Archive for April 12th, 2007


Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Wild Thing

Mets Rumors & News

Note to self: Never take investment advice from Rick Peterson. Yesterday, the Mets pitching coach was quoted in the Star-Ledger comparing Oliver Perez to a Fortune 1,000 company. Said Peterson, “He’s the president and CEO of Oliver Perez Inc. I told him to go public so I could buy 10 percent.” It’s safe to say those shares are worth significantly less today.

METS SEE OLLIE OUT OF CONTROL

New York Post

Hurler walks seven, doesn’t last 3 innings

New York Daily News

Mets Have No Defense for Pérez’s Seven Ball Fours

New York Times

Perez wild in Mets’ loss

The Journal News

Bottom of Mets’ rotation not perfect after all

Newsday

Staff still a work in progress

Newsday

The Injury Blame Game

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees have hired new strength and conditioning coaches this season.Speaking of Yankee injuries, on Tuesday, New York Times reporter Tyler Kepner addressed the epidemic in the Bronx and whether this April’s unseasonably cold temperatures are to blame.

Of course, injuries to Chien-Ming Wang, Bobby Abreu, Andy Pettitte, and Jeff Karstens all occurred while the team was still in spring training in Tampa. Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui both suffered muscle strains while playing in frigid temperatures, however Mike Mussina was injured last night while playing in the Metrodome, Minnesota’s temperature-controlled dome stadium.

Damon, as quoted in Newsday: “I wish we could avoid it as a team. Whether it’s the way we’re working, or that we’re all getting old … I know in New York, it was pretty cold, and that could have contributed to it.”

Another issue that has been raised in recent days is the fact that the team has a new strength and conditioning program this season. During the offseason, GM Brian Cashman reshuffled the program, …

The Hits Keep Comin’: Yanks Lose Moose

Yankees Rumors & News

Not to be left out, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina has joined the list of the walking wounded, straining his left hamstring in the third inning of last night’s loss to the Twins.

While the pitcher categorized the injury as “not bad,” he indicated he’ll in all probability be forced to miss at least one start. With off days on Thursday and Monday, the team had planned to skip Darrell Rasner in the rotation’s next turn, however now it looks as if Rasner will start in Moose’s stead on Tuesday.

The Yankees are already without staff ace Chien-Ming Wang and 5th-starter-candidate Jeff Karstens. Andy Pettitte meanwhile missed two weeks during spring training due to back spasms.

The rotation is hardly the only spot that’s been hit hard by injury for the Yanks already in this young season. Bobby Abreu missed the majority of spring training with an oblique strain, Johnny Damon missed time with a right calf strain, and Hideki Matsui is currently on the DL with a left hamstring strain.

Ace In The Hole

Mets Rumors & News

UPDATE: So much for that nonsense. Perez lasted just 2 2/3 innings tonight, allowing only one hit, but surrendering three runs, and walking SEVEN.

SI.com provides some reaction from Atlanta to Mets’ pitcher Oliver Perez’s start against the Braves last week:

“Friday night, he was nasty,” says Braves shortstop Edgar Renteria, who owns a .292 lifetime average (7-for-24) against Perez but who was 0-for-3 Friday. “You can tell he has the confidence now. It was cold, it was Opening Day for us, we had a big crowd, and he pitched like no one was there, like it was just him out there. It was his game.”

Said Braves manager Bobby Cox: “That’s about as good as I’ve ever seen him. A lot of strikes, good movement. We didn’t have him in much trouble at all.”

For an encore, Perez takes the mound at Shea tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. Meanwhile SI’s John Donovan wonders if Perez could be an Ace in waiting.

Knicks Rumors & News

As we’ve feared for months, it appears possible that David Lee may have further damaged his injured leg, thereby jeopardizing his long-term future in the NBA. The New York Post’s Marc Berman reports that Lee is “scheduled to undergo a battery of tests to figure out why his leg has healed so slowly, according to Lee’s Chicago-based agent Mark Bartlestein.”

On March 23, Hot Stove New York expressed skepticism when Lee returned to the lineup under the impression that he could do no further harm to his leg shortly after the timetable for his recovery had been extended. Lee’s return was a brief one, and just days later he was shut down once again, his premature return seemingly hampering his recovery.

Now there appears to be concern within the organization that the “stress reaction” in Lee’s lower leg may have progressed into a stress fracture. Lee is almost certainly finished for the season.

Jets v. Patriots, Giants in Dallas for Kickoff Sunday

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

The NFL has released its 2007 schedule:

Giants

Sept. 9 – at Dallas 8:15 pm

Sept. 16 – vs Green Bay 1:00 pm

Sept. 23 – at Washington 4:15 pm

Sept. 30 – vs Philadelphia 8:15 pm

Oct. 7 – vs N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm

Oct. 15 – at Atlanta 8:30 pm

Oct. 21 – vs San Francisco 1:00 pm

Oct. 28 – at Miami (London) 1:00 pm

BYE

Nov. 11 – vs Dallas 4:15 pm

Nov. 18 – at Detroit 4:15 pm

Nov. 25 – vs Minnesota 1:00 pm

Dec. 2 – at Chicago 4:15 pm

Dec. 9 – at Philadelphia 1:00 pm

Dec. 16 – vs Washington 8:15 pm

Dec. 23 – at Buffalo 1:00 pm

Dec. 29 – vs New England 8:15 pm

Jets

Sept. 9 vs. Patriots, 1

Sept. 16 at Baltimore, 4:15

Sept. 23 vs. Dolphins, 1

Sept. 30 at Buffalo, 1

Oct. 7 at Giants, 1

Oct. 14 vs. Eagles, 1

Oct. 21 at Cincinnati, 4:05

Oct. 28 vs. Bills, 4:05

Nov. 4 vs. Redskins, 1

BYE

Nov. 18 vs. Steelers, 1

Nov. 22 at Dallas, 4:15

Dec. 2 at Miami, 1

Dec. 9 vs. Browns, 4:15

Dec. 16 at New England, 1

Dec. 23 at Tennessee, 4:15

Dec. 30 vs. …

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