I’m well aware that 4-6 right out of the gate is not what you had in mind New York baseball fans.
However, before we start doubting the talents of Matt Harvey and Alex Rodriguez, take a deep breath, relax and realize it’s only ten games into a 162-game season!
I won’t lie to you folks, watching the Yankees the last few days was beyond frustrating.
Missed opportunities with runners in scoring position, poor starting pitching and poor performance from top players is not the way you draw up the start of the season.
However, I don’t expect Alex Rodriguez to hit .100 the rest of the way; I don’t expect Jacoby Ellsbury to continue to misplay fly balls in center field; and eventually a Yankees starter is going to get into the eighth inning.
There is good news on the Yankees front. Starlin Castro has a chance to be an All-Star second basemen, Carlos Beltran is picking up right where he left off last season, and the bullpen looks like it has a chance to be the best in baseball even without the services of Arodlis Chapman.
A 5-6 record is not ideal, but I wouldn’t be taking the plunge off the GW Bridge quite yet.
For the other team in town, I’m well aware of the heightened expectations for 2016. I discussed the expectations a few months ago, it’s World Series or bust for the New York Mets.
That’s all there is to it. World Series or bust has to be your expectation, but it doesn’t mean a 3-6 start should have you in a state of panic.
If you think a bad start is all of a sudden the precursor for a bad season, take a look at the 1998 New York Yankees.
The ‘98 Yankees were one of the greatest teams in the history of the sport. World Series Champions, 114 regular season wins, the greatest baseball team I’ll ever see in my lifetime.
They started off the season with a record of 1-4.
I’m not saying the Mets all of a sudden are the ‘98 Yankees reincarnated, but with the amount of talent on this team, I’m not all of a sudden about to panic about a sluggish first two weeks to the season.
It’s imperative to get Jacob deGrom back in the fold and it’s even more crucial to figure out what is currently wrong with Matt Harvey, but a good two-week stretch can erase those questions rather quickly.
I know Terry Collins admitted the other day that he listens to talk radio and reads the things that are said about his baseball team in the newspaper, so there’s a chance he may get a chance to relay the message to his boys.
Maybe, just maybe he can pass the message along to Joe Girardi…
The baseball season always and forever is a marathon and not a sprint.
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