Elster's World

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Housekeeping and, of course, Baseball

- The first stage of the soon to be massive changes at Elster's World has commenced. I have added an email address to my profile. I'm convinced that there are legions of silent readers out there who want nothing more than a more private way of contacting me. So this is for all of you, legions of silent readers. Enjoy.

- The Mets/Red Sox series, in the grand scheme of things, is probably not that important in terms of what it means in the standings or how it will affect the Mets playoff hopes. Yet, in other ways it's extremely important. The media hype, Pedro's return to Boston, Pedro vs. Beckett, Glavine (11-2) vs. Curt Schilling and his Bloody Sock (9-2). Plenty of interesting subplots there.

But the biggest of them all, for me, is the yardstick test. Every series, every game, is a test for the Mets. How good is this team really? Sure, they can beat up on some very flawed divisional teams. Sure they have the best record in the weaker National League. But how good are they really? When the Mets went 9-1 on a recent west coast swing, it was telling. Why? Because those west coast trips are usually a study in disaster for them. So at this point, everything is a challenge. If they beat the Pirates, it shows they won't let down against bad teams. When the beat the Phillies or Braves, it shows they can get up for divisional rivals.

Right now, the Sox are the hottest team in the league. They have won their last 10 games. They are one of the best teams in the American League. This series, and the one following it at the Yanks in the Bronx, is a measuring stick. Can the Mets perform against the best in baseball at a high level, series in and series out? That's what this is about. Can the Mets go 4-2 against two top teams away from Shea? Sure Soler threw up a stinker last night, Lastings made a terrible play in left, and it appears that Nady got hurt. All true. But there are still five games to go. Prove yourself Mets.

- One other baseball note - The Mets really could use a decent Cliff Floyd back in the lineup. He gives David Wright more protection than Xavier Nady, and turns Nady into one of the best number 7 hitters in the league. Also, it's nice to have a number 6 hitter who can potentially hit 30 home runs (if healthy) and drive in 85-90 RBI. AND he's a true clubhouse leader.

- Couple of relatively new posts below. If you haven't seen em yet, get to it.

- Travel Mates - Tomboy seems to have dropped of the planet. Have not heard from her in well over two weeks. Scraps and I have pushed the story as far as it can go without her contribution. So if any of you are still reading, please be patient. We hope to be up and running soon.

8 Comments:

  • Very good Mets points. I hope they take the next 2 against Boston because I think, at this point, the Yankees will be lucky to take 2 of 3.

    There is still a lot of baseball to be played before the playoffs can really be discussed, but the Mets have proven themselves with the other NL teams thus far.

    By Blogger bellanny, at 2:57 PM  

  • Earlier in the seasojn I would have said going 4-2 was absolutely MANDATORY for the team. And then they would have gone 2-4 or 3-3. Now, 4-2 is a nice measuring stick, but not crucial to team psyche. The team actually has fantastic chemistry.

    By Blogger Elster, at 3:06 PM  

  • The team chemistry reminds me of the 98 Yankees and the teams of the championship run. Every person contributes in some way to get things done. They are truly a Team.

    By Blogger bellanny, at 1:16 PM  

  • Guess the Mets don't have what it takes against the good AL teams. 19-6 Boston so far, let's go Red Sox for the sweep tonight!

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 3:33 PM  

  • Go Mets. That's the last time you'll hear me say that this year. Is one game so much to ask?

    By Blogger bellanny, at 8:09 PM  

  • Gotta love those Boston boys with a sweep. Another year of pretender status for the Mets.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 10:23 PM  

  • Relax Jewboy. As long as your braves keep losing, it dosn't matter anyway.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:33 PM  

  • Yeah. But I want to be able to talk smack to you and Joe.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 11:46 AM  

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