Archive for May 30th, 2007

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Delgado Unleashed

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Ed Betz)In stark contrast to their crosstown rivals, the Mets continue to find new ways to win.

Last night, the Amazin’s took on Giants’ 22-year-old phenom Tim Lincecum, clawing their way to 3 runs as the pitcher held the team to just 3 hits through 7 innings while striking out eight. Lincecum was matched by Mets’ starter Oliver Perez, who – in his 4th straight solid outing – likewise struck out 8, allowing 5 hits, and 3 solo homers.

The teams remained deadlocked at 3-3 until the 12th when the Giants took the lead in the top of the inning. Enter Armando Benitez.

The trouble began for Blow-nitez when he walked sparkplug Jose Reyes to lead off the inning. For an encore, the pitcher committed a balk to advance the runner to second base, allowing Endy Chavez to then sacrifice Reyes over to third. At that point, it seemed a veritable certainty that Carlos Beltran would deliver against the rattled former-Met, however Benitez shocked everyone in the building by rallying …

It Gets Worse And Worse

Yankees Rumors & News

(REUTERS/Mark Blinch)If you’re one of those Yankee fans who in recent days found yourself saying aloud, “It can’t possibly get any worse,” then you must be kicking yourself today.

Last night in Toronto, the Yankees found themselves in the bottom of the seventh in a tight 1-1 ball game. Andy Pettitte had pitched brilliantly once again while the Bombers’ lineup had been contained by 25-year-old reliever-turned-starter Shaun Marcum. It appeared the Yanks would get out of the inning when Pettitte induced a potential double play ball, however A-Rod’s throwing error instead placed runners at the corners with two outs. The play set the stage for disaster.

With Pettitte pitching from the stretch and his back turned to third base, Toronto’s Aaron Hill broke for the plate. Caught completely offguard and thinking that perhaps he had been called for a balk, Pettitte hesitated throwing home just enough to allow Hill to score a split-second ahead of Jorge Posada’s swiping tag. The steal of home plate – one of the rarest …

Yankees Rumors & News

The New York Post has struck again, as only the New York Post can. Last night the Mets won a 12-inning contest in dramatic fashion, and the Yanks surrendered a steal of home plate en route to another pathetic defeat, and yet both stories take a back seat today to the Post’s photo exclusive, which captures Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez out for a night on the town with a mystery blonde in Toronto.

Stray-Rod, as the Post dubs him, joined the “busty blonde” for dinner “at a pricey steakhouse late Sunday night, then headed to a glitzy strip club before making their way to his hotel, where the pair ducked into an elevator and headed upstairs just after midnight.”

According to the report, the duo was accompanied by two other men at the steakhouse and strip joint, but left the club alone.

A-Roood, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Injuries In the Outfield

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets have promoted outfielder Ben Johnson from AAA-New Orleans and placed outfielder Shawn Green on the 15–day disabled list.

Carlos Gomez – who had been out of action with a hamstring tweak – is back in the lineup tonight. Meanwhile, Moises Alou is eligible to come off the DL today, but is still not ready to return.

Kid Lincecum

Mets Rumors & News

Tonight the Mets will get their first look at Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ 22-year-old phenom right-hander with the funky delivery and sizzling fastball. In 62 2/3 minor league innings, the kid struck out 104 and allowed just seven earned runs. After a shaky major league debut, Lincecum has settled in nicely. Over his last 3 starts, he has a 2-0 record, allowing 4 earned runs and compiling 20 Ks through 22 innings of work.

Lincecum looks like a strong wind could knock him over, standing just 5-foot-11 and weighing in at a mere 160 pounds, but his fastball consistently clocks in the upper 90s, and he compliments the heater with a deadly 12-6 curveball. After just 4 major league starts, the pitcher is already drawing comparisons to players such as Luis Tiant, Kevin Brown, Roy Oswalt, and even the great Sandy Koufax. It will be interesting to see if he lives up to the hype tonight against one of the more potent lineups in the National League.

Torre Is YES Fall Guy

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn)Via Newsday’s Neil Best:

The Yankees haven’t faced a situation this dire since the YES Network launched in 2002.

So given the political machinations that always surround the team and its network, everything it does in the coming days and weeks will carry an added layer of intrigue.

Take Sunday: YES returned from a break to show tape of Joe Torre walking off the field to boos after a pitching change.

Hmm. Sound journalistic practice … or going out of its way to make a beleaguered manager look bad? Or both?

Is Barry Safe?

Mets Rumors & News

With the San Francisco Giants in town for their series against the Mets, much of the media coverage today centers around embattled slugger and suspected cheat Barry Bonds.’s Wayne Drehs takes the opportunity to ask just how safe is Barry Bonds? Says Drehs:

Barry Bonds is one of the most polarizing figures in American sports history. Everyone has an opinion: love or hate. There’s no middle ground. A recent ESPN/ABC Sports poll showed that half the nation is hoping for Bonds to break Hank Aaron’s record; the other half hopes he fails. With Bonds now just 10 home runs shy of breaking the record, the spotlight is only going to get brighter, the pressure greater. And with Bonds’ precarious position in our society, the question has to be asked: What is the likelihood of a frustrated fan making a crazed attempt to stand between Bonds and his place in history? And what is being done to stop that from happening?

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