Archive for September 7th, 2008

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Hot Stove Rivalry: With the game on the line, who do you want at the plate?

Mets Rumors & News

J Platt, Hot Stove Philly – This is a tough one. With the potent bats in the Phillies lineup, the obvious choice would be Ryan Howard. Unfortunately, Howard’s strikeouts make him a liability with the game on the line. Chase Utley would be another obvious choice. While I wouldn’t complain if the Phillies were down in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run on base and Utley stepped to the plate, I don’t always think the “superstar” is necessarily the most clutch player. In saying that, the first player who came to my mind was Shane Victorino. Vic does the little things it takes to get on base and comes through when it counts.  But he’s not the clutch bat, he’s the guy who gets the rally started. This is why I went with Greg Dobbs.

Dobbs, who doesn’t have a huge playing role with the Phillies, makes an impact whenever given the opportunity. Dobbs is batting .370 when it’s …

Hot Stove Rivalry: Who has a better relationship with his fans right now, Heilman or Rollins?

Mets Rumors & News

Jeff Freier, Hot Stove New York – I haven’t been keeping a close eye on the Rollins situation, but it has to be Rollins, right? He has a track record of success and led the team to a division title last year. Performance can overcome one insult to the fans. If he goes on a tear and the Phillies win again the fans will forget all about it. Aaron Heilman’s been the Shea whipping boy for years now. Even if he throws 15 consecutive shutout innings, it’s hard to forget about all the meltdowns and blown games. Sometimes just the look on his face and his slumped shoulders incite the Shea crowd to want to go after him like they were an angry mob of villagers with torches and pitchforks.

J Platt, Hot Stove Philly – I’d have to say Jimmy Rollins. Rollins made some comments which he took a lot of heat for. Outside of using the word “frontrunner,” I don’t think …

Hot Stove Rivalry: Which player on the other team would you want on your team today? For the next five seasons?

Mets Rumors & News

Jeff Freier, Hot Stove New York – That would have to be Cole Hamels. Who wouldn’t want a 24-year-old ace-like pitcher? He’s great right now, and you can only see him getting better over the next five years. A pitcher like that only comes around every so often. The other choice would be Chase Utley. The Mets need a second baseman (Luis Castillo doesn’t count), and Utley’s one of the best, if not the best in baseball. But I’d rather have a young star pitcher than a great second baseman. So I’d go with Hamels.

Jon Atwood, Hot Stove Philly – I think the obvious answer to this question is David Wright. For one thing, the Phillies have not had a legitimate starter at third base since the departure of Scott Rolen. After a long string of players like David Bell, Abraham Nunez and Wes Helms, the Phillies could really use some pop at …

Hot Stove Rivalry: Which team is helped by the roster expansion most?

Mets Rumors & News

J Platt, Hot Stove Philly – I’d have to go with the Mets. He biggest struggle the Mets have had over the past few months has been their bullpen. By expanding rosters, the Mets were able to add pitching depth that allows Aaron Heilman, Pedro Feliciano, and Duaner Sanchez some needed rest. The Phillies added some bench help, which adds some depth. I’m just not sure how much it will help. Outside of Greg Golson, who has tremendous speed and excellent defense, most of the players who will see time are minor league veterans, who will contribute minimally.

Jeff Freier, Hot Stove New York – Probably the Mets. With their bullpen problems, having 37 relievers on hand really helps them. Manuel can use Feliciano, Smith and whoever as specialists to face one batter, and he doesn’t have to worry about running out of pitchers. The more the merrier with that ‘pen. The whole roster expansion rule is ridiculous, by the way, even though …

Mets Rumors & News

Jeff Freier, Hot Stove New York – Jamie Moyer is 12-7 with a 3.80 ERA. Pedro is 5-3 and a 5.07 ERA. That says it all. If the Mets had Moyer instead of Pedro this year, the race would be over.

J Platt, Hot Stove Philly – If you look at the span of an entire career, it’s Pedro, hands down. If you’re looking at this season, it’s Moyer. Pedro has struggled with injuries and the death of his father, while at 45, Moyer is having his best season since 2002. Entering today’s game he’s 12-7, but has had a streak of 14 straight games where he allowed three runs or less. Due to an inconsistent offense, he only managed 5 wins in those starts. Had the Phillies scored some runs, Moyer would be making a run at 20 wins.

QUITE FRANKLY: The End Has Come Too Soon

Yankees Rumors & News

20 games to go, 7.5 games out of the wild card and the Yankees still think they have a shot at making the postseason. That shipped has sailed. The season ended the night Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedoria hit a grand slam to break open a “close” game. At the end of that grand slam Jonathan Papelbon stood with his arms opened as if he stood there in victory. Boy was he right. The Yankees haven’t recovered from that onslaught.

As a Yankee fan I am ashamed of this team. Such promise and so talented, injuries or no injuries, they still had the pieces to make this thing interesting down to the last day but I feel like most of the team has given up. A-Rod can’t hit the clutch again, Cano makes dumb mistakes a player of his caliber shouldn’t be making, Jeter isn’t himself this year, Pettitte seems to be down to his last few breaths, Melky Cabrera should be playing in some …

2008 AFC South Preview

In today’s sports world which includes salary caps and free agency, it is rare to see a team especially in the NFL, dominate like the Colts have.  Having win totals of 12, 12, 14, 12 and 13 which includes a Super Bowl title in the past five years is as good and consistent as it gets.  And in 2008, you should not expect anything less.

Note:  Teams listed in predicted order of finish

Indianapolis Colts

The only concerns that the Colts have entering the 2008 season are the health of two future Hall Of Famers in QB Peyton Manning and WR Marvin Harrison.  With Manning having played 10 years already and have started every game of his career, I am not as worried as the media is making Manning’s knee injury. Manning will be just fine and might take some time to get his rythm, but I would not be worried at all.  Harrison on the other hand, I do believe is a concern.  While Harrison has not showed any signs of any problems in the pre-season, …

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