Really? That is an interesting and bold proclamation Sports Illustrated is set to be making when their new issue comes out tomorrow.
Not even I would make such a statement, nor am I about to start betting online.
I will be honest with you. You all know I sugar coat nothing. I tell it like it is and this is the way it is.
The Mets have no shot at the playoffs, never mind the World Series with that pitching rotation.
Once again, it will be pitching that will be the demise of this team unless Omar Minaya gets off his butt and does something. Truth be told, the pitchers are not doing anything, mainly Oliver Perez and John Maine.
Do not even start talking about, “Perez had a good outing last night”.Big whoopdidoo! One outing means nothing to me. I want consistency.
Give me back-to-back good outings. Actually, in his case, give me five consecutive great outings and maybe I’ll back off. Until then, its fire and brimstone for him.
Perez was killed by the media, pitching coach Dan Warthen and manager Jerry Manuel. The man came to camp out of shape. I’m glad he was put on notice by Warthen and Manuel. Light a fire under his butt so maybe he’ll actually get his act together.
Maine is still not going to be able to get through five innings. That is not good enough. He needs to get stronger and give the Mets at least six to seven innings.
I really do not think Livan Hernandez will make it through the entire season. Only the good Lord knows that one. For all we know he’s 55 years old and is on the verge of a breakdown. Freddy Garcia better work hard.
The only reliable starters are Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey. Some have questioned Pelfrey’s durability. I do not think it is an issue. He showed no signs of wearing out last year. He can handle the workload.
As for Santana, I really do not think I have to say anything. He’s just the ace and he’ll get it done.
What does Minaya think? According to NJ.com,
“I think we’re a good team, but we’ve been a good team on paper for the past three years, and all we have to show for it right now is one playoff appearance.”
So if you haven’t picked up the new issue of Sports Illustrated which is the baseball preview issue, go grab it. It will provide for an interesting read.
Oh and if any Yankee fan is reading this, good luck to your team. CC Sabathia is on the cover. Ever hear of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx?
Interesting season indeed!