The New York
Mets and the Seattle Mariners claimed their leagues’ wild card berths,
securing their place in post-season play. How can they hold up against
the stronger teams in their leagues?
The Mets ( “born” April 11, 1962, 7:55 pm, St. Louis, Missouri) of 2000
lacked the miracle quality of their legendary 1969 season. Yet, here they
are again. For the second year in a row, they’ve clinched the wild card
and are aspiring toward the World Series. This year they backed into the
championship. The first half of September they posted a miserable win-loss
record, dropping thirteen of twenty games. Fortunately, the Arizona Diamondbacks
and Los Angeles Dodgers kept losing, allowing the Mets’ second-hand entry
into the wild card slot. Despite the whimsical and “you never know what”
Uranus near (but not exact) their Midheaven (world recognition), the Mets’
chart is not superbly supported by current planetary transits. They must
lean on their manager, Bobby Valentine, to pull them through.
Valentine (born May 13, 1950, in Stamford, Connecticut) is a stubborn,
doggedly determined Taurus. Add to this a volatile Moon and Venus in Aries, and Bobby’s
reputation as a temper-driven loose cannon comes to light.
He shoots from the hip,
calling a spade “a damn shovel.” In one game this year, he argued on the
first pitch, and was tossed from the game. He’s Aries obnoxious, abrasive
need him to pull off a coup of baseball strategy when their own planets
run thin. Bobby V’s Saturn in Virgo is currently enduring a transiting
square from retrograding Jupiter in Gemini. Saturn, with his “nose to
the grindstone” mentality, directs Bobby to jump start the tired players
into giving a few weeks more hard effort. To do this, he must call up
his natal Jupiter in Pisces (widely squared by both transiting Jupiter
and Saturn in Gemini). The parable-telling, image-creating, motivational
magic of Jupiter, which he possesses in great measure, might do it. The
exaggerating transit of Jupiter in Gemini works in his favor, using a
“both sides of the story” method. He’ll tell his troops that the other
guys are tired as well, and that their pitchers fear the Mets’ hitters
as much as the Mets’ pitchers fear theirs. You know, it’s Jupiter—and
he’s believable even when he’s making things up. And with the wide transit
orbs, this is a stretch, but it’s worth a shot.
experience an energizing, volatility-provoking Mars return in picky Virgo
on October 23. If the Mets advance further in the playoffs, the on-field
confrontations should be interesting and animated.
The Seattle Mariners (“born” April 6, 1977, in Seattle, Washington)
navigated into a wild card spot on the last day of the season, barely
losing the division title to the Oakland A’s. Their team belief and
confidence planet, Jupiter in Gemini, is now suffering, with Saturn
presently pressing all his weight on top of it. This wet, wool blanket
feeling does not do well in the cool autumn air of the Northwest. Though
the Mariners have made the playoffs, the wild card spot is a disappointing
present. Coach Lou Pinella and his band of officers must ensure the
Mariner’s confidence keeps an even keel.
Mars in flowing Pisces (an ocean indicator) and square to inspirational
Neptune (also the sea) in the upbeat, philosophical Sagittarius (long
adventurous journeys—the Mariners seem perfectly named), the team spirit
can weather many difficult playoff straits. But it must prevail. Like
the Mets, they must use Gemini’s theme of duplicity. The White Sox will
be exhausted as well, and they have the added pressure of a great record.
They probably feel the weight of the expectations of the commentators
and writers (represented by Jupiter in Gemini). The Mariners have less
to lose and more to win.
Pinella come into the locker room and give them a great pep talk—“it’s
only a game, let’s have fun,” “the other guys have more to think about”
and “I’m betting on you guys, but not in a Pete
Rose way”—the Mariners may be able to chart a clear course
to the World Series.