Archive for September 2008


Friday, September 26th, 2008

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. …

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Sit or Start: Week 4

Fantasy

Quarterbacks

Start

Trent Edwards (Bills) vs. Rams- The third year quarterback has led the Bills to a 3-0 record to start the season. Edwards has completed 67 percent of his passes for 744 yards and three TDs. The Rams pass defense has allowed 817 yards which is ranked 30th in the league.

J.T. O’Sullivan (49ers) vs. Saints- Since turning the ball over three times in Week he has been turnover free. Posted 321 passing yards in Week 2 vs. the Seahawks, then threw for two touchdowns while completing 16-23 passes last week. The Saints have allowed 779 passing yards which is 29th in the NFL. He should throw for 250 yards against a bad secondary which could be another shootout for the Saints.

Sit

Derek Anderson (Brows) vs. Bengals- Anderson has been bad awful far this season completing only 46% of his passes. He has 5 INT’s compared to 2 TDS and has thrown for 166 yards or fewer in each of his three games. If he struggles early …

Mets-Cubs Series Recap (So Far)

Mets Rumors & News

With rain scheduled for the next four days, who knows when the Mets will play again. They had a golden opportunity to tie the Phillies in the loss column last night, but instead decided to take a fork and stab Mets fans in the eye with it. With the Phillies loss and the Brewers win, the Mets are now tied for the wild card lead and remain a game and a half behind Philadelphia. With the fourth game of the series no lock to be played, here’s what happened in the first three games.
Monday, Cubs 9-5: Nightmare at Shea
Ron Burgundy couldn’t have summed up Jon Niese’s troubles any better: “Boy, that escalated quickly…I mean, that really got out of hand.” Ok, maybe Niese isn’t ready for the big leagues yet. After pitching eight shutout innings in his last start, this one was a …

Yankees Rumors & News

Now that the stadium is closed it seems like some of the Yankees are finding it hard to get motivated to play baseball. First Hideki Matsui and now Andy Pettitte have shut their seasons down along with “The House That Ruth Built.”
Pettitte, who is normally a very strong second half pitcher, has struggled lately and has been complaining about a sore shoulder in recent weeks. Unlike Matsui he will not need surgery to repair anything, but he and the Yankees both thought that with the team eliminated from the playoffs there was no need to further tax his ailing shoulder.
“(The shoulder) has given me a little trouble,” Pettitte said. “I just wanted to go out and pitch, to do what it takes to get out there and pitch. Now that it’s over, now that we’re not going to the playoffs, there’s no sense in trying to do what it takes to go out there.”
Now that he’s shutdown for the season the …

NL Dogfight – September 25th

Mets Rumors & News

With only four days in the regular season, things are tightening up.  The Phillies, who lead the way, continue to struggle and have started to scoreboard watch. Fortunately for them, the Mets failed to capitalize, falling to the Cubs. The Brewers continued to stay hot and look like a different team then the one that took the field during the first three weeks of September. As we approach the final weekend of the season, three teams are within two games of each other.

Recap of Wednesday’s Action:

Brett Myers followed a poor start at Florida, with another poor start last night. Myers had no command of his fastball and gave up six runs on ten hits, in four-and-a-third innings, as the Braves beat the Phillies 10-4. Chipper Jones’ three-run pinch hit home run in the fifth inning, iced the game for the Braves. Although the Phillies lost, it didn’t mean there weren’t any fireworks. In the eighth inning with the Braves leading 10-4, Shane Victorino …

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Just like when Babe Ruth opened Yankee Stadium 85 years ago with a homerun, the Yankees provided their fans with a lifetime of memories last Sunday in the “House That Ruth Built”.

Living legends, recently retired players and family members of those deceased gave the Yankee faithful and fans of baseball something that they will never forget.

The Yankees were gritty, energetic, and simply determined to do everything in their power to win this game.

The mystique and aura that has led this storied franchise to 26 world championships was in the air.  And from the start of the game, you just knew that the Yankees were going to win. 

The Yankees played with a sense of urgency and focus that has been missing for years.  An edge that has been the signature motto of this organization.  One which they hope helps them christen the new stadium in the only way the Yankees know; with a world championship.

Yankees Rumors & News

While Mike Mussina is preparing to go after his twentieth win of the season Phil Hughes is just trying to get his first.

Injuries are what mostly has stood in Hughes’ way and I’m not just talking about this year. He has had three major injuries over the past two years and that has cost him a significant amount of time he should have spent developing.

He didn’t pitch must last season so he was not fully prepared to pitch in the majors this season. That may have led him to overexert himself and possibly could have led to the stress fracture in his ribs. So he sat on the DL for most of this season as well and when he was healthy enough to return the Yankees kept him in the minors for another month so he missed more time.

Here we are today, and he’s set to make just his second start since April tonight and he has yet to …

A Little Bit of Everything At Shea…

Mets Rumors & News

Last night I headed out to Shea and watched the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2  to stay one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League wild card spot. But before I recap the experience, a quick back story:

Back in July, my wife calls me at work excited, telling me her job was giving out Mets tickets and that she got two for us.  She’s doesn’t like baseball so she told me to take a friend to the game.  Fast forward to yesterday.  While sitting in the nose bleed seats in right field with my friend “H” a group of about 50 adults come into the section, all at the same time.  To say this group of people were, “enthusastic” would be an understatement.  From the start they were excited to be there.  Singing along (badly) with the national anthem, shouting (constant) “encouragement” to the players,  and voicing (forcefully)displeasure with the umpires.  But something just was “different” about this group of fans.  Then it hit …

Mussina Could Miss Chance At 20

Yankees Rumors & News

Here at Hot Stove we have been paying much attention to Mike Mussina these past few weeks as the aging starter gets closer to winning 20 games for the first time in his career.

He picked up win number 19 in his last start against the Blue Jays and should have a chance to get number 20 against the Red Sox on the final day of the season. The only problem is that Mussina might not be able to make the final start of the season.

Mussina was hit on the elbow by a ball off the bat of Travis Snider with one out in the third inning. Manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan came out to check on the pitcher. He took a couple of warm up tosses and stayed in the game. He finished the inning and even managed to pitch two more, but he had to leave the game after five innings and just 73 pitches.

Mussina said …

Yankees Rumors & News

Last night the Yankees kept up their recent winning ways and beat the Toronto Blue Jays to keep from being eliminated from the playoffs. Unfortunately for them the Red Sox were beating the Indians at the very same time to eliminate the Yankees.
Thing is I’m not really that upset. I mean obviously I’m sad that I won’t be watching playoff games this year and that my Mets fan friends are probably going to be more annoying than ever, but the Yankees couldn’t keep winning forever and I knew that.
Also coming into this season I was ready for a let down. Using a young pitching staff has advantages, but they are mostly long term. Hardly does a team which is relying on guys under 25 to make up about 60 percent of its rotation win many games no matter how good the rookies are.
But the gamble the Yankees took was a good one because they needed to get out of the rut they …

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