Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

It appears things are getting worse for Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos.  On September 8th, Burgos was arrested in New York when he allegedly beat his girlfriend in a hotel room near Shea Stadium.  Now Burgos has allegedly been involved in a fatal hit and run.

Police in the Domincan Republic are looking for Burgos after his Hummer slammed into two women in in Nagua, DR.  Both women were taken to the hospital where they died.  The only facts in the case at this point is the Hummer in question was registered to Burgos.  Numerous eyewitnesses have stated they saw him behind the wheel.

While it is not known if Burgos was the man behind the wheel when these two women were struck, the Mets have released a statement.

We are extremely disturbed by the reports regarding the player’s potential involvement in the hit-and-run accident that unfortunately killed two women in the Dominican Republic.  We take this matter very seriously and have begun an internal investigation to ascertain the …

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

NL Dogfight – September 28th

Mets Rumors & News

And then there were two…

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies, who with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals, clinched their second consecutive National League East title. That leaves the Mets and the Brewers, both with identical records, fighting for the NL Wildcard.

Recap of Saturday’s Action:

The excitement was in the air at Citizens Bank Park, as the Phillies entered play one win away from winning the NL East. The scoring started in the fourth when Chase Utley and Ryan Howard started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Utley came around to score on a Pat Burrell sacrifice fly, and Howard followed on a Carlos Ruiz sac fly, giving the Phillies and early 2-0 lead. In the top of the fifth, the Nationals cut the lead in half when Anderson Hernandez’s two-out double scored Roger Bernadina. It didn’t take long for the Phillies to respond as Jayson Werth hit his 24th home run of the season (a shot barely clearing the right field wall), …

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

NL Dogfight – September 27th

Mets Rumors & News

With only two games left in the regular season, it’s the Mets who wake up this morning and find themselves on the outside looking in, while the Phillies clinched a tie for the NL East, and the Brewers are one step closer to making the post season for the first time since 1982.

Recap of Friday’s Action:

On a misty night in South Philadelphia, the Phillies got on the board early. Ryan Howard’s three-run home run (his major league-leading 48th), in the first inning, gave the Phillies a quick 3-0 lead. The Nationals got on the board in the second when Elijah Dukes scored on a Luke Montz single, making the score 3-1. In the second the Phillies added to their lead when Chase Utley hit a bases clearing double, and scored when Howard doubled, giving the Phillies a commanding 7-1 lead. The Nats scored two more in the fifth (courtesy of a Ryan Howard error), and one in the six to make …

Friday, September 26th, 2008

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

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

NL Dogfight – September 24th

Mets Rumors & News

The race got a little tighter last night after the Brewers and Mets found victory, while the Phillies were never able to get the offense going.

Recap of Monday’s Action:

The Phillies offense finally took the night off, but some credit had to be given to Braves starter, Mike Hampton. Hampton allowed two runs on six hits, over six innings. Cole Hamels allowed three runs (two earned), and eight hits, over seven innings, but his box score doesn’t really reflect how he pitched. Hamels struggled through the first four innings, and his third inning throw into left field on an errant pickoff attempt allowed Kelly Johnson to score, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead.

The Mets bounced back against the Cubs in a big way. After finding themselves in an early 2-0 hole, the Mets scored two runs in the fifth and another four in the sixth, to beat the Cubs 6-2. Johan Santana was dominant, going eight innings, allowing two runs on …

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

NL Dogfight – September 23rd

Mets Rumors & News

As the end of the season approaches, one team is rising above the remaining two. The Phillie’s September surge hasn’t let up as they’ve won 10 or their last 11 and are 14-6 in the month of September. The Mets have cooled, dropping their third straight game, while the Brewers gained ground, by not playing.

Recap of Monday’s Action:

The Phillies continued their hot play, as the Phillies beat the Braves 6-2. In the eighth inning, with the game knotted at two, Greg Dobbs (pinch hitting for Scott Eyre), singled up the middle. Dobbs was replaced by the speedy Greg Golson. Within two pitches Golson found himself on third base after Jeff Bennett’s pick off attempt sailed into foul territory. After Jimmy Rollins grounded out to second, Chase Utley was intentionally walked to set up a double play. The next batter, Jayson Werth, hit a hard ground ball down the third base line. Golson broke on contact, and beat Martin …

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

NL Dogfight – September 22nd

Mets Rumors & News

Baseball’s regular season is in its final week. On Sunday the Phillies began to look as if they were in the drivers seat, while the Mets had a slight setback and the Brewers decided they’re not ready for the fat lady to sing.

