So, America's game is back at it again, and the first few games of the Major League season have led us to a couple of surprising revelations. And number one....The Royals are a World Series Darkhorse.
But I, like many, am still sorting through what to make of their sweep of the Tigers. It leads one to wonder if the Tigers are really that good. 0-4 through the first four games is obviously not the way one would want to start their season. But these games are more crucial than we truly value them. So often, you'll see teams come with a single win of achieving the division. You wonder if these teams would like to revisit these "junk" games at the beggining of the season and put some moxy and heart into them.
Onto the matter of the Yankees. With a new manager at the helm, the changes for the Yanks have already been felt. The Yankees scored 8 runs in their series victory over the Jays. In their first game last year they scored more than 8 runs. But there is a lot of promise in the reshaping of the Yankees. Turning small-ball into an integral part of their game is a great advancement in what had been a one-dimensional style of play. Also, the defense (see: Giambi, Jason) seems to have improved since '07.
Though the most important part of baseball is also the most important part of the Yankees renovation. Pitching! Pitching! Pitching! In the openers, Wang has pitched well, Mussina...like Mussina, and Hughes the best. Joba, Mo, and even...gulp...Farnsworth have pitched alright.
On to the matter of the Mets. Every employee on WFAN seemed to be under the impression that the Mets will win (with relative ease) 125 games and go undefeated in the postseason. So why was the attitude funeral-esque on Wednesday? Pedro. Pedro. Pedro. A great point was made, though, amid all the eulogies. This guy trains with his own guy, not the Mets guy. Further proof that personal trainers ruin ballplayers. McNamee...