I mentioned a few days ago I was going to try to form some kind of schedule for the site. On Sundays, I will bang out something called 20 Points, which is pretty much self explanatory. Just things I’ve seen from the prior week, and thoughts on the current happenings (and perhaps some delving into baseball history and such). A few days into the baseball season, and some observations about the Mets and around the majors:
- First point, and this goes for the Mets and baseball as a whole…1 week is irrelevant. Now let’s continue.
- Johan Santana is the real deal. Just nasty, nasty stuff.
- Umpiring has been horrendous so far. Missed calls, erratic strike zones, just a pitiful job in several games I’ve watched.
- Chien-Ming Wang is vastly underrated. I’ve waited 3 years for this guy to falter, and he keeps pitching well (’07 playoffs notwithstanding). He doesn’t strike guys out, but he’s a Brandon Webb-type, which is plenty good.
- Johnny Cueto was impressive to watch. We’ll see if Dusty Baker can manage to ruin this kid by the end of the year.
- The Mike Hampton saga is almost comical to watch.
- The Pedro Martinez saga is not at all comical to watch.
- Ken Griffey Jr. is 6 homers away from 600 for his career. If this guy had stayed healthy, we’d have been talking about him instead of Bonds.
- Nice to see good early starts by the Royals and Orioles. Neither will last, though if the Tigers have health problems that division is anybody’s.
- Fantasy Baseball owners shouldn’t look at standings until May 1.
- Ben Sheets is Cy Young Award good if he can stay healthy.
- The story of Rick Ankiel is truly remarkable.
- The story of Jose Canseco is truly pathetic.
- The early developing love affair between Cubs fans and Kosuke Fukudome is enjoyable to watch. Not a superstar, perhaps, but this guy can play. And Wrigley needs a character.
- Sticking with the Cubs theme, watch for a big year from the terminally underrated Derrek Lee.
- The whole Joba Chamberlain fist pump debate took up far too much talk radio time here for a couple of days. Between the Yankee haters and the Yankee apologists, it was enough to make you want to throw up. It’s simple…I hate it, but it’s a different game now than it was (which was Frank Thomas’ mature response to the antics). More grandstanding, more attitude. Anyone who thinks what he’s doing isn’t orchestrated isn’t paying attention. And that’s totally fine if you want to approve of his doing it, just don’t whine if someone takes him or another Yankee pitcher deep and Cadillac’s it around the bases.
- The San Francisco Giants stink. Really, really badly.
- If there’s a worse investment than Barry Zito I would love to know about it.
- Hate the Braves…love John Smoltz. What a gamer!
- Barring injury (always a question with him) Casey Kotchman of the Halos has a breakthrough year.
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It’s just a strain, but even so, the Mets look as though they will be without Pedro for 4-6 weeks. Reportedly, he wasn’t limping today, but even so, you may as well get it 100%, particularly with Pedro.
I’ve been thinking about the injury, wondering if Pedro may have been holding back a little and that’s how he got hurt. He was touching low 90s in the spring, but last night I don’t think he topped 88. If he shortens up a bit, tries not to overthrow, he can mess up his stride and injure himself. No idea if that’s what happened, and you have to think Pedro knows himself better than anybody and wouldn’t do anything that would mess with his motion.
Nice work by Oliver Perez tonight, shutting down the Marlins as the Mets bats go wild…it’s currently 11-0. Church and Wright have homered, and Beltran had one called back on an appeal. Nice to see them come out ripping after a disheartening loss, in more ways than one, last night.
OK, so as I’m sure most of you know by now, Pedro Martinez left his first start tonight with what’s currently being called a hamstring strain. He’ll have an MRI Wednesday.
Of course, the newspapers will be all over him; moron Wally Matthews will call him out, talk radio will be burying him and his season, and in some circles likely the Mets season as well. After all, sports media is under no requirement to be rational.
He walked down the stairs, walked through the tunnel. I don’t imagine this is anything major. If it is, it will be a big problem. But rather than shooting first and asking questions later, let’s see if this is 2-3 starts missed, or 10 starts. There’s a big difference there.
We’re two games in, folks. Keep things in perspective.