Thoughts From Around The Majors

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIISeptember 10, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: The mitt of Mike Sweeney #5 of the Seattle Mariners lays on the ground while he warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Angeles of Aneheim on September 9, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)

Like George Costanza, I am back baby!!! I am back in New York City from a fantastic three days in Milwaukee and Iowa/Field of Dreams. I will be doing a full recap of the trip and everything that took place on it tomorrow.

For today, I thought I'd give some thoughts as to what has been going on in the majors the last couple of days.

Here we go…

Carlos Beltran made his return to the New York Mets on Tuesday. Why? Maybe I am in the minority here, but I really don’t see a reason why Beltran would play these last couple of weeks.

The Mets are out of the playoff race so only more harm than good can come out of Beltran playing. What good can come out of this? Beltran gets a couple of more hits or RBI for the back of his baseball card?

If the Mets want to see if he is healthy, they could have waited till the offseason to see that in private workouts.

The Phillies have a massive closer problem. The baseball gods are punishing Brad Lidge for being perfect last season. After not getting the job done against the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, my guess is that Brett Myers becomes the Phillies’ closer.

Congratulations to Derek Jeter. Jeter last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, broke Lou Gehrig’s record for hits by a New York Yankee. While this is great for Jeter, let’s not go crazy here folks.

A. Did anyone ever associate Gehrig with the Yankees’ hit record? And B. When Jeter gets 3,000 hits, it will be a more impressive feat.

Los Angeles Dodgers are hanging on for dear life. Is there any contending team that wants to run out the clock on the regular season faster than the Los Angeles Dodgers?

The Colorado Rockies are on the Dodgers like white on rice. The Dodgers lost the Arizona Diamondbacks last night (I will say that Ramon Troncoso had Mark Reynolds struckout three times in that final AB.) and the Rockies are now just 2.5 games behind the Dodgers.

The Dodgers look like first-round fodder for the Phillies or the St. Louis Cardinals at this point.

Tim Lincecum goes down with an injury. I hope Lincecum is okay and by all reports, he is improving. Lincecum missed his last start because of a stiff back.

Lincecum began feeling some tightness in his back when the team returned from Milwaukee. Ironically, my buddy Tom had the same injury returning from Milwaukee.

Coincidence? I think no.

So with the NFL season officially starting today, a lot of people have asked me my predictions for the upcoming season. I know this is a baseball site, but it never hurts to make some predictions

AFC East

1. New England Patriots

2. Miami Dolphins

3. New York Jets

4. Buffalo Bills

AFC North

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Cincinnati Bengals – x

3. Baltimore Ravens

4. Cleveland Browns

AFC South

1. Tennessee Titans

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – x

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Houston Texans

AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers

2. Denver Broncos

3. Kansas City Chiefs

4. Oakland Raiders

NFC East

1. Philadelphia Eagles

2. New York Giants – x

3. Dallas Cowboys

4. Washington Redskins

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers

2. Minnesota Vikings – x

3. Chicago Bears

4. Detroit Lions

NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints

2. Atlanta Falcons

3. Carolina Panthers

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West

1. Arizona Cardinals

2. Seattle Seahawks

3. San Francisco 49ers

4. St. Louis Rams

x = Wild Card

AFC Championship Game – Patriots vs Chargers

NFC Championship Game – Eagles vs Packers

Super Bowl – Chargers vs Packers

NFL Champions – Chargers