Recap of Sunday’s Action:

The Brewers avoided a sweep to the Reds on Sunday punishing Bronson Arroyo. Seth McClung and five relief pitchers held Cincinnati to 1 run on 5 hits. Prince Fielder led the charge for the Brew Crew going 2 for 4 with a home run, double, and 3 RBI’s.

The Mets entered the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday with a 4-3 lead. By innings end (4 runs and pitchers later), the Braves found themselves on top 7-4. Carlos Delgado tried to rally the Mets in the ninth with a two-run home run, but it wasn’t enough as the Braves took two of three from the Mets, winning 7-6. The bullpen spoiled another strong outing by Mike …

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

NL Dogfight: September 21st

Mets Rumors & News

With eight days left in baseball’s regular season, the playoff races have yet to be settled. While the Cubs have wrapped the National League Central, and the Dodgers are on the verge of taking home the National League West, the National League East and the Wild Card remain up for grabs. With only two spots available, three teams have their sites set on October baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies all find themselves within three games of each other with just over a week of baseball left to play.

Recap of Saturday’s Action:
Both the Mets and Phillies got a boost on Saturday. The Cincinnati Reds scored 3 runs in the sixth inning off CC Sabathia (pitching on three days rest), as they beat the Brewers for a second consecutive day 4-3. Rickie Weeks went 3 for 3 with a home run, triple, and two RBI’s in the Brewers loss.

The Mets also lost last night against a Braves …

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Keep an Eye on Chansi Stuckey

Jets Rumors & News

On Sunday Jets fans got a glimpse of Chansi Stuckey when he caught a 22 yard pass in the back of the end zone, giving the Jets a 13-7 lead over the Miami Dolphins. Stuckey finished the game with 2 catches, 37 yards and a touchdown. While it’s not the best debut in the NFL this past weekend, it’s not terrible numbers for a professional debut. It’s no secret the Jets like what they see in Stuckey, so this is only the beginning for the twenty-four year old wide out.

When the Jets drafted Stuckey in the Seventh Round of the 2007 draft, they thought they might have a steal. The Clemson wide receiver slipped in the draft after a less than impressive Senior Bowl and average combine numbers.  Although he didn’t turn heads, he was better then what he showed. An excellent route runner, with good hands and breakaway speed, the Jets envisioned him as a slot receiver. Unfortunately Stuckey …

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Burgos Arrested For Assault

Mets Rumors & News

Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos was arrested last night and is facing assault and harassment charges after he beat up his girlfriend in a hotel room near Shea Stadium.

Burgos and his girlfriend were staying at the Holiday Inn at 114th St. and 37th Avenue, when his girlfriend called 911 reporting that Burgos was beating her. Burgos reportedly punched her numerous times in the back, slapped, and bit her. Burgos is scheduled to be arraigned today in Queens County Court.

Burgos has been sidelined since last August after having Tommy John Surgery. He’s spent this season recovering, but resumed pitching activities in mid-August. He went a combine 0-1 with a 4.50 with Kingsport, Gulf Coast, and St. Lucie Mets. Burgos was staying in New York because the Mets planned to activate him for the final month of the season. Given his new-found legal problems, that will most likely not happen.

New York hotel rooms are no strangers to domestic violence by baseball players. …

Monday, September 8th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

The news isn’t good when it comes to Billy Wagner. An MRI done on Wagner today revealed that the tear in Wagner’s MCL had increased and the Mets closer will require Tommy John Surgery.

Wagner, who has been on the disabled list since early-August with a forearm strain, was on the mend and due back with the Mets this week. That was until he threw off the mound after the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies. After 13 pitches, Wagner walked off the mound with elbow pain.

The tear in Wagner’s MCL isn’t news to Wagner or the Mets. This was detected in late-July when he had his last MRI. Given his age, and the lack of severity, the plan was for Wagner to pitch through it (many pitchers at his age have done it). Unfortunately it’s at a point now where surgery is the only option.

Wagner will have surgery this week, and will be out of action for a …

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