Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 8/11/12
A combination of strong starting pitching and timely hitting got the 2012 Mets off to a great start. But the team that began the year 46-39 has gone 8-20 since then, with three of those wins coming thanks to the efforts of R.A. Dickey. The offense crumbles whenever a LHP is on the mound, the team has little power and all of the speed of a three-legged turtle, the less said about the bullpen the better and only the Herculean efforts of St. Dan Warthen (all bow in his greatness!), who taught Dickey the knuckleball and showed Matt Harvey how to throw 97 mph, have kept the starting pitching afloat. We were supposed to be optimistic because Sandy Alderson and his team were smarter than not only what the Mets had previously, but smarter than what other teams have assembled. But the brief success that the Mets enjoyed in 2012 had much more to do with the talent left behind by Omar Minaya than anything Alderson did to push it forward. It’s certainly true that Alderson has been fightin...
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