The Mets went from raucous Philadelphia to listening to crickets chirping in the stands of Dolphin Stadium. They started the series one up on the Phils. And that’s where they stand now. Here’s what happened.
Friday, Mets 5-4: Thanks, Kevin Gregg
The Mets were one pitch away from losing a sluggish 2-1 game, when Luis Castillo singled up the middle. Then David Wright singled to left. Carlos Delgado was hit in the leg. And Carlos Beltran took the first pitch he saw and deposited it into the right field stands. And just like that the Mets were leading 5-2. Marlins closer Kevin Gregg couldn’t have set himself on fire any faster. But it wasn’t over yet. Luis Ayala recorded a “John Franco save” by allowing two runs of his own and stranding runners on second and third. Yes, you actually get a save for that. Beltran also picked up a sacrifice fly in the first to drive in all five Mets runs. Oliver Perez walked five in six innings of work …
The Yankees are finding new ways to lose. This time, they found a way to blow a four run lead on an afternoon where the offense showed up and scored some runs, not to mention a decent outing by their starting pitcher Darrell Rasner.
The game slipped away from the Yanks in the top of the 7th.With the Yanks up 6-3 and Toronto had a man on first base and no outs. A groundball was hit to Robinson Cano, he fielded it, and flipped it Derek Jeter at second. Problem was, Cano’s flip was erratic and got away from Jeter. This puts runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. A walk later loaded the bases, and Joe Inglett singled to center. This shaved the Yankee lead down to 6-5. In the top of the 8th Brian Bruney gave up a single to Vernon Wells, next up Adam Lind facing Damaso Marte. Lind gets a base hit to right. Edwar Ramirez then comes in to …
How great is Mariano Rivera? We have said this many times before but he’s as close to a sure thing in baseball as you can get. He’s quiet possibly having the best season of his career.
With the Yankees in state of urgency as the season winds down, each game is a must-win. How badly do the Yanks need to win games these days? Rivera has pitched more than one inning in five of his last six appearances. That’s a strecth that is usually reserved for October.
“You don’t want to do it for a long time,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re very careful with how we use him. Mo, obviously, is so economical with his pitches. We would never abuse a pitcher.”
Rivera allowed a hit last night to Vernon Wells with one out in the 9th inning that ended a streak of 27 straight hitless batters. He’s been the most reliable guy on the team. Ok maybe if you bring him in in …
Eli Manning (16 for 30, 281 yards, 2 TD, 0 interceptions in three games) did not get hurt. He didn’t get the flu. He didn’t retire. He didn’t change his name to Dave Brown. Sure, he won the Super Bowl last year but he still needs to be more consistent on a game to game basis. But after last season, his confidence level and leadership abilities have to be much higher. I doubt anybody’s laughing at him anymore – right, Tiki?
The Giants look like they may have struck gold with first-round pick Kenny Phillips. The rookie safety likes to hit, and hit hard. Just ask the offense after a practice. He definitely softens the blow of the Gibril Wilson defection.
The three-headed running attack of Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward is healthy (and Danny Ware had …
With the 2008 redeem team recently recapturing the gold in Beijing, many have begun to wonder who would win if the two stoic teams met.
To me the answer is simple, the 1992 team would win. Not only would they win, but they would win possibly by double digits. The 1992 team is probably 8 to 12 points better than the 2008 team for a variety of reasons. First, the 1992 team was bigger on the front line with Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, David Robinson and Patrick Ewing. The 2008 team features a great deal of athleticism and versatility on the perimeter, but outside of Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh, the 1992 team would simply dominate down low. Secondly, the 1992 team was a little more experienced in age (29 to 26) and NBA experience (8 to 6). Lastly, the 1992 team was …
The first-place Mets go down to Del Boca Vista to take on the Marlins for a three-game weekend series. The Mets are 7-5 against the Florida this season. After staying in the thick of things with the Phils and Mets, the Marlins have been fading in August and are now six games out. Their closer, Kevin Gregg, hasn’t helped their cause with a few monumental blown saves. Is he auditioning for the Mets? Luis Castillo is Florida’s all-time leader in games played, at-bats, hits, runs scored, triples, walks, stolen bases and sacrifices. He has his whole career backwards, though. He spent his youth in Florida and has retired in New York.
