Archive for September 11th, 2007


Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Pettitte Named Clutch Performer

Yankees Rumors & News

Pettitte Named Clutch Performer: “After a tough first half of the season the New York Yankees desperately needed a reliable starter and for the month of August. Andy Pettitte stepped into that role perfectly.

Over a span of six starts Andy went a perfect 6-0 with a 2.36 ERA on his way to earning the first ever Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Month Award which is given to the player who plays best when the stakes are high.

‘He enjoys the challenge, he pitches big games and is not afraid of anyone,’ Derek Jeter said to the NY Post.

Pettitte’s performance was integral as the rest of the rotation struggled to keep the team in games. Chien-Ming Wang was the only other starter who provided the team an adequate chance to win, making quality starts four out of six times in August, but beyond that the team was lost.

Roger Clemens made three quality starts while Phil Hughes and Mike Mussina …

El Duque Would Bolster Mets’ Pen

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets won 3-2 over the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium last night – their ninth win in their last 10 games – lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East to 14 and increasing their lead over Atlanta to 9.5 games. The 2nd-place Phillies meanwhile remain 6 out in the race, and must sweep the Metropolitans over the weekend just to remain in the rearview mirror. Though no one in the clubhouse is ready to discuss it, the playoffs are looking more and more like a certainty for the Orange-and-Blue.

With that in mind, it’s about time to start looking at postseason rosters and rotations. Excluding rookie Mike Pelfrey, currently the team’s No. 6 starter, the Mets have 5 starting pitchers vying for 4 slots in the postseason rotation. Says Ben Shpigel of the New York Times:

Barring any injuries, the first three will be Orlando Hernández, Tom Glavine and Pedro Martínez. Despite his 14 victories and 3.42 earned run average, [Oliver] Pérez is hardly a certainty. The next …

Giants: Kiwi headed back to DE?

Giants Rumors & News

If it turns out defensive end Osi Umenyiora will miss significant time with his injured knee Coach Tom Coughlin has admitted that could prompt the Giants to move Mathias Kiwanuka back to his original position.

Here’s a Coughlin quote, from the Star-Ledger.

“There’ll be more discussions in the next day or so,” Coughlin said about a potential move for Kiwanuka. “We need to get a handle on where Osi is.”

The switch of Kiwanuka, the former No. 1 pick from Boston College, to linebacker has so far met with mixed results. He’s struggling to grasp pass coverage and still learning how to position himself.

What do you guys think? I still believe he could be a force at linebacker once he gets comfortable, but if Umenyiora is out for several weeks we may never find out.

(– via Big Blue View)

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