Archive for August 26th, 2008

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
Knicks Rumors & News

Another rumor has surfaced that the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in New York Knicks power forward, Zach Randolph. The proposed trade would have the Knicks acquiring former first round pick Darko Milicic and Marko Jaric for Zebo. These players are being tossed in trade rumors because their roles look to be diminished next season. By acquiring O.J, Mayo, Darrell Arthur and Marc Gasol the Grizzles are looking to build a young up-tempo team full of athleticism and should pass both Serbian players on the depth chart
General Manager Chris Wallace would be unwilling to include any of its core players such as Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and Hakim Warrick. Memphis has concerns about Zebo’s attitude and poor defensive play. However, he possesses outside range, can score from the low-post and rebounds well. Last season, the Grizzlies ranked 18th in rebounds per game.
 Milicic has never lived up to his potential as the number two …

Mets-Phillies Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets renew their rivalry with the Phillies in a two-game series at Citizens Bank Park. New York is 9-4 against Philadelphia this year, taking all four series so far, but their lead in the standings is slipping away. It’s been a back-and-forth season for both teams, with the Phillies in first, then the Mets, then Phillies and now the Mets again by the slimmest of margins. It’ll probably be like that for the rest of the season. In their last 10 games, the Phillies are 8-2, while the Mets are 7-3. Jose Reyes has been rehearsing a new celebration dance to entertain the thin-skinned Philadelphians just in time for the series, while Shane Victorino gets fitted for a new Little League helmet and works on his tried-and-true practice of taunting the Mets dugout. And Jimmy Rollins recently remarked that Phillies fans are front runners. He figured he wouldn’t get booed because nobody would be at the …

With Maine back on DL, Niese may get the call

Mets Rumors & News

Can Jon Niese join the Mets’ rotation and become what Daniel Murphy has been for the team’s outfield?

It appears the 21-year-old lefty will have that chance, as Niese will reportedly make his big-league debut on Sept. 2 against the Brewers. With John Maine returning to the DL to rest his sore pitching shoulder — a repreive that is expected to last for at least three weeks — the Mets will again look to their farm system for help as they try to hold off the Fightin’ Phils.

If recent history is any indication, with the emergence of Murphy (batting .339 with 12 RBIs in 22 games), Niese may thrive in the face of his new challenge. The pitcher is 5-1 with a 3.65 ERA in six starts with Triple-A New Orleans.

With a low-90s fastball and a major-league curve and splitter, the 6-foot-3 southpaw may be able to mix up hitters in the short-term, as they adjust to seeing a new pitcher for the first time. Of course, you never …

Pain in the Astro: Mets-Houston Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

When the Mets welcomed the Astros to Shea for a four-game set they were two-and-a-half games ahead of Philadelphia. After splitting the series (and only going 2-5 against Houston this season), their lead has slipped to a half game. I like watching Ty Wigginton and Darin Erstad play, but I think I’m getting tired of seeing the Astros. It seemed like this series lasted two weeks. Here’s what happened.
Friday, Mets 3-0: Aces Duel in Queens
Roy Oswalt pitched an eight-inning complete game. After giving up three runs in the first two innings, he set down the last 20 batters he faced. The only problem for him was Johan Santana. The Mets lefty tossed seven shutout innings, striking out five and walking one. Santana threw a career-high 121 pitches and begged and pleaded to go back out in the seventh. “I’d pay to watch those two guys match …

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