Friday thoughts on the playoffs

Am I surprised at the Mets’ 2-0 series lead? Not really. I am, however, suprised at just about every other outcome in the Division Series so far.

The one series at 1-1 was Tigers-Yankees? Wow.

Oakland owned the Metrodome, then completed the sweep? Woah.

San Diego dropped two at home, proving that St. Louis is their playoff nemesis? Crazy.

Speaking of crazy, what is Bruce Bochy doing not starting his best hitter, Mike Piazza, in Game 2? You carried three catchers all season and gave Piazza regular rest — two, three days a week, or at least every day game after a night game — for this specific reason, to have Piazza play everyday in the playoffs. Not starting him is ridiculous.

Should the Cards finish the job, and the Mets take care of things — hopefully in L.A., hopefully on Saturday — I don’t think the St. Louis pitching will be much of a match for the Mets’ hitting. New York is still five wins away from the World Series, but its loss of two starters no longer appears to be such a daunting obstacle to overcome.

Watching Yanks-Tigers right now, and Kenny Rogers is getting himself out of any jams he gets into; Randy Johnson is looking like a 42-year-old pitcher with a bad back. Say what you want about the Mets’ signing of Pedro Martinez, but the Yankees’ going after Johnson appears to have been the worse deal, and it has nothing to do with the players they gave up. Strictly regarding the money, the Pedro deal is, at worst, just as bad, but it’s not any more debilitating than the Yankees’ signing of Unit.

A sports lover’s dream Saturday tomorrow. Three baseball playoff games, all spaced evenly — 1 p.m. ET, 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. — and a so-so slate of college football games in which all the intriguing matchups will be available nationally. I’ll be working, but I’ll be watching. The only bad part is that I’ll have to come into the office at some point in the afternoon, and that will be an hour of baseball and football that I’ll miss.

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