From the desks of:
HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET and BLAME CARLOS MAY
SUBWAY SERIES 2013
NEW YORK YANKEES
NEW YORK METS
Give credit where it's due. I would never have predicted the Yankees would be playing .612 baseball on May 27th - not with the calamity of injuries they sustained even before Opening Day. As a matter of fact, I didn't. In my 2013 A.L. East Preview, I predicted the Yanks would fight with Toronto for second place, while Baltimore took the division. The standings haven't gone askew on my yet, but to date, Boston and Toronto certainly have thrown a wrench in my spokes. Otherwise, club members of the A.L. East have been beating each other senseless, which is exactly what I predicted.
If it wasn't for bad luck, Curtis Granderson would have no luck at all - tough break for him, and the Yankees. Names like Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Granderson, Kevin Youkilis, etc. reads like a hospital wing softball team. Mariano Rivera is amazin'. pardon the pun. At least the Mets won't have to face CC Sabathia - not that it matters after getting creamed by the Rays.
I'm setting the over/under for Ike Davis strikeouts at nine, in recognition of Carlos Delgado's nine RBI day at Yankee Stadium. Lucas Duda has been hot lately, so maybe he can so some crushin' against the Yanks this week. I look forward to the Mets opportunity to tee-off against Phil Hughes. Everyone else has. I would have liked an opportunity to tee-off on Joba as well - if only for his disrespectful treatment of Mariano. But he, like Andy "Oh yeah, I did it twice" Pettitte are currently with their other team mates back in the infirmary ward.
There's nothing to get overly scientific about. Let's all have some fun during New York's Subway Series. Let's go Jon Niese, time to get your season turned around. Seize the moment, and beat the Yanks at home tonight.
GAME ONE FINAL
Bronx Yankees 1
Queens METS 2
The Captain launched a deep fly to right field in Sunday's game that would have left Shea Stadium - right/center, David Wright's wheelhouse. Ownership took that away from him with their new park and a contrived wall scheme. So what did Wright do last night? He launched a ball high and far to left. We know when David is going to right, he is going well. So, which would you rather see?
Bobby Parnell looks to be getting real comfortable as a closer, and is throwing a lower, more biting curve ball these days. His high knuckle ball still flutters to the plate, but he's throwing something else now, and I like it.