Normally I wouldn’t be pro-Cardinals, especially after they eliminated the Mets in 2006, but as long as it’s not the Yankees It doesn’t really matter to me which team wins. I don’t hate the Yankees because they win, I hate the attitude of many of the fans and the treatment they get in the media. That’s what makes me root against them. The Cardinals could be considered similar, but I have no contact with their fans and being in a different city keeps me separated from most of the Yankees writer counterparts that you can’t help but hear about when you live in the NYC area. What does matter to me is Carlos Beltran.
Carlos Beltran may be a Hall of Famer alreadydepending on who you ask, but for those that don’t think he is, a World Series ring and further postseason domination would strengthen his case. He’s played more games with the Mets than anyone else, the next closest being his Royals origins. This suggests that if he were to get inducted down the road, he’d go in as a Met. That means I’m invested in Beltran collecting the criteria required to strengthen his case, and if that means rooting for the Cardinals this postseason, so be it.
Carlos Beltran was one of the best Mets ever, and it was a joy to watch him during his tenure here. He’s still a great player, and I’m rooting for him to continue the postseason dominance he’s shown in his previous two trips there.
At the end of 162, it’s the Philadelphia Phillies 89, the New York Mets 88.
Wow. That sucked. So much for my optimism. I’m not going to be one of those fans that throws blame and anger all over the place, calling for heads and trades and all of that. I will break down the team and next year and what I want to see happen sometime in the near future. I expect I’ll update a bit through the playoffs (I’m rooting for the Cubs) talk about awards and all of that. After October I’ll still post, maybe once a week, or when other things happen. I’m proud of myself for getting through the entire season with this blog, and look forward to making new bloggie friends in the off-season and next year. Here is my postseason prediction, and my in-season stats for the year.
I think the Rockies win tomorrow.
AL Divisional Round
RED SOX defeat
INDIANS defeat YANKEES (3-0)
RED SOX defeat INDIANS (4-1)
ROCKIES defeat PHILLIES (3-1)
CUBS defeat ROCKIES (4-2)
RED SOX defeat CUBS
Personally I went to 33 baseball games this year.
My record at Shea Stadium was 15-12.
My record at Mets games was 17-12.
My record for the hometeam was 18-15.
My record for the Nationals was 3-2. (This included three stadiums, RFK, Shea, and Dolphin Stadium)
This year I attended games in 4 stadiums(Shea, RFK, Yankee, and Dolphin)
I’ve now been to 13 Stadiums(Shea, Yankee, Fenway, Wrigley, Citizens Bank, Dolphin, RFK, Petco, ½ old Busch, ½ new Busch, Dodger, Angel, San Fran, McAfee)
Next year the goal is to check out Camden Yards, Nationals park, and Tropicana field.
The Optimistic Mets Blog player of the year is: David Wright.
Is there any doubt? David Wright is looking so good. He was the most solid, consistant player on this team. He struggled in April when the team didn’t, and since then there have been very few games he hasn’t gotten a hit in. He’s now in the top two or three in career Mets avg, slugging, obp and ops. He’s got a .311 career Mets batting average. He expanded his game, learned from his peers, and took on more of a leadership role. He’s a great fielder who needs to figure out his throws a bit, but I’m so glad he’s on our team.
I still trust Willie, I do. It’s only the regular season, but I wish they’d played more to step on their throats. They’ve hit a little downswing offensively which is understandable after a two week stretch on fire, but the bullpen has been unable to make anything stick.
The Phillies won’t catch up, but you can’t let them sweep either. Even the four games, while it doesn’t sound like much, is enough for the division. Willie has some hard decisions ahead of him about postseason rotations and bench players, but he’s got an equally hard and much more important one in finishing out this bullpen. We’ll get some September call ups, and Willie has to be looking for some extra bullpen help. Someone needs to play well, so Willie can pull the “I can’t leave this guy off the way he’s throwing” justification for not putting Mota on the postseason roster. Honestly the Mets need to do some cost analysis and realize that the extra postseason money that they’ll make from the team going further into the playoffs is more than enough to pay off Mota’s contract.
Tomorrow I’ll be watching the game at the Ziegler theatre with the Mets at the Movies promotion they’ve been promoting for a couple of weeks. I have no idea what to expect, but hopefully it’ll be fun to see the Mets on the screen like that. Look for me, I’ll be the one with the Mets hat.