Archive for July 9th, 2008

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Why Is Moeller Still Here?

Yankees Rumors & News

After an early season shoulder injury Jorge Posada was cleared to come off the DL on June 5. He played that day against the Toronto Blue Jays and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

He’s supposedly been healthy since then, but backup catcher Jose Molina has been getting regular playing time behind the plate and emergency catcher Chad Moeller is still on the roster.

After a months time people are starting to ask the obvious question, what is Moeller still doing here?

The answer might be that Posada is still hurt even though yesterday he told a NY Post reporter that he’s fine. He can still DH and even play first, but it is becoming obvious that the Yankees don’t trust his shoulder to throw out base runners.

Which might be the reason why Molina has started four games in a row behind the plate and Posada has served as the teams DH against in important games against division rivals. With …

Yankees Rumors & News

Bobby Abreu’s 10th-inning double sent the Yankees to a 2-1 win over the first-place Rays on Wednesday to cap a two-game series sweep.
It’s hard to call a game before the All-Star break a must-win, but at this time of year this is as close as it gets.
It’s critical for the Yanks to stay within striking distance of the upstart Rays, who would be well served to build as big a lead as possible in the East, running away and hiding from the more experienced teams that are chasing them.
Teams made up of young players, and young pitchers in particular, often hit a wall come the Dog Days of August and into September. Only time will tell if that happens to the Rays, but it won’t matter for the Yankees if they’re staring at a double-digit deficit.
That’s why the Bronx Bombers couldn’t have picked a …

Knicks Rumors & News

It has been twenty-five years since the city of Philadelphia has seen a NBA championship parade. Kevin Garnett who came over from the Western conference last season helped deliver the Boston Celtics their first title since the 1985-1986 season. The Eastern conference race is now a lot more interesting with the 76ers beefing up their frontcourt by agreeing with Elton Brand to a five-year, $82 million contract. What made the deal possible was the ability to move Rodney Carney, Calvin Booth and a 1st round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves to free up salary space. In the deal Philly received a future second-round draft pick and Minnesota’s $2.8 million dollar trade option. Also without taking on any contracts in return the 76ers were able offer Brand at least $14 million starting salary in a long term deal. The ex-Blue Devil brings his career averages of 20.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks to a team that put a …

FantasyGiants Rumors & News

It’s July 9th, about 3 years from the opening game of this year’s NFL season and we are going to talk about fantasy football. No this isn’t going to be a debate about who to take first, Ladainian Tomlinson or Adrian Peterson, or a conversation about when to take a defense (And take Minnesota this year). This is going to be about which New York Giants and Jets players will make a big fantasy impact this season, and how they can help your fantasy team this upcoming fall. We’ll start with some of the more obvious choices…

Guys You Should Jump at

Brandon Jacobs RB NYG- A monster inside the body of a human, Jacobs seems to dominate games whenever he wants to, but has issues staying healthy because of his upright running style. With the emergence of Ahmad Bradshaw, Jacobs will get more rest this season, which will keep his legs fresh for plays near the goal-line. Jacobs had over 1,000 yards rushing and 6 total Touchdowns in only 11 …

Mets All-Star History

Mets Rumors & News

On July 30, 1962, at Wrigley Field, Richie Ashburn pinch-hit for Turk Farrell and belted a single to left. That was the first appearance by a New York Met in an All-Star game. In 46 years of All-Star play, the Mets have had one MVP, fielded the starting pitcher three times and hit only two home runs. That sounds about right for the lovable, yet not-so-successful franchise.
Ashburn scored the first Met run after recording his first hit in ’62. In 1964, Ron Hunt took his position at second base to become the first Met to start an All-Star game. He batted eighth and went 1-3. That was also the only year the game was held at Shea Stadium. Tom Seaver made his All-Star debut as a rookie in 1967 and picked up the first Met save in Anaheim. Jerry Koosman and Dwight Gooden also went to the Midsummer Classic as rookies. And …

Mets Rumors & News

It’s been 48 hours since Major League baseball announced its rosters for the 2008 Midsummer Classic.  Since then I’ve looked at the National League roster about 137 times and there was one player’s name I couldn’t find: Mets ace Johan Santana.

Sure, Mets fans could make the argument that Jose Reyes or David Wright (currently second in the Final Vote, trailing the Brewers’ Corey Hart) are more deserving than the Mets’ sole representative, Billy Wagner; I think it’s an injustice that Santana didn’t make the squad.

Okay, maybe injustice is a little too strong of a word.  Nevertheless, he should be representing the Mets a week from tonight in the Bronx.

While on paper, Santana’s record doesn’t look very all-star worthy, I beg to differ.  Sure, Santana is 7-7 on the year.  As unimpressive as that looks, he’s been a victim of run support.  His 2.98 ERA ranks 5th in the National League.  He’s also 5th in strikeouts (108), 5th in K/BB (3.41), and 7th in WHIP (1.14).  His record might be ugly, …

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