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Monday, March 31, 2008

Opending Day Bitches! / Pointless Exercise II

It is upon us. The 2008 season is finally going to fire on all cylinders today and 2008 is the year of retribution for the Mets. The theme today seems to be forgetting 2007, which is just plain silly. Why would you want to forget? I have done stupid thing upon stupid thing in my life and I would never trade that in for the world.

I mean, how else does anyone learn anything. Why not use that horrific collapse to fuel your desire to bury everyone else in the league? Why would you want to forget that and perhaps take things for granted again if you are cruising in late August? Why would you want to perpetuate complacency? I say quite the contrary. The Mets need to remind themselves of 2007 (and 2006 for that matter) every day of the season to give them something to play for.

Individual Award Predictions:

National League
MVP
1) David Wright
People know he got snubbed last year and that is going to give him a bit more attention this year. Of course the Mets absolutely kicking ass will not hurt either. However, he will be hurt by the fact that Beltran and Reyes are going to be amazing as well, but in the end, he will be the best player on the best team and will get the nod as he continues to step up his game.
2) Ryan Braun
Dude is good. The Brewers are good. The only thing that might hold him back is his transition to left. However, he played short in college so I think he will adjust fine because he is a tremendous athlete which was evident when you watched play third last season. He may have butchered things a bit, but he was able to make some sparkling plays on some tough balls.
3) Mark Teixeira
I am thinking big for Mark this season. The Braves might just miss the playoffs, but he will be tremendous this season in the field and at the plate.

CY Young
1) Johan Santana
Dominating from start to finish, he will breeze past 20 wins and lay waste to everyone. Nice.
2) Brandon Webb
He's my fantasy team's ace and I am not sure if you got the memo, but he is really good. I like them the D-Backs as the best in the West and he will be their driving force yet again.
3) Jake Peavy
Hard to believe he was born in the 80's. He is entering his prime and I see no reason why he will not be just as devastating as last season. However, he was reeeeaaaallly good last year so I expect a slight pullback, but that will still leave him as one of the top five starters in the NL.

ROY
1) Jay Bruce
Late start and all, he will be the last guy standing. The Mets had it down to him and Pelfrey in the 2005 draft and the Mets look like they chose wrong. Bruce is a stud.
2) Edison Vólquez
Is he even a rookie? I think he might be and he was lights out this spring. Of course, I think a large part of his 2nd place finish will be the fact he is in the bigs from day #1, but he will be pretty impressive as well.
3) Kosuke Fukudome
While good, there are plenty of young guys who are just flat out better.

American League
MVP
1) Grady Sizemore
This is finally the year he goes from star to mega-star.
2) Alex Rodriguez
Just another Hall of Fame like season for A-Rod...ho-hum. Thankfully, he will be sitting in October because this is the year the Yankees miss the playoffs.
3) Miguel Cabrera
I know he is the sexy pick this year, but is finishing third really that bad?

Cy Young
1) Justin Verlander
I think this guy is going to be huge this year and he will be the ace for the AL Central winning Tigers. Huge offense behind a great arm means lots of wins and the voters love them wins.
2) Erik Bedard
If he is healthy enough for 32 starts, he is going to compile some scary numbers.
3) Dustin McGowan
Boom. Dustin McGowan just finished third in the Cy Young voting. What are you going to do about it? 

ROY
1) Evan Longoria
It is hard to ignore all the love he is getting. He will be up for good sooner rather than later and the kid should be ripping from day #1. With an impressive offense, he should be able to put up some rather impressive stats as well.
2) Clay Buchholz
On the universe's best team, the best rookie pitcher in the MLB should have a fine season.
3) Phil Hughes
What about Joba? It's about compiling and Phil should be able to do that better since he will be in the rotation from day #1. He'll be out a few weeks as usual, but assuming Joba is going to go from lights out set-up man to lights out starter mid-season is a stretch for me. If he stays in the bullpen all season, he gets this spot.

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  • 100k turned out to see this siliness. However, it is pretty interesting to see a game played in that type of field.

  • Pelfrey wins by default. Let us see if he can step up his game for once.

  • Outside of New York, people are talking some Mets baseball.

    Ohio likes the Mets. Third overall? I'll take that.

    Chicago likes the Mets......at least I think that is what they are saying.

    Canada like the Mets, but I still do not like Canada.

    Pittsburgh thinks Johan can win 25 and I agree.

  • Jack Morris seems to be bat shit crazy these days. Santana's change-up is gold. Pure gold. He has made a living off of it so far and I would advise him to keep doing exactly what he has been doing.

  • Klap likes El Trigres to win it all. Not a bad choice, but I think the World Series that was supposed to happen in 2006 actually happens in 2008 and the Mets will be the last team standing.

