Archive for May 1st, 2007


Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Sherman’s To-Do List

Yankees Rumors & News

In today’s New York Post, Joel Sherman points to the promotion of Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang and the contributions of Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon as key factors that turned the 2005 season around. In that vein, Sherman provides his list of five things the Yanks must do to save 2007:

1. Tell Phil Hughes he is here

2. Try harder to push Roger Clemens’ timetable

3. Read Carl Pavano the riot act

4. Put Johnny Damon on the DL

5. Let teams know Kyle Farnsworth and/or Mike Myers are available

Check out the full article, where Sherman expounds on each point.

Mets Have Reasons To Worry

Mets Rumors & News

I’ve thought all along that the Mets will be a second-half team this season. Their rotation is constructed to hold the fort until Pedro Martinez’s triumphant return, their bullpen can piece it together until Guillermo Mota and Duaner Sanchez return to action, and their minor league depth is such that they are in a prime position to make a big-time acquisition as the trade deadline approaches.

That said, the team still needs to keep pace with the rest of the division while they brace for the calvary. The team is currently only a half game back from the division-leading Braves, and Atlanta will have to face the next couple of weeks without their closer Bob Wickman. Still at 15-9, the Amazin’s are one Yankee-like swan dive away from .500 baseball, and there are plenty of reasons for the fans and team alike to be concerned.

Surprisingly, I’m not worried about El Duque. People knew going in that the brittle pitcher would be lucky to give the Mets more than 20 starts …

Alou Latest To Drop

Mets Rumors & News

Via MLB.com:

The Mets’ training room is suddenly crowded, and the news just keeps getting worse.

Left fielder Moises Alou became the latest in a suddenly lengthy string of injuries for the Mets, receiving two stitches on his chin after charging into the left-field wall in Monday night’s 9-6 loss to the Marlins.

Alou also aggravated the right shoulder that he jammed in a game against the Nationals over the weekend. He will have an MRI on the shoulder Tuesday, and is day-to-day.

The NHL Is a Sham

Islanders Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

The words “conspiracy” and “fix” shouldn’t be tossed around lightly in professional sports, and the NHL Commissioner’s Office should be embarrassed that they are words increasingly becoming associated with the NHL, first in the wake of the Sabres’ first round defeat of the Islanders, and now during their second round matchup with the Rangers.

I have never seen a fan base so enraged after a victory, but after yesterday afternoon’s double overtime win, Ranger fans today are more furious than celebratory – and with good cause.

In Game 1, the Rangers were whistled for 8 penalties compared to 5 against the Sabres, however the team played so poorly that no one was in the mood for excuse-making. In Game 2, the team was frustrated that various stick fouls and high hits to the head by Buffalo went unpenalized by the officials, however again the team refused to place blame, realizing that several unforced turnovers cost them a game in which they thoroughly dominated. However, Sunday’s Game 3 proved to be the …

Valentin Has ACL Injury

Mets Rumors & News

UPDATE:

Via the Journal News’ John Delcos’ LoHud blog:

Kevin here, with more bad injury news for the Mets: they’ve placed second baseman Jose Valentin on the disabled list with a partial tear in the ACL in his right knee.

According to Valentin, Randolph and Omar Minaya, Valentin will miss 2-4 weeks. I’m not buying it. Valentin missed three months with a torn ACL in 2005 and, after coming back for the Dodgers in September, shut himself down because he was uncomfortable in his knee brace.

I agree. No one comes back from an ACL injury in 2-4 weeks, and certainly not when a tear is involved. It’s a particularly problematic injury for a middle infielder because the ACL undergoes the most strain when the knee pivots. Don’t be surprised if the Mets are forced to move on a long-term replacement – hopefully sooner than later.

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According to WFAN, Jose Valentin will join El Duque on the DL, and Ruben Gotay will be promoted from AAA-New Orleans.

MetsBlog relays a report that Valentin has injured …

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