Scott Hairston and the Perils of Mediocrity

August 3, 2012 12:00 AM

Scott Hairston and the Perils of Mediocrity

" When the trade deadline came, the Mets didn't have many assets that intrigued contending teams.

That's probably a pretty good assessment of where the organization is overall at the moment, although it wasn't like the cupboard was totally barren. Scott Hairston's ability to mash left-handed pitching is the kind of thing plenty of playoff teams would like to have on their bench, but Sandy Alderson chose to hang on to him in hopes of finishing at or above .500.

Hairston paid that faith back on Thursday with three runs in the Mets' 9-1 victory over the Giants, their third win in four games in San Francisco. That means the Mets are two games under .500 as they head to San Diego for the weekend.

It's hard to summon up great disappointment in Alderson's decision, because sports is about winning the games you're scheduled to play first and foremost. Hairston will help the Mets do that in 2012 and then he will probably move on to help someone else win games in 2013 while the Mets plug someone else into left field whose name had really better not be Jason Bay "

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