Memorial Day Weekend episode of Starting 9 is finally out after a long weekend. Thank you for your patience as we get it rolling here to open up the summer season across MLB. As we get into on the show, there's really no excuse for any player at this point to not be dialed-in whether that's with timing in the batter's box or the day-to-day grind or whatever. We're deep enough in the calendar to fight a lot of excuses and I encourage you to remember that as your team slowly rips your hear out of your chest like most of us. Turns out that magic run is not coming.
Or maybe it is. That's why we watch this game and follow our teams. There's always that lingering hope that today launches a new chapter in baseball history for someone. Most recently for me that's Christopher Morel on the Chicago Cubs. All signs, evidence, common sense, history and anything else point to him being a regular MLB player. But he also homered in his first at bat of his career and that just makes you start to wonder. What if he's the next great player everybody overlooked? Then you see him steal some bags and play with emotion and your brain starts to wander a little more. Maybe just maybe.
Mets fans are doing the same thing with Nicky Plummer right now. You know he was a first rounder?? Yes and that's exactly how you should feel right now, Mets fans. You only get one debut and almost all of them are unremarkable. So when the big spark comes and it comes from an unusual source, you're bound by instinct to assume your team just stumbled upon the next Mike Trout. There's nothing wrong with that. I still own some stock in Bryan LaHair somewhere.
My bigger point though is just try to have some fun with the season. It's hard when you start looking at the standings and see that such a small minority of baseball teams are really thriving. So many are trying to figure out their next step and it's nauseating. We're entering what I am seeing as the great era of mediocrity in baseball. Back to when just a couple teams dominated the entire landscape with the small caveat that now there's twice as many teams in each league. The numbers say it shouldn't be this way but alas we're here. There's so many teams hovering around the Overwhelmingly threshold.
And then there's teams like the Dodgers and Yankees and the rest of the top 5 that are just light years ahead of the competition. There's probably 6-7 really good teams then a handful of pretty good and then there's a steep cliff and you just drove off it. Other than that, I think this is a pretty safe top 5:
Outside the top 5:
8. Blue Jays
I think there's a huge gap after 7 but I also think none of this stuff really matters. Two weeks from now this could be turned upside down so take everything with a grain of salt.
Until then, subscribe to the show so we can keep talking about baseball. Big interview coming Thursday with one of my all time favorite pitchers.
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