Elster's World

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Well, What Did You Expect?

- While it appears as though the Mets will lose the first of a very important 6 game test (3 against Philly followed by three against the Braves), you can't be too devastated by this one. The Mets lost this game the minute Sandy Alomar Sr. took out the game line up card with the words "B. Lawrence" penned in for the starting pitcher. Championship teams do not throw Brian Lawrence out there every five games.

Joe has been nagging me constantly to throw him his props for correctly calling that Omar Minaya flubbed the offseason in terms of the pitching staff, especially the relievers. The fact is, the Mets starters are not lasting deep into games (except for the mysteriously ageless El Duque) and the relief corps simply can't hold leads, from the long reliever (Sele) to the closer (Wagner) and everyone in between.

At the end of the day, the Mets need to, at an absolute minimum, split the next six. Anything less than that is a disaster.

- We held our second annual fantasy football league draft Saturday night. ESPN runs a great draft, the experience is easy and enjoyable. I lucked out with the second overall pick and grabbed Stephen Jackson. Rounding out my key positions, I have Rudi Johnson, Cedric Benson and Deuce McAllister at RB, Mark Bulger at QB, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, Laverneous Coles and Plax at receiver, Tony Gonzalez at TE and some stud defenders. The overall impression is that everyone picked pretty well (easy in a shallow league). Hopefully I'll have a better showing than last year's injury plagued disaster.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Troubling News All Around

- First comes the news out of ultra-secret Jets camp that newly acquired savior running back Thomas Jones pulled up lame on Sunday at practice. This was followed by typical say nothings by Coach Mangini and Jones not being allowed to talk to the press.

The comes this evening's news that Agent Drew Rosenhaus said that the injury was a strained calf. That in it of itself - not so troubling. However, Rosenhaus stated that Jones is "week to week" and that Jones is confident he will be ready by the season opener.

If I'm a Jets fan (which, incidentally, I am) I'd be very nervous. For starters, injuries that are week to week, as opposed to day to day, are bad signs. Also, when you pull out your handy dandy list of Offensive Players the Jets Absolutely Cannot Afford to Lose, the top of that list goes like this:

1. Pennington
1A. Jones

The Jets need a healthy and productive Jones to take the pressure off Pennington and the throwing offense. The Jets don;t even have a third string rusher at this point. If Leon Washington cannot shoulder the entire load, the Jets are in big trouble.

- Speaking of the Jets and troubling, how can Darrelle Revis still be unsigned? It's asinine that this guy isn't in camp at this point. I have no more to say.

- Also troubling - the August, 2007 version of the New York Mets. This is NOT looking like a penant contender. 1-3 to the Marlins? The bullpen is just terrible right now. Minaya did not do enough at the deadline to shore it up either.