Congrats to Pelfrey

Mike_pelfrey It’s official now, Mike Pelfrey is our fifth starter. It really makes me happy that the Mets gave the job to the guy that had the best spring. Sure, he still need to perfect his third pitch, but he got hitters out all spring. His slider seems to be getting better with each outing.

The Mets informed Chan Ho Park that he won’t make the rotation, and want to try him out in the bullpen. Park wasn’t too happy when he heard the news. Two weeks before the season, Park didn’t even have a job. He should be greatful that he’s on a team at all, and a winning one.

Lastings_milledge_card_1I would love for the Mets to find a way to keep Lastings Milledge in New York for good. He’ll probably be there to start the season, at least to mid-april when we need the fifth starter. After that though, it’s really up in the air unless someone gets hurt early in the season. The guy has had a monster spring, shook off his greater than the world ego, and is ready to contribute on a daily basis.

To Fantasy, or not to Fantasy

The same thing happens to me every year. About two weeks before the baseball season starts, I’ll get ****** into playing in another fantasy league. I’ll think it’s a great idea, and I’ll really enjoy myself for the first three weeks and then after that I’ll leave my fantasy team sitting there to die.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Fantasy sports. I spend most of my winter creating nearly 30 different excel spreadsheets to help guide my fantasy football team, but I can pinpoint the exact time I stop caring about my fantasy baseball team; It’s the first time that one of my teams star player steps foot into Shea Stadium.

A lot of people ask me what my favorite football team is, as I watch quite a bit of it. Usually I just shrug my shoulders. I really don’t know. I want to say the Giants, as they train here in the summer and make me feel at least a small connection, but a side of me says the Jets, you know…69′ was a good year. But I honestly feel no real connection to any team, and thats why I enjoy Fantasy Football. 

When I have Ryan Howard as my fantasy first baseman, how can I possibly enjoy it When he goes 3-3 with Two homers against my Mets? Sure, great for my fake team, but my real team just got beat by a single player.

Over the past couple of years, fantasy sports have taken on a life of their own, to the point that they’re almost as big as the sports themselves. Virtually every sports related website has a league in which you can join for free. Being in a Fantasy league these days is almost like horse racing, sure you love to go to the track, but do you really go to watch the horses?

I think I’m going to try something new this year and play in an AL only league. I feel it’s the only way to keep the Fantasy addiction alive (fantasy Nascar isn’t cutting it for me) and still root for my Mets without feeling a little guilty.

March Madness

This is not mets related, and not even baseball related, but March Madness is here, and thats where my mind currently is.

Albany I’m going out on a limb here and calling for an Albany upset of Virginia in about an hour. Of course thats partly because they’re the hometown team, but it may not be going that much out on the limb.

Albany is a year older now and knows what the NCAA tournament is all about. Last season, when seeded 16th, they nearly pulled off the upset of the century by beating Connecticut. Where is connecticut seeded this year anyway?… ohh thats right, they weren’t even good enough to make the NIT) This year with the higher seeding, and playing a Virginia team that is seeded too high themselves, they have a real chance of pulling off the upset.

That being said, how good is the east bracket? I think the National champion is definately coming out of that bracket, weather it be Georgetown or North Carolina, it’s a tough call.

I’m not suprised at all by Duke getting upset in the first round last night. If Josh McRoberts decides to stick around, which I’m sure he will, then he needs to spend this offseason working on his post game like he should be. I don’t know who put it in his head that he should bring the ball up the court, and play more like a guard, but it needs to end in order for that team to be successful.

Jared_jordan_1  As for the JV tournament, the NIT, I’m really pulling for Marist. They take on NC State tonight in a game that I won’t get to watch. Jared Jordan is the best point Guard in the country, hands down. He always thinks pass first and only takes the shot when he knows he has a can’t miss opportunity. I think a lot of point guards lose sight of the fact that they’re there to run the offense and create opportunities for the rest of the team to score, but thats something that Jordan does better than anyone else.

