Archive for April 6th, 2007


Friday, April 6th, 2007

Mets, Braves Meet For April Showdown

Mets Rumors & News

As it turns out, Jimmy Rollins was right. The Phillies are the team to beat. And beat. And beat.

The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of Jimmy’s Phillies on Thursday in Philadelphia. Next up, a battle of undefeated division rivals, as the 3-0 Braves head home to Turner Field to face the 3-0 New York Metropolitans.

Oliver Perez will take the mound for the Mets following his strong spring training. He’ll be opposed by the Braves’ Mark Redman (11-10 5.71 ERA for Kansas City in ’06).

ATLANTA: AMAZIN’S MEASURING STICK IN DIVISION

New York Post

FAMILIAR SCENARIO

New York Post

José Poised For Greatness

Mets Rumors & News

In The New York Times today, Ben Shpigel profiles Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, explaining that the electric speedster is “Adding Thunder to His Lightning.” After surprising everyone with his power last season (19 homers), much has been made of the reported five pounds of muscle that Reyes added in the offseason, and observers are quickly beginning to wonder how long it will be before he joins the 30-30 club (30 homers, 30 steals). Rickey Henderson, as quoted by Shpigel:

“If he’s trying to hit 30, he’ll never do it. He needs to get better in a few other areas, and then, if he does those well, the home runs may come. And even if they don’t, he’ll still be a pretty darn good player.

…”Think about it, pitchers would love him to hit home runs because they wouldn’t have to worry about him on the bases anymore. José is feared on the bases like I was feared on the bases. But he’s not feared at the plate yet. When he gets to …

We Gonna Need More Wax!

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Via MLB.com’s Marty Noble:

His likeness has been on the covers of a half-dozen magazines, and his name is on a shuttle jet, a $55 million contract and the lips of another set of millions. Major League Baseball is so sure of David Wright, he is a primary figure in the game’s promotion of its summer showcase, the All-Star Game.

And now his image, quite three-dimensional, has been copied — the highest form of flattery. A wax figure of the Mets third baseman was unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York on Wednesday as part of the new “Ultimate Subway Series” exhibit that includes a figure of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, as well.

The interactive exhibit includes replicas of the Mets and Yankees dugouts, recordings of both players’ voices, and pitching and cheering games.

Wright is to visit Madame Tussauds on Tuesday and take a look at himself.

Time To Panic

Yankees Rumors & News

“It was a bad game all around. I didn’t do my job and we didn’t play real good. It’s a shame. I’m just extremely disappointed.”-Andy Pettitte

Rude awakening for Pettitte

Newsday

Frigid defense ices Yankees

Newsday

D-RAYS COOL OFF PETTITTE, YANKS

New York Post

SLOPPY PLAY HELPS HAMPER HOMECOMING

New York Post

ANOTHER 2 ERRORS FOR JETER

New York Post

Pettitte’s Return Gets Lost Amid Sloppy Play and a Stalled Rally

New York Times

Yanks Injured In the Outfield

Yankees Rumors & News

One of the hot storylines at Yanks’ training camp this spring was the will-he-or-won’t-he melodrama surrounding Bernie Williams. Ultimately, without an offer of a guaranteed contract, and with seemingly no room on the roster, Williams decided not to report to Tampa. This suited GM Brian Cashman just fine since it was Cashman who envisioned a roster sans Bernie in the first place, instead opting for a righty-lefty platoon at first base and a move of Jason Giambi to the full-time DH spot. The plan was not without merit, but just one game into the season, the roster is already beginning to show its warts.

Centerfielder Johnny Damon has never been to the DL in his career, but sounded pretty pessimistic about the prospects of a quick return to the lineup yesterday. Damon stated that he “could barely walk” on his tender calves and fears the injury is “much worse” than just cramps. In the event that Damon misses extended time, the team plans on using Melky Cabrera in center …

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