Archive for April 2008


Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

Oliver Perez let down his team today.

Clinging to a modest 3-game winning streak, and with a difficult road trip to the west coast looming, Perez couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning this afternoon, going 1.2 innings and allowing 7 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks.

An April matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates may seem inconsequential, however today will have been a horrible note on which to leave home, and could easily snowball into a significant losing streak if the Mets’ bats don’t speak loudly in Arizona.

West coast trips are always tough, but this one is particularly brutal with the top of Arizona’s rotation aligning with the back end of the Mets’ staff. The Diamondbacks lead the majors with an unconscious 19-8 record.

Then it’s on to Los Angeles, for a three-game set against Joe Torre’s improving Dodger team. L.A. has won four-straight entering this afternoon’s contest in Florida.

Any way you slice it, it seems things continue to conspire against the Mets.

Moeller To the Rescue!

Yankees Rumors & News

Chad Moeller has reportedly cleared waivers and will return to the Yankees with Jorge Posada on the DL and Jose Molina not quite 100%. Funny quote from the Journal News’ Peter Abraham:

How has it come to this for the Yankees? People are thrilled Chad Moeller is back. This is a guy who was cut in spring training by the Nationals because they liked Wil Nieves better. A team with a $209 million payroll praying that nobody claims Chad Moeller. Amazing.

In related news, I love baseball.

Has Hughes had it too easy?

Yankees Rumors & News

So, what is wrong with ‘The Franchise’?

It is painfully obvious that the New York Yankees’ Phil Hughes, youngest starter in the majors at 21, looks out of his league right now.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the phenom.

Over at Bugs & Cranks, I opined that it might be time for Hughes to make a few starts at Scranton to regain his seemingly shattered confidence.

At the awesome Yankees’ blog, River Ave. Blues, they are advancing a different theory. They say Hughes’ primary problem is that he does not know how to deal with failure.

From RAB.

When Phil was cruising through the minors, he’d be going five or six innings, and in many games he’d have just two or three baserunners. That simply doesn’t happen in the majors, not for a 21-year-old. Major league hitters won’t be fooled by the same stuff that gives AA hitters fits.

That’s fine, though. Every pitcher needs to make adjustments at each new level. Phil has to adapt to not only pitching with …

Rangers Rumors & News

Sean Avery it out for the remainder of the season (what’s left of it) after suffering a lacerated spleen.

The team reports that Avery was complaining of an injury after last night’s Game 3 defeat and entered St. Vincent’s Medical Center under his own power, refuting a report in the Daily News that indicated Avery had been rushed to the hospital in cardiac arrest.

Avery has seven points in eight playoff games this season, however he has been largely invisible against the Penguins – especially in comparison to his performance in the first round against New Jersey.

While Avery is expected to make a full recovery, this has to cast serious doubt over whether or not the team retains the pint-sized pugilist for next season. In the wake of several big money signings and player extensions, not to mention one or two senseless trade acquisitions, the Rangers have painted themselves into a salary cap quandary with little wiggle room. Coming off such a serious injury, the Rangers might be …

Mets Rumors & News

Kudos to the Met fan. I had my fingers-crossed for something like this, but I’m still a little surprised that the Shea Stadium crowd came through. In the wake of this week’s fervor over boos and curtain calls, fans greeted Carlos Delgado with cheers before his first at-bat last night. A special up your’s to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, who I enjoy, but who looks pretty dumb today after ranting for 48 hours on the rough reception Delgado would get at Shea following his snub of the fans’ pleas for a curtain call on Sunday afternoon. Rather than eat some crow today, Francesa will no doubt remark on the ‘fickle’ nature of fans. Say something funny, Mike.

Nice call, Dog. Francesa’s other half, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, looks pretty good today after playing counterpoint to his radio partner over the last two days. Russo railed against Mets fans for their brutal treatment of the home team this season and lauded Delgado for snubbing them. These are fans who booed Johan Santana …

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Welcome to your Wednesday ‘Breakfast at the Hot Stove.’ We hope we’ve cooked up a good meal for you this morning.

Sour milk

A-Rod is heading to the disabled list to join Jorge Posada. Phil Hughes (0-4, 9.00 ERA) might be heading to Scranton after getting rocked again last night in a 6-4 loss to Detroit. Definitely not a good night for the Yankees.

Behave yourselves at the table, children!

The defending Super Bowl champion Giants (yes, I love saying that) visit the White House today. There will be no behaving like this.

Not on the menu?

Mark Jackson remains the front-runner for the Knicks’ coaching gig, and names like George Karl and Chuck Person have also popped up. Curiously, one name you never hear mentioned is former Knicks’ great Patrick Ewing, now an assistant with Orlando.

I never quite got used to the idea of Ewing as a coach. It just doesn’t seem to fit. And maybe that’s because it doesn’t.

From the New York Daily News recently.

