It’s time for the final ticket giveaway of the 2012 season. You can win a pair of tickets to the Mets-Nationals game at Citi Field on Wednesday September 12, 2012 at 7pm from SeatCrew. You have a chance to see a team with one of the best records in MLB headed for the playoffs. The Nationals are a team that’s certainly worth seeing led by rising stars Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. Continue reading
TV: FOX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: This is an odd pitching match-up. I have to admit that I can’t wait to see Strasburg this afternoon. It’s not surprising that Fox picked up this game. The young phenom has been drawing crowds wherever he goes. I bet the TV ratings will be relatively good for a summer afternoon on a holiday weekend. Dickey had his first loss and really bad start against the Marlins on Monday. This is where we’ll start to see if his first six wins were a mirage or not.
Here’s some ESPN video with Buck Showalter giving us a preview of Stephen Strasburg. He’s lost his last two starts but his velocity and control are incredible. It’ll be really interesting to see the Mets facing him this afternoon on Fox. I can’t even think of another starting pitcher that I could compare with Strasburg to see how the Mets perform against a fireballing-righty with excellent control and three good pitches.
The Nationals are playing very well right now. They’re winning against quality teams and in every type of game. As someone who often roots for the underdog, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Nationals stay in the NL East race for a while, but I think their ride near the top of the division won’t last too much longer. They clearly have a great chance to end up with a much better record than they did in 2009, when they went 59-103, but getting close to 90 wins still seems beyond their capabilities.
Their record is an astonishing 20-15 and they are only 1 game behind the Phillies. Even after their big win against the Rockies last night, they still have a negative run differential (was -16, now -8 after their big win). While there are a number of reasons why their smashing success is unlikely to continue, I’ll just touch on a few here. Continue reading