Archive for May 2009

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

Mets Rumors & News

The ghost of Casey Stengel has been haunting the Mets the last two games (well, maybe the last 34 years actually). In their most recent losses we’ve seen three balks, five errors and a baserunner missing third base. What in the name of 1962 is going on here? They’ve been pretty sloppy all year long, but this is getting ridiculous.

The Mets have finally fixed their bullpen, they’ve seem to overcome their aversion to scoring late-inning runs along with their mysterious distaste for comeback victories, but now they’re reaching deep to find unique ways to lose a ball game. If Ryan Church was in Jerry Manuel’s doghouse before, just wait until he shows up for tonight’s game. How can a major league player miss third base? But then again, how can a major league pitcher balk three times in one game? How can the Mets do half the things they do? Mike Pelfrey had “the yips” on Sunday night (let’s hope and pray he doesn’t come down with a …

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Go-Go Mets Take 3 Out of 4 in San Fran

Mets Rumors & News

While I try to decide what I’d rather do than listen to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball announcing team (repeatedly stab myself in the neck with a flathead screwdriver? Take a bubble bath with Rosie O’Donnell? Quit drinking?) – were they calling a baseball game or pyschoanalyzing Carlos Beltran (or is it Bel-TRAN?) – let’s looks at the things we liked over the four-game series and the things we didn’t like.

Things To Like: With the exception of last night, the offense exploded. You have to like that. They scored seven, eight and nine runs in the first three games. And the late-inning dramatics were a sight for sore eyes. Who do they think they are? The Phillies? David Wright was unstoppable, going 10 for 15 in the four games, with four walks, nine RBI’s and five stolen bases. And Beltran was seven for 16, with three ribbies and six runs scored. The aggressiveness on the base paths was another thing to like, and it was a smart aggressiveness, not a …

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Hot Stove Player of the Week: CC Sabathia

Yankees Rumors & News

Is there anything more heartwarming than a cheating, lying, adulterous phony hitting a home run on the first pitch he faces after coming off the disabled list? I couldn’t stop crying when Alex Rodriguez smashed his storybook-like four-bagger against the Orioles on Friday night. The last time I wept like that was at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life (or was it Planet of the Apes?). Speaking of disgraced drug cheats, Roger Clemens came out of the woodwork this week and is still in complete denial about his steroid use. He also denied ever playing for the Blue Jays. When presented with proof, he stated, “I don’t think the Toronto Blue Jays even exist, so I couldn’t have possibly played for them. Besides, I don’t even know where Toronto is.”


CC Sabathia: The Yankees’ big-money ace is beginning to look like an ace. He tossed a complete-game shutout against Baltimore on Friday, and last night pitched eight innings only allowing two runs to earn …

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

The Mets Are Getting Sloppy

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets lost two out of three to the Braves, which isn’t a complete disaster, but the games were filled with baserunning blunders, fielding miscues and all around sloppy play. The good news is that they’re showing they have some fight in them by coming from behind the last two games (but falling short yesterday). But we’ll start with the bad news.

The whole team has turned into Marvelous Marv Throneberry on the bases and in the field. On Monday night, it was David Wright and Jose Reyes making key errors that led to the loss, and Daniel Murphy missed the cutoff man allowing runners to move up into scoring position. On Tuesday, Alex Cora was forced out on a “single” to left, Reyes was thrown out by 20 feet trying to stretch a double into a triple (though replays showed he was actually safe – so if they ump blew the call on Carlos Beltran’s stolen base in the 10th inning, it all evened out; or maybe it was …

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Mets Streak to First Place

Mets Rumors & News

Now that Oliver Perez has been airbrushed out of the Mets team picture (no record of him even existing can be found anymore), the Mets can’t seem to lose. In fact, the last game they lost was when the erratic lefty made his last start a week ago Saturday. Seven games and three series sweeps later, the Mets have shot to first place. The combination of quality starting pitching, timely (and a lot of) hitting and the season-long success of their bullpen, along with aggressive base running, have turned the team around.

After a rough start to the season, the rotation has straightened itself out. Starting pitchers for the Mets not named Oliver Perez have a 14-4 record this year. Johan Santana is 4-1, and his ERA is 0.91. John Maine is 3-0 and has only given up four earned runs in his last three starts. In Mike Pelfrey’s last three games, he’s also 3-0, and has allowed eight earned runs. In Livan Hernandez’s last three starts, he’s …

Knicks plan to draft Stephen Curry?

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks have a 2.8% chance to land the top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. However, it looks like the team that finished with the eigth worst record in the league will be selecting at that spot. Rumors have been swirling that the franchise plans to select Davdison G Stephen Curry. There has been chatter going around saying Curry declared after his junior year based on the asusmption the Knicks would use their lottery pick on him.

