HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

 So with spring training under way I just wanted to wax poetic on hope and the general excitement baseball can bring its fans. In spring everyone is in 1st place, everyone is optimistic of what their team can do, some more than others but baseball is the ultimate what if game.

 

No matter how shaky your rotation is, or if you think you have issues in the pen, you can still be optimistic your team will be able to perform. Every year prospects step up, guys work hard and take the next step, anything is still possible. Maybe you have the next Albert Puljols coming up; maybe that player you just signed might be Jason Bay.

 

I try to have an unbiased opinion and I know baseball, but my love of the New York Mets prohibits that some times. If you believe the Pundits, the Mets are a 5th place team this year, they have lowered the payroll by over 50 million in the last two years. They have an owner being sued for like a billion dollars.

 

The Phillies bost one of the best rotations in baseball, and added Paplebon to upgrade the back end of the Pen, but they always have injuries and this year should be no different.

 

Atlanta has a great young core and veteran leadership and will be good again, they also have a ton of prospects ready to make the jump to the Bigs to help if needed.

 

Miami changed their name, their stadium and upgraded the roster and switched skippers, Hanley moves to third and should have a bounce back year if he doesn’t sulk, Reyes needs to stay healty, but adding Behrle and Zambrano to Johnson, Nalasco and Sanchez makes a quality rotation, they have Heath Bell too so him and leo nunez makes a solid pen, but they have no depth and if any everyday player goes down they will suffer.

 

Washington gets a full year out of Strausburg even thou they limit his innings, Super stud Bryce Harper should be up soon maybe ever break camp with the big guys, getting Gio Gonzalez really helps the rotation and Ian Desmond keeps getting better, The Nats won 80 games last year and may continue to improve.

 

That gets me to my beloved Mets, look everyone is down but they should play out the string the Mets showed last year they have some grit. Terry Collins has instilled his values on this very young team, and even thou lesser known than others we could have a terrific line up. Bay improved towards the end of the year and could have a big year, David Wright is dedicated and past the beaning incident, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis are monsters and Daniel Murphy can easily hit .315 with 15 hrs. Ruben Tejada is a 20 yr old defensive genious that has had success in the big leagues at the plate.

 

The last 6 years have been brutal and the Mets are due for something good, they may not win 100 games but I can see them winning 85-90 and being in contention. This team has been ravaged by injuries in the last couple years and I have a feeling that this year will be fun. Duda and Davis are going to be stars and David Wright is going to have a fantastic year. Pelfry will bounce back Dicky and Gee will be steady and Niese will break out.

 

There are a couple major league ready prospects ready to help out only time will tell how good the Mets can be

 

Here are my lineup and Projections

 

Cf- Tores- 400 ab’s .280/avg .320 obp 20 steals

2b- Murphy .315 .800 ops 16 hrs 80 rbi

3b Wright .305 29 hrs 117 rbi

1b- Davis. .299 32 hrs 115 rbi

RF Bay .280 23 hr 90 rbi

LF Duda .290 25 hr 93 rbi

C- Thole .265 30 xbh

ss- Tejada ..270 20 steals

 

Rotation

Santana 140 innings sub 3 ERA

Dicky sub 3.5 era

Pelfry 200 innings sub 4 era

Niese 200 innings sub 4 era

Gee- 13-10

 A lot needs to happen but it’s definitely possible.

 

 

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Linsanity

LINSANITY TAKING THE NBA BY STORM

 

 

Jeremy Lin is the new sensation that has every one in NYC/USA going crazy, OK I understand the young man is playing great and has the Knicks doing something the Melo/Amare combo couldn’t win.

 

Lin has led the Knicks to 6 straight wins and averaged 26.8 and 8.5 assists, that’s a far cry from what he was thought to be capable of when he was cut by both Houston and Golden State earlier this year.

 

He is turning the ball over at an alarming 5/p rate but that’s ok in the up tempo Dantoni system that the Knick run. The D has helped as well the Knicks had been allowing 96ppg and in the last 6 games they are only giving up 90ppg.

 

When Melo comes back in a couple days it will be very interesting how Knicks run their offense. Melo is always better off the ball, He can knock down jumpers and cuts to the rim with ease. If the offense runs thru Lin then he can distribute and drive the lane when needed. His shots and points are destined to drop but that’s ok if he continues to facilitate for others.

 

Lin is definitely intriguing, he has parallels to other out of nowhere phenomenons, but the question is, is he the next Kurt Warner/Albert Pujols? Or is he Mark Fydrich/Hideo Nomo? We don’t know. Time will tell.

 

While it is a small sample size you don’t usually see people slide into the starting line up from the end of the bench and start lighting it up, Lin is hitting game winning shots and energizing a team. He has been fantastic.

 

I don’t want to hear that the only reason he is receiving all kinds of hype is because he plays in the biggest market in the U.S. If he was playing in Milwaukee and came in and played like this and got the Bucks into playoff contention people would still be talking about him. People don’t become stars on the court coming from Harvard, People don’t get cut by two teams in one year and then start dropping 27per.

 

He deserves the Hype like it or not the question is will it continue

NFL CHAMPS

So I have not been able to write anything for a while but that’s ok because no one really reads this shit anyways. Alas more Rings have been won this time by the NY Football Giants. Congrats you are world champions.

So Eli is really the story here he won his second Ring in his big brothers house (old House if you prefer) This basically opens the debate to who the better Manning is one has 1 ring 4 MVP’s and a SB MVP the other has 2 rings and 2 SB MVP’s. Peyton is obviously the better talent but on too many occasions has come up small in the end of year Tournament.

Remember at the beginning of the year when Eli did his best to try and convince the NY Media he was an elite QB, well he did a hell of a job he led all qb’s in 4th quarter TD’s and QB Rating and even thou the G-Men underachieved it was not really his fault. The Giants were 7-7 and people were talking about going after Coughlins head oh how quickly things change.

For a 2nd straight year a team fighting for their playoff lives till the last day of the season put together a run to take home the crown. They had to beat the 3 of the best teams record wise in the NFL to do it. Color me impressed!!

The game winning drive was absolutely fantastic; Manning hitting Manningham down the sideline was eerily similar to the David Tyree grab 4 years prior and really set them up. I totally agree with Bradshaw scoring even if it gave Brady another chance NEVER I repeat NEVER trust the kicker anything can happen take the points, I mean its not like Brady was lighting it up all game so take your chances.

As for the Pats they played solid on D and had every chance to win that game, Brady made a quality throw to Welker on that second to last drive that would have put the game away Welker should have had it but he didn’t and that unfortunately was the difference. The Pats made some mistakes like the too many men call that overturned a turnover, and the Giants caught some breaks like when Bradshaw fumbled and the Welker drop, What can you do that’s Football.

Eli and Coach Coughlin deserve a ton of credit and will be hero’s in NYC for a long time to come, Congrats and this concludes another Fantastic year in the NFL.

 Soon I will post a 2 rnd Mock Draft and I will rank the available FA’s after the Franchise window has closed stay tuned.