Elster's World

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Quick Note first - McAryeh's long awaited effort is up at Storytellers as of about 10 minutes ago. Check it out.

- Did not see, or hear anything about, the Mets loss to Pittsburgh. Yes, the Mets got swept by the Pirates this weekend and were shut out of clinching the playoffs and home field advantage the whole weekend. Lowlights included Pedro crying like a little girl in the dugout on Friday night and Aaron Heilman's stinker on Saturday night.

And you know what I say to all that? Big deal. In '86 the Mets lost 5 in a row before finally clinching against the (I think) Phillies. Let's all relax and remember that if you were up by 15 or 16 games in your divisional race, you would also have trouble finding the fire and motivation every night. Besides, I love any and all parallels to the '86 team. Keep 'em coming.

- After watching the Jets' inspired comeback against the Patriots fall short, I was left with a few observations:

--The Jets simply cannot run the ball. Blame Barlow and Blaylock. Blame the offensive line. Blame the Iranian President. Doesn't mater. For two games in a row, the running attack has been atrocious. If things don't improve soon, it will become harder and harder for Chad Pennington and the air attack to get anything done. Lowlight of the afternoon - Blaylock being inadvertently tackled by Brandon Moore on a sweep to the left, causing me to actually laugh out loud. The offensive line is very raw and it is showing. It's also hard to tell how well the rookies are doing. D'brickashaw Ferguson was clearly overmatched on a few plays. Harder to rate the performance of Nick Mangold. His name was barely mentioned, a pretty good sign.

--How good were the touchdown plays by Jerricho Cotchery and Laverneous Coles? Just two outstanding plays by the receivers - which, by the way, made Pennington's otherwise very average performance look better. Tight End Chris Baker was silent and Brad Smith barely got into the game.

--Tom Brady is still great, but he is missing a number one receiver. He still makes all the clutch throws, but you could see him struggling to find guys getting separation - and he made some really poor throws (like Barret's interception, thrown short and into double coverage). He also underthrew Ben Watson for a sure touchdown.

- Fantasy wise, I am up by ten points over TO and we each have two players still alive, The problem is, his two guys left are Terrel Owens and Fast Willie Parker. I have two defensive players. So despite a MONSTER Eli Manning performance, it looks like Team Elster is about to go 1-1. If I have any chance to win this thing, I am going to need a huge game from my best defensive player, Troy Palumalu. Chad Johnson, Dwight Freeney, where are you guys?


  • 1. "In '86 the Mets lost 5 in a row before finally clinching against the (I think) Phillies"

    They lost four in a row before clinching against the Cubs.

    The comparison to the '86 Mets is otherwise absurd. This year's team has terrible pitching and will be gone soon.

    2. "The Jets simply cannot run the ball"

    Agreed, I blame the coaching staff. Will try to post tomorrow and elaborate.

    3. "Pennington's otherwise very average performance look better"

    Under the circumstances, I think Pennington played well when the coaching staff let him take charge.

    4. You have a shot in the game vs. TO. I lost a tough one to MoC - we were the top two teams this week. I had to leave this morning, benched Westbrook when I heard he was a game time decision, and paid the price.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:56 PM  

  • In 86, the Mets were the best team in the NL. In 06, the Mets are the best team in the NL.

    Yes, this team has worse starting pitching. But I think the 06 pen is better and they have better hitting.

    iut's not absurd.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:26 PM  

  • I agree that the NL sucks.

    Otherwise, I guess you just don't remember '86.

    First the hitting:

    The '86 team was better at 1B, 2B, RF, LF, catcher and bench. (Please don't argue that Delgado is better than Keith Hernandez. If you believe that, you might as well save time by dropping the Mets as you've deleted the Rangers from your group of teams (of course, you'll be posting about the Rangers should they play well again, but that's another story.)

    The '06 team is better at 3B and much better at CF and SS. But the '86 team got good performances from CF and 3B (as has the '06 team from C, 1B and 2B).

    The '86 bullpen was better. Orosco and McDowell both had very good seasons. Sisk, Niemann and Anderson were also all solid. This year's team has gotten good performances from Oliver and Feliciano, but I don't think those guys should be trusted in the playoffs. Heilman and Wagner have both been inconsistent. Sanchez was very good but is gone.

    Most importantly, the '86 team's starting pitching was far superior to this year's team. How can you compare a staff of Gooden, Darling, Ojeda, Fernandez and Aguilera, with a staff of an unreliable and inconsistent Pedro, a Glavine that appears to have run out of gas, Trachsel, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Dave Williams, and whomever else happens to pass by the Van Wyck on any given night?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 11:20 PM  

  • You cannot compare the 2 teams starters. The 86 Met team was supposed to be the start of a dynasty. This season's rotation has an ace with balky legs, a 400 years old number 2, a 500 year old number three, and the worst 14 game winner in team history. My comparison was for karmic purposes.

    Keith Hernandez was one of the greatest players in Met history and I would never argue he had less value than Delgado. But they play different roles. Jose Valentin doesn't give you THAT much less than the Wally/Timmy combo at second. Bith benches are were pretty good.

    I am NOT saying this year's team is as good as the 86 team. My only point was that the number of ties you can make between the 2 teams, the better.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:27 AM  

  • BTW, I checked and you clearly defeated TO in contrast to your post.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:25 AM  

  • East coast teams are usually overrated.

    By Blogger Jack's Shack, at 10:47 AM  

  • My not yet secured victory over TO occured AFTER my post was written - Owens broke his finger and amassed like 4 points and I got 9 points out of Sean Taylor. Tonight,m TO needs a HUGE game out of Fast Willie but if I get 6 or 7 out of Polumalu it probably wont make a difference.

    Jack - Blah Blah Blah. I can't wait to smack your Dodgers in the playoffs.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:49 AM  

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