The question is, can fireballer Nathan Eovaldi take the next step, a la Nolan Ryan? If he does, then Brian Cashman will look like a true genius.
The scoreboard Sunday may say that it is time, finally, for the Jets coach to admit his arch-rival truly got the better of him. If he didn’t kiss anything before, he might as well now. And we’re not talking about rings.
Kang or Tulowitzki. Either gambit will cost them money. Lots of it. They owe it to their constituency to at least try.
His playing style — fast, athletic, yet too multi-faceted for his own good — is dangerous enough. There’s no sense in raising an opponent’s ire any more than necessary.
When you sit down in front of the wide-screen Sunday at 4 p.m., pull out those blue, red, and silver pom-poms and root your head off — for those valiant Tennessee Titans.
After four years of failure, Terry Collins says the time is now to produce. If it doesn’t happen right away, if the Mets break slowly out of the gate, he knows he’ll be gone just as fast.
Imagine. Andrew Miller in the seventh, Dellin Betances in the eighth, and David Robertson to close. It’s the type of pen a lot of teams only dream about.
Both teams have much to do. If they have a successful Winter Meetings, or at least lay the groundwork for some post-meetings deals, then perhaps they can talk about the postseason in a serious manner.
Ryan knows Smith can’t win. He knows that drafting him last year was Idzik’s biggest mistake in a long line of them. Ryan may be defiant, but he is not insubordinate.
You know your season has gone to the dogs when you can’t find an answer to a bunch of young Jacksonville cats.
While our local baseball teams continue to track free agents and send out trade feelers, something else happened this week. The Hall of Fame voters received their ballots, and with them a bittersweet reminder of one former great.
At least there is no illusion of quality. They are the real thing; authentically, undeniably bad. Monday’s train wreck only made it official. At least knowing that makes it easier to take.
Brian Cashman has holes to fill. He doesn’t have the farm talent to fill them all, or leverage for a trade. So that leaves free agency. It’s the Yankees’ way.
The Mets need an upgrade at shortstop. The Cubs have shortstops in spades. What they don’t have is pitching. So what’s the problem?
In the end, both coaches will pay for their failings. The only difference will involve the method of payment.