to imagine that getting rid of Bernazard wasn't a good thing. Still, isn't it fair to question the judgment of the general manager who hired Bernazard? And put him in a position to do so many (supposedly) terrible things to the organization?

I'm moderately bullish about the Mets, because they have some excellent players and can afford to outspend some of their mistakes. In the long term, though, I think they'll need different leadership at the top to realize their obvious potential.