New York Mets Offseason Preview

Football is in full swing, hockey is back, the return of basketball looms, and for an 8th consecutive season, the MLB playoffs are going on without the New York Mets. It was 2 years of heartbreaking collapses, and 6 years stuck in baseball purgatory that brings the Amazins to the point they currently sit. We saw a better baseball team in 2014 than we did in previous years, and with the return of Matt Harvey on the horizon, it’s time to be optimistic in Queens.

Let me start by saying that you are a fool if you don’t see the potential in this Mets pitching staff. We can’t expect Matt Harvey to be exactly what we saw in 2013, but he still has a chance to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. 2014 let us see the emergence of likely NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom, a guy that scouts really overlooked in their evaluations of the Mets young pitching. Zack Wheeler had a rough start to the year, but finished by looking flat out dominant at some points. His lack of longevity is still an issue, but let’s remember that the guy is still only 24 years old. Jon Niese had a solid year, and is a very good left-handed starter to have if he stays healthy. Dillon Gee was bit by the injury bug, and had a shaky year, but let’s not forget about his very efficient 2013. Bartolo Colon won 15 games and was an innings eater, but the logical thing to do now is for the Mets to trade the 41 year old. Noah Syndergaard had his struggles in AAA and didn’t get that September call-up as was expected, but scouts still consider him to be one of the best pitching prospects in the game. The 5 spot in the Mets rotation is certainly up for grabs, and guys like Montero and Matz can also compete for it along with Gee and Syndergaard.

The Mets bullpen this year was as good as we have seen in a very long time. This can definitely be attributed to the emergence of more live, young arms. Mejia was shaky at times, but still saved 28 games. Familia was a great set up man who will likely get some ROY votes. Vic Black showed he could be another solid reliever, posting a 2.60 ERA. Carlos Torres is a good long man to have, and can make a spot start when called upon. Josh Edgin was a very capable lefty out of the pen, as was Dana Eveland. But, I would like to see the Mets pursue a guy like Andrew Miller to be their lefty specialist. Putting some more young arms into the bullpen if there’s no room in the rotation is something the Cardinals have done for years, and that should be a model the Mets follow. The closer position is still up for grabs in my opinion, and I actually would like to see Familia in there instead of the erratic Mejia. The bullpen has always been an issue in Queens, but could really be one of their strong points in 2015 with the OODLES of young pitching they have.

Now to the offense. An obvious positive to take away from 2014 was the emergence of Lucas Duda. Tip of the cap to Sandy Alderson for sticking with him over Ike Davis. The guy only finished 3rd in the NL in HRs and 5th in RBIs. Daniel Murphy is a solid 2 hitter who will play almost every day, hit around .300, and hit 35 doubles. Travis d’Arnaud played much, much better after being sent down to AAA. 20 home runs for him is not too much to ask for at all. Curtis Granderson got off to a horrid start, and was really inconsistent at times, but still managed to hit 20 big flies. The new Citi Field dimensions should help him bump those HR totals up. Another player the new dimensions in right center should help is David Wright. Wright played with a hurt shoulder for most of the year, and put up some pretty bad numbers. I don’t think he is done at all though, as some have speculated. He’s finally got some protection in the order, and if healthy, can return to the David Wright of 2012. Another guy you can pencil into the line-up next year is Juan Lagares. He’s the best defensive center fielder in baseball, and has a solid bat too. Now the obvious gaping holes in the Mets lineup is in left field and at shortstop. I don’t think they need a guy who will hit 30 HRs in LF. Those are very hard to come by nowadays, and aside from Nelson Cruz (who the Mets can’t afford), guys like that aren’t available in free agency this winter. A guy who is available is Michael Cuddyer. He’s 36 years old, but won the batting title in 2013. Plus, he’s old buddies with David Wright, so Queens seems to be a possible destination. Shortstop needs to be addressed as well. Ruben Tejada isn’t cutting it anymore. Wilmer Flores has a nice bat, but I don’t think his offense makes up for his lack of defense. If we’ve learned anything from the KC Royals, it’s that defense should not be overlooked. A guy I’d like to see the Mets sign to play SS is Jed Lowrie. He had some injury problems this year, but had 15 HRs, 75 RBIs, and hit .290 in 2013. Pretty much anything would be an upgrade over what is at SS currently.

