Archive for April 2008


Monday, April 28th, 2008

Fantasy Baseball Minute

Fantasy

Here are some news and notes for all you fantasy goers out there. I have all of these guys on my team, so if you have them on yours or are keeping an eye on these players, you should take note.

Notes via Yahoo Sports.
Vernon Wells (Tor – OF)
Wells snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a single in the eighth inning Sunday. Over his past 10 games, Wells has gone 6-for-38 with one homer and two RBIs.
Kevin Youkilis (Bos – 1B,3B)
Youkilis set a major league record for fielding perfection over the weekend when he handled his 1,701st errorless chance at first base. Youkilis broke the record of 1,700 straight errorless chances by former Sox 1B Stuffy McInnis from May 1921-June 1922. The errorless streak set by the Gold Glove-winning Youkilis is also the longest such streak of any defensive position in major league history.
Jered Weaver (LAA – SP)
Weaver out-pitched fellow 2004 first-rounder Justin Verlander and the Angels took two of three in Detroit. Weaver took a shutout into the seventh inning when …

Yanks Look For Series Split

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yanks and Indians finish up their four-game series tonight at Progressive Field. Mike Mussina, RHP (2-3, 4.94) goes against Aaron Laffey, LHP (NR).

Mussina is coming off his best start of the season last week in Chicago. He pitched seven strong innings while allowing two runs via the homerun. Moose is 4-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 10 career starts at Progressive Field.

Laffey will make the spot start today for the Indians because of a doubleheader last week threw a wrench into the rotation. He is making his 2008 debut. In ’07 Laffey went 4-2 with a 4.56 ERA in nine starts last season when Cliff Lee was sent to the minors at the end of the season. This season in Buffalo, Laffey is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA.

The Yanks look for the series split with a win tonight. This is the end of a ten game road trip for the Bombers. They return to the Stadium on Tuesday night.

Kenny Smith To Interview For GM Position, Find New Tailor

Knicks Rumors & News

So far, while Knicks president Donnie Walsh has proven true to his word and fairly accessible to the local media, he nonetheless continues to play things close to the vest. However, the more you read, the more likely it seems that in addition to a new head coach, the team will be adding a new general manager as well. There had been a question of whether or not Walsh would operate in the capacity of president and GM, or bring in outside help.

While current GM Glen Grunwald remains a candidate for the job, the Daily News reports that Queens-native, TNT/MSG analyst, and former member of the 1994 and 1995 NBA Champion Houston Rockets Kenny Smith has tossed his hat into a ring that already includes former Sixers GM Billy King and Sonics GM Rick Sund.

Smith had long been a villain in Knicks lore, despite his N.Y. roots, due to his role in foiling the Championship aspirations of Patrick Ewing’s ’94 Knicks. That perception of Smith has …

Yankees Rumors & News

It’s been too long since we’ve heard something out of Roger Clemens or Brian McNamee. Actually, it’s been beautiful, but I suppose all good things must come to an end.

The Daily News reports that Clemens and country singer Mindy McCready had a decade-long affair — a romance that began when he was a 28-year-old ace for the Red Sox and McCready was just fifteen. Gross.

Lawyers for Brian McNamee have already expressed their intentions to use these latest allegations in defending their client against the defamation suit that Clemens has filed against him.

Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, would only confirm a “friendship” between Clemens and McCready.

See, we could’ve avoided all of this nonsense if we’d just allowed the South to secede in the first place. Then these pedophiliac, bat-tossing, pin-cushion-assed red necks could do what they like and I wouldn’t have to read about it.

Mets Rumors & News

It was not too long ago when Carlos Beltran was the one hearing the ire of Mets fan. At one point during his struggle with the fans, Beltran was given a peace offering by Mets nation and they asked him for a “Curtain Call.” If it was up to Beltran, he would have stayed in the dugout to spite the fans. But a certain elder statesman in the Mets clubhouse, Julio Franco, put his arm around Beltran and convinced him that taking a bow for the fans would be beneficial to his stay in New York.

But during yesterday afternoons game against the Braves the other Carlos, Carlos Delgado, was called upon this time. Due to his early season slump, fans decided it was time to get on this Carlos’ back and let him hear their displeasure. That’s why yesterday was a sight for sore eyes for Mets fans. After hitting an opposite field homerun against John Smoltz and later a bomb of a homerun that smacked into the right field scoreboard, fans implored Delgado to rise to …

Ainge or Woodson? Which one will be better?

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

OK, New York sports fans. Everybody loves a good quarterback debate, so let’s have one.

Both the Jets and Giants drafted quarterbacks in the late rounds Sunday. Both are guys who were once highly-regarded, but saw their stock plummet during their senior seasons.

So, which team got the better quarterback. The Jets with Tennessee’s Erik Ainge in the 5th round? Or the Giants with Kentucky’s Andre Woodson in the 6th?

Here is Jets’ coach Eric Mangini talking about Ainge.

“I liked a lot of things about him — his size and his accuracy,” said Jets head coach Eric Mangini of Ainge. “I liked meeting him and talking with him. His intelligence, his leadership, his passion for the game — all those things I thought were very positive and very important things to have at that position.”

