Coutinho: Right Now, Mets More Exciting Than Yankees

By Rich Coutinho
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Yankee Stadium has never been a pleasant place for Mets fans to visit. The Flushing faithful have experienced some rough moments there, including the now infamous Luis Castillo drop.

But riding the subway to the Bronx might feel better this year as the two teams get set to tangle for the first of six games this season. The Mets have survived an early season swoon, registering a 16-9 record in their last 25 games while their neighbors in the Bronx have floundered both on and off the field.

Sure the Mets are missing David Wright, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan and Chris Young. But quite frankly, right now this Mets team is better than the Yankees. When the two teams take the field, look out there and ask yourself these questions:

Who is the most exciting player on the field? Answer: Jose Reyes.

Who has been the best run producer on either team? Answer: Carlos Beltran.

Which team has the better closer right now? Answer: K-Rod.

Who would you rather have as an 8th inning guy, Jason Isringhausen or Rafael Soriano? Answer: Izzy.

I know this is a tough pill for Yankees fan to swallow, especially since their team’s payroll trumps the Mets’ by about $100 million, but the simple truth is the Amazin’s have shown themselves to be more resilient and more exciting. And they have maybe the most important thing of all — a better clubhouse.

The Yankees look old and beaten down and the Mets, despite all their issues, look like they’re really having fun playing baseball. Now don’t get me wrong, the Mets have tons of question marks but they have survived their rough start, thanks to Beltran and Reyes, coupled with the dynamic duo of Izzy and K-Rod at the end of the game. Manager Terry Collins calls them “fearless,” and those two have transformed the Mets’ bullpen into one of the best in the game.

While I’m on the topic of Collins, he gets high grades from me on how he handles “tough situations.” Joe Girardi might learn from watching Collins work.

Observing  Girardi and Jorge Posada develop into a bad episode of “As the World Turns” made me stop and think how the Mets manager gracefully handled moving Carlos Beltran to right field in spring training. He did it by allowing the player to weigh in on the decision — and it was a brilliant strategy. The results are obvious: Beltran has been an offensive force and sits near the top of many NL hitting categories.

Let’s face facts here. The Mets left spring training with Bernie Madoff on everyone’s mind. The team became a punchline for joke-tellers. The irony is that all those people who threw dirt on the Mets may have done them a favor. It galvanized this team so when they got off to a 5-13 start, they did not crumble. They believed in each other and in their manager.

Collins spoke often in spring training about the symbolism of Castillo’s dropped pop-up and how they had to exorcise that ghost from the team’s collective soul. What better way to do that than on a spring Friday night, a return to the .500 mark in the very place that horrific moment happened. And for Mets fans, in a place where they’ve always heard catcalls from an obnoxious fan base.

Then the Mets can start thinking about moving north of the .500 mark. That could make for a very interesting summer — especially if their neighbors in the Bronx continue to struggle.

Agree? Disagree? Let Coutinho know in the comments below…

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  1. Lucio Clerico says:

    how long can you play abunch of minor leaguers, before the other shoe falls off. mets always hav a large payroll for the national league usually highest or second highest and what have they won,now they are the nitty gritty little mets, give me a break. oh and reyes really tried for that lil bloop, give me a break, all you second class citizens, including the writer of this rediculous article

  2. Vincent says:

    There was rapture last night. It was in the Bronx.
    http://nymbaseball.com/

  3. Dominick Mezzapesa says:

    LOL OMG hanging 13 on the O’s really tough to do since the Nats…Yes the nats hung 17 on them.

    Poor Yankee fans having to count on Bartolo Colon to be your ace, and having a lineup with not one 300 hitter, must be tough for you knowing the Mets took the first game.

    I guess we will be hearing “Oh yea we won 27 WS how many have you won?” as your only comeback left in your excuse bag.

    I will say this, it will be a long time before you can claim your 28th

    1. This Show How Smart Mets Fans Are says:

      hey Dumb-a-D*ck, the Yankees will win their 28th, 29th & 30th before your LOSER Mets win their, now this is funny, 3rd WS title. Fantasy WS wins do not count.

