Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What To Watch For

Sigh.  Unfortunately the Mets were eliminated from playoff contention this afternoon.  Now that the Mets will no longer be playing for the postseason you may be wondering why they try at all.  Well, as long as Terry Collins is the manager this team will be trying.  And believe it or not, there could be some things to watch as the season winds down.

Jose Reyes is battling with Ryan Braun for the National League batting title.  Jose had the lead for the majority of the season after just about the hottest start to a season ever.  Injuries (and DL stints) have slowed his season but he has managed to keep his batting average around .330.  This is a race that will come down to the last games of the season.  It has definitely been an interesting year for Reyes.  It almost seems like the contract talk and rumors have died down while this batting race has heated up.  Jose is a special player and this is quite the way to end a unique season.

The Mets have a chance to play spoiler against some playoff-contending teams.  They have series coming up against the Wild Card leading Braves and the second place Cardinals.  Yes, they are struggling to beat the less-than-mediocre Nationals but that doesn't mean they won't surprise us.  They have stepped up against some good teams this year and they could do that again.  And if they don't, the Braves and Cardinals have some good players to watch anyway.

Of course, I am going to be watching the catchers.  Obviously I want Mike Nickeas to play and with pay special attention to those games.  But, I will also be watching Josh Thole's games closely.  It will be interesting to see how he works with the pitchers for the rest of the season.  He seems to have cleared a big hurdle with Mike Pelfrey after another nice outing with that battery tonight.  Josh has improved.  At the beginning of the season pitchers didn't want to throw to him.  That has definitely changed.  It will be interesting to see where he is at the end of the season.

I will also be watching because on September 29 there will not be a Mets game to watch.  And I am sure that I will wish for another game.  The offseason is coming way too soon and I do not want to waste a moment of the season that is still left.

Let's Go Mets!


MichaelaGap said...

:) Baseball in my country is not popular a lot. BUT! I love it! (I mean watching it :D) It's amazing sport, I love watching "our" team, you don't play just with body but most of all with your head and mind- that's what I love about it.

I started watching baseball 2 years ago cause my boyfriend plays it.:)

(Btw I don't know if you remember me, I was tweeting about death of Pavol Demitra..:/)

Helen (Ellie) said...

Thanks for commenting! It is awesome to hear baseball is gaining popularity all over the world!

I definitely love that baseball uses both physical and mental talent. It makes it different from any other sport.