Drag of a loss yesterday as the Yanks gear-up for two, two-game series against the Rays and Red Sox this week. Still, it’s not nearly as bad as it is in Flushing. The Mets were swept by the Marlins over the weekend and are now in last place. In the Post, Mike Vaccaro writes: The Manager Must Go:
You know whom Manuel sounds like when he constantly praises his team for not quitting? He sounds like Rich Kotite. Absent anything resembling a representative Jets team back in the day, Kotite made playing hard sound like a sacrament rather than a job requirement. It is of little consequence that the Mets play hard more often than not; they also lose more often than not.
It has taken them exactly 16 days to go from a game ahead in first place to six behind, in last place, and as depressing as that may be to Mets fans it is also indicative of just how quickly a baseball season can turn. The season is still salvageable, the wild card winner in the National League still projects to somewhere in the high 80s or low 90s in wins. But at some point you have to prove that an eight-game winning streak in April isn’t the best you’ve got.
Rich Kotite? That’s cold, man.