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"When it comes down to this, though, do you think the Mets yester- handling handling it? Well by letting him start at third base on the twenty ninth for the final homestand against Miami. But I'm talking about the entire saga with David Wright. Didn't it come out at the end of maybe this is just wrong. But this is how I read into it. I think the Mets made a little too obvious that this was all about insurance and making sure insurance is going to pick up seventy five percent. So it seemed as if they were discouraging David Wright for a long time from ever trying to come back. I asked about that. You know, I I heard that I heard that rumor, and I heard the rumblings about that. And I had a pretty good source. I don't wanna reveal my source, but I had a pretty good source, and you know, David talked today about at his press conference. That the sheer agony that his body in and that just to play five innings he has to go through so much treatment. His neck is bad as shoulder as bad as back as bad like everything's bad. And what I was amazed with that. He went on the rehab stint just to do it. I even said to this front office official. I said how in the world is David right go to the minor leagues. And they said, no he wants to do it. He he he wants to prove to himself that his body can just play two days in a row, and he couldn't. So I had heard all those rumblings. But I can promise you if David Wright was physically able to play he'd be in the major leagues right now. Let's move on in the city of New York to the Yankees. What the heck is going on that team? You know, I think they're bored. And I think that they have had this. This this slot for such a long time that they went into cruise control. And you've seen other teams, you know, be guilty of it. And it's a situation where I I have said before on your show. I think the Yankees and the Red Sox numbers are inflated because of the Kadhamy of such somebody bad teams in baseball. And I think that neither one of these teams even though the Red Sox are gonna win one hundred games and the Yankees could win ninety five. Plus the fact of the matter is is that both those teams are not the ninety eight Yankees the two thousand one mayors they're not even the twenty eleven Phillies and the thing about those teams is the numbers are inflated because there are so many garbage teams in baseball and especially in the American League. So my now sits on the has not changed over the year. The problem with them always was starting pitching. And they have a one game playoff that. They have known about for three and a half months, and they cannot figure out who to start that game. And that's the mazing for a team. That's gonna win ninety plus games. Who would you start in that game? Well, right now, you know, it's between Tanaka hap. And and Severino. Severino showed you signs. I would let Severino start you know, three or four more times before the playoffs and start to see if he can turn the corner because it'd be can he's your best option half is plan b and Tanakh is like a flip of the coin. And I said that ever since he put on a uniform like he is literally feast or famine you have no idea what you're gonna go. And I heard you before you had the on the three thousand mile flavors torture. Brutal flight everything gets Steph. It's it's awful. And I've done it many times the Yankees if they play themselves into a road game for the American League wild-card that they have nobody to blame but themselves absolutely the as our crews. And and, you know, something it is not a foregone conclusion. Just because we have eighteen games left and the best team. It doesn't always win. There's a real good chance that if the is go on the road, they go to Houston. If Oakland wins the division. I said who scares you more right now, forget the number of wins. The Boston Red Sox. The Houston Astros. I still think the Astros are a better team, but they're not playing great right now. And you know, the Astros are, you know, the as are playing loosey-goosey carefree. They're beaten up on bad teams. You know, they're beating up on the lakes to the Orioles. Oakland's a force to be reckoned with because of the phrase, and you know, this is my favorite phrase for this time of year at this point in the season. You don't have to be good. You just have to win. And it doesn't matter. Who's better on paper? You know, the Milwaukee Brewers are not as good baseball team is the Chicago Cubs. No reason the brewers can't win the central like there's no reason at this point game and a half with eighteen to play. He's got a good as good a shot as any the situation with Houston. I think they'll win their division. But I just don't think it's a foregone conclusion and the as of this great wildcard because they're a team that we all wrote off just kind of like the cardinals in that at the all-star break they were eleven and a half back, and I didn't give him a shot because you look at the names on the team. And you're like, I don't know how they're doing it. But there are twenty six twelve I think in their last thirty eight games, which is unbelievable now. All right. Let's go to the west in the National League. That's means. A fascinating race. I mean, Colorado Arizona and the dodgers I think Colorado is still negative intern. Terms of runs foreign against and yet they're top that division. Ultimately, who's the best team over the next three weeks to take it? Well, again, you know, that's that's the beauty of it eighteen games. It's a crapshoot. But I love what. But black has done. And you know, I campaigned I want it bad, bud. Black to get the nationals job. I want him to get the Red Sox job. Like I wanted butt-black. I loved him as a manager. And he's done a really remarkable job with the Rockies, and what they've done the starting to get a little bit of a buzz down there too. And that that's good to see, you know, I covered the Rockies for the first team I ever covered. And you know, I have affinity for the ballpark and city and the team, and you know, I'm just I'm hopeful that that franchise can you hang in there for the next couple of couple of weeks. You know, the dodgers on paper are the best team. They were the prohibitive favorite in that division. But again at this point in the season. You don't have to be good. You just have to win and the Diamondbacks who had been so good for so such a long time, especially in the in the heat with the July and August they have fallen on hard times. And somebody you know, I didn't see this firsthand. But I had a pretty good source. Tell me they are just beat. They're just tired bunch and whether or not they can flip that. Which again remains to be seen there. You have it our baseball insider a good friend Seth Everett Seth. Always a pleasure. Having you on happy new new year to you, my friend. We'll talk probably next week sometime. Lot of baseball to get to. Sounds good Ovalles you as well. Thank you. Seth always great talking Seth ever great baseball insider. And of course, we interesting to hear that stuff with David, right? When he gets that opportunity sit down after the end of the season. All right. We have to get to David Wright. Obviously. You of course, have a little David Wright story, we're going to get to as well, we'll get to that going deep. Dan schwartzman. NBC sports radio in the NBC sports radio mobile app. Doug Flutie here. You're listening to NBC sports radio.."