Another one bites the dust

The time has unfortunately come again. After climbing from the depths of being above of only the Marlins in the national league to getting with a half a game out, carried by their starting pitching and core of young position players, the Mets have fallen short. After losing 2 of 3 to the Phillies and being 4 games back with only 20 the Mets have only a 7% chance to reach the postseason (according to fan-graphs). So what happened?!?! There is a long version but it came down to 2 things. An awful bullpen and maybe an even worse manager. Continue reading “Another one bites the dust”

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Can You Believe it?

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Lets be honest, No one saw this coming. ESPN said they’d finish last, Same with NBC Sports. There wasn’t a lot of hope but here we are, at the all star break, and the New York Islanders are in sole possession of first place.

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The Real(muto) deal?

The winter meetings are now over and while they aren’t really what they used to be, they are a time where the entire league is one place and it gives team a bit of a push to make some moves. Not many did but a few moves were made. The Mariners continued their fire sale, the Phillies signed a personal favorite of mine Andrew McCutchen to too much money and the Mets fortified their bullpen brining back former closer Jeurys Familia. The biggest story of the week, at least in queens, were the rumors surrounding a JT Realmuto trade with the Miami Marlins.

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Thank you, Captain

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Unfortunately the time has come. The Mets and David Wright announced today that he is no longer physically able to play the game he loves so much. He will suit up one last time on Saturday September 29th and, according to him, play as much as he can. We all knew this was coming but it’s still hard to watch. So I wanted to take a moment to thank David. He’s the best homegrown position player in the franchises history and has been my favorite player for the last 14 years.  Continue reading “Thank you, Captain”

This one counts

The oldest rivalry in the history of the NFL continues in week one of this season in prime time on Sunday night as the Packers take on the Bears for the 197th time in the regular season. Green Bay leads the series 96-94 with 6 ties. This one will feature a matchup of the highest paid players in league history on each side of the ball with Aaron Rodgers facing off against the Bears newly acquired stud Khalil Mack. Here’s a few things to watch for this game: Continue reading “This one counts”

Pack at it again

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It’s finally that time of year again. The time where teams get back together, and a new season begins. With the way last season went this day couldn’t come fast enough for the Packers. Stripped of their hall of fame quarterback for most of the year, the team showed its flaws by going 3-5 in the game Aaron Rodgers didn’t finish. While they gave the Steelers a run for their money in a Sunday night game that would’ve been huge in their hope for a playoff run, in the end their lack of effective QB play was their downfall. That’s not to say there aren’t other issues but those seem to be addressed this offseason and I am excited to see how it all plays out on the field. Here are a couple of things to watch at training camp this year. Continue reading “Pack at it again”

All in the Familia

No matter how uncomfortable he made Met fans sometimes, Jeurys Familia did his job, and he did it well.

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Big games are what everyone remembers. They are what every team in sports strive to get to so if you don’t perform in those games, that’s all people remember. That is unfortunately the case with now former Mets closer Jeurys Familia. The Mets traded the 2016 all-star this past weekend to the Oakland A’s for 2 prospects and 1 million in international slot money. The return left a lot to be desired with one of the prospects being a 2017 4th round pick 3rd baseman William Toffey out of Vanderbilt who was ranked 17th in the A’s system by MLB.com and the other being relief pitcher Bobby Wahl. Toffey is struggling in Double-A this season hitting .244 with a .741 OPS in 48 games. Wahl had a cup of coffee in the MLB in 2017 and is dominating Triple-A this year with 65 strikeouts in 39.2 inning with a 2.27 ERA. He throws in the upper 90’s with a good slider so he will be able to help the bullpen. The 3rd part of the trade also has significance as the international slot money gives Omar Minaya and the Mets the freedom to “find another Familia” as assistant GM John Ricco put it. While the underwhelming return is an issue, I think the way Familia is viewed by fans is more of an issue. Continue reading “All in the Familia”

Mindset of Mediocrity

After losing their 7th straight game and having another putrid offensive output it’s become clear things are heading downward once again for our beloved Meties. So what went wrong? The truth is a little bit of everything and the burden has fallen on a first year manager to fix it. Not an easy task. From Ownership on down accountability was preached and the promise was things would change. Well they haven’t. At all. And there in lies the problem. 

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Draft Day

For the first time since the 2009 draft, the Packers will select in the first half of the first round. In that draft the packers used the ninth overall pick to select a future pro bowler and NFC Championship game hero B.J. Raji. They also traded into the late first round to pick a guy named Clay Matthews, you may have heard of him. 9 of the last 13 drafts the Packers have used their first selection on a defensive player and this year should be no different.  With the draft just a few days away, here a few guys to keep in mind  Continue reading “Draft Day”

Boom or Bust

Sometimes winning the offseason
translates to wins on the field. That should be the case for the 2018 New York Yankees. They sent Starlin Castro and some bus money to the Marlins in exchange for the NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. While scoring runs (2nd in MLB) and hitting homers( 1st in MLB) were not issues for them last year, adding a player of Stanton’s caliber can’t hurt especially when the cost was essentially only money. Contrary to popular belief though, this team is comprised of more than just the brothers of destruction(it leaves out the rest of the studs on the team but I like the WWE reference for the nickname so I’m going for it) so let’s take a look at how the rest of the roster will shape up when they head to Toronto for opening day.

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