"Playoffs?! Don't talk about playoffs! You kidding me?! Playoffs?! I just hope we can win another game!"
You won't read a word about the Mets play of late here.
Whether or not you think Jose Reyes is in fact more valuable than Derek Jeter is not the point. The point is that there can at least be a discussion in which someone backing Reyes would not be considered totally delusional.
R H 2b 3b hr rbi bb so sb avg obp slg
Reyes 120 192 30 17 19 80 50 80 63 .301 .353 .491
Jeter 114 207 38 3 14 96 67 99 32 .341 .414 .483
It is not exactly apples to oranges being that they do not bat in the same slot in the order and I would expect Reyes to knock in a few more guy further down the in order, but we are looking at two pretty fucking swell ball players. What is extremely crazy is just how clutch both have been.
Runners On .313/.376/.558Derek Jeter
Scoring Position .333/.404/.622
Scoring Position, 2 out .406/.494/.841
Men On, 2 Out .380/.462/.750
Runners On .368/.458/.529When you throw in age, salary, athleticism, Reyes' electricity and potential to improve, most GMs would probably take Jose Reyes given the choice. Reyes' tremendous strides forward this season, while not totally unforeseen, were not easily predicted. He always oozed talent, but continued to frustrate fans even earlier this season. It is easy to forget he is just 23 years old being he debuted when he is nineteen, but one thing is clear. This speedy Dominican has arrived and it is scary how good he can become. At such a young age, he has made a run at unseating the beloved Derek Jeter as the best shortstop in New York. Just let that sink in.
Scoring Position .387/.489/.593
Scoring Position, 2 out .381/.519/.587
Men On, 2 Out .360/.477/.539
However, the larger issue with the article above about Bonds is the possibility of the Giants having to fly to St. Louis for a tie-breaker game.
If the Giants have to go to St. Louis for a makeup game Monday that would determine an NL playoff spot, Bonds wasn't sure whether he would have to make the trip.
"That's something to ask them," he said. "That's a question for the manager."
Yes, he has not been playing, but could he help the team win as a pinch hitter? Absolutely. If there is a shred of integrity left in this game, a team that is out of it still owes it to the sport to show up at 100% and try and win the ball game. Imagine some team getting knocked out of the playoffs because another team didn't feel like showing up? Unreal.
With more demand from season-ticket holders and sponsors, and with stadiums getting smaller, there are fewer postseason tickets left for the general public this year. The St. Louis Cardinals, who are leading in the National League Central division race, made only about 3,000 seats per game available for each of their potential home playoff games; last year, they made 14,000 tickets available for their first-round games. This week, the Los Angeles Dodgers -- who were tied for first in the National League Wild Card race heading into Tuesday night's games -- held a public sale of about 10,000 seats per game for the first round of the playoffs, a significant drop from the 15,000 tickets for the opening round in 2004, the last time the Dodgers reached the postseason.
It's a rough life, but this is the new climate of baseball. You want playoff tickets? You have to pay for them and get season tickets or a smaller pack of games to even sniff them.
"I know I haven't given this organization or the fans or this team what they paid for two, three years ago,'' Wood said in an interview with WGN-AM (720). "As a player, you feel -- you don't want to say 'guilty' -- but you [don't] feel like you've done your job and earned your money and gone out and done what you're supposed to do. There's an obligation there, absolutely.
"This organization has given me everything I've got and gave me a chance to play baseball, and they drafted me. There's definitely loyalty here. I love Chicago, I love the fans, I love the stadium, I love Wrigley Field. I love everything about the situation I'm in, but I understand the reality of the game. Hopefully, it'll be only one conversation [with general manager Jim Hendry]. We'll talk and decide what's best for the organization and best for me, and hopefully that's staying here."
The Sand Gnats, most recently an affiliate of the Washington Nationals, will continue to play their games at historic William L. Grayson Stadium, which will undergo a $5 million renovation beginning in the weeks ahead.
Game #1: The Duque
Game #2: Tom Terrific
Game #3: The Human Rain Delay
Game #4: John Maine
Game #5: The Duque
Turning serious for the postseason, the Mets sent home four players, ending their seasons: Heath Bell, Brian Bannister, Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber. Bannister, who pitched last night, will pitch in Mexico this winter. Pelfrey and Humber (who tossed a 1-2-3 inning last night) will head to the Arizona Fall League next month. Bell's days with the Mets likely are over.
*sniff* *sniff*....No more Heath Bell? Good luck and I'm sure you'll be a solid reliever for somewhere in this crazy world.