Archive for February 17th, 2008

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

The Mets Starting Rotation : A Prospective

Mets Rumors & News

New York Mets fans had to wait 121 days to cheer about something, but it was worth the wait. When Johan Santana joined the Mets, almost instantaneously they were crowned the team to beat not only in the NL East but in the entire National League. While netting Santana obviously increases the Mets chances to go deep into October, he alone does not resolve all the question marks that surround Mets pitching.

Johan Santana left something to be desired last season. There have been some mumbles and grumbles that Santana’s elbow is not 100%. He stopped throwing his slider in the 2nd half of last season and not coincidentally his statistics dipped to well below his average. Santana went 5-7 with a 4.04 ERA post All Star Break. Although last season’s ERA was the highest it has been since he became a starter, it is not worrisome. Santana had 235 strikeouts which shows that he obviously still has the ability to fool hitters and that perhaps his 2nd half numbers might …

Rangers Rumors & News

After a five day vacation the Rangers went back to work yesterday and had a triumphant 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Brendan Shanahan returned to the lineup and scored a goal after sitting the previous five games to rest his knee, hip, and hamstring. During the game he skated on a line with Scott Gomez and Nigel Dawes.

With Gomez skating on Shanahan’s line Brandon Dubinsky was moved up to the first line with Jaromir Jagr and Sean Avery. This is a move that paid off big time. Dubinsky has improved his overall game in a big way since he was last on a line with Jagr. Dubinsky lead the charge against the Sabres with a goal and a pair of assists, but the change energized everyone as Avery scored a pair of goals and Jagr chipped in with a couple of assists.

Jagr is still stuck on 15 goals and has not scored one in the last 10 games. …

Nugs Like Z-Bo | Has Zeke Found His Sucker?

Knicks Rumors & News

Just a few days after a pair of Knicks beat writers told Hot Stove New York that Zach Randolph is nigh-untradeable, the Post’s Marc Berman reported on Friday that there are “rumblings” that the team may in fact have found a sucker at least willing to discuss the notion of acquiring the bloated ballhog – and here’s the real kicker – in exchange for expiring contracts no less! Truly too good to be true…which is why we don’t believe it for a minute.

According to Berman, Mark Warkentien, general manager of the Denver Nuggets, served as director of scouting in Portland when the Blazers selected Z-Bo in the 2001 NBA Draft, and as a result, remains one of the few people in the NBA with any sort of confidence in the player’s abilities. A brilliant one-on-one scorer and ferocious on the boards, Zach’s game is deficient in nearly every other respect. In particular, his distaste for moving and sharing the rock would seem to be …

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