Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I Think We'd At Least Do Better Than the Nationals

This week, Sports Illustrated will release their annual MLB preview. A lot of things that the preview says are probably fair and accurate. The Phillies will win the NL East. I will hate it, but it will probably happen. The NL Wild Card team will probably need to win 90 games. The Wild Card team has won 90 games in each of the past four seasons, so that's a fair assumption.

But if Sports Illustrated really expects me to believe that the Nationals will finish with a better record than the Mets, then they have another thing coming. Granted, it's one game between 4th place and the cellar, but there is no way, unless the whole team gets hurt again (God forbid) that the Mets will finish in last place.

The Mets have been playing scrappy all spring. They don't go down without a fight like they used to. Sure, the Mets may have lost the two games that I went to, but at least they made it interesting. They're hitting the ball, they're pitching. Jose Reyes is stealing bases like he used to. David Wright is finally stepping up to be a team leader.

Will the Mets win 90 games? No. Will they break .500? Probably. And I'd like to think of them as that spoiler team in September. But apparantly, Sports Illustrated has already counted this team out. Not me!

David Wright (Spring) Strikeout Counter: $0.80

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