So if I haven’t already convinced you, I expect the Mets to be in contention for the post season in 2015. They need to make moves to get this team over the hump. Seeing a team like the Royals convinces me even more that the Mets have a shot. The Mets have a better rotation than KC, and we all know pitching is what wins you games in October. That and timely hitting. A few more key additions offensively and I can see this team winning anywhere from 85-90 games in 2015. All you Yankees and Sox fans may laugh at this, but I cannot wait to bathe in your tears when the Mets rattle off 10 straight championships until 2024. The future is finally here Mets fans. It’s time to stop “waiting till next year”, and expect to see a winning team on the field now. But that is very dependent on how this offseason goes. Your move Sandy.

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Derek Jeter……You Ruin My Life

Now the intent of this blog is not to bash Derek Jeter. Can’t do it, won’t do it. The intent of this blog is to give you a little insight into why last night represented the 19 years of misery I’ve experienced as a sports fan. There’s few things on this Earth I love more than my New York Mets. And with that love of the Mets comes an utter hatred of the New York Yankees. The team that during my life, has won 5 World Series, and never finished with a losing record. Take a look at the Mets, and their loss last night officially gave them 6 straight seasons of losing baseball. So you can see why my blood boils with hatred for the Yankees and everything about them. And at the center of this evil empire for my entire life, has been none other than Derek Sanderson Jeter. New York’s Golden Boy. And after hearing about his greatness and his perfection for 6 long months, of course last night happens. Of course. It was a metaphor that sums up my entire sports life to a tee. And when I thought that it was finally the Mets turn in New York, that Jeter retiring would be the end of the Yankees as we know them, he goes out there and does something that I’ll have to hear about for another 10 goddamn years. Yeah it was meaningless because the Yankees are out of the playoffs, but literally any other ending would have been fine. I’ve come to the conclusion that the sports gods love seeing me miserable.
I honestly didn’t think last night could happen because it was too perfect, but of course it did. What kind of IDIOT would expect anything else? There has never been a symbol more perfect to personify the horrors of my sports life. But hey, at least Matt Harvey was there to see it 😃🔫. Derek fuckin Jeter.

Penn State Being Penn State

I’m making my return to DBS after an almost two month long absence because my blood is BOILING. Penn State students rallying and chanting to put back up the Joe Paterno statue. Honestly, I think the only place on this Earth filled with more brainwashed and delusional people than Happy Valley is North Korea. I would say I’m shocked by what’s going on tonight, but when I think about it, how could I be? They just can’t accept the facts. Joe Paterno knew that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children and didn’t do enough. Sure he reported it to his higher ups but c’mon now. (If a teacher sees a kid getting sexually assaulted on school grounds, does he/she go to the principal or the cops? Penn State students would tell you the principal because they worship this enabler). When 10 years go by, and you realize that Sandusky isn’t behind bars, that would probably alarm a person right? Maybe someone like me or you, but not Joe Pa. I mean the guy had a football program to run. What’s more important, winning games or stopping kids from getting diddled? I don’t understand Penn State and never will. Happy Valley is a fantasy land compared to the rest of the world, and sadly that will never change. If it’s revealed tomorrow that Jim Calhoun (who won more national championships in less years than the “legendary” Joe Pa NBD, but KBD) was letting kids get raped for 10 years, I don’t think anyone would complain if they change the name of Jim Calhoun Way in front of Gampel. But hey, I guess Storrs just lacks the brainwashed, cult mentality that is ever so present in Happy Valley. #WeAre

BREAKING NEWS: LeBron James to Sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

Sources close to Dart Boy Sports are confirming that LeBron James will become a Cleveland Cavalier. The length of the contract has not yet been confirmed but it is rumored to be a max deal for 4 years. Our sources also are saying that LeBron is currently in a meeting with members of Cleveland’s front office, and that they are “crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s” on this new deal. Stay tuned for more updates to follow.

