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Friday, April 20, 2007

Giving Credit When Credit Is Due

A-Rod has taken a ton of crap over the past few years, but he is carrying the Yankees right now. I've witnessed two walk of bombs to center field including one with the bases juiced. He has a .351/.418/.965 line with five doubles, ten homers, and twenty six RBIs in fourteen games. That puts him on pace for 116 homers, 58 doubles, and 301 RBIs. Just let that sink in. Of course it will not last, but could he make a run at the homerun record this year? I think the answer is yes.

A-Rod looks completely relaxed right now and appears to be....brace yourself...having fun. A relaxed A-Rod without crazy booing coming his way is dangerous for opposing teams. You also have to give credit to him as a person with the daily curtain calls and you can imagine what is really going through his head. I'm sure he would prefer to give the finger rather than tip his cap, but he's on cloud nine right now.

He will always be a jackass and him doing good helps the Yankees win, but I am pulling for the guy. Also, the bigger the year he has the less likely he'll be a Yankee in '08. With the numbers he'll put up this year, he'll be able to reel in a crazy contract that will take him to when he is 40 years old. He can opt out of his current contract and say he is looking to gain security (not monetary, but more so knowing where he'll reside) and he can say he 100% wants to be a Yankee. However, when they don't show as much love as some other teams are likely to show, he walks and does not look so bad.

My prediction? The Giants. They are going to use Bonds' money on A-Rod and need to bolster their offense big time and they do not have many other avenues to do it and probably cannot pass up an offensive player of his ilk. A-Rod will be adored and will get to stay away from Yankee stadium other than every third year. It just makes sense.

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  • Beltran is a beast...the Mets rotation is tight. Oh, and Reyes with two walks? This is going to be one fuuuuun season. Lastly, Castro can rake. Really, I'm intrigued to see what he could do over the course of an entire season. Would he get exposed? I don't think he would in this lineup.

  • Wedge was crazy for not walking A-Rod with first base open when he hit the aforementioned game winning jack. He is ridiculously hot and your pitcher seemed amped up. I would have taken my chances with the next guy.

  • Next week should be some regular stuff and hopefully of some substance. I've put forth, weak, weak, weak performances lately.
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    22 Comments:

    Anonymous Gehoff said...

    I agree that if Arod opts out that San Fran would be the logical destination. Other teams will be interested but Arods personality being what it is and Giants fans complete acceptance of Bonds means that Arod would fit in great there.

    Castro is great. He just hits, whenever he gets a chance.

    This team really looks great right now top to bottom. Hard to say anything about it, performance speaks for itself.

    3:32 AM

     
    Blogger metdynasty said...

    Did the Mets become too good?

    I mean the game is usually over by the 3rd inning.

    They outscored the opponents by 49 runs already. Some teams have not even scored that many runs yet.

    2006 was fun. Now it just feels like a business. A business of destroying everyone in their path. Maybe I am not complaining about the Mets for being too strong but the fact that the rest of the league is just too weak.

    It's a good headache to have I guess.

    7:35 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yeah, and their blind acceptance of Barry was another reason....great pickup. That fanbase is the perfect place for A-Rod to be sheltered with little criticism and no boos. Also, wouldn't it be appropriate he breaks Bonds' all time homerun record as a Giant?

    metdynasty,

    I guess my question of the Mets just being in the lull or whether it was some greater defect has been answered. They definitely were in a lull and EVERYONE is killing it right now.

    Oh, and whomever passed up Beltran to let him slip to 12th!!!!!! SUCKAS!!! This is an all Met fantasy league and you should all be ashamed. Aside from Reyes and A-Rod (at least for now), Beltran is the man....

    8:38 AM

     
    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    The Mets are hitting .303 as a team, and their starters' ERA is around 3.00. You can't complain about that.

    Eric Wedge does not know how to handle closers. Listening to the game yesterday, I couldn't help remembering his handling of Fausto Carmona, who had an absolute meltdown last summer against the Red Sox. What he did with Borowski yesterday was the same thing. He certainly had enough time to warm someone up in the bullpen.

    It's nice to have someone like Castro to fill in for Captain Red Ass on a regular basis. To think, no one else wanted him when the Marlins let him go. I think he should play a little more to keep PLD fresh.

    8:48 AM

     
    Anonymous DG delivered from dial-up hell said...

    Remember that Castro, although he came with more back issues than the Mets usually go for, came as Omar likes em best: bargain basement. His career was on life support. Yeah, I'd say I'm intrigued with the idea of Castro as a full time catcher, but if the Mets start next sesaon with two rookies in the outfield - a possibility really - you do wonder if the Mets would go with a catcher who has never shown he can start as well. Defensively, he's just a slight upgrade over LoDukie,... okay more that slight: both handle their pitchers well, but PLD's arm is almost as bad as Piazza's.

    A-Rod to the Giants is an awful good bet, but I'd not be surprised if the Yanks pony up with big extension money. But, will he take it? He deserves major cred however, and I never as a rule afford credit to the evil empire.

    Just off the plane and it is 80 degrees in Paris. Awesome!

    9:16 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    The Mets are hitting .303 as a team, and their starters' ERA is around 3.00. You can't complain about that.

    Wow...I didn't even notice it was that high. That is just silly. They are the only NL team that has an AL offense. Really impressive stuff....and the speed!!!

