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

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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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