      By the way, how’s last place been so far this season, get used to it, Mets will be there all season long?

  4. Peepee Hands says:

    Was this written before or after the Yankees hung 12 on the Orioles at home. Paaaleaase, the fact that this was even written shows how much of a little brother the Mets are and will always be.

    1. Willie says:

      That’s garbage, punk! Who cares about the Yankees and their 12 runs against a bad Orioles team. Besides, your FREAKING Yankees continue to be a soap opera!

      1. You're A Joke Wilma says:

        Oh and I’m sure you were really impress with your loser Mets beating on a $30 million dollar payroll team like the poor Nats, which by the way lost by just 1-0 to the $150 mil payroll Mets.

        This really doesn’t say much about your losers Mets scoring ability & talent. I’m sure all the scouts who saw these two games against the Mets & Nats wrote down on their Mets scouting report

        “NOTHING TO FEAR OR EVEN WORRY ABOUT”.

  5. SNY NEWS FLASH!!!!! says:

    When the Yankees beat the Mets, which they usually do, the Mets fans use the injury excuses or other lame ones, payroll, whatever they can dream of. When the Mets beat the Yankees just one game, one game, Mets fans act like the Mets won the World Series.

    These are just like any other regular season games with no real importance.
    When you have noting going for you as in the Mets case, I guess these games do mean something to Mets fans.

    1. Willie says:

      SHUT UP! SOAP-OPERA YANKEES ARE CRUMBLING! AT LEAST YOU DON’T SEE THE METS DOING WHAT POSADA, SORIANO, JETER, AND THE REST ARE DOING. ASS!

      1. Stop crying says:

        sounds like Little Willie (small d*ck) is upset. What a girl

  6. yo says:

    Greg, your post shows your ignorance.

    The Mets were picked to finish last, and be terrible. They simply are not that. In fact, a sweep of the Yankees this weekend would mean that the Mets have a better record than the Yankees. This, despite the miserable shape of the team at the end of last year, and the Madoff disaster. The Mets front office has made a bunch of smart, cheap pick ups and created a much better atmosphere in the club house.

    As to the standings, the Mets are currently 3.5 games out of the Wild Card and it is May. The Yankees just dropped out of first place and have a 6-10 record over the last sixteen games. It is only May and way to early to get excited or concerned about either team, but the current trajectory for the Mets is far more favorable than the Yankees – who are a whopping 2.5 games a head of the Mets.

    1. WhyMyEntireTeamSucks says:

      Yo Yo, the Yankees do not play in the NL East. You really think if the Mets played in the AL East the entire season & face the Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays & the Orioles & have to play them 18 games each they would finish better then .500 & in the Wild Card?.

      This shows you’re not too bright. Mets can’t complete in their own division, in their own league & you’re making them better then the Yankees.

      There’s a reason why the Yankees always get the best of the Mets, every year, let’s not forget the 2000 WS. The Yankees are not the Nationals, two different leagues, two different divisions and different competition.

      1. Willie says:

        YOU IDIOT! MOST PEOPLE THINK THE NL EAST IS THE TOUGHEST DIVISION TO PLAY IN. HOW STINKING IGNORANT OF YOU! YANKEE FREAKING LOVER!

    2. Willie says:

      WHAT IS THIS, YANKEE LOVER DAY? SHUT UP JERK!

    3. Willie says:

      WHOOPS! MY APOLOGIES! I DID NOT READ THE WHOLE THING. YOU ARE RIGHT!

  7. Greg says:

    Oh really? So a last place team is more exciting than a contender? Not where I come from. Are you by any chance a Met shareholder who’s trying to boost attendence?

    1. Willie says:

      ARE YOU A SOAP OPERA FAN? SHUT UP LOSER! YANKEES = SOAP OPERA!

      1. Lucio Clerico says:

        willie your a jerk your probally alittle kid that dont know anything about baseball

  8. George Constanza says:

    and remember Mets fans, it’s not a lie, if you believe it.

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