Tim Howard Referring to Soccer as Football is Really Bothering Me

So I was watching SportsCenter last night and heard Tim Howard say to an ESPN reporter that the USA-Belgium game was “a great game of football” Football……Football……

Listen, I know literally almost every country calls soccer football, but c’mon Tim. You grew up in New Jersey!!! Like 45 minutes from where I live. And last time I checked, we call it soccer, not only in New Jersey, but from sea to shining sea. Don’t try to be like everyone else Tim. You’re from the greatest country on Earth, and here in the greatest country on Earth we have our own football. Soccer is soccer.

Also, what does he call football? If I see a tape of him calling it American football, I might actually get throw up.

P.S. Dorf tried to say that he can call it football because he plays in England for most of the year. That’s honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Some people at UConn call a water fountain a “bubbler”. I’ll be there for a majority of my next 3 years and you bet your ass I’ll never call it a bubbler. Also, people in the South call soda “pop”. If I move to the South, am I going to suddenly start calling it pop? Not a chance. You represent where you come from no matter where you go, and that’s why I’m a little disappointed in Tim.

So let’s see if DBS Nation is bothered by this as much as I am….

Oh Look, It’s Kobe Bryant Being a Cock Again

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Obviously, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players, greatest competitors, and greatest champions the NBA has ever seen. But, holy shit I hate his guts. He acts like the whole world is out to get him. Oh the Hornets said they had no use for you (which I doubt they actually said) and traded you on draft day? Awww poor you. How about a little humility? Just shut up and let your play do the talking (If you ever play again). Could you imagine Tim Duncan tweeting something like this? Nope no way. Kobe is under the radar one of the biggest cocks out there in case you never realized. Oh wait, didn’t he get in trouble one time for ra……Ah never mind.

P.S. Belgium<

Jason Kidd is a Grade A Scumbag

This whole Jason Kidd to the Bucks saga seems like one of the most bizarre, crazy things to happen in sports in recent years, but when you think about it, it’s really not. As Evan Roberts said today on WFAN, Jason Kidd is just not a good guy. Before we start talking about basketball, let’s just get it out of the way that the guy is a wife beater. Now let’s recall that the Mavericks traded him when he couldn’t get along with the coaches, he basically had Byron Scott fired while in New Jersey, and after pursuing Lawrence Frank as his assistant after being hired by Brooklyn, berates him and demotes him 2 months into the season. And now this. Trying to control basketball operations for the Nets? After one mediocre year as a head coach where he barely survived the first few months of the season? Sure the Nets had a nice turnaround when the calendar changed to 2014, but they still underachieved. Billy King was nice enough to keep him around after a miserable start, and just a few months later Kidd pushes to usurp King’s power as GM. I’m no Nets fan, but this is absolutely a good thing for them to get away from this scumbag. Throughout his career he’s shown he’s concerned with one thing and one thing only. And that’s himself.
As for the Bucks, I honestly have no idea what they’re thinking. Why are they so desperate for Kidd to become their coach? One year as coach with a star studded roster and he underachieved, and now Milwaukee thinks he’ll be able to turn around the team with the worst record in the NBA? I have no idea why the Bucks would give up 2 picks for him, unless he’s gonna come out of retirement and play for that miserable franchise. To summarize, this is really going to turn out to be a good thing for the Nets. 4 coaches in 3 years in Brooklyn isn’t ideal, but this whole fiasco will truly turn out to be a blessing in disguise. As for the Bucks, who really knows and who really cares? Kidd will coach for 2 years there, miss the playoffs both years, get fired, and then hope and pray another franchise is dumb enough to hire him. Book it.