MIAMI – The Mets entered the season with strong rotation and weak protection.
And it just got worse. For everyone.
The way in which staff can be transformed is that their protection does not yet determine soft reflection. But that is the Mets and that's how this team was built. Some potential dealings were not going out and the Mets were eventually captured with these sub-par protection cards.
Their record 41-51 is a combination of factors, and until the defense is set, especially up the center, the Mets will be in the same boat. They cannot enter the same situation in the future and as an organization. They need to correct these problems first.
Shortstop Amed Rosario has a poor range, the Mets are now playing without real venues, Robinson Cano is falling at the second base and Wilson Ramos's defense skills have deteriorated dramatically.
So much for being strong in the middle.
The Mets will have to prove in the future that they have greater value for protection than they have shown in the past. Not everyone can be placed anywhere.
Probably they would be better off sticking Jeff McNeil in the left hand area now and for the future, and they sent Michael Conforto back where he belongs to the right pitch instead of the center centers.
They play with fire playing those out of position players.
“I can't believe how bad the defensive Mets are,” said scout at 8-4 Friday's loss with the Marlins at Marlins Park with The Post. “They are one of the worst teams I've seen that defensive. Besides Todd Frazier, no one excels.
Mickey Callaway and his team held additional practice sessions to try to improve protection, but you cannot enter Ozzy Osbourne in Ozzie Smith no matter how much practice time is regularly submitted.
You're what you are and the Mets put the emphasis on offense – the defense will be protected.
When I asked Callaway Saturday what he can do about the protection of staff, he said: “We'll have to fix the right way. That is the most important thing, we talk to some people about that, to continue to put ourselves in the right way.
“We are the third or fourth in the series when we changed,” said Callaway before Noah took the mound of Syndergaard against Zac Gallen Marlins, “so we understand that location will be crucial.
The Rosario Mets have tried to get in the right position, but it seems that he has great difficulty in his left balls and many people think that people will be caught capturing a field way.
It is a point affixed to pitchers and so on. Patches often feel these days that they did their job when they get a ground ball, but so a lot of ground balls get through the middle against the Mets. Then in the center of the center, the range is not at Conforto.
Conforto is a team player and moved to the center, but he should not stay properly. Juan Lagares has struggled and lost his job in the middle because of his offensive defects and the Mets are doing something different.
They have to come up with the center field man by trade or perhaps give Rosario a place to play and find out if his reaction time is better in the middle than at the short cost.
Enhancing protection would improve transformation. Tomas Nido has made a good job behind the plate and the catcher is the best with the children. Nido learned a lot last year behind Devin Mesoraco on how to prepare for a game and how to do work and help the patches meet with certain situations. It is surprisingly pleasant.
The baseline is that the Mets were unable to develop many solid defense players and that the hole in the system was not installed this year through a free agency or trades.
It is an issue that must be settled into the next season or the Mets will run into the same problems over and over again, reviving this nightmare.