Archive for May 2nd, 2007


Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Small Step Is Giant Leap For Pelfrey

Mets Rumors & News

“I felt a lot better about myself after I relaxed and stopped trying to throw the ball by everybody. Pitching actually became fun again. And I’d kind of lost that.”- Mike Pelfrey

Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey woke up this morning 0-3 with 6.75 ERA. But those ugly numbers represent encouraging news for Pelfrey and the Mets.

Entering last night’s start against the Marlins, Pelfrey was 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA. The pitcher seemed en route to further bloat his bubble gum card after loading the bases in the first inning on a HBP and two walks before allowing a bases clearing triple. But unlike in his previous starts, Pelfrey was able to put the disappointing inning out of his mind and put up zeroes the rest of the way. At the end of the day he had escaped allowing 3 earned runs on five hits through 6.1 innings, walking three and striking out three – by far Pelfrey’s most successful start of the season, and one to build …

You’ve Got To Be Kidding…

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Could anything else possibly go wrong for the New York Yankees? Wait, don’t answer that.

After a so-so, but nonetheless promising outing in his debut, 20-year-old phenom Phil Hughes was dazzling last night in his second start. Hughes was literally unhittable, taking a no-no into the seventh inning, when suddenly disaster struck. Eight outs away from the no-hitter and with an 0-2 count on Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira, Hughes threw a curveball and felt a pop in his hamstring. While there’s no official timetable for the injury as of yet, manager Joe Torre speculated that the rookie sensation would likely be out for at least 4-to-6 weeks.

The Yanks dominated the game 10-1, but I can’t imagine a more crushing evening for Yankee fans. The Yankees had been looking for a savior, and they had found one in Hughes, who was cruising along and making a bid for the record books. A kid who wasn’t supposed to pitch in the majors this season suddenly …

Makeover For Willets Point

Mets Rumors & News

Via ESPN.com:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan Tuesday to turn 60 acres of junkyards and auto-parts shops next to the construction site of the New York Mets’ new ballpark into a neighborhood of homes, shops, offices and entertainment.

“We believe that out of these ashes can rise New York City’s next great neighborhood, a dynamic center of life, energy and economic activity and a model for sustainability and environmental stewardship,” Bloomberg said. “After a century of blight and neglect, the future of this area is very bright indeed.”

Alou Fine, Batting 5th Tonight

Mets Rumors & News

Mets fans can breathe a small sigh of relief. Moises Alou’s injury is apparently a non-issue. Alou will be in the lineup tonight and will bat 5th behind Carlos Delgado. David Wright – in attempt to shake him out of his slump – will bat 2nd.

D-Wright, The New A-Rod?

Mets Rumors & News

Via The New York Post’s Kevin Kernan:

THEY still love David Wright here at Shea Stadium. He is the one Met everyone wants to bring home to dinner.

But mark last night down as the night this baseball honeymoon officially ended. When Wright struck out on three pitches with two runners on in the seventh inning of the Mets’ 9-6 loss to the Marlins, a month of frustration came to a head. The fans turned A-Rod on the Mets’ young star and booed the third baseman.

Not scattered boos, real New York boos. Those are unmistakable.

During his time with the Mets this was the loudest Wright had ever been booed by the home fans.

Zim Unplugged

Yankees Rumors & News

Via The Post’s George King:

“To me, [Yanks’ GM Brian] Cashman is the problem,” [former Yankee bench coach Don] Zimmer said yesterday without going into detail. “Four or five years ago, we were in the coaches’ room and talking about the club and he said, ‘Anybody can manage this team.’ Well, let him manage that team now with all those injuries.”

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