Lock 'em up (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday April 8, 2008 12:25PM; Updated: Tuesday April 8, 2008 4:49PM
3. Johan Santana of the Mets might win 30 games.
No, I don't believe it, but an AL executive, after watching Santana mow down Florida on Opening Day said, "Santana's going to win 30 games in that league. Mark it down. Who's going to hit him with those lineups? In that league he might win 30 and strike out 300. I'm not kidding."
Hold on, now. Nobody has won even 25 games since Bob Welch won 27 in 1990. And only two pitchers have won 25 in the NL since the mound was lowered in 1969: Tom Seaver (25 in 1969) and Steve Carlton (27 in 1972). So, no, Santana won't win 30 games, especially when he's looking at a likely maximum of 35 starts. But I get the point: Santana should dominate the NL. Let's put the over/under at 21.
4. Joe Girardi is running a tighter ship with the Yankees and his players are buying in.
Three hours before only the third game of the season, the New York manager had his pitchers taking fielding practice and Jason Giambi was doing extra conditioning work in the outfield. Players are required to be on the field 18 minutes before the first pitch of every game, rather than loitering in the clubhouse. And give GM Brian Cashman credit. He made sure Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon and Giambi knew they were expected to report to camp in better shape than they did last year -- and they did, putting them in position for a better start than last year.
5. Nationals home game appear amateurish on TV.
The camera behind home plate is much too high. Considering how many more people know the park from television rather than in person, how could Washington not make sure their product is made for TV?
6. The Giants might be even worse than we thought.
The Giants would have trouble scoring if you gave them Eliot Spitzer's black book. They scored just 16 runs in their first seven games and took only 13 of their 168 plate appearances with a lead. How would you like to be a starting pitcher with that offense behind you? In their first 32 innings Giants starters had exactly three runs with which to work. Three.
7. Believe it or not, Mike Hampton is hurt.
And so are Rocco Baldelli, Scott Rolen, Mark Prior, Eric Chavez, Orlando Hernandez, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Carl Pavano, Britney Spears, Amtrak, the Olympic Stadium roof, the Liberty Bell and the Major Deegan Expressway.
In honor of the upcoming tax deadline, a little accounting just for fun: Hampton and Pavano will be paid a combined $95.45 million in the four seasons since 2005. Total combined wins for that money for the No. 1 and 2 starters on the all-DL team: 10.
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