DAILY DIRT: It’s early, but Mets look like team to beat in N.L.


Daily Dirt for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023

If you’re wondering why the Cardinals are not in my top five, just look at that starting rotation … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 531 of The Daily Dirt.

1. Spring training is now fully underway, and with that in mind here are my way-too-early MLB rankings, Today, we look at the National League. Tomorrow we’ll showcase the junior circuit:

National League

  • 1. New York Mets: If that Max Scherzer-Justin Verlander combination holds up health-wise, these guys might win 110 games.
  • 2. San Diego Padres: If Josh Hader resembles his old self, the N.L. West race could be over by Labor Day. Oh, and Fernando Tatis will be back April 20.
  • 3. Atlanta Braves: True, the Braves lost Dansby Swanson, but they’ll have Ronald Acuna for a full season.
  • 4. Milwaukee: That 1-2 punch of Corbin Burnes-Brandon Woodruff atop the Brewers’ rotation will be difficult to get past in the N.L. Central.
  • 5. Philadelphia: Two-time MVP Bryce Harper will likely miss half the season. Otherwise, I’d slot the Phillies No. 3.

On the outside looking in: St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco.

Wait till next year: Arizona, Chicago.

No hope for the foreseeable future: Colorado, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington

2. The best of this week’s Found on Facebook:

  • “I read a book about the best basement ever. It was a best cellar.”
  • “Making fog is on my to-dew list.”
  • “I was once kidnapped by a mime. He did unspeakable things to me.”
  • “I’ve just finished reading a book on lumberjacking by Tim Burr.”
  • “A 9-year-old girl has disappeared after using a moisturizer that makes you look 10 years younger.”

3. Ever wonder what some of your favorite celebrities drive to work? Check these out:

  • Beyonce: Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Convertible, $1 million.
  • Matt Damon: Tesla Roadster, $200,000.
  • Lady Gaga: Audi R8, $165,000.
  • Keith Urban: Bugatti Veyron, $2.7 million.
  • Rihanna: Lamborghini Aventador, $750,000.
  • Jennifer Lopez: Bentley Continental GTC, $250,000.
  • Justin Bieber: Audi R8, $250,000.
  • Gwen Stefani: Porsche Panamera, $200,000.
  • Sylvester Stallone: Mercedes Benz G50, $166,000.
  • Mariah Carey: Porsche Cayenne SUV, $200,000.
  • Janet Jackson: Aston Martin Vanquish, $234.260.
  • Justin Timberlake: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, $6,599.
  • Jay-Z: Maybach Exelero, $8 million.

Steve Thought O’ The Day — Those vehicles are mighty impressive, but I don’t see any 2007 Kia Sorentos in the mix.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. The Mets are still pond scum.

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