Colorado Rockies: Sizing up the rest of the National League

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 3: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, center, argues a call with umpire Bruce Dreckman as Gerardo Parra #8 and A.J. Ellis #17 look on during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 3, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 3: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, center, argues a call with umpire Bruce Dreckman as Gerardo Parra #8 and A.J. Ellis #17 look on during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 3, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 03: Managers Gabe Kapler #22 of the Philadelphia Phillies and Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets meet as they exchange lineup cards as home plate umpire Bill Miller looks on before a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 03: Managers Gabe Kapler #22 of the Philadelphia Phillies and Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets meet as they exchange lineup cards as home plate umpire Bill Miller looks on before a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Philadelphia Phillies

I think it’s time for a cheese steak. The Phillies believe they have a good team that can prove projections wrong. I’ll admit that the Phillies offseason moves should give them a sense of optimism. However, new signee, Jake Arrieta can not carry the entire team on his back and he hasn’t even had a start yet.

Gabe Kapler is the team’s new hope, management wise, but he’s been mismanaging the team since the first day of the regular season. Kapler burned through the entire bullpen in the span of two games (they’ve used a total of 14 players on the mound, including a position player). He and the Phillies even got a formal reprimand from the MLB offices about the bullpen issue. He was even booed by the fans in their home opener and criticized by his own players for his management style.

It may have been the first series, but Kapler can’t do what he did in the opening series or that team will collapse faster than you can tell me where the best cheesesteak in Philly is. The team is currently 1-4, which isn’t a surprise, even with them being optimistic, there is virtually no chance of them contending this year.

New York Mets

I’m in the mood for a pastrami on rye, so let’s go to New York. The Mets, in my opinion, could have one of the best teams in the MLB. But it won’t happen if the starting rotation can’t stay injury free. They have a serious powerhouse pitching wise but it’s nothing if the rest of the team can’t come together.

They did add some new faces to the team and even a new manager in Mickey Callaway, who seems to be making an impact with them early as they are 5-1 and leading the division. Todd Frazier will add depth to the team as a new signee and the Mets also signed a familiar face in Jay Bruce. Right now, some analysts believe the Mets could make the playoffs this season if players avoid injury, but I’m highly doubtful of that.