Sorry Alay…

So you start off pitching well, but the second you falter you get canned. The Mets released Alay Soler this afternoon. You can’t try to deny the fact that it was as much a money move as it was performance based. The Mets wrote him off last year and Soler wasn’t in the Mets future plans. He would have had to thrown virtually hitless innings before he would even be considered for a spot in the rotation; he never had  a chance.

Shawn Green Homered in this afternoon’s game. From what I heard, a lot of the guys held a hitting "intervention" for him last wednesday, and it seems to have lit a spark in him.

Park or Pelfrey? I think this ones gonna go down to the wire. In the end I think it will be Park, but it sure will be nice if Pelfrey was on the roster opening day. Though when you consider the fact that the Mets wont use a 5th starter until mid-april, they may just leave Pelfrey behind to get a start or two and not ride the pine for half a month.

Mike_carp Mike Carp has put up some awesome numbers thus far. Where exactly would he fit in with the Mets long term however. An interesting fact, In Mike’s 5 rbi game a week or so ago, when up with the bases loaded he hit a bases clearing double, The combined age of the runners he knocked in… 128! (Franco,48 Alou, 40 Alomar, 40) When you consider the fact that Carp is only 20 years old, it kind of boggles your mind.

I dont know why everyone is Comparing side-armer Joe Smith to Chad Bradford, He throws more like Pedro Feliciano, from the right side, than he does Bradford.

Last night, while at Target, I was ******** into the Topps marketing ploy and bought 3 packs of the 2007 set in hopes to pull one of those nifty Derek Jeter cards. I opened the third pack, and there it was. I was excited at first, until I realized that I used all my luck up on the stupid card and lost my chance at 370 million dollars in mega millions.

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First week round-up

Shawn_green So it looks as though Carlos Delgado believes Shawn Green can hit 40 homers again. Wishful thinking on his part, I suppose. Green needs to get his swing in order, because Lastings Milledge is tearing it up this spring and the Mets won’t bring him north if he’s not gonna start.

David Newhan has had a good spring thus far and seems as if he’ll fit right into the role that Chris Woodward vacated by signing with Atlanta.

I dunno if I like the way Willie’s been tinkering with batting David Wright second in the order. Not the David couldn’t handle the two spot, but it’s gonna diminish his RBI opporunities. In all likelihood he’ll be back in the five spot by opening day, I’m sure Willie’s just experimenting for now. Godforbid Lo Duca goes down for an extended period of time and we need him to hit there.

Alay_soler The pitching has been up and down thus far, with everyone still working out the kinks. I think Alay Soler has been the biggest surprise thus far, not just with his trimmed up frame. Noone really mentioned his name while talking about the starting rotation, and still don’t, but he’ll be an excellent addition to the bullpen if he keeps it up. Especially if Jorge Sosa keeps giving up the long bombs like he has been.

Oliver Perez had a rough outing in the first game but seemed to bounce back well in his second start. Joe Smith and Ambiorix Burgos have also looked good out of the bullpen thus far. I don’t like the way Philip Humber got roughed up but hopefully he’ll bounce back as well. He’s really a long shot to make the team anyway, but it’d be nice for him to show the guys in spring training what he’s capable of.

Aside from the Mets, I’ve been really impressed with Andrew Miller, from Detroit thus far. Being a big UNC sports fan may have something to do with it. Although he’s not as tall, his delivery just screams Randy Johnson at you. It looks slow and methodical but before you know it,the ball is in the catchers glove.

Four hours away

Oliver_perez_2 It’s only Spring Training, and I know the games don’t mean much of anything, but still it’s what I look foward to all winter long. The Mets kick off the Grapefruit league today at 1 and Oliver Perez will get the call.

For the past week in a half, you still remain a little bit in denial about that the season has actually kicked off. Living in the cold upstate New York will do that to you, but seeing the guys on TV today will be the proof that you need to believe the season is just around the corner.

What can we expect? Maybe one or two regulars for a few innings? It doesn’t really matter, Baseball is back! Now if only I could melt all this **** snow!