Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Song of the Week

"Wet Dreamz" - J. Cole
I don't know whether to be amused or disgusted about the use of the dogs in the video.

It's like a rap version of Betty Wright's "Tonight is the Night" without the awesome live set up.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

2015 Playoff Predictions

AL Wild Card: Houston Astros over New York Yankees
AL Division Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals over Houston Astros
AL Championship Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Kansas City Royals

NL Wild Card: Chicago Cubs over Pittsburgh Pirates
NL Division Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers over New York Mets
NL Championship Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Toronto Blue Jays

I did get half the division winners correct in my preseason predictions, not terrible.

Good Thing I Didn't Die While Mike Piazza Was on the Mets

85-year-old Helen Fowler of Cranford, NJ passed away recently and in her obituary she (and/or her surviving family members) wanted the world to know how much Helen loved the New York Yankees.

Except for that miserable bum, Alex Rodriguez.
God bless you Helen.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Niggling Worries

I don't believe in momentum but I have some serious concerns about the way the Mets limped into the playoffs and what that portends for their chances to beat the Dodgers.

1) The offense is back to July levels of ineptitude. I know the Mets fielded a Triple A lineup against Max Scherzer, but he essentially threw a perfect game and struck out 17. The Mets August hot streak wasn't caused solely by the presence of Yoenis Cespedes. It was that Cespedes was hitting, which helped everyone around him hit as well. Even a 2-game slump in the Division Series is enough to knock you out of the playoffs.

2) The bullpen has been horrible. Tyler Clippard was horrible in September and October (6.14 ERA), Hansel Robles allowed runs in 4 of his last 6 outings, Jon Niese had 4 relief appearances and allowed 6 hits to 15 batters faced. Addison Reed has been good, and I trust Familia, but these are going to be close games and the Mets starters tend to falter in the 7th and 8th innings.

3) Terry Collins is a moron. I really dislike the way Collins manages this team, both from the broad view and from the specific in game moves. I am flabbergasted and befuddled as to why he rested all his regular position players down the stretch, but felt the need to keep his fragile starters "fresh" forgoing innings limits, doctors' warnings and common sense. If home field and staying fresh was important, why weren't some real hitters playing those games?

4) Thor on the road. The main job of the manager is to put his players in the best position to perform at their best. Noah Syndergaard is much more likely to perform at his best in CitiField compared to Dodger Stadium. I don't know why this is, I just know that it is. Sure it could change next year, and for the rest of his career, but for right now, it makes no sense to throw him out there in Game 2, and maybe again in Game 5 on the road when he clearly pitches much better at home.

5) Kershaw and Greinke. Even if the Mets were playing their best ball right now, it would still be a monumental task to face the Dodgers, the one team with a better top 2 than the Mets have. I know Kershaw hasn't done so great in the postseason, but he's still one of the best pitchers in the majors and can be absolutely unhittable at times. I pity Granderson, Murphy and Duda if they are forced to face him.