Archive for July 7th, 2008


Monday, July 7th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

It’s safe to say that for the New York Mets’ players, fans and front office, the season to date has not gone according to plan. Expectations -like the payroll- are very high and the vision Mets supporters had in the spring has not matched the reality of the present. The preferred blueprint would have included among other things: a healthy Moises Alou batting in the middle of the line-up and driving in runs, Aaron Heilman returning to his 2006 form and teaming up with Duaner Sanchez to dominate the 7th and 8th innings, Luis Castillo providing steady defense at second base and Ryan Church adding depth and pop to the bottom of the batting order.

Well, that blueprint has gone up in flames.

While hovering around .500 for what seems like forever, the Mets have, out of necessity changed course. For better or worse, the Mets hopes now hinge on a group of role players now asked to do more …

Yankees Rumors & News

Brett Gardner became the first Yankee since 1999 to record a walkoff hit in 6 career games or less. His single up the middle in the 10th inning against All Star closer Jonathan Papelbon gave the Yanks a 5-4 win and he recorded his first multi-hit game in the process. Since the 5’10 outfielder was called up last week he began his career with only one hit in 16 at-bats before last nights game. The rookie showed patience against Papelbon and was not intimidated falling behind 0-2 and then evening the count before his third career hit on the seventh pitch of the at bat which scored Robinson Cano. Gardner is the full time leftfielder with Jonny Damon going on the DL for the first time in his 14-year career spanning over 1927 games.

The 24-year old was a third round choice in the 2005 draft. As a leadoff hitter for the College of Charleston he recorded a .447 batting average, 85 runs and 38 steals in his senior season. In his minor …

Yankees Rumors & News

Last season Mike Mussina won 11 games and was 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA in the 1st half. On Saturday he equaled last seasons win total tossing six scoreless innings vs. the Boston Red Sox. The win also gave him 261 for his career and has won at least 10 games in 17 straight seasons. Moose said he was not upset that Boston manager Terry Francona did not select him. Dice-K was also not picked and is an impressive 9-1 with a 3.12 ERA. The Stanford grad lowered his ERA to 3.46 and has looked like a different pitcher since April. He has walked only 16 batters in 18 starts and has stepped up to be ace of the staff. He is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA vs the Tampa Bay Rays who have the best record in the American League. He has not been an all star since 1999 and the 39-year-old has exceeded all expectations.

“We’d be under .500, that’s for sure, if Moose hadn’t …

Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

On the 4th of July I wanted to be in the most American place I could possibly imagine. A baseball game is a pretty good start. When you go to the game in Philly, the birthplace of freedom, you’re on the right track.

Take in to account that Johan Santana was to pitch for the visiting rival Mets, that the stadium was filled with traveling New Yorkers, and that there are delicious cheesesteaks in center field and you’ve got yourself an afternoon that just oozes Americana… and Cheez Whiz.

The game itself turned out to be a rainy affair and the Phillies ended up pulling it out in the 9th. I had my money on Santana to strike out 9 players (which didn’t happen) and to get the win (which also didn’t happen). I had a ball despite my betting habits. The main reason for all this joy? The park itself is designed for fun.

From the moment I saw the gigantic …

Mets Rumors & News

When I am bored, whether it be in the office or at home, I am not one to put on WFAN to listen to what people have to say about the Yankees or the Mets. My friend said he was listening to the incomparable Ann Liguori one night on the radio and she made a pretty bold statement that caught my friend’s attention. She said that when the Mets outfield consists of Carlos Beltran, Endy Chavez, and Ryan Church, that it is the best defensive outfield in baseball.  

Upon hearing this, my friend called me to tell of this blasphemous statement and how she couldn’t be any more wrong. While I agree with Ms. Liguouri that that is a very good defensive outfield, it is very hard to say that it is the best. Now I am hoping that she did in fact say this, and that I dont sound like an idiot for the next few minutes, but I am going to bring up other outfields in …

Hot Stove New York Shortstops Quiz

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Here is a quiz all about New York shortstops. Some of them played their whole career in New York, and some of them just briefly. None of the answers are Derek Jeter or Jose Reyes. Or even Andy Stankiewicz or Mike Phillips. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. This New York shortstop won an MVP award in 1950.
2. This New York shortstop won a Gold Glove in 1971.
3. This New York shortstop went on to coach, manage and even become the general manager of his team. He even pitched three innings for them once.
4. This New York shortstop went on to win a Manager of the Year award in 2004.
5. This New York shortstop was once traded …

Yankees Rumors & News

This was originally going to be a post ripping Yankee fan about voting Derek Jeter into the All-Star game, despite the fact that the Midsummer Classic is being held in The Bronx.
I mean, a guy who’s batting .282 with four homers shouldn’t be starting in the All-Star Game, right? Not in the American League. And certainly not at shortstop, a position that has transformed into one with many outstanding offensive performers in recent years.
Of course, that was until I looked at the rest of the field. Not a single starting shortstop in the AL boasts a .300 average. Michael Young’s .292 clip is the only one better than Jeter’s. (Young, having one of his weakest offensive seasons, made the AL squad as a reserve.)
And only one shortstop has posted double digit home runs to this point. That would be 12 dingers courtesy …

Fantasy

This week’s edition is going to take a look at a few players who are either going to have big second halves of the season, or go down faster than Alex Rodriguez’s divorce settlement. Yeah, it’s a low blow at AROD but who doesn’t want to take one at him?

2nd Half Studs

Alexis Rios OF TOR- What a disappointment Rios has been so far this year for fantasy owners. At 27 years-old, Rios was expected to have a season of around .290 BA, 25 HR, and 100 RBI with around 30 SB. While the average and steals are there (21 already), Rios hasn’t seemed to have found his power stroke this season. Lately, Rios has been heating up with 5 multi-hit games in his last 12 contests, while also stealing 6 bases in that span. In the past, Rios has performed well before the all-star break and faltered afterwards. This season, however, Rios won’t let that happen again because his how he has underperformed this year and …

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The rosters for the 2008 All-Star Game were announced yesterday afternoon. The hometown Yankees are going to be represented by 3 of the game’s best. The crosstown Mets, however have only 1 representative. Let’s take a look at the rosters.

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTERS:
First base: Kevin Youkilis (Boston)
Second base: Dustin Pedroia (Boston)
Shortstop: Derek Jeter (New York)
Third base: Alex Rodriguez (New York)
Catcher: Joe Mauer (Minnesota)
Outfield: Josh Hamilton (Texas)
Outfield: Manny Ramirez (Boston)
Outfield: Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle)
DH: David Ortiz (Boston) …

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