Archive for November 20th, 2007

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
Mets Rumors & News

This is almost too good to be true.

Not only has Mets’ GM Omar Minaya rid the roster of the abominable Guillermo Mota, he managed to get value in return, plugging the team’s hole at catcher by acquiring Johnny Estrada from the Brewers.

Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to not like about the former-Brave. There’s the whopping 12 walks he drew in 2007 to go along with an anemic .296 on-base percentage. There’s the arthroscopic knee surgery the catcher underwent to repair a torn meniscus in addition to elbow surgery to remove a bone spur. Of course, with renewed life in that throwing elbow, perhaps going forward Estrada can aim to improve upon the 11-of-84 basestealers he threw out in 2007.

Nevertheless Johnny Estrada is a former All-Star and silver slugger, and was one of the premier players at the position before injuries slowed his productivity. He is just 31-years-old, and his career .280 batting average should ease the concerns of many fans who felt Yorvit …

100th Victory for DiPietro

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Rick DiPietro won for the 100th time in his career and was rewarded with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers and the first star of the game Monday night.
Perhaps it was fitting that DiPietro earned his 100th victory at Madison Square Garden because he has not had more success against any other team than the Rangers.
Overall he is 10-11-2 against them, but he is 3-0-0 against them this season and 8-1-2 and a 1.89 GAA during the last 11 games he has played them.
“They’re a tough team … but we’ve played well here and played a big road game tonight,” said DiPietro to the NY Daily News.  “It’s always a physical game; every time you come to this building you expect to have a wild first 10 minutes. The biggest thing is to maintain your composure, even though I obviously lost mine a little bit.”
He lost his composure when he punched Sean Avery and received a roughing penalty for it.  DiPietro missed eight games last season including one …

Giants need more from their offense

Giants Rumors & News

Jon Kitna’s mouthing aside, Sunday’s 16-10 victory over Detroit should not have been anywhere near that close.

Had the Giants offense taken advantage of its opportunities in the first three quarters, then not completely vanished late in the game with a chance to run out the clock, the Lions would have been hopelessly blown out. Instead, they had a chance right up until Sam Madison’s interception in the final two minutes.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked a number of questions about the offense during his Monday press conference, and admitted that offensively the Giants did not measure up.

We were not very opportunistic on the offensive side. We had fumbles in deep territory with opportunities to maybe kick field goals at the very least, so I was disappointed in that. … Not enough production on offense, not very good to be honest with you, not enough production in the fourth quarter. As any competitor would tell you, there isn’t anybody on the offensive side that liked the …

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