Just wondering, but with the way the Dodgers swept away the Cubs, do you think the Mets also would have beaten Chicago if they had made the playoffs? That would’ve been the matchup if the Mets had the wild card.
I don’t think there would have been a sweep because nothing would have been easy with that bullpen and the up-and-down clutch hitting, but I certainly would have given the Mets a real chance to advance, especially with the Cubs’ October track record. And if the Dodgers had beaten the Phillies in the other first-rounder, the Mets would have set up well against L.A.’s righty pitching.
OK, this is a form of fantasy baseball. But it’s intriguing to think that if the Mets had thrown away just two less games in the first 162, they would have had an opportunity, and then you never know.
CC Sabathia, by the way, said yesterday that he doesn’t want his situation dragging out all winter and that he isn’t going on a free-agent tour. Teams are going to have to come to his door and make their pitch. It’s obviously going to take Santana money. Sabathia threw 256 2/3 this year, including his one postseason start, and he isn’t always Mr. October, but do you invest in having two aces and take the stress off the bullpen those two days?
It sounds like a Southern California team would be his preference, though, if one would be willing to crack open the vault. It also sounds like Milwaukee may try to make a pitch as well. He liked it there, but it’s hard to see the Brewers going that high.