Wednesday, August 22, 2007

English is Back: Catching the Baseball Fever - Again [J. Mark English]

I'm back from vacation, I'm rested, and ready to start watching baseball again on a nightly basis. I've taken a break from the monotonous bseason, to focus on other things such as going to the beach, boating, drinking with friends and just freeing my mind.

Now its time for me to start scheduling in time to watch every Mets game, set the TIVO to record Baseball Tonight, and gear up for the pennant races, all of which seem to be going down to the wire.

What a time to pick up things up again. Last night the Mets played a seesaw game against the San Diego Padres. The Mets lit up pitcher Chris Young, who has sparkled this season. They got to him early behind the resurgent hitting of Carlos Beltran who has finally regained his 2006 form. After being up 4-1, they gave up the lead, and were forced to battle back. Newcomer, Luis Castillo drove in the winning run against the imposing closer, Trevor Hoffman. Castillo is a testament to the type of the moves the Mets have made over the past couple of weeks.

Instead of trying to give up a lot to get a bonafide starter, they instead gave up very little to get a solid second baseman with speed, great defense, and a guy who will put the ball in play with Jose Reyes on the bases. He makes the Mets pitchers better because he solidifies a strong defense. Maine, Perez, Glavine, and Hernandez can relax more with a defense like the Mets have between the bases, because they know that any ground ball will more then likely produce an out.

Pedro Martinez meanwhile looms off in the distance and provides hope that if he is able to return the Mets will feature a lofty pitching staff heading into the playoffs.

Meanwhile the Yankees suffered last night from a guy who put in a monstourous game, provided by Garret Anderson, of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California. Anderson drove in a whopping ten runs, leading the Angels past the Yankees 18-9.

Many will point out that the Yanks are being inconsistent against the good teams. No big deal. As long as the Yankees can continue to rake up victories against teams that are sub par, and just play around .500 against the good teams, the Yankees will make the playoffs.

I wrote them off earlier this season, but that was a mistake on my part.

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