Mets Game 80: Win Over Diamondbacks
Mets 9 Diamondbacks 1
Might Bud Selig move the Mets into the NL West?
Mets Game Notes
I’m serious. If BeelzeBud can move the Milwaukee Brewers from the AL East to the NL Central, and force the Astros out of a real baseball league and into an Adulterated League, why can’t he move the Mets into the NL West? He already gave them a once-secret loan, a GM, and an All-Star Game, so why not move the franchise into a division where they have half a chance of competing for first place?
Wow, if the Diamondbacks are the best of the NL West, then Selig has succeeded in his master plan of creating parity via watered-down talent pool. Hey, I’m all for parity — I think it’s essential to keeping interest in the game, and any sports league should be set up in such a way that every team has a legitimate shot at the championship. But, as we see one weak team after another play the Mets, it’s become clear that “Major League” doesn’t mean what it used to. Or maybe I’m getting old and cranky. If it were up to me, MLB would be cut down to 26 or 24 teams, and we’d truly see the best of the best. Instead, we’re paying big-league prices to watch minor-league baseball. I feel a little cheated.
In any case, the Mets win in a laugher, scoring more than five runs for the first time since George Theodore was storking around the outfield in Flushing. OK, maybe not THAT long, but it’s been a while since the Mets plated that many men in front of the home crowd.
And while we’re on the subject of men playing above their heads, what’s with Jeremy Hefner? He who allowed only six baserunners in seven solid innings. Is Hefner this good, or the teams he’s facing that bad? Or a combination? Or does it have something to do with BeelzeBud’s newfangled schedule, where teams only play each other a handful of times? In other words, will Hefner be able to keep this pace once he faces opponents three or four times? Then again, will he have to worry about such things, considering that he’ll likely only see NL East teams more than once?
I don’t know what to make of this game. We saw a lineup that had Juan Lagares in the two-hole, Marlon Byrd batting cleanup, Satin fifth, and the offense led by Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla. And this was NOT a AAA contest. Yeah, guess I am getting old and cranky. But the games were much more interesting when I was walking uphill both ways to watch them on a black and white TV with rabbit ears covered in tin foil.