  • Wright is focussed.

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  • 33 Comments:

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Sorry fellows, I just don't see Wright winning the MVP. The Mets have 2 crosses to bear: No-Hitter, MVP award.

    I offer you this:

    Rollins OPS+, 2007: 118, 1st in MVP voting
    Reyes OPS+, 2006: 115, 7th in MVP voting

    The logic always shifts away from the Met who is eligible. What was the largest difference between Reyes' 2006 (which is criminally undervalued) and Rollins' 2007? One preseason boast.

    I hope Wright wins it for obvious reasons. But I'm worn down from all the slights and have no expectations.

    You so crazy with the Dustin McGowan Cy Young pick but I love your brashness. Heck, you TOO could win an MVP with that type of boast!

    Here's my prediction: Mets win 98 games and the division by 10. Postseason is a crapshoot, but this team is built for it.

    Let's Go Mets in 2008!

    12:10 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Really Danny? You don't see? I don't see you posting here again...BANNED!!!

    Kidding of course. The lone voice of dissension is needed sometimes.

    I agree Rollins should not have won it in 2007. Wright should have hands down, but we live on and sine Pujols is not going to be Pujols this year, Wright is the man. Utley might contend, but I'm feeling some big years for some others.

    McGowan will shock you all! I'm not saying that just because I picked him up for Fantasy, but his 2nd half was really, really good and I expect him to be better than that this year.

    I agree with the rest....98 wins can happen for sure.

    12:18 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    Ahh yes, more preidction funness.
    NL MVP:
    David Wright

    AL MVP:
    Manny Ramirez

    NL Cy Young:
    Johan Santana

    AL Cy YOung:
    Rich Harden (this is it kids)!

    NL ROY:
    Clayton Kershaw

    AL ROY:
    Evan Longoria

    Comeback=PEDRO!

    THe only thing I don't like about the Tigers is thier bad bullpen. They don't even have a Mariano like the Yankees have been able ot get away with. Indians go farther than the Tigers. It's either going to be a Red Sox/Indians vs Mets World Series.

    There's only one thing fucking up my day, I'm missing all the Opening Day Festivities due to work until like 11pm. Bullshit.

    1:01 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Work? Sucka. I hope to be outta here in a few hours. Beer and baseball! Fuck yeah!!!

    Kershaw is a nice pick. Really depends when he comes up and they are deep enough to not need him for a while. That's my only issue there.

    Harden = bold statement. We shall see....

    I like the Manny pick. Bringing sexy back!

    1:16 PM

     
    Blogger Coop said...

    Hey did you plagiarize My Summer Family? I went on record and said that this is the year DW happens. We all know he's a superstar. This year, the world will know. I also said that Johan Santana will be great, but he won't be the best pitcher on the staff. My vote goes to John Maine, who will be the NL 20 game winner this year. Mark my words on that one. Oh but Johan won't disappoint. He'll only win 18.

    3:02 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Coop...you are smart girl for sure, but c'mon. DW? He's the consensus! The chosen one! I'm not taking a big leap of faith here...now if you had Dustin McGowan as #3 for Cy, then that's one thing and you could accuse me of plagiarism.

    I'll take Maine as the best on the staff. He's my fantasy #3...no arguments for me. I actually him as #4 in the CY voting....little known fact.

    3:22 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Cooper returns on opening day! Who woulda thunk it?

    Damn, MLB.TV has got the Fish broadcast when I was hoping for the glorified three. And of course, they started off with Jeff Conine saying he'd always be a Marlin(!) and a quick recap of the Mets collapse. WELL FUCK IT FOLKS, THAT'S SO OVER AND DONE! ...

    It's opening day and JOHAN SANTANA IS ON THE MOUND!!!!

    Let's go boys!!!

    4:18 PM

     
    Anonymous tc said...

    Happy Johan Santana Day. I have the pleasure of watching the Marlins telecast on MLB.tv as I am stuck in school in the foreign state of Maryland.

    Awards?

    MVP
    1) David Wright; studly. That was simple.

    CY Young
    1) Johan Santana; he makes enough, why not?

    Good things from Los Mets this season, good things.

    ROY
    1) Joey Cueto -- Nice call with Bruce and Volquez (who throws gas); with all the young arms, not to mention Harang and Arroyo plus their mashers (Dunn, Votto, Bruce), the Reds will be surprisingly good. Cueto looks legit.

    American League
    MVP
    1) A-Rod; blah blah, too easy, I know. The guy hit friggin .314 with 54 HR, 156 RBI and 24 SB. Last year, he's absurd.
    Close 2nd - Miguel Cabrera; he hit a homer already. Meaning he can hit 162 if he keeps it up.

