Archive for September 26th, 2008

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Giants Bye-Week Notes

Giants Rumors & News

Plaxico Burress was suspended for two weeks (one game) by the Giants for missing Monday’s meetings and a light workout (though he may appeal it). Tom Coughlin sent a message to the team: It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you’re a scrub on the practice squad, Plaxico Burress or Homer Jones, the rules are for everyone and the team comes first. And the players have responded positively. They’ll miss Burress on the field, but they all back Coughlin, while at the same time are supporting their teammate. No clubhouse sniping this year. Hopefully this will be the end of Burress’ antics. The last thing this team needs is an Uno Siete.
Domenik Hixon will take Burress’ place, starting as the receiver in the X spot. He played there in the preseason, so it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for him. He has the speed and big-play capability. That …

Favre Doesn’t Have to Say it. The Jets Need a Win

Jets Rumors & News

We’re just three weeks into the season and I’ve already seen way too many “must wins.” I’ve also spent too much time worrying about our kicking situation(s).  Arizona’s rolling into the Meadowlands Sunday and they’re bringing two outstanding recievers, Edgerin James, and their own elder statesman.  I think the Jets can lose six games this season.  Using one of those losses against the Cardinals would be a disaster.  Before the season started, when I looked at the Jets schedule week 4 marked the beginning of a stretch of games the Jets should win.  Now that it’s here I’m not so confident.

It blows my mind that Kurt Warner is playing as well as he is.  The dude has a QB rating of 111.7 (Favre’s is 98 by comparison).  Warner has thrown 6 touchdowns with 1 interception and the thought of his receivers unleashed upon the Jets secondary is frightening.  Maybe it’s because of that Chris Chamber’s touchdown last week or maybe it’s because Anquan Boldin and Larry …

Ya Gotta Believe: Mets-Marlins Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets were seven and a half games out, and in fourth place in June. They fired their manager. They haven’t had a closer for the last two months. Their #2 starter’s been out for over a month. Their left fielder missed most of the season. The guy who replaced him is out for the year. Their right fielder missed half the year. The jumble of second basemen has missed a chunk of games, and now their fourth-stringer is starting. They have arguably the worst bullpen in baseball. Yet here they are, still with a chance at post-season play. On the one hand, they scratched, clawed and fought their way back into contention. But on the other, even with all those injuries, they’ve flushed a plethora of almost-certain victories right down the toilet.
And now they’re down to the last three games. The Mets are one game behind Philadelphia and tied with …

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets crawled back from the dead after Wednesday’s absolute nightmare, with a stirring 7-6 victory last night. Late-inning drama? Check. Nail-biting tension? Check. Crazy plays? Check. Five different relievers? Check. Must be a late-season Mets game. Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the ninth with a base hit, and this time his teammates were able to get him home. Carlos Beltran provided the heroics, by smashing a line drive down the first-base line that deflected off Micah Hoffpauir’s glove and trickled into right field, while Reyes raced home with the winning run.

Playing most of the game in the rain (both bullpens spent the first half of the contest building an ark just to be on the safe side), the Cubs fielded a team of scrubs while the Mets fielded Pedro Martinez. It was a typical Pedro outing. He let in his usual two runs in the first, only one more over the next five frames and left the game after allowing the first two batters to …

NL Dogfight – September 26th

Mets Rumors & News

As we enter the final weekend of the season, all three teams fighting for the final two playoff spots are within a game of each other. While the Phillies had the day off, the Mets and Brewers both won, and like in any playoff race, they won in dramatic fashion. This will be the final series of the season for one of these three teams.

Recap of Thursday’s Action:

In Flushing, weather was a concern. A Nor’easter was rolling up the coast, threatening to postpone the game. Thankfully the weather gods held off so the Cubs and Mets were able to play, but this game will be talked about not for what happened on the field (which we’ll get to shortly), but what happened before the game. When Brewers and Phillies fans got home from work, and checked the starting lineups for the game, the Cubs lineup looked a bit strange. Missing was Alfonso Soriano, Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto, & Mark DeRosa. …

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