Note: Jerry Manuel, 20 Games the Future

In an article for the New York Post, Kevin Kernan begins by saying, “THIS is exactly the kind of start manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya did not want and did not need.”

the Mets ownership and management have got to be worried… i know it’s just three games… but, last night’s attendance was just 26,000 people, which was the worst in the building’s history… it was the third game of the season, a gorgeous night, in a beautiful park, and it was nearly half empty… the question is: will continued weak attendance like that make ownership react sooner than later

According to Bookmaker.com, Jerry Manuel is the odds on favorite to be the first manager fired in 2010.

“Let’s see where we are over the first 20 games, that will give us a better indicator if we are off and running or whatever,” Manuel said, following last night’s game.

i’d say 20 games is the first check in… things will be uncomfortable, if the Mets are below .500… then, the next check in, i imagine, will be Memorial Day, Carlos Beltran will have been back for a week or so, hopefully, and so, if they’re still below .500 and, say, five or six games out of first place, i have a feeling it’s going to be messy…

…i think it’s pretty clear, be it in talking to people around the team, or just looking at his job scouting American League teams, at this point, Bob Melvin’s job title might as well be Director of the On Deck Circle, because he’s clearly first in line to replace manuel should things go downhill…

…hopefully, jerry and the Mets begin a strong run tonight, catch fire, and none of this is necessary… i may not agree with everything he does, but, i want him and the team to be successful… i want the Mets to win… but, if things continue to be sour, and the sloppy and uninspired play from last season continues to spread through 2010, something is going to have to changethankfully, there is plenty of time to turn it around… and tonight is as good as any to begin new… Let’s Go Mets…