    Cy Young
    1) Bedard; M's are solid.
    Close 2nd - Verlander; as long as the 'pen holds on to some of his wins, because the offense behind him will give him a ton of leads.

    ROY
    1) Longoria; this years Braun minus the power with a higher average.

    Benny is correct, Tigers pen blows -- Verlander took 4 earned today because of it. Harden could very well win AL Cy if he stays healthy. He looked GOOD the other day.

    Time for the first pitch, enjoy the game everyone.

    4:27 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Loving it...Mets on their way and the Phillies, well, superb pitching today by Gordon in the 9th.

    5:54 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That was me...Happy opening day everyone!

    -Will

    Nothing like getting up at 5am to watch the Mets in Asia!!

    5:58 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Capped off my night - it's Paris after all - with an at bat by Carlos Gomez. Pushed a perfect bunt up towards the first baseman Jose-style. Not even close. Then, he steals second on a pitchout. Not even close. Earlier, he doubled to lead off his career with the Twinkies and scored on a Joe Mauer hit. Don't let anyone convince you the Mets did not give up value for Johan...

    Who pitched well all in all. Even though he didn't seem to have his best control. He did just about everything right; only one mistake: the hanging breaking ball to Willingham. Nice to watch, we won't get bored of seeing him.

    Anyway, Paris out, quite contented....

    8:05 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice to see the umpires are in mid-season form.

    Strike right down the middle of the plate on Hanley Ramirez? Noooo! Why it was low, of course! So silly of me.

    Reyes getting his hand on the bag about... oh, an HOUR before the ball gets into the fielder's glove? Noooo! Why he was out by a country mile! What was I thinking?!?

    Fucking morons. Thank God Church managed to avoid that tag at first base, otherwise this game would have turned out to be quite a bit different.

    Solid performance by Santana. He's gonna give up his share of long balls, but I gots me a gut feelin he'll trim that number down from last season. Not to mention the fact that he is gonna totally tear the shit outta the National League.

    Period... bitches!

    Anyone else hear/see the post game Randolph interview where that dunce cap stuttered and stammered his way through a question on Castillo not running hard? I was actually embarrassed for him! Seriously, you can't go making Clueless Willie look better than you on television. Ya just can't!

    And if that weren't bad enough, Randolph goes on to further humiliate the guy by dragging it out in an effort to gather a few more laughs from the crowd at his expense. It was almost as uncomfortable as watching "The Devil's Advocate" with my grandmother... almost.

    Actually, if ya wanna blame Castillo for anything, it should be not looking to the third base coach who's job it is to watch these events transpire while the runner is busy RUNNING! Castillo is too busy looking over his shoulder as he's heading towards third rather than getting signs from the third base coach who should be telling him to keep running hard.

    But then again, maybe the third base coach was sleeping at the wheel as well on that one.

    Who knows.

    Who cares!

    They won. Wright was clutch, Santana was nasty, and the world is good. For now.

    10:28 PM

     
    Anonymous seattle steve said...

    Pagan, Church, Schneider... its a good thing we have Santana, Martinez, Perez and Maine. I'm still ticked that we traded Milledge.

    11:43 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    My god, this is quite possibly the happiest I've ever been on an Opening Day.
    Mets win.
    Phillies lose and get rocked by the Nationals (who are now in sole possesion of first place). Milledge does some damage!
    Braves lose! and let me tell you, it was PEACHY to watch Glavine suck for another team. It's fun to root against such a NIBBLER like him.

    The Marlins are going to be a disaster this year as are the Giants, my god... atleast the Marlins have fun, young guys to watch.

    KOSUKE FUKUDOME!!! YES! He's a legend in Chicago already!

    And like I called it, the Tigers bullpen blows it.

    Man, the Orioles are gonna be a mess. I feel bad for any Baltimore fans.

    Oh and Grady Sizemore is going to have a balls to the walls type of year.

    1:35 AM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    The Giants are going to be a disaster; the Marlins are merely bad.

    Umpires were not in the right positions last night on both of the Mets' unsuccessful steals. Reyes was clearly in before the tag, but the umpire had no angle to even see the missed tag which occurred behind Hanley Ramirez. Same with DW's steal. Ball was there but the tag wasn't. Bad calls.

    Yep, Glavine looked as bad as he did last year, all guile and nothing else. The Braves will rue losing a first round pick for signing him. We'll be happy at least.

    6:52 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Awesome!!!!

    12:38 PM

     
    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    Johan will win 20 - the first Mets pitcher to do so in EIGHTEEN YEARS! Man, it seems strange to say that with the Mets pitching history.

    Welcome back, Coop!

    1:03 PM

     
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