Archive for July 10th, 2008

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

The New York Yankees are 6.5 games back from the Tampa Bay Rays and 4.5 back from the Red Sox. They have the same record as the Oakland A’s who just traded pitcher Rich Harden to the Chicago Cubs, and if the Yanks want to make a run at the Wild Card or even the division, their captain is the most important player in the process. With A-Rod grabbing all the attention a lot of the media and fans have been underappreciating the play of Derek Jeter. Most people are complaining about his .284 average or 4 home runs, However, with RISP the captain is hitting .321, and with RISP and 2 outs he’s hitting a gaudy .389. In close and late games the 34 year-old is batting .325 with RBI. Over the past seven days DJ has hit .333 with 4 RBI.

The shortstop is making his 9th trip to the All Star Game next week at Yankee Stadium and is tied for second all time with …

Mets Rumors & News

After pounding some Bud and stuffing themselves with cheese steaks while going 5-3 out in St. Louis and Philadelphia, the Mets headed back to Shea for a six-game homestand before the All-Star break. They started their three-game series with the Giants with a record over .500 for the first time since June 5th, and two-and-a-half games out of first place. And when it was over, the Mets impressively swept the light-hitting Giants, and moved to within a game-and-a-half of first place.
Tuesday, Mets 7-0: The Mike Pelfrey Variety Hour 
The Mets kept things rolling with their fourth straight win, and it was a lot easier than any of the games in Philadelphia. Pelfrey put on a show on the mound, tossing seven shutout innings, striking out five without walking anybody. He mixed things up in this outing by occasionally using his newfound curveball. In his last eight starts he’s 5-0 with a 2.61 ERA, and …

Mets Rumors & News

While I watched Billy Wagner once again take years off of the lives of New York Mets fans everywhere when he blew a save recently against the Phillies, it hit me that the feeling of angst I had was way too familiar. It’s one of the worst feelings a baseball fan could have, that feeling that no lead is ever safe. Unfortunately, Mets fans know this feeling very well.
In my lifetime as a Mets fan (established in 1984), they have never had a bullpen stopper. Have they had closers? Definitely. They’ve had a few players who were very good at collecting saves. Brooklyn native John Franco and his 276 saves as a Met is the first person that comes to mind. Jesse Orosco notched 107 saves while playing in Queens. Even the infamous Armando Benitez logged 160 saves for the Mets, good for second in franchise history. Of course statistics, especially the …

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