Archive for April 16th, 2008

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
FantasyMets Rumors & News

Last night against the Washington Nationals, David Wright and Jose Reyes showed not only why they are the cornerstones of the Mets, but why they remain two of the top fantasy players around.

A lot of people have been down on Reyes since his horrific September slump, however after taking three days off to nurse some tightness in his hamstring, Jose-Jose-Jose returned with a vengeance last night, going 4-for-5 and falling a homer shy of his second-career cycle.

With just 1 triple and 1 stolen base, Reyes’ numbers aren’t quite there yet, however the shortstop’s performance last night is just what the doctor ordered. One could argue that aside from the occasional aberration (like Jose’s 2-homer game last September 25th in the midst of his personal free fall) last night was the first time that Reyes looked like his old self since the middle of last season.

Meanwhile, partner-in-crime David Wright continues to erase his struggles from last April at a torrid clip. After going 3-for-4 last night with 2 doubles, a homer, and …

Emotional Duaner Makes Triumphant Return

Mets Rumors & News

“Read my lips, no more taxis,” writes MetsBlog’s Matt Cerrone.

Prior to last night, Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez had not pitched in a major league game since July of 2006. Fans will recall (unless you’ve blocked in from your memory) that Duaner was lost to injury that season, separating his shoulder in a taxi accident, then breaking a bone in the same shoulder upon attempting to return to action in ’07. Finally healthy, Sanchez returned to the Mets yesterday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning while recording a strikeout.

“I haven’t felt like this for about two years,” said Sanchez. “It feels like my first day in the big leagues. It’s pretty exciting right now. There are a lot of things going through my mind right now, but everything is just positive stuff.”

After the game, while talking to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, Sanchez expressed similar sentiments, struggling to contain his emotions.

Said David Wright: “Having Duaner back makes us feel whole.”

It makes Mets fans feel a whole lot better about …

Pelfrey Quiets Boos At Shea

Mets Rumors & News

Let’s face it: It’s been getting ugly at Shea Stadium this season. Not only has the team played no better than .500 baseball, but the surliness and discontent of the crowd has been palatable. It’s almost as if no one in Queens is happy that spring is here and baseball is being played once more. Fans seem caught in a time warp, convinced it’s still last September, and that this group is still in the midst of their monumental free fall from postseason contention.

In that context, Mike Pelfrey’s seven shutout innings last night can only be described as a breath of fresh air. Writes SNY’s Ted Berg:

No one knows what Wednesday holds for the Mets, and no one can say whether the boo birds will fly back toward Shea. But on Tuesday, Mike Pelfrey made like a 6-foot-7 scarecrow and frightened those foul fowl away. In the game’s waning moments, the fans who braved the cold and the mediocre start to the season …

Yankees Rumors & News

Yankee fans spoke up and LaTroy Hawkins listened. After getting booed on opening-day and pitching to chants of “Paul-O-Neill” Hawkins abandoned his No. 21 and will don No. 22 for the remainder of the season.

Hawkins dressed last night in Paul O’Neill’s number but afterwards Yankees’ director of media relations Jason Zillo confirmed that Hawkins would be switching back to the number he wore during spring training.

The number was initially assigned to Morgan Ensberg this spring, but he abandoned the number after receiving flak from fans down in Florida. It was at that point that Hawkins choose the number and fans haven’t stopped heckling since.

Apparently troubled by the fans reaction, Hawkins approached veterans such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera to get their opinion on the issue. Their advice: it’s not worth the trouble.

“I figure if it’s important enough for Jeter and Mariano and some other veterans to ask me about it, it’s not worth it to keep wearing the number,” …

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