Wednesday, July 09, 2008

DON'T LOOK NOW . . .

And in today's latest update from the "In The Realm Of Sports Fandom, I'd Rather Be Fortunate And Wrong Than Prescient And Right" Files . . .

(Or something like that)

. . . the N.Y. Mets are inching ever closer to first place is the (utterly suck-ass) NL East. On the strength of dominant performances by Mike Pelfrey. And Carlos Delgado. And the heretofore banjo-hitting squad of perma-backups known as Tatis, Easley, Chavez, and Joe McEwing.

Ok, not SuperJoe, but admit it, he'd fit right into this streak.

Anyhow, you can surely gather from my tone what I think of the likelihood that this represents some sort of "turnaround" for the Mets. Wright, Reyes, Beltran, Santana, and Maine are all doing pretty well lately, and that's certainly a good sign. And hot streaks from all the non-starters who start for the Mets can't do anything but help. That said, I still don't think the Mets as currently constructed are a 90+ win team.

But . . . since the Phils aren't that good either, and since the Marlins & Braves, like the Mets, have serious weaknesses, this silly division may actually be up for grabs to the first team that reaches 86 or 87 wins. So . . . and, yes, I do believe this, this extraordinarily flawed Mets team may actually have a chance to play some ball in October.

And then, as we all know (painfully so) from two years ago, anything can happen. Wow.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Applesaucer said...

Pelfrey has the same ERA as Andy Pettite!

Applesaucer

6:58 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

He's gone from "totally sucks" to "damn, what an enigma."

Some days he's that same nibbling/no command bum, but then he'll have a game like last night where he's just dealing.

Hard to figure.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

huzzah! we're on our way to the higly prized title of "least shitty team in the NL East"!

That having been said, Pefrey coming out on top over San Fran's golden boy was a pretty awesome sight to behold. What can Rickey say? They're slugging the ball...

7:59 AM  
Blogger George said...

Sign Bonds now!

12:50 PM  
Blogger nightshift66 said...

Weak as the East is, it looks positively glorious compared to the NL West, where .500 makes you king of the hill.

At this point, even I (loyal Braves fan) have to admit the Mets have a good chance of winning the division. Meh.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Sign Bonds now

Being George, I don't know if you're serious or not.

loyal Braves fan

Good god! Who's supposed to be guarding the gate to the Neighborhood?

7:40 AM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

If you're willing to sign Bonds, Rickey would like to point out that Rickey is also avaiable and completely free of legal problems (for the moment).

9:27 AM  
Blogger George said...

I am serious about signing Bonds, to tell the truth. Think Endy will be worth trotting out to left till the end of the season? He's a perfect late-inning defensive replacement for a guy who had an OPS of 1045 last year.

And sorry, Rickey, you're much too valuable a blogger to go back to baseball. Bonds doesn't have any legal trouble until next year, so he's good for one season. Flags fly forever.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I'm not sure I want Bonds. We know he'd walk and get on base. But there's no guarantee that he'll have any kind of batting stroke after this lay-off. Plus, now that he's clean, the power numbers may drop.

He's 44.

And, without a doubt he'll be a butcher in the field, and the Mets have a fly-ball staff. I dunno.

6:20 AM  

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