Archive for June 12th, 2007

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Relief Rumors Begin…

Mets Rumors & News

According to the New York Post, Washington’s Chad Cordero and John Rauch, Pittsburgh’s Salomon Torres, and Texas pitchers Eric Gagne and Akinori Otsuka will most likely be on the trading block as the trading deadline approaches. All of these pitchers could make a strong contribution to the Mets bullpen, though a left handed reliever might be a wiser pick up to replace the struggling Scott Schoeneweis, who in 27 appearances has a 7.06 ERA with a terrible 9/19 strikeout to walk ratio.

Rumors out of Colorado have speculated that the Rockies might be looking to move closer Brian Fuentes. Fuentes, who is a left-handed pitcher and has only allowed 7 earned runs in 29.1 innings, might be a better target for the Mets as July approaches. If Fuentes could be bought in to set up closer Billy Wagner, it would be lights out for opponents in the 8th and 9th innings.

Speaking of relief pitching, the news doesn’t appear good for Ambiorix Burgos, as the Post also reports that …

Yankees Rumors & News

Kevin Hench, contributor to, has a controversial take on Roger Clemens, declaring that “there must be something in Roger’s water.” Hench writes that long before anyone had heard of BALCO, people were alarmed by Barry Bonds’s sudden rise in production in the twilight years of his career, and yet for some reason, Clemens has largely escaped public scrutiny despite what he continues to accomplish at age 44. Says Hench:

Shouldn’t Roger Clemens’ baseball card elicit the same dubious eyebrow-raising? The presumption of guilt that hounded Bonds through his assault on various home run records hasn’t necessarily given way to a presumption of innocence with Clemens, but rather to a sort of weary reluctance to ask how it is possible that a major league pitcher was considerably better from ages 41-44 than he had been from ages 31-34. If Carl Lewis won the 100-meter dash in Beijing in 2008 we’d have questions, right?

During Clemens’ final four years in Boston — the seasons in which he aged from 31 to 34 …

Mets’ Slide Continues in L.A.

Mets Rumors & News

Last night the Mets dropped their third game in a row, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 at Chavez Ravine. The Mets started strong, but failed to capitalize as the game progressed; leaving four men in scoring position against a shaky Randy Wolf, who gave up nine hits in six innings while only striking out three.

Jose Reyes, celebrating his 24th birthday, led the game off with a single, and advanced to second base on Russell Martin’s passed ball. The next batter, Shawn Green, making his return from a DL trip, singled, scoring Reyes. Green promptly stole second and advanced to third on Russell Martin’s throwing error. David Wright followed Carlos Beltran’s line out with a single up the middle, scoring Green and extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Those were the only runs the Mets saw until the 4th, when Carlos Gomez singled home Carlos Delgado.

The Dodgers struck back in the bottom of the 4th as Russell Martin singled home Juan Pierre, who had …

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