Rumblings from the Diamond and Pitch

 

Thought it would be fun to do another update on the Mets after 100 games, following my last update after 40 games, along with some other rumblings from the sports world.  The Mets were quite consistent during prior years at the 40 game mark, finishing at the quarter within 2 games of .500 in all but one year. The Mets hit the 100 game mark a couple days ago with a 47-53 won-loss record, 6 games under .500.  This is one game better than last year, but still 6 games off their best mark since 2008.

  • 2013 – 46-54
  • 2012 – 48-52
  • 2011 – 50-50
  • 2010 – 51-49
  • 2009 – 49-51
  • 2008 – 53-47

My hopes for the future of the Mets continues to grow with each game, however, with so many pitchers coming into their own. Thinking of next year, the starting rotation will include solid young veterans in Gee and Niese and younger pitchers with a lot of potential in Harvey, Wheeler, and deGrom. This doesn’t even count Colon as the wily veteran and Syndergard, a highly regarded pitcher in AAA. The bullpen has also turned a corner since removing Farnsworth and Valverde.  The Familia-Mejia combination is looking good as the set-up and closer of the future, even though I expect a few hiccups from them before this season is over.  The everyday players are showing promise too, but they need at least one more quality bat to take it up another level, in my opinion.

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Rule Changes

I’m impressed with MLB’s ability to adjust rule interpretations on the fly during this season. Earlier this year there were some ridicules challenges regarding the “transfer” rule, which comes into play when a player catches a fly ball, then drops the ball during the transfer to his throwing hand. This was called a no-catch on multiple occasions following replay, but shouldn’t have been if common sense was allowed to be used by umpires. The rule was written so that it didn’t matter how long the ball was in your glove, a split second to 5 seconds, the player was safe if the ball was dropped during transfer. It was a ridiculous interpretation of the rule that was quickly changed.

Neighborhood Play

There’s a play in baseball, when a second baseman throws to the shortstop, who then quickly goes by or around second base prior to throwing to first for a double play. In this case the shortstop doesn’t actually have to touch second base for the runner to be out. It’s called the neighborhood play. It’s a rule that has existed for ages to protect the shortstop from injury from the runner sliding into second. However, earlier this month, the Mets got a call overturned in their favor when the Braves threw a runner out at second following a sacrifise bunt. The second baseman was in no way attempted to use the neighborhood play, acting more like a first baseman stretching for the ball. He just happened to take his foot off the bag early, which is a technique used by first baseman to trick the umpire into thinking the foot was on the bag at the time the ball was received. The Braves whined, but it was clear from my point of view that it was not a neighborhood play. It was a good challenge and overturn by the league… and by no means questionable.

World Cup

I’m a big proponent of rules when it comes to the teams fans root for, to the point I question friends/aquaintences that root for teams that play in states where they didn’t grow up (common Yankee fan problem). However, I went against the rules in rooting for both Greece and the USA during the World Cup. It was an exciting spectacle for a month or so. Similar to March Madness, the excitement seemed to wane as the tournament went on and less games were played (and more days went by without games).  The lack of ties during the tournament added to the excitement… I hate ties.  As exciting as I found the World Cup, though, I’m woried (I use that term loosley) soccer will fall into the same category as speed skating in the Olympics, something I’m excited to watch every 4 years, but not during the in-between years. This sort of stinks as I do think it is a great spectator sport.

On a side note…

Did you hear about the guy suing MLB, ESPN, and the Yankees for being shown on TV sleeping at a game? This is just ridiculous in and of iteself. However, does he not realize the lawsuit is just going to prolong the ridicule and, potentially, make it worse?

2 thoughts on “Rumblings from the Diamond and Pitch”

  1. (8/13/2014) Tonight I head to the ballpark to watch a New York baseball icon one last time. So many great years, memorable seasons and outstanding individual plays. I’ve really been waiting all season for this; I likely will never get the opportunity again to see this player live and in person. I have no more tickets to games this year, and the team is likely not making the playoffs. Konstantine – I know you’re jealous…but don’t be. Who would not be excited to see Bartolo Colon pitch tonight for the Mets against the Washington Nationals?????

    Me and Vinny will enjoy a cold one on your behalf from CitiField!

  2. Haha. You had me at the edge of my seat trying to figure out who was this baseball icon. I figured you weren’t heading to Yankee stadium to watch Jeter.

    Hopefully you’ll have a good view when Colon comes to the plate, swings and misses with all his might, resulting in his helmet falling off (again).

    Have fun and enjoy the cold one!

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