Archive for September 26th, 2007

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
Yankees Rumors & News

Start spreading the news…the Yanks are in. After tonight’s 12-4 win win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Yankees have clinched a playoff spot. A feat that seemed improbable back in May when New York was flirting with disaster, being 14.5 games back and in last place. With the clinch of the playoff spot, it marks the 13th year in a row the Yanks have made it.

Via By Fred Goodall, AP Sports Writer/

“We’ve come from a long ways this year and a lot of adversity, a lot of injuries,” Alex Rodriguez said. “This team has a lot to be proud of.”

“This ballclub never stopped believing,” said Yankees manager Joe Torre, his voice choking with emotion.

“It never gets old,” Mariano Rivera said during a champagne celebration in the clubhouse. “Everybody counted us out. We just played hard

The Yankees still remain 3 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East but it seems highly unlikely they will catch their rivals this season. As many fans know, going into …

Westbrook Intends to Play Against Giants

Giants Rumors & News

Westbrook Intends to Play Against Giants: “Brian Westbrook didn’t practice today but intends to play this Sunday, even though he’s been out all week with an abdominal strain. This would be a great game for B. West in terms of stats considering the New York Giants are letting up almost 103 yards per game on the ground, and almost 33 points per game. Last year Westbrook rushed for 68 and 97 yards respectively, and scored 3 times against the Giants. If Westbrook can’t go, look for Correll Buckhalter and Tony Hunt to get some burn (although the odds of Westbrook not playing against the G-Men are the same odds that you’re going to go see the new Resident Evil movie this weekend – exactly!).”

(Via Hot Stove Philly.)

Mets Turn to Humber

Mets Rumors & News

Due to Orlando Hernandez’s aching foot, the Mets are forced to turn to top prospect Philip Humber to stop the bleeding.  Humber will be making his first major league start tonight as the Mets look to avoid being swept against a Nationals team that is playing the role of spoiler. 

Humber was the Mets top draft pick (third overall) in the 2004 draft.  A highly touted pitcher out of Rice University, Humber went 35-8 over three collegian seasons for the Owls, leading them to the College World Series in 2003.  Humber’s had some struggles in the minor leagues and his road to the Mets was side-tracked by Tommy John Surgery in 2005.  This year he has spent a majority of the season with Triple A New Orleans where he’s gone 11-9 with a 4.27 ERA in 25 starts. 

If there’s a pressure scenario to make your first major league start it’s tonight.  The Mets have lost eight of their last twelve and have squandered a seven-game division lead over the past two weeks.  …

Reminder to Mets Fans!

Mets Rumors & News

Your team’s in a Pennant Race!Don’t forget to keep up with the movements of the enemy on our Philadelphia affiliate, Hot Stove Philly!

Can the Jets defend a Cardinal?

Jets Rumors & News


The New York Jets’ average-at-best defense is preparing for the Bills’ backup QB, Trent Edwards. Starter J.P. Losman went down last week with an MCL sprain and is out for at least two weeks.

What might seem like good news for the Jets is actually not. With a backup QB at the helm, the Bills are likely to use safe, conservative passing plays ~ A.K.A. screens.

The Jets were killed on screen passes last week and the entire NFL knows it. Eric Mangini talked about it in his post-game press conference and every reporter covering the Jets made mention of it as the one glaring negative during the Jets’ first win of the season over the Dolphins.

Rich Cimini of the NY Daily News had this to say about the Jets’ defending the screens in his daily Jetstream blog:

“By my count, the Dolphins ran four screens for 80 yards, including a 22-yard TD to Ronnie Brown. Bryan Thomas flailed at Brown on his 43-yard screen, turning him loose into the middle of the field, …

Amazin’ Rally Falls Short, But Fans Gotta Believe

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets saw their magic number shrink to 4 last night, once again no thanks to the team on the field. When the final score in Philadelphia – a 10-6 Atlanta win – flashed on Shea’s scoreboard, the Stadium faithful celebrated with a boisterous tomahawk chop in honor of their new strange bedfellows. It was the sort of display usually reserved at Shea for derisive gloating in lopsided victories over the hated Braves. But the victories have been few and far between for Mets fans, and these days a Phillies’ loss must substitute for the joy usually elicited from Amazin’ wins. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

In the Post today, Mike Puma states, “Only five more moral victories stand between the Mets and the NL East title…” In fact, last night the Mets seized moral victory from the jaws of humiliating defeat, storming back from a 10-3 9th-inning deficit to score six runs in the game’s final frame. After the game, catcher Paul Lo …

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