Archive for July 23rd, 2007


Monday, July 23rd, 2007

The Mets & Livan…A Good Fit

Mets Rumors & News

The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that the Arizona Diamondbacks are putting out feelers for pitcher Livan Hernandez. The Mets are one of the few teams known to be interested in the right hander (along with the Braves and Mariners). Hernandez, who is listed at thirty-two years old, is 5-6 with a 4.77 ERA.

While Hernandez’s numbers aren’t overly impressive he might be the best fit among all starters on the trading block. He has post season experience, posting a 5-2 record with a 3.99 ERA, and has shown leadership on pitching staffs he’s been on. His biggest asset might be his ability to go deep into games. Livan has averaged 6.8 innings per start though out his ten year career. At Tom Glavine’s age you cannot expect him to go late into games, and sure Pedro Martinez is due back next month, but don’t expect him to exceed 100 pitches in any start. Additionally, the arm of Orlando Hernandez (Livan’s half brother) isn’t made of rubber …

Coming Out of His Shell

Yankees Rumors & News

Shelley Duncan is here! How do you know that? Here’s how:

Friday night: 1 for 4, 1 RBI.

Saturday (Game 1): 1 for 4, 1 HR 2 RBI, Yankee Stadium curtain call.

Sunday: 2 for 4, 2 HR 4 RBI, another curtain call.

Via ESPN.com:

“It’s a crazy experience,” Shelley said. “You kind of get frozen in the moment.”

That was the weekend Duncan had, and that’s why you know who he is. Not to mention fist pounds and high fives that would take your arms off. He’s the brother of St. Louis’ Chris Duncan and son of Dave Duncan , pitching coach of the Cardinals. He was drafted in 2001 by the Yanks out of Arizona. His infectious manner in which he plays the game has brought a sense of life and enthusiasm to the team and to the ballpark. A factor that the Yankee Stadium crowd did not let go unnoticed. On Sunday, he recieved curtain calls after both of his home runs and recieved a standing ovation upon his third …

High Five for No. 55

Yankees Rumors & News

Hideki Matsui, never one to show emotion, whether it be anger, joy or disbelief, was doing just that through the first half of the season. He, like many other Yankees, have been underachieving leading to the Yankees overall disappointing season. That is, until recently. In his last 17 games he’s batted .366 with 9 HR and 17 RBI. The Yanks record in that span, 12-5.

It seems as if “Godzilla” has finally found his stroke, probably at one of the best times of the season. The Yankees need him, and everyone else for that matter, to produce. Alex Rodriguez can’t do it alone. Matsui bats behind Rodriguez, in the fifth spot in the lineup, and right now he’s even hotter than the A.L. MVP candidate. In Sunday’s game Matsui went 5-for-6 with a HR and 2 RBI. His 5 hits tied his career high which was set in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS against Boston. He has lifted his season average to .291.

Via Roger Rubin, Daily News:

“You accept …

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