Archive for March 20th, 2008

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Taking offense to results of this mock

Giants Rumors & News

New Era Scouting has posted a seven-round mock draft. Purely from the Giants’ perspective I could not disagree more with its current results.

New Era, you might recall, is run by Matt Miller, who also writes SB Nation’s fine draft blog, Mocking The Draft.

Here is New Era’s current Giants’ draft.

1st round — Jerod Mayo-LB-Tennessee
2nd round — Roy Schuening-OG-Oregon State
3rd round — Owen Schmitt-FB-West Virginia
4th round — Tyrell Johnson-S-Arkansas State
5th round — Antwaun Molden-CB-Eastern Kentucky
6th round — Kerry Brown-OG-Appalachian State
7th round — Jalen Parmele-RB-Toledo

That’s four offensive players among the seven picks, including two guards, a fullback and a running back. The Giants don’t need help at any of those positions, and I would consider those picks as very questionable.

Also, I simply can’t see a draft in which General Manager Jerry Reese takes more offensive players than defensive ones. With the makeup of the current roster, that seems unlikely.

New Era also has one error in here. The Giants have two sixth-round picks because of the trade of Ryan Grant to …

The Maine Line

Mets Rumors & News

John Maine continues to dominate the Grapefruit League.  Last night against the Indians, Maine pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowed one run, while striking out seven.  Maine is now 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in Grapefruit League play.  What’s more impressive in in 19-plus innings, Maine’s struck out 21 and walked only 4.

Maine is coming off a season where he dominated the first half (10-4, 2.71), and floundered the second (5-6, 5.53).  Critics labeled him a starter with upper rotation stuff, but not able to last the entire season.  Maine was said to work out in the off season.  He has something to prove this year, and the Mets will be counting on him to produce.  Sitting in the #3 spot in the rotation, he doesn’t have the pressure he had last year, that should definitely help.  If he manages to string together a season similar to last year (with a better second half of course), the Mets have the best #3 starter in the league.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.  They say Grapefruit …

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