Respected trainer/analyst David Thorpe, during an ESPN …

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Arod To The DL

Yankees Rumors & News

It looks like instead of just missing “a few days” after re-injured his leg, Alex Rodriguez will join Jorge Posada on the disabled list.

Rodriguez initially injured his right quadriceps 10 days ago trying to beat out a double play. After taking a few days off he returned to the lineup re-aggravating the leg and now could miss significant time.

The Yankees have placed Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 strain on Tuesday according to the AP. He won’t be able to return to action until May 14 when the Yankees will be in Tampa to play the Rays.

It won’t be easy replacing Rodriguez especially with Morgan Ensberg expected to get the bulk of the playing time at third in his absence. Ensberg is hitting .233 in 43 at bats this season with just one home run and three RBI’s. In contrast Rodriguez has hit .286 with four homers, 11 RBI’s, and 14 runs scored.

Rodriguez has …

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers blew a second period comeback attempt and dropped the pivotal game three and now face elimination in game four Thursday night.

After falling behind 3-1 in the first period the Rangers mounted an unlikely second period comeback with goals by Ryan Callahan and Jaromir Jagr.

The game was tied and the Rangers had full momentum until Ryan Hollweg, who had been a healthy scratch the past two games, took a boarding penalty on a hit to Petr Sykora. Hollweg’s shot especially hurt as the Rangers were in the middle of an offensive zone attack at the time. That penalty would be the difference as the Penguins put on a clinic wearing down Ranger penalty killers before Evgeni Malkin blast a shot to put his team ahead.

“It was not too smart on his part,” said defenseman Ryan Whitney. “Because of that, we were able to go into the third period with a lead.”

The Rangers weren’t out of it until Ryan Malone came out with an early third …

Yankees Rumors & News

So far this season the Yankees have played more road games than any other team so it should make them happy they are returning to the Bronx Tuesday.

However they may have a guest which will make them uncomfortable in the Detroit Tigers. After getting off to a disappointing 0-7 start the Tigers have come on strong winning nine of their last 14 games.

The first game tonight will feature two under performing pitchers in Phil Hughes and Kenny Rogers. Last week we talked about Hughes’ need to turn his season around, but his start against the White Sox was shorted to just two innings. He surrendered no runs, struck out a batter, and allowed just one hit during that short stint.

Yankee fans are familiar with Rogers from his time in pinstripes. This season Rogers has gotten off to a 1-3 start with a terrible 7.66 ERA. In his last start against the Texas Rangers Rogers allowed six runners to score giving up …

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Time for a Tuesday edition of ‘Breakfast at the Hot Stove.’ Hope you’re hungry this morning.

Finally, some home-cookin’

The Yankees defeated the Indians, 5-2, last night, polishing off a brutal stretch where they played 18 of 20 games on the road. The 18 road games, by the way, is the most ever played in April by a major league team. The Yankees have plenty of issues with injuries, pitching and unproductive hitters, but they have to feel pretty good all things considered. They went 10-10 during that stretch, are 14-13 overall and sit just a game out of first place in a highly competitive AL East. The Bombers are home for 18 of their next 25 games, so maybe they can make some headway.

Soggy Cereal: Delgado spurns Mets’ fans

The Mets were rained out last out, and Carlos Delgado rained on the Met fans’ parade. He rejected their pleas for a curtain call Sunday, and Kevin Kernan of the New York Post says he did the right thing.

A sweet treat

The New York Rangers, down 0-2, desperately …

Monday, April 28th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

It appears that Alex Rodriguez aggravated the quadriceps strain in his right leg three days after returning to the lineup. He was pitch hit for in the eighth inning in Monday night’s win over the Tribe.

When asked about his status for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Tigers, Rodriguez responded, “No way…If I had to guess, I’d say it would be a few days.”

The Yankees are already without catcher Jorge Posada who is on the DL and his return is uncertain for the moment. An extended absence by Rodriguez might raise some serious concern within the Yankees. For the time being A-Rod appears to be out until he further examines his leg and lets it rest for a few days.

The injury bug has hit the Yanks hard early this season. Despite that, they still have a 14-13 record and are one game out of first.

Tuesday will be a busy day around the Yankees as the injuires to Posada and Rodriguez will have many people questioning the extent and …

Yankees Rumors & News

The bullpen played a big part in the Yankees 5-2 win Monday night over the Cleveland Indians. The win gave the Yanks a series split and completed a ten-game road trip in which the Bombers went 5-5.

Mike Mussina (3-3) picked up the win as he pitched five innings allowing two runs on seven hits. His only inning of trouble was the fifth inning but he pitched through it to pick up the 253rd win of his career, tying him for 41st all-time. The bullpen pitched the final four innings and retired the last ten batters they faced. The combination of Jonathan Albaladejo, Kyle Farnsworth, Joba Chamberlain, and Mariano Rivera proved to be too much for the Indians as each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Yankees scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and never looked back. A few bloopers, groundouts and infield hits got the Yanks ahead. They were held hitless in the first five innings by Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey (0-1). Hideki Matsui had two RBI in the …

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