Curry led the nation in scoring this past season at 28.6 per game. Curry scored more than 40 points in four games and would fit right into the Knicks system. Head coach Mike D’Atonifavors shooters and Curry has showed he can be lights-out. Curry, played point guard last season and elevated his game in two areas.  He averaged 5.6 assists per game (22nd in nation) and 2.5 steals (10th in nation). He showed he can do more than shoot by getting to the free throw line 7.4 times a game. The 6’3″ guard is …

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Mets Best Division Rivals

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets played their last six games against division rivals Philadelphia and Atlanta and won five of them. The one loss was the 2.1-inning masterpiece by Oliver Perez, and it took 10 innings for the Mets to lose, which was almost like a victory in and of itself. They always seem to lose in Atlanta but swept the Braves in the mini series, and defeated the Phils in three out of four games. They have a four-game winning streak going, and are a half game out of first now.

Things are starting to come together for the Mets, and they’re playing much better ball, with a few exceptions. The Carlos Delgado dropped ball in Atlanta, which followed the Luis Castillo butchering of an easy ground ball the inning before, were both egregious errors that highlight the lack of concentration and focus the Mets often have (and the complete casualness of Delgado’s overall attitude and effort, though he did chug it around the bases with the game-winning …

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Frankie Rodriguez

Mets Rumors & News

The Yankees and Mets played most of their games against division rivals this week, with the Mets (5-1) faring much better than their crosstown sibling (1-5). The big non-New York news was the suspension of Manny Ramirez. Looks like the Mets made the right decision after all not to go after the drug cheat (it wasn’t steroids-related – oh, ok, we believe you; it’s just your run-of-the-mill female fertility drug that all 36-year-old men take). It’s just a case of Manny Being Barry. And now for the quote of the week from Giants running back Danny Ware, who doesn’t want to be referred to as Wind in the Giants running back nickname of Earth, Wind and Fire, but instead Water: “H2O is one of the most important resources known to man. I transform whenever my environment changes. When it’s hot, I’m in my liquid form and can move through any boundary. When it’s cold I freeze and turn to ice. And once I get rolling, nothing can …

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Yankees Rumors & News

Just over a month into the season, it is obvious that the Yankees have the necessary pieces to make it back to the postseason.  However, with a lineup that changes daily, and a starter that should be in the bullpen, the Yankees will never come into rhythm.

Upon A-Rod’s return from the disabled list possibly as soon as this Friday, the lineup should look like and stay as follows:

Johnny Damon – LF

Derek Jeter – SS

Mark Teixeira – 1B

Alex Rodriguez – 3B

Robinson Cano – 2B

Hideki Matsui – DH

Nick Swisher – RF

Jose Molina – C (when Jorge Posada returns from the DL, Posada moves up one spot, and Swisher slides down.  This allows Swisher who is a high OBP guy, and Cabrera to set the stage for the top of the lineup by being on base a lot)

Melky Cabrera – CF

This lineup will allow the Yankees to have the necessary balance by allowing everyone in it the comfort of knowing where they are going to hit and most importantly placing them in slots that they are best suited …

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Oliver Perez and the Mole Men

Mets Rumors & News

When my brothers and I were kids we would occasionally watch reruns of the old Adventures of Superman TV show from the ’50s. Without a doubt the best episode was a two-parter that involved creepy little guys who lived underground, called the Mole Men (we just called them the Little Creatures, though). I was about four or five and was pretty damn scared of those guys, so I would watch most of the episode from behind a chair, peeking out when I felt it was safe. I was fascinated and frightened at the same time. I couldn’t just turn the TV off or leave the room – I had to watch.

Which brings us to Oliver Perez. That’s exactly how I’ve watched his five starts this season – from behind a chair. He even kind of looks like the Mole Men. When my five-year-old daughter walked into the living room on Saturday, she said, “Umm, Dad, there’s a Japanese guy pitching for the Mets. It’s safe to come out …

Rutgers product making an impact

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets, Bears and Texans showed the most interest in signing former Rutgers DE Jamaal Westerman after the NFL Draft. Westerman chose to sign with the Jets for about $12,000 less than an undisclosed team was offering. The three-year college starter is second all time in school history with 30.5 sacks. However, he suffered a torn bicep in his senior season which forced him to miss the team’s bowl game and part of the scouting circuit.  He did show his toughness by playing the second half of his senior season with the torn muscle. During his  junior season the Ontatrio native made 14 TFL and eight sacks. He has recovered well from the surgery and his bench press is up to 25 reps.

Westerman has been working out as a standup linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. Not only can he get after the quartback but he can drop back in pass coverage. Westerman, was recruited out of high school as a linebacker. He has impressed coaches with his passion and sharpness. …

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Jets should sign Plax

Jets Rumors & News

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is on record saying he would support the franchise if they signed former Giants WR Plaxico Burress. Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum contacted  his agent Drew Rosenhaus before the NFL draft to inquire about Plax’s legal situation. The GM was performing a tactic called “due diligence”. Head Coach Rex Ryan also said he is waiting to see what happens with the legal matter regarding the receivers availability. No other NFL team has come out with public interest about Burress.

Burress is a controversial figure with character concerns but is a very talented. The Jets tried to trade up for Florida WR Percy Harvin during the NFL Draft but were unsuccessful. Harvin, is another player with character issues who failed a drug test at the NFL Combine in February. The team is relying on their current receivers on the roster after never finding a replacement for WR Lavaranues Coles. The top of the Jets WR depth chart is David Clowney and Brad Smith,they caught a combined 13 passes …

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