Thursday, September 18, 2008
What is the fate of this man?
The team has certainly played better under the spectacled-one than it did for Willie "I'll Be On The Yankees Coaching Staff Next Year" Randolph but the bullpen has been atrocious. Might their recent success have been more due to Carlos Delgado's hot streak than the manager?
Time will tell. If they make the playoffs and win a series or two, I think Manuel stays. If the Metropolitans fail to make the playoffs, collapsing for a second straight year, he could get the axe. If a bigger, better name is out there, those chances would certainly be greater. But Grady Little? Ned Yost?
I don't think Jerry Manuel is managing these games poorly. The team just isn't playing well. Even if the Mets miss the playoffs, they'd be all right with Manuel... and a bullpen.