Click the link on the right side for WFAN. Mike and the Mad Dog interviewed Keith Hernandez and Bud Selig yesterday (3/30/07). You can listen to recordings of the interviews.
Cards (away)- Season opener
It’s time to get this team going. The 07 version of the Mets looks very strong from an everyday player perspective. I (and everyone else) am not so sure about the pitching staff. I like that Willie got Glavine lined up for the opener tomorrow, especially when I see that the Yankees are opening with Pavano. I really hope the fans at Yankee Stadium boo him. He deserves it. Can you believe this is his third year with the Yankees?
Chris Carpenter is a tough matchup for the Mets tomorrow night. Last year he was 15-8 3.09 ERA in 32 starts. He also had 5 complete games, of which 3 were shutouts. That is a solid season! He also worked 221 innings. He had 184 K’s and 43 walks, so he’s usually pitching in or around the strike zone. He’s 31 years old. I wish the Mets had a starter of this caliber.
The player to watch in the short term is Shawn Green. How much patience does Willie show if he struggles early? Maybe not as much as you might think… Milledge made the team. Even though Green is making $10M this year, Milledge is the future (assuming he isn’t traded for pitching at the deadline). The bottom line here is that Shawn Green has had a severe drop off since his 2002 season with the Dodgers. His lack of performance this spring didn’t do anything to make us believe he can turn things around.
How can Glavine and El Duque hold up this season? Can we tread water until Pedro gets back in August? Can Oliver Perez collect himself and throw strikes again? These are a few of the questions that will be answered starting tomorrow night. The pitchers are a serious question mark!
The positive side of all this is that there aren’t many good teams in the NL. The Phillies, Cards, and Mets are clearly the best teams on paper. Let’s see if it plays out that way over 162 games. It usually doesn’t…
Alay Soler was cut today
The Mets cut Soler today. I really didn’t see him earning a spot on the major league team. Last year he was 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA, the complete game shutout against the D-Backs was great, but other than that I was never impressed. He looked out of shape, and inconsistent for most of his starts. Read the ESPN report at:
Personally, I like Pelfrey, Perez, and Maine for the final three spots in the rotation. Sele is totally washed up, Sosa could be the long man, and Humber needs more time. Vargas pitched today, and gave up two runs over three innings. I need to see more of him before I rush to judgment. It looks like Vargas has options so we’ll probably see him in Norfolk for much of the season.