Baseball Crank
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October 11, 2006

Via the invaluable MetsBlog, you can go check out the Mets' NLCS roster. Cliff Floyd will indeed be on the roster, though I expect we will at most see him pinch hitting for the moment. The only change appears to be the substitution of Anderson Hernandez for Royce Ring, which I don't understand (why would you need fewer pitchers in a longer series?) unless Randolph wants to carry a guy to pinch run for Lo Duca, Floyd, Franco and perhaps Delgado. Cerrone also reports that the Mets have not abandoned hope of El Duque being ready to go for the World Series.

Ryan McConnell debates whether this season is a success if the Mets don't win it all. Entering the playoffs I felt like the Mets needed to do two things for me to be satisfied: climb over the weak NL field to the World Series, and outlast the Yankees. They did the second; as to the first, if they lose to a Cardinals team with poor pitching several holes in their lineup and as many injury problems as the Mets, I will go home disappointed. If the Mets make the Series and lose to Detroit or Oakland, I'll of course wish they had won, but I'll have no real basis to complain.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:40 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Ditto. I think the Mets can win the Series, so I'll be disappointed in that sense if they don't win. But it would be absolutely devastating if they don't even get there. Yes, anything can happen in a short series, blah blah, but this team is heads and shoulders above the rest of the league.

Posted by: paul zummo at October 11, 2006 12:57 PM

which I don't understand (why would you need fewer pitchers in a longer series?)

The reason: Lack of left-handed batter for a left-handed specialist to get out.

I mean, who do you think they need a leftie to pitch against? Other than Edmonds... no one.

Posted by: Al at October 11, 2006 2:19 PM

Mets over the Tigers in the WS in 5.

Posted by: Dwilkers at October 11, 2006 2:28 PM

Oh. I meant to say, Beltran ends up as MVP.

Posted by: Dwilkers at October 11, 2006 2:29 PM

no shame in winning the pennant, I always say.

Posted by: steve at October 11, 2006 2:32 PM

BTW - the most important thing was to outlast the Yankees. When was the last time that happened? '88?

Posted by: Al at October 11, 2006 2:39 PM

The Mets need to win this series. If they get to the World Series and play Oakland, I'd also be disappointed if they didn't win. I could live with a loss to the Tigers, especially if they played pretty well.

Posted by: Jerry at October 11, 2006 3:11 PM
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