Archive for April 10th, 2008

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Send Me An Angel!

Mets Rumors & News

Given the pessimism surrounding these 2008 Mets, homer-prone Aaron Heilman seemed destined to cough up the lead that starter John Maine handed him in the 9th inning, and while Heilman didn’t disappoint his critics, he had an Angel watching over him tonight. Following a 2-out double off the bat of Jose Reyes in the bottom of the 12th, left fielder Angel Pagan drove in Reyes with a walk-off single to win the game 4-3.

With the outfield playing shallow, the play at the plate was close and could’ve gone either way, but in this instance the tie went to the runner and the series went to the Mets.

In addition to scoring the game’s winning run, Reyes went 2-for-6 and recorded his first stolen base of the season, and is hopefully poised to get on the sort of roll that Pagan is on. Angel went 3-for-5 tonight, raising his season average to .370. Ryan …

No Sweep: Arod, Pettitte, and Posada Impress

Yankees Rumors & News

Rain can’t stop the Yankees as they avoided a sweep at the hands of the Royals with a 6-1 victory Thursday night. The Bombers hit 3 home runs as they welcomed Jorge Posada back into the lineup Thursday night, albeit as the DH.

He’s not going back behind the plate because of a sore shoulder, but that doesn’t mean he can’t rake. Posada went 2-for-4 from the cleanup spot with a home run and 2 runs scored.

Posada’s bat was certainly welcome, but Jose Molina has done a great job filling in behind the plate. Molina leads the team with four doubles this season with a healthy .318 batting average.

Derek Jeter’s replacement has been doing a good job as well. Alberto Gonzalez flashed some leather in the 2 games he has played in place of the Captain. He has also held his own with the bat and is 2-for-6 over two games.

Alex Rodriguez also had an impressive game. He went 1-for-4 with a …

Jets Sign Rhodes To Extension

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets have signed safety Kerry Rhodes to a five-year, $33.5 million contract extension, according to multiple sources. The agreement will make Rhodes one of the NFL’s highest paid safeties, and includes $20 million in guarantees, a sum that the Daily News’ Rich Cimini calls “stunning” for a player who has a year remaining on his rookie contract. Rhodes was due to earn $927,000 this season before hitting unrestricted free agency in 2009.

Yankees Offense Off To Slow Start

Yankees Rumors & News

Going into this season most people around baseball noted the fact that the Yankees should finally be considered underdogs to the Boston Red Sox.

This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. Since the 2001 season both teams have made two trips to the World Series, but only the Red Sox have been able to take advantage by winning not just once but twice.

The Red Sox are the favorites because of their formidable offense and their dominant pitching staff. Meanwhile the Yankees have many questions with their pitching staff, but are considered wild card favorites because of their potent offense which is expected to score in excess of 1000 runs this season.

So where is all of this offense? So far this season they average only 2.8 runs per game and are on pace to score just 450 all season. This is 518 less than they scored last year with nearly the same lineup.

So far the biggest culprit is the injury bug. Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and …

Vargas to Fill Duque’s Shoes…..Well, His Boot?

Mets Rumors & News

update 3:14pm…It’s a done deal. The Mets have signed Claudio Vargas to a minor-league deal…

With the injury to Mets starter Orlando Hernandez looking worse and worse everyday, is reporting that the Mets are on the brink of signing free agent pitcher Claudio Vargas. Vargas went 11-6 with a 5.09 ERA for the Brewers last season.

After last night’s pitching performance by Mike Pelfrey against the hated Phillies, the Mets may feel a little more comfortable with the idea of having Pelfrey and Vargas as their 4th and 5th starters until Pedro Martinez returns. As the old adage says: You can never have enough pitching. The Mets are beginning to heed that message.

Bruney Starts In Yankees Loss

Yankees Rumors & News

On a rainy night in Kansas City the relievers started and the starter relieved as the Yankees offense again failed to show in the 4-0 loss to the Royals Wednesday.

With rain in the forecast manager Joe Girardi decided to have Brian Bruney start in case the weather kept the game from finishing. Once the rain had subsided enough that it was obvious they would finish the game Ian Kennedy came on in relief to finish the day.

Bruney was good in his “start” going 2 innings while striking out 4, giving up 1 hit, and walking 1. Billy Traber then came in and pitched a scoreless third inning. He then gave way to Kyle Farnsworth who did his best impersonating a batting practice coach giving up 2 runs, 4 hits, and 2 walks over 2 innings.

When Kennedy finally entered the game the Yankees were down 2-0 against a team they should be able to come back against, but the bats stayed quite. The lowlight included Jason Giambi lowering …

El Duque Out Indefinately

Mets Rumors & News

Yesterday Gozer provided an in injury update and said that Orlando Hernandez was going to New York for an MRI to find the root of the problem with his injured foot.  While the results have not been published, things are not looking good. 

Duque is out indefinately with a strained tendon in his right foot.  He will wear a boot on it for the next two weeks and be re-evaluated then.  Hopefully after two weeks an improvement will be found.  If not, another surgery will be on the horizon, effectively ended the 42-year old’s career.

While Duque and Pedro Martinez are on the DL, the Mets are going to be relying on Mike Pelfrey and Nelson Figueroa to fill out the back of the rotation.  Figueroa will make his debut tomorrow against the Brewers.  If Pelfrey can continue to pitch how he did against the Phillies, it will ease some of the worry for the Amazin’s.

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