Archive for September 6th, 2008

Saturday, September 6th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

Jeff Freier, Hot Stove New York – Obviously the Phillies have a better bullpen. I think New York’s ’pen has a 15.1 scoreless streak heading into this series and Philly’s bullpen is blowing games left and right, but you’d have to be crazy to say the Mets have a better bullpen overall. Brian Stokes and Luis Ayala have really helped the Mets, using Feliciano and Smith as lefty-righty specialists is working and the Phillies relievers are coming down to earth a little but the Phillies are still better. Both make the games a little too exciting, though.

Jon Atwood, Hot Stove Philly – Despite the recent struggles over the past two weeks, the Phillies’ bullpen continues to have one of the lowest ERAs in the league. The Mets, on the other hand, are one of the league’s worst pens. Aaron Heilman has an ERA of 5.23, Luis Ayala’s is 5.40, Pedro Feliciano’s is 3.83, …

Mets Rumors & News

J Platt,  Hot Stove Philly – I think to give an actual answer on this you need to factor in a healthy Billy Wagner. Even putting aside all the ill-will I have for Wagner, the better closer is Brad Lidge. While Lidge hasn’t been as sharp as he was earlier this season (which relates to some arm tendonitis), he’s 34 for 34 in save opportunities this year. Also Wagner doesn’t possess an actual out-pitch, whereas Lidge has arguably the best slider in baseball. Not just one either. One he can throw for a strike and one he buries that batter’s chase.

Jeff Freier, Hot Stove New York – The Mets don’t really have a closer right now (I guess it’s Ayala) so the answer is Lidge. But when Billy Wagner’s healthy the answer is…still Lidge. He seems to be past his Houston meltdown phase, and Wagner always seems to have a meltdown coming right around the corner. …

Hot Stove Rivalry: Who’s Got the Better Starting Rotation?

Mets Rumors & News

Jeff Freier, Hot Stove New York – If everybody were healthy, I’d say the Mets. But right now they’re both in the same boat – they have three guys they can count on (Hamels, Meyers, Moyer / Santana, Pelfrey, Perez) and then it’s a crapshoot. Joe Blanton’s been pedestrian, Kendrick’s been terrible, you don’t know what you’re going to get with Pedro and do the Mets really have a fifth starter right now? Jon Niese? If Maine were healthy that would give the Mets the edge, but the Phillies have healthy bodies to throw out there so that gives them the edge.

Jon Atwood, Hot Stove Philly – The Phillies have a better starting rotation. Johan Santana and John Maine are the only two solid pitchers on the Mets rotation, whereas Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, and Jamie Moyer are all serious hurlers. Granted, Santana is the best pitcher of the group and is arguably the best pitcher in the major leagues, but Hamels …

2008 AFC North Preview

With Pittsburgh most likely being the sexy pick for the majority of NFL expects, expect the AFC North to be one of the most open divisions in 2008.

Note:  Teams are listed in predicted order of finish

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are a team who when you expect them to be good (2007), they are not and when you expect them to bad (2008), they could prove you wrong.

I am going to take the latter, as the Bengals simply have too much offensive firepower with QB Carson Palmer and WR’s Chad Johnson and T.J.  Houshmandzadeh.  The recent roster cut of RB Rudi Johnson who has been one of the most consistent RB’s in the NFL in recent years will surely hurt the running game.  However, something tells me that the combination of RB Chris Perry, Kenny Watson and DeDe Dorsey will be more than feasible.  Additionally, the offense will also receive a boost from free agent signing of TE Ben Utecht who will help to open up the middle of the field for Palmer.

The only question …

Yanks Remove Rasner, Put Aceves In Rotation

Yankees Rumors & News

Not more than two hours after my rant that the Yankees should stop playing players who aren’t expected to play a role in 2009 they announced that Alfredo Aceves will take Darrell Rasner’s spot in the rotation.

The move comes in response not to my article, but to Rasner’s last outing against the Tampa Rays. In that inspired performance where he couldn’t make it out of the second inning, Rasner threw 1.1 innings, gave up six hits, five runs, two walks, and only managed a single strike out.

The performance dropped his overall record to 5-10. On the season has a 5.43 ERA in 20 starts over 109.1 innings. He’s shown decent control with only 35 walks, but 65 strike outs hasn’t been enough and his 1.55 WHIP and .300 BAA are terrible.

“I know from Ras, the effort is always there,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t worry. The kid has got a lot of heart.”

Rasner’s effort …

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