Archive for June 27th, 2007

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Pedro Throws BP

Mets Rumors & News

Via the Daily News:

Pedro Martinez felt so good yesterday, he accelerated his program. Martinez, originally scheduled to throw another bullpen session in Port St. Lucie, instead threw batting practice to hitters for the first time since Oct.5 rotator cuff surgery. Martinez tossed 45 pitches and remains on track for an August return.

Now Hiring: Lefty Relief

Mets Rumors & News

With all the Mark Buerhle-to-the-Mets talk, the obvious is being overlooked. Buerhle is a nice name to throw around but what really needs an upgrade is the bullpen. The Mets rotation has picked it up as of late, and before we know it Pedro Martinez will be joining the rotation for a stretch run, While Buerhle’s left arm would be a boost in the rotation, a left arm in the bullpen is a wiser choice.

Lefty reliever Scott Schoeneweis is terrible. He continued his poor play last night, allowing two hits, two runs and a walk, taking the loss in less then an inning of work. Schoeneweis’ record is not 0-2 with a 5.86 ERA and a 13/20 strikeout to walk ratio. Hardly the type of player you want to rely on during a playoff push. Lefty relievers are hard to come by, so the market won’t be flooded. Omar Minaya may need to dig a little deeper. The Giants’ Steve Kline …

A-Breu Dropped to 8 Hole

Yankees Rumors & News

Entering last night’s game at Camden Yards, Yankees right fielder Bobby Abreu was mired in 7-for-42 (.167) slump and had recorded just 2 hits in his last 21 at-bats (.095). As a result, manager Joe Torre gave Abreu the A-Rod Treatment last night, dropping the No. 3 hitter all the way down to the 8 hole. He went 1-for-4 in the 3-2 loss to the Orioles, stranding runners at first and second in the ninth.

Via the Daily News:

The move didn’t cause the controversy that ensued after Torre dropped Alex Rodriguez to the No. 8 spot during the American League division series last fall, as the Yankee manager discussed the decision with Abreu before posting the lineup.

“I haven’t hit in the last five games,” Abreu said. “The team is losing games it shouldn’t be losing, so whatever it takes to win and help the team, it’s no problem with me.”…”It’s going to find me,” Abreu said. “It’s a tough thing, but you have to deal with it and come out of it.”

Magic Man Gives Damon Good Ribbing

Yankees Rumors & News

Apparently the abdominal strain that Johnny Damon had been suffering was not an abdominal injury at all. A quick visit to the DH/ center fielder’s infamous chiropractor, Jerry Mattia, in Orlando revealed four “out of place” ribs that were the root of the problem. After two sessions on Monday and Tuesday, Damon claims to “feel like a different person.”

The results at the plate would certainly seem to support Damon’s claim as he returned to the Yankee lineup on Tuesday night and belted a two-run homer to tie the game in the sixth inning. Said Damon:

“It’s amazing. We’ve definitely got to put him on the payroll. The guy is magic.”

Old Timers’ Day

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Today will be a first for the game of baseball. It will mark the first time that seven pitchers in their forties will start a game on the same day. Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, Jamie Moyer, Greg Maddux, Woody Williams, John Smoltz and Kenny Rogers are all scheduled to start for their respective teams. The prior record of six was set last Friday when the same group of pitchers – minus Clemens – started.

It’s especially important here in New York where both clubs will look to their future Hall of Fame pitchers to bounce back from tough losses.

Tom Glavine is in search of career win 297 against a Cardinals team that is finding ways to score, and solid pitching that is cooling opponent’s bats. In Glavine’s last outing he was a force, going eight innings while allowing one run, and striking out five in a 9-1 Mets victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Roger Clemens will take the mound in Baltimore and do what Yankee fans expect: …

Gimme Some Mo

Yankees Rumors & News

Gimme Some Mo: “The Yankees fell further out of the playoff race as they lost last night when Scott Proctor walked the bases loaded then walked in the winning-run.The Yankees again squandered another great pitching performance by Andy Pettitte, who went 7 innings surrendering merely 2 runs. Then in the ninth Scott Procter came in during a tie game. He got ahead of and then eventually walked Corey Patterson to start the inning. Then after surrendering a single, he made a fantastic diving catch on a Chris Gomez bunt attempt only to fail to double off Patterson who was way off second. He then proceeded to walk the next two batters to lose the game.The entire time I’m watching Proctor sweat I’m thinking, didn’t they lose the other day with Mariano Rivera waiting in the bullpen?Yes, this was the second time in merely a week the Yankees have lost in walk-off fashion with Rivera waiting wit…

Yankees Sell??? It Might Be For the Best…

Yankees Rumors & News

Yankees Sell??? It Might Be For the Best…: “As the summer begins and the baseball season heats up, the Yankees find themselves in third place in the American League East – 11 games behind the Boston Red Sox. While they opened the month of June on fire, they have since cooled and are playing closer to how they began the season. Roger Clemens returned to New York as a savior to Yankees fans. Clemens has experience and he’s a leader who can help motivate this team. In reality, as good a leader as he might be, he looks like an aging pitcher who doesn’t have what he used to (you have to have some respect that he was willing to appear in relief on Sunday; not that it helped the outcome any). As we are in the last week of June and every paper in the nation has their opinion on what’s wrong with the Yankees and how to fix it, there’s one area that …

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