Chris McShane Of SB Nation's "Amazin' Avenue" Mets Blog Prev
Now Playing: Chris McShane Of SB Nation's "Amazin' Avenue" Mets Blog Prev - Inside this edition of "Without a Curse," Alex previews the NL East with Chris McShane of the "Amazin' Avenue" Mets blog on SB Nation.
Alex and Chris discuss whether Mets fans are optimistic about the club this season, given that the team spent $90 million in free agency and have a plethora of young arms in the system. Though Matt Harvey won't be ready for 2014, he should be recovered for a potential playoff push in 2015.
The Phillies continue to operate as if they can eek another season of contention out of their aging core, though Alex and Chris have their doubts if that will be the case.
With the losses the Braves underwent in free agency, it seems as if the Nationals may be posed to rebound from a disappointing 2013 and capture the division title for the second time in three years.
In terms of Red Sox news from the past week, Alex talks about the Marlins' apparent "outrage" at the "B" lineup the Red Sox put out against them in Grapefruit League action last Thursday, and John Henry's stinging rebuttal on Twitter.
Never mind the fact that Jeffrey Loria may not own the Marlins if it wasn't for Henry's complicity in his orchestrated purchase of the team in 2002, after bought the Red Sox in December 2001. Let's not let history get in the way of a good diss, even if Henry's words may now cost the Red Sox an opportunity to acquire Giancarlo Stanton if he's put on the trade market.
John Farrell's concerns over the infield defense, the positional battle in center field and Shane Victorino's reported decision to give up pinch-hitting are touched upon as well.
In the "Around the League" segment, Alex shares some reservations he has about MLB's new policy about collisions at home plate. The catcher is now protected, but the runner isn't.
Alex announced last week that he'll be a contributor to Glenn Ordway's latest venture, Sports Talk Boston.
"The Big Show Unfiltered" launches March 17, and will air weekdays 3-6 p.m. EST. The "old guard" is on notice.
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