Archive for May 23rd, 2008

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Mets Lack Lumber

Mets Rumors & News

Willie Randolph may no longer be managing the Mets by this time next month, but a change in the manager’s office won’t change the fact that the Mets are a day late and a big bat short.

In 2006, by far the team’s most productive season during Willie’s tenure, Paul Lo Duca hit second for most of the season and led the team with a .318 average. He and Jose Reyes produced 332 runs that season en route to the NL East division title. To be honest, when I looked at the numbers I was surprised to find that despite the high batting average, Lo Duca produced just 129 runs (80 runs scored, 49 RBI) in ’06. Reyes largely carried the top of the order that season, putting up borderline MVP numbers, hitting .300 with 122 runs and 81 RBI. So considering that fact, is Reyes’ decline the sole culprit for the Mets’ struggles since June ’07? Well, not exactly.

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Yankees Rumors & News

Joe Girardi got his money’s worth last night in the bottom of the 9th inning and minutes later the Yankees pulled out a 2-1 win.

Jason Giambi was called out on a pitch by home plate umpire Chris Guccione on a “foul tip.” A couple problems with that. The ball didn’t appear to hit Giambi’s bat and Guccione didn’t make the call until Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez pointed it out. That brought Girardi out of the dugout and in the face of the home plate ump. He was then ejected.

“I didn’t think it touched him,” Girardi said. “Hence I was a little upset….. I wanted to kick something, and I figured that was the best thing. Walls don’t work too well. … I wasn’t happy with the explanation.”

Before he hit the showers he put on his best Lou Pinella impression by slamming his hat to the ground on two occasions and kicked it for good measures.

“I enjoyed it,” Derek Jeter said. “I was hoping he would …

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