Pre-Midseason Report For Yanks, Mets

NEW YORK, NY – We’re almost at the point of the baseball season where all of the pundits give their mid-season reports on how teams have played so far and what’s in store for the rest of the season. I’m no pundit and I freely admit that I have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. Nonetheless, I’ll give my almost-mid season, almost report on what’s happened so far.

The Yankees have been rolling like a well oiled bicycle (or boiled icicle?) lately and are coming off of back to back sweeps of the Mets and Braves. The Bombers are suddenly in first place and twelve games over .500. And they’re looking a lot better than the average team they seemed like a month ago when Mo went down. Soriano has been stellar in the closer role. As a 7th inning guy, he was about as reliable as Short Matt’s income. As a closer, Soriano has been almost lights out. The big bats in the lineup have started to wake up and the Yanks are starting to get some timely hitting. Even Lori Levine’s grand slammer, A-Rod has joined the fun. Pre-Midseason grade for the Yankees so far; B+.

It has all started to come together and the Yankees are in first place and 6.5 games ahead of the last-placed Boston Red Sox. A month ago, the starting rotation looked like an Ace and a bunch of number 4 starters. Now it looks like a whole rotation of number twos. Kuroda has stepped up to the occasion recently and even Phil ‘ughes has refrained from completely sucking lately.

I swear I will suck.

Speaking of number 2, Jason Bay still sucks (read this for a laugh). The good news is that Bay homered yesterday. The bad news is that he’s still on the interstate. At .187 he’s sitting in traffic on the Major Deegan. It remains to be seen whether the homerun is a sign of brighter days to come for Bay. Or whether the homer in Tampa was just a flash in the pan and Bay will be back to his suckiest of sucky Canadian ways going forward.

Ike Davis has started to hit and may have saved his place in the Majors with his current mini-hitting streak. Dickey may feel he got the shaft in his one-hit performance against the Rays this week. But nobody, not even Dickey, expects the league to overturn its decision on the quasi-questionable hit. Dickey is putting together a phenomenal year for an aging knuckler. He leads the majors in wins and is in the top 5 in the majors in ERA.

Since his no-hitter, Johan Santana has looked shaky. One wonders whether that extra high pitch count took more out of the Mets’ ace than he or the team are letting on. But as long as Santana stays healthy enough to pitch every fifth day down the stretch, Mets fans will be happy. Pre-Midseason grade for the Mets; A-.

Now for something totally different. The big news from the NHL this week has been Tim Thomas, star goalie for Cheesy’s Bruins, hinting that he will sit out this coming season to spend more time with his family. I have no problem with Thomas leaving the game behind for family obligations, but I don’t think that this is the real reason for him hinting at leaving. I think there are some ulterior motives at play and I’m leaving it up to the MTM faithful to speculate what those motives might be. Let’s hear the theories in the comments today.

Tune in for The Public Professor tomorrow.

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. “Diff” joined us just after the switch from being “Mets only” to an all-sports stop. He’s a Yankee fan; thus he was “different.” Aside from the Yanks, he’s a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.

  • The Matts

    Nice work, Diff! We had some technical issues with storage but they seem to be cleared up now… We hope.

  • Walking Tall

    I may be nuts but I see the Yanks winning it all again this year. They have one more title left in that clubhouse. 

  • Jgclancy

    My A’s are right where I expected…

    •  The A’s get C’s…

      • Jgclancy

        They ever bring up Manny they get an F …and we know what that means

  • You Suck

    Tim Thomas acted within his rights. This lefty nonsense about dissing the President is ridiculous. Bush got turned down by a-hole actors and stars all the time. 

    • No, you…

    • Different Matt

      The actors are douches also. Just because you disagree with someone poltically, doesn’t mean you can’t go shake his hand. this goes for everyone on the right and on the left.

    • AngryWard

      Most actors never turn down bush.

      • Isn’t the new millenium version of that ‘Most actors never turn down Brazilian?’  Just curious.

        • Sam’s-A-Fan

          Bi-curious for some.

          • Cookie

            I like men…and am very impressed by a Lori’s rack…but I’m on one team. Keep that dream alive tho Sam. 😉

  • Doc Diz

    Pro athletes already get more time with their families than the average schmoe.  Plus they have a lot more help, since they can afford it.   They also have the off season, where they can schdule their workouts around the little tykes.  And they retire very early.  It’s about more money, or he does not like the coaches and wants a trade.

    Or maybe he’s going through a divorce.  That’ll take the steam out of ya.

    As far as not visiting the president, he’s not the first one who blew off a President.  No big deal.  At least he didn’t promise to move out of the country if his guy didn;t win…and then stay.

    • bosoxbruins04

      To be honest it bothered me because hockey is the one sport that isn’t full of d’bags. But if you look at it from the broader perspective, he’s just like Curt Schilling and Alec Baldwin – another self-absorbed, spoiled idiot who thinks his shit doesn’t stink.

      • AngryWard

        Every once in a while your shit really doesn’t stink. Like when you consume nothing but popcorn and water.

    • Solid points from the Doctor and Sawx fan… We have friends that won’t watch DeNiro or listen to Kid Rock anymore because of their political views – that’s just silly…

      • I won’t listen to Kid Rock because he sucks and he’s creepy.

        • Different Matt

          Amen, Cookie.

    • AngryWard

      Agreed. Bill Clinton got blown off dozens of times.

  • The only reason that Tim Thomas is taking a year off of sport is the same as for any other pro athlete… he’s looking to get pregnant. 

    • Different Matt

      My theory is that he is training to fight Frank Dux in the Kumite next year.

  • Doc Diz

    All Summer Long by Kid Rock is a great song (3 step or a 2 step if you are out at the honky tonk). 

    Always amuses me that people put any stock at all in the political opinions of sports or movie stars…most of whom did not finish (or even go to college) and those that did finish did not tend to take courses in economics and such.  I mean, George Clooney seems like a great guy, but he flunked out of Eastern Kentucky University…so why the hell do people think his opinion on how to run the country holds water?

  • WestCoastCraig

    Is Jason Bay taking over Sam Jackson’s role in a remake of 187?

    • Different Matt

      The Mets are trying to keep Bay from taking over Jackson’s roles in Deep Blue Sea and Jurassic Park so they dont end up eating his contract.

    • Sam’s-A-Fan

      If they can sign ex-Met closer Wendell to the flick, they could make it Turk 187.

      • WestCoastCraig

        that’s fantastic. Combine it with the Hollywood Knights, and he could be Newbomb Turk 187.


        • AngryWard

          He’s gonna fart the song!

  • We just refused a trade for Jason Bay. Canadians aren’t allowed in Harlem.

    • Jgclancy

      It’s Canadiens…

  • Grote2Dmax

    Mos Dif you certainly get an A.

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