Baseball Crank
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August 10, 2006
BASEBALL: The Second Team

One need hardly say more about the current state of the National League, now at its lowest ebb since the late teens, than that the Mets today completed a sweep of the division-leading Padres with Mike DeFelice starting at catcher, Jose Valentin at second base, and an outfield of Endy Chavez, Ricky Ledee, and Michael Tucker. All five of those players could have been had for a song before the season; three of them could have been had for a song last week.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:57 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

I wonder how many times in the past the difference between the leagues was this great, but no one knew it because they didn't play each other.

Posted by: Jerry at August 10, 2006 11:08 PM

Its terrible. The Astros are 2 1/2 games out of the wild card and they're 2 games under .500 for heaven's sake.

Posted by: Dwilkers at August 11, 2006 8:55 AM

There's a very real possibility of having not one, but two .500 teams in the playoffs.

In all seriousness, I am really going to be disappointed if the Mets don't make the Series. It's just not even close between them and the rest of the league. Yes, strange things happen in the post-season, but come on.

Posted by: paul zummo at August 11, 2006 9:58 AM

The Mets are just so far ahead of the other NL teams, it's almost too much for my taste. I worry sometimes that they'll come up against whatever team got hot enough for a 10 game stretch to earn the wild card, and that in the three game set . . .

I can't even say it. I don't even want to think it.

In the meantime, it's just so great to watch a team that's clicking, doing it all. Plus, we have a young player exhibiting complete mastery over the art of the cliche, as well as a backup outfielder driving in every man on base at all times.

Fun stuff. And with the magic number at 36 I really can't wait for the playoffs to arrive.

Posted by: Mike at August 11, 2006 12:19 PM
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