Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 22, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now it’s not even the end of June yet, but since the New York Yankees happen to have the best record in the American League and the New York Mets just so happen to have the best record in the National League there are already people saying will have an all–New York World Series.

Now it’s possible that these people saying this are right. The Yankees appear to be a very good team and should be a player in the American League come playoff time, but it’s actually the Mets that might have the better chance of getting to the World Series.

Now the Yankees have the best record in baseball at 50-18 while the Mets have the second-best record at 45-25. You’d think with the Yankees being about five games ahead of the Mets for the best record that they’d be the odds-on favorite to make the World series, but I’m not sure about that.

While the Yankees have had a couple of injuries in their bullpen, they’ve had a full complement of starting pitchers going out and taken their regular turns in the rotation. The Mets on the other hand haven’t been that lucky with their starting pitchers, but they’re still finding ways to win.

The Mets have built their record without a start from one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, Jacob deGroom and they’ve only gotten 8 starts out of another of baseball’s top starting pitchers Max Scherzer. I’m not sure how many teams could lose their top two starting pitchers for long periods of time and still find themselves in 1st place.

Now this could play out well for the Mets. Scherzer is expected to make a minor league rehab start on Friday and if all goes well could be back in the Mets starting rotation by the end of next week. deGroom is expected back after the All-Star break which would give him plenty of time to build up his arm strength for a playoff run.

Getting Scherzer back and then adding deGroom into the starting rotation would give the Mets one of if not the best starting rotation in baseball. Of course, if both deGroom and Scherzer are healthy heading into the playoffs it would be the best 1-2 punch of any playoff team.

Of course, you can’t predict injuries, so you never know what a team is going to have to deal with down the road or how they’ll react to it. As we stand now though I think it’s the Mets that should be looked at as the New York team that has a better chance at making the World Series.

The NBA off season is up and running. The NBA Draft is tomorrow and then NBA free agency starts at the end of the month, but a lot of free agent talk has already started.

One of the biggest possible free agent stories revolves around Kyrie Irving. Now, Irving has a $36.5 million dollar player option for the 2022-23 season, but he wants a long-term deal. It’s clear that Irving is a good player, but the issue of course is how much will he actually play?

Irving played just 29 regular season games for the Brooklyn Nets last season. Irving refused to be vaccinated for Covid-19 and had to sit out games in New York due to their law. The season before Irving sat out quite a few games for personal reasons. Brooklyn is already in an odd spot after trading for Ben Simmons last season and then not having him play a game. Can the Nets afford to have two players that seem to have some type of mental issues on their roster?

It’s also been mentioned that Irving might opt-in and then be traded by the Nets, but what team would want him? Humorously it’s been mentioned that the Los Angeles Lakers might be a landing spot for Irving if he’s dealt. Oddly if that deal happened it would probably involve Russell Westbrook coming to Brooklyn. That would mean Irving would reunite with LeBron James while Westbrook would be reunited with Kevin Durant.

So let me know what you think. What do you see Irving doing? Does he stay in Brooklyn? Or do you see him possibly entering free agency. Or will we get a sign and trade deal with him? If you think Irving will be traded, where do you think he ends up?

Comments
  1. Irving is an enigma but I certainly wouldn’t want his disruptive attitude on my team.
    I’d be more inclined to see the Yankees in the W/S but not the Mets.
    But remember that the best teams don’t always make it as predicted. Injuries, a team getting hot at the right time, etc. (Remember Atlanta??)

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