Archive for August 18th, 2008

Monday, August 18th, 2008

No Clowney-ing around: Jets WR out for weeks

Jets Rumors & News

When Brett Favre is not in the picture, one of the more interesting things to watch during the NFL preseason are the feel-good stories of players who seemingly come out of nowhere to make the team.

One such player this preseason has been Jets wide receiver David Clowney, a 2007 fifth-round pick for Green Bay who was quickly cut by the team and ended up on New York’s practice squad for the majority of his rookie campaign. But the Virginia Tech alum and Long Island native looked as if he might be the speedy deep threat Favre and the Jets’ offense needed in 2008 after amassing eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns to lead the team through the first two preseason games.

Unfortunately, during that second game against the Redskins, Clowney suffered a collarbone injury and is now expected to miss several weeks, according to Dave Hutchinson of The Newark Star-Ledger. You just hope his recovery is as speedy as his 40 time — 4.37 seconds — and …

Mets Rumors & News

As the Mets’ six-game winning streak came to a halt on Monday, thanks to an all too familiar blowup by the bullpen, Mets fans were reminded just how much they miss Billy Wagner. But with Billy facing yet another setback in his rehab, it remains unknown just how long New York will be without the closer they love to hate.

In the meantime, there’s a pennant race going on, and the Mets’ recent surge isn’t going to cover up the fact that the bullpen needs help — and more than just Luis Ayala. And at this time of year, the franchise will likely have to search internally for solutions.

John Maine, two starts removed from the disabled list, recently said he’d move to the ‘pen if needed. And while that’s very noble of the young starter, Maine pitching the ninth doesn’t make as much sense as Pedro Martinez.

In 13 starts this season, Pedro is averaging a mere 5 1/3 innings per outing, resulting in more work for an awful bullpen, …

Mets Sink Pirates: Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

After whipping Washington’s butt, the Mets took on the Bucs with a one-game lead in the standings. And when the dust settled near the Allegheny River, they took three out of four from the Bucs and now have a game and a half lead over the Phillies. Here’s what happened in the four-game series.
Friday, Mets 2-1: A Cracklin’ Good Victory
Jerry Manuel has guts. Aaron Heilman vs. the Pirates in the ninth inning didn’t work out very well earlier in the week. But on Friday night, Manuel put the reliever right back in there to protect another one-run lead. That’s kind of like asking Frank the Tank to watch the keg twice in a row. But with a little help from a heads-up, diving play by Argenis Reyes (bailing out Carlos “Stone Hands” Delgado), Heilman rewarded his manager by not getting plastered and streaking through …

USA routs Germany

The “Redeem Team” continued their dominating play by crushing Germany 105-57 today. After beating Angola by 29 in their opener, Germany has lost four straight games. Team USA is 5-0 and has won their games by average of 32.2 points. They already clinched the top seed in Group B and only need three more victories in claim the coveted gold medal. It was important for the U.S. to build on their success against Spain and continue to increase chemistry as a team going into the single elimination medal round.
The U.S. started their scoring binge three seconds into the game with a Carmelo Anthony layup. That kicked off eight straight points to start the quarter. Germany managed only 29 first half points. The U.S scored 31 points in the first quarter. Germany missed nine of its first 10 shots as the Americans opened the game up with an 18-3 lead. The U.S. …

Yankees Rumors & News

While the Yankees aren’t technically eliminated from the playoffs yet, they are going to need more starting pitching in order to hang on.

As the rotation stands right now they’ve got Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Sidney Ponson, Darrell Rasner, and one yet to be named. The fifth starter won’t be needed until Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.
The two likeliest candidates are Carl Pavano and Phil Hughes. Both pitchers are still rehabbing, Hughes with triple-A Scranton and Pavano with double-A Trenton.
In their starts last week Hughes showed some real progress and Pavano showed the rust you would expect a pitcher to have coming off of Tommy John surgery. This week it is the opposite.
Last we heard of Hughes he had pitched a great game, but had shown signs of stamina issues late in the game. Well there may be an issue there as he didn’t manage to make it out of the fourth inning this time around. He did manage to throw 91 pitches (63 …

Dear Mr. Wagner:

Mets Rumors & News

I come to you, hat in hand, eating a healthy slice of humble pie, to say I’m sorry.  After spending the last two weeks experiencing life with Aaron Heilman and his band of not so merry men as the closer(s) for my favorite baseball team, I now realize I’ve been too harsh on you.

In the past I’ve cursed you while following games on television, the radio and the internet. I’ve called you overrated. I’ve said to anyone who will listen that you do more talking than pitching and that you can’t close out good teams. At one point I thought moving Duaner Sanchez into the closer role was a good idea.  I’m not proud of myself. 

But it wasn’t personal, I swear. I don’t hate you. I’m just a Mets fan desperate for another World Series crown. I’m not sure if you know, but Mets fans have been burned by an inability to hold leads in big games in the past. In 1988 the Mets were heavy favorites in …

20 Years Ago: A Look Back at the 1988 Mets

Mets Rumors & News

The year was 1988. Bill Cosby’s sweaters hypnotized us into buying Jell-O Pudding Pops. The nation was swept up in the controversy of the day: Which one of the Golden Girls was Axl Rose singing about in “Sweet Child o’ Mine” (Of course it turned out to be Bea Arthur)? And the movie Cocktail inspired a generation of children to quit playing Go Fish, drop out of elementary school and become bartenders. And 1988 was the year the Mets should have won their second World Series in three years.
After winning 92 games and finishing three games behind the Cardinals the year before, the Mets steamrolled over the rest of the National League East, finishing with a 100-60 record and beating the second-place Pirates by 15 games. In 1987, injuries ripped apart the starting rotation, but in ’88 their five-man rotation started all but four games. The team finished with a Major League …

Matsui coming back for Yankees

Yankees Rumors & News

Hideki Matsui is expected back for the Yankees as early as Tuesday, when the Bombers open a series with the Blue Jays. Joe Girardi said he expects Godzilla, whose been on the DL with inflammation in his knee since June 27, to play DH for the rest of the season to decrease the risk of reinjuring the outfielder’s balky knee.

Sunday’s offensive explosion aside, the Yankees could surely use Matsui’s left-handed bat, and (ideally) his clutch hitting. But is Matsui’s return too little too late for New York’s playoff hopes?

Contradictory to what the New York Post’s George A. King III suggests, the Yankees season did not die on August 13. Heading into Monday, New York trailed the Red Sox by five games in the wild-card chase and the Twins/White Sox by 4.5 games. The Yankees aren’t dead, just on life support. That’s exactly why they need all hands on deck for the final six weeks of the season. Even Carl Pavano may be getting in the …

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