    100% agree on Castro playing more. I think LoDuca should be kept fresh since we have a great option. Most backups suck, but Castro might be able to start and be a good one at that....but I also thought that about Jason Phillips and we all know how that worked out.

    DG....Remember, Miami was really high on Castro and he was always great at AAA and never really got a shot. He struggled and got kicked out (from what I can remember) and never got a substantial part of the season to work things out.

    The Yanks will offer something, but someone else will offer more. Their offer will be more obligator than anything.

    10:22 AM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    bottom line with a-rod:

    yankee fans won't care what records he breaks or what he does during the regular season if he bats .071/.071/.071 in october, like he did in 2006.

    as for the mets, they are rolling right now. it's all about winning each series. if you can win every series, that's worth about 108 wins for the year. that would be impressive, most impressive.

    11:06 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    What is really scary is that I don't think the mets have been all that clean. There is plenty of room for improvement. They are on pace for 115 wins, so with three bad teams in the division and the weak NL Central, 100+ wins is doable. Really doable.

    12:32 PM

     
    Blogger BookieD said...

    I don't disagree with the Giants as a great fit. I just have a hard time picturing A-Rod in the National League. Could the Phillies put together some scracth and stick A-Rod in the infield with Howard, Utley and Rollins? Imagine facing that 19 times a year.

    1:06 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Mike, Castro had just gotten over legal issues when the Mets signed him. I cannot remember what for, but it was ugly. Yes, the Marlins were high on him; however, they wanted no part of him.

    1:27 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I think the Phillies have the cash, but they have more problems than just offense to worry about.

    But the point is that Castro did not come from nowhere. He could be a solid regular.

    1:31 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    I was going to write it but didn't want to without confirming I was correct, but RC was accused of raping a woman and although obviously not found guilty, his career was in a shambles. Yes, he did not come from nowhere. He may well make a better - and younger - alternative to LoDu next year.

    1:35 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm glad ARod is raking since he's on my fantasy team and he's a good guy. He's good guy PR obsession is annoying, but overall I have no issues with him.
    I agree, he will likely opt out of his contract. I think he will do that no matter what kind of season he has with the Yankees. Giants make sense as a destination or the Dodgers, Angels. The Phillies should make a giant push to get him. If any organization needs a push, it is Philly.

    I will never get that image of ARod pussy-slapping at Arroyo's glove in the 2004 ALCS. Funny stuff.

    - Bada

    1:40 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Braves vs Mets? Ahh, this is going to be fun. Although I can't see the damn game, I"m going to have to wait until tmorrow for results.

    I still love the decision of buying that Beltran jersey as soon as he got signed. Can't wait to come home and wear it.

    A-Rod? pfft, how many rings does he have? 0 he's not clutch or a winner. I wanna see him do it in a Game 7 of a World Series. ANd umm, shit, it's obvious now he's going to opt out and make more money and people will hate him again.

    1:54 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    DG...Yikes. Never a good thing to be accused of that.

    It will be interesting to see if they bring back LoDuca though. Really interesting. With Milledge or Gomez in the fold next and likely in the two hole, it diminishes his offensive value and raises Castro's for the same spot at the bottom of the order. We don't need small ball out of the 7th spot in the order.

    Bada,

    Slappy-gate is classic and yes, A-Rod is obsessed with this love, adore me, and shower me with kisses thing. He needs to get some tougher skin or change jobs.

    Benny, good to hear from you...Hudson, James, and Smoltzie? Tough draw and a nice early season test for the Mets.

    ANd umm, shit, it's obvious now he's going to opt out and make more money and people will hate him again.

    How ironic...A-Rod climbs back into American's grace and loses it immediately!

    2:33 PM

     
    Anonymous rick m said...

    This should be a great weekend of baseball, I'm really looking forward to some good weather and some good games. Part of me wants to see the Mets take three, but then the season would be more fun if they take two and battle the Braves for first place for a few months. By the time August rolled around last year, I was hardly watching and what I did watch was sloppy. Duking it out with Atlanta will keep this team tight all year.

    3:21 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    rick, taking three from this team would be craptastic...really lopsided for us through Pelf and Ollie out there against two top notch pitchers.

    But with San Diego weather and me going to both games, I'm REALLY excited for baseball and I'm REALLY excited to watch ESPN's Sunday night game with Daisuke taking on the Yankees. Should be plenty to write about this weekend for the sportswriters.

    3:47 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Gomez is not going to bat second with success, at least not initially. Milledge might, as I'm pretty convinced he's going to far outclass Gomez in the next few months. Matter of pitch selection and maturity really. Gomez stunk in a leadoff role last year. I don't think people have realized how good Lastings could be after pooping all over him last summer.

    4:48 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Point taken on Gomez...but Milledge can certainly handle the duties!

    5:43 PM

     
    Anonymous gehoff said...

    Castro supposedly raped some girl. I think it got reduced to assault or something minor but it was a mess.

    11:37 PM

     
    Anonymous two-by-four said...

    I know the Wilpon’s won’t spend the cash but A-Rod to his favorite team would be a dream. The environment in the Mets clubhouse would be ideal for him. I don’t want to hear “Where would he play?” because you make room for a HOF talent like that.

    10:02 PM

     
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