Here is Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin talking about Woodson.

“This was just too good a pick for us to pass up,” Coughlin said. “This is a guy that was rated highly on our board. We found ourselves in a …

Breakfast on the run

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

This will be an abbreviated version of ‘Breakfast at the Hot Stove’ this morning. I guess you could say we are grabbing a donut and eating on the run.

Breakfast of Champions: Giants grab Phillips, Manningham, Woodson

The defending Super Bowl champion Giants grabbed the safety they needed on with first-round pick Kenny Phillips. GM Jerry Reese took some risks on Day 2 of the NFL Draft, though, grabbing wide receiver Mario Manningham and QB Andre Woodson. See Big Blue View for coverage and discussion.

The Jets, meanwhile, missed out on Boston College QB Matt Ryan. They did take a flier on Tennesse QB Erik Ainge in the 5th round. Oh, and defensive end Vernon Gholston is hardly a bad consolation prize for not landing either Ryan or Darren McFadden.

Incidentally, Pete Prisco of CBS Sportsline gives the Giants an ‘A,’ and the Jets a C+. Not that those day-after-the draft grades mean anything, but they are entertaining.

Rotten Eggs: Posada to DL

Jorge Posada is on the DL for the first time …

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Posada Likely Headed to DL

Yankees Rumors & News

Last Tuesday the Yankees thought Jorge Posada was healthy enough to go back behind the plate. On Friday they thought he was healthy enough to designate Chad Moeller for assignment. On Sunday things took a turn for the worst.

Before the game Posada was a last minute scratch and after the game he said that it is likely he’ll make his first ever trip to the disabled list.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Posada. “It’s the biggest disappointment probably in my career. Not being able to participate in games is really tough.”

Posada has a torn subscapularis muscle according to the New York Times, but he says he will not need to undergo surgery. Initially the problem was diagnosed as a minor strain as Posada was regulated to DH duty. Eventually he felt good enough to go back behind the plate, but it was clear things were not getting better for Posada.

In the past week Posada has started in just three …

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers lost 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins with all the excitement of a high school math class.
Jordan Staal, the younger brother of the Ranger’s Marc Staal., scored to put the Pens up 1-0 in the second period.  That was all Marc-Andre Fleury needed as he stopped all 26 shots he faced for his second shutout of the playoffs.
Fleury did an especially good job killing off two penalties during the final six minutes of the game.  It didn’t hurt that the Rangers played the final six minutes with nearly no enthusiasm and often skated like there were 20 minutes left.
The Rangers were 0-for-6 on the power play overall.  The Rangers usually controlled the puck during their power plays but they did not get a lot of shots and had a lack of any quality scoring chances.  Pittsburgh’s defense also did a good job blocking shots which kept the Rangers endlessly passing looking for the perfect setup that never came.
Former Ranger Adam Hall scored on an empty net …

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

It’s Phillips!

Giants Rumors & News

Well there was a lot of back and forth amongst fans and analysts, but in the end Miami safety always made the most sense for Big Blue, and he will indeed be a Giant in 2008, going to New York at No. 30, the last selection of the first round.

Via ESPN.com:

Strengths: Continues to add bulk to his frame while maintaining competitive speed for the position. Changes directions well, shows good burst out of cuts and is capable of matching up with slot receivers as well as tight ends in man coverage. Times jumps well, fights for the ball while it’s in the air and can come down with jump balls. He fills hard when he reads run, closes well and looks to make the occasional kill shot when it’s lined up. Flashes ability to read routes well, shows good range in zone coverage when he diagnoses the play on time and he has enough athleticism to cover the deep middle on those occasions. Vocal, gets teammates into position …

Jets Trade Up, Select TE Keller

Jets Rumors & News

For the second time in two years, the Jets have traded up in the first round to grab a player they coveted.

Last year, Gang Green moved into the No. 14 slot to select cornerback Darrelle Revis. This afternoon/ evening, the Jets traded their 2nd and 4th round picks to the Green Bay Packers, using the No. 30 pick to select Purdue TE Dustin Keller. The Jets may not know who they’ll line up at quarterback next season, but whoever it is, he’ll now have another weapon down the field.

ESPN‘s analysis:

Strengths: Very athletic pass-catching weapon. Settles into soft spots when reads zone coverage and uses frame to shield defenders from the ball. Flashes the ability to make the tough catch in traffic and has the potential to develop into a productive red zone target. Lacks ideal explosiveness but changes directions well and runs adequate routes. He will generate yards after catch. Shows a second gear when tracking the ball downfield, knows when to turn …

Hold the Mayo | Jerod To the Pats

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

Guess Tennessee LB Jerod Mayo won’t be headed to Big Blue.

The New England Patriots selected Mayo with the 10th overall pick after swapping selections with New Orleans.

Presumably this renders Dan Connor the next best bet for the Giants if they plan on selecting a linebacker in the first round.

For more on both Mayo and Connor, check out Ed Valentine’s analysis here.

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