Tonight’s game will be the first for the Mets using the new instant replay rule. Hopefully things will go smoother than when they tested it out in the minors earlier in the year. One of the umps didn’t get the rules …
After dropping two of the past three games to the Red Sox the Yankees find themselves six games out in the Wild Card standings and their playoff hopes may have been dashed.
With just 29 games left to play the Yankees are dangerously close to being eliminated from playoff contention. Barring a comeback for the ages they have been essentially eliminated from October baseball.
Take a look at the numbers, if the Red Sox go 14-15 they would finish with a 91-71 record. For the Yankees to even tie that they would have to finish this season 20-9. Which could be near impossible with the rotation they have and Joba Chamberlain joining the bullpen when he returns.
The Red Sox aren’t the only team they have to be worried about as well. There are also the Minnesota Twins who would be a little easier to catch as they are only two games behind the Sox, but when you are counting on two …
The Yankees sent hard luck relief pitcher David Robertson back to the minors today and in his place they recalled Alfredo Aceves.
Aceves is a new name to most Yankee fans, but it is one they should get used to hearing. He is a 25-year-old who is playing in his first professional season in America after playing for the past six years professionally in Mexico.
He features a plus fastball which comes in anywhere from 90 MPH to 94 MPH and is said to occasionally touch 95. He has a cutter which he uses occasionally that comes in around 89 MPH and he also throws a curve ball and a change.
After being signed as a free agent Aceves started this season with the single-A Tampa Yankees. He was very impressive there in 47 innings over eight starts going 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA while only allowing 32 hits and eight walks.
He was then promoted to the Trenton Yankees and was …
Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The Mets won 94 games in 2000.
2. Four players hit more than 20 home runs for the Mets that year: Mike Piazza (38), Edgardo Alfonzo (25), Robin Ventura (24) and Todd Zeile (22).
3. Mike Piazza was the only Met to drive in over 100 runs in 2000, with 113.
4. Al Leiter led Mets pitchers with 16 wins.
5. The Mets traded Jesse Orosco to St. Louis for Joe McEwing on March 18, 2000.
6. Benny Agbayani hit his game-winning home run in game three of the Division Series off Giants pitcher Aaron Fultz.
7. In the Championship Series, Mike Hampton was 2-0 with …
Instant replay exists in some extent in the NHL, NBA, NFL and Nascar. After series of debates and long discussions the MLB will utilize replay beginning today with all new series (Note: if a series has already begun, teams will start playing with replay in effect at the beginning of their next scheduled series.) Replay will only be used to review if a home run ball is fair or foul, if it cleared the wall or if a fan interfered.
In November, General Managers voted 25 to 5 in favor of instant replay. During a stretch of disputed calls in May, talks escalated about using technology to get home run calls correct. Without replay Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado, Benji Molina lost round trippers due to incorrect rulings by the umpires. To make replay a reality the MLB had to negotiate agreements with the Players …
Ten days in South Florida and I’ve learned two things.
1) I hate flying more and more every time I step onto a flying deathtrap- I mean airplane.
2)The Dolphins are psyked to have Chad Pennington lobbing balls about twenty yards or so for their offense. They talk about him like he’s the second coming of Joe Namath (Uh…wait a second here). “His leadership blah blah” or his “blah blah experience as a competitor blah blah.” It’s funny when Dolphins camp and former Jets camp sound exactly the same. I’ve still got my spy on the ground trying to sneak a picture of the brain sucking machine Parcells used to suck the Jets playbook out of Chad’s head.
3) I know I said two but the plane thing isn’t really relevent. Ricky Williams is an important part of their team and I’m starting to believe that he’s going to have a great season. I don’t know if it’s too much sun but …
Next time you’re at Yankee Stadium and fill up on $8.50 beers make sure you don’t need to use the bathroom during “God Bless America” or you will be forced to leave.
Just ask Bradford Campeau-Laurion, who was forcibly removed from Yankee Stadium when he ignored police orders to stop moving during the song. As he instead proceeded down the tunnel to the bathroom he was detained and ejected from the grounds.
“The officer informed me that I had to wait until the song was over,” Campeau-Laurion, a 29-year-old Queens native told the Daily News. “I said, ‘I don’t care about ‘God Bless America.’ Next thing I know he was pinning my arm behind my back.”
The police responded that Campeau-Laurion was removed because he was, “standing on his seat cursing, using inappropriate language and acting in a disrespectful manner while reeking of alcohol.”
Regardless of who was right and who was wrong this does bring up a very questionable rule at Yankee Stadium. …