SPANISH HARLEM – Opening Day in Major League Baseball is something I look forward to every year and like most days in the east coast during the month of April, we have rain in the forecast.
That’s April Fools Day for you… You want baseball? PSYCHE. I hope that’s not the case because I’m pretty sure fans of the New York Mets want to watch a baseball game just as much as New York Yankees fans. It’s the time when anything is possible because everybody starts in first place.
The Yanks have dealt with some injuries of late to the bullpen but tell me something new. It seems like you can’t go a couple days without hearing that another guy was added to the injured list. The good news is that we have 162 games this season, so there is more than enough time to get healthy and make an impact. The starting pitching has remained healthy and that’s the important part, when you consider that two of the 5 pitchers are coming back from serious injuries.
I’ll be excited see what Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon will provide throughout the season… if they can make it through. Kluber is the older one from the group and hasn’t pitched a full season in two years so it will be a great surprise to see him pitch every 5th day. On the other hand, Taillon is 29 and less of a worry. I know this is the second Tommy John surgery in his career but he is young enough that you could see him becoming the pitcher he was with Pittsburgh, if not better.
Big Bodies, Big Dreams
Is it too much to ask for an injury-free season from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton? Both have spent significant time on the IL the last two seasons. I know they are giant men who are prone to injuries. Aaron Boone will have to manage their usage to keep them healthy. It will be a problem if the new conditioning team can’t provide them with exercises that will keep them in game shape and flexible. Judge and Stanton will be needed early and often if this team expects to jump out of the gate playing well.
All in all, there is a lot to look forward to, if your a Mets fan, you get to see Francisco Lindor play everyday and trust me when I tell you that you will fall in love with him. He is fun to watch and a superior defender. He mashes like a bigger player and his body type looks like someone that can play a long time. The kid got paid, and rightfully so!
That’s it for now, Lets Go Mets… Lets Go Yankees and enjoy your baseball day. Come back tomorrow for Different Matt.
Until Next Time!