Browsing Posts published in September, 2010

The New York Mets were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 on Thursday night. They’ve dropped three in a row, and now have only three games left in the season.

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The Giants don’t like to make things interesting. They don’t make things tough on themselves – if they’re going to lose, they’re going to lose big. And this Titans game was the same old story. There was zero discipline; barely any pressure on Vince Young; and it’s like we grabbed the first 22 people into the building, suited them up, and called them the special teams unit.

After their 29-10 loss at the hands of Tennessee, the Giants have lots and lots and lots of work to do this week.

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The Yankees really do need a day off. The Bombers have lost 15 of their last 22 games and if not for a strong start to the season, they’d be scrambling to make the playoffs and these last three games in Boston would matter. Anyway, the Yankees are officially in the playoffs. Hooray. We all expected that. On to the business side of the matter.

Come Monday, the Yankees will need to cut their roster down to 25 players. Roughly 80% of the roster is set, but what players will occupy the final five spots of the roster? Remember, the Yankees can shuffle the roster in between playoff series, so this isn’t set in stone.

Let the debate begin…

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The New York Mets dropped both games of the doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers, falling 8-7 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2. They wasted a huge offensive rally in the afternoon game and couldn’t get the bats going at all in the night cap. Four more games, folks!

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The New York Yankees were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 8-3. Javier Vazquez looked downright awful and may have pitched his way off of the playoff roster. Alex Rodriguez crushed his 30th home run of the year; more on that mile stone below. With the Rays loss, the Yankees are still behind in the AL East.

See Ya, Cito - Nathan Denette - Canadian Press

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As mentioned right here last week, Carmelo Anthony and the Nets simply just were not a good fit. That notion was confirmed last night as we learned late that the Nets had pulled out of the Anthony sweepstakes.

Due to the Nuggets indecision on moving their star forward, this trade simply fell through the cracks. The Nets and Nuggets may look into this trade at another time, but for now, it’s dead.

Ultimately, I couldn’t envision Anthony coming to the Nets. Sometimes, fans will just have a hunch about a player and to me, he wasn’t a Net. There’s no point of him going to a single-digit win team when he’s already on a Western Conference playoff squad. If he wanted to be a Net, he would have hounded management to get the deal done and that just didn’t happen.

Maybe the Nuggets and Nets will re-open talks down the road, but for now, Anthony has made the right decision.

The Mets won their 3rd straight game as they opened the final homestand of the year at Citi Field. Carlos Beltran left the game with a sore knee, but frankly, who the hell cares. The most interesting fact of the season came to an end tonight; the Mets won for the first time when trailing after 8 innings. Ruben Tejada hit a 2 run double to plate the winning runs. They are now 1-67 trailing after 8. Way to go boys.

David Wright hit his 27th home run of the season, and now has 98 RBIs on the year. 30 homers isn’t outta the question. It’s been a great bounce back year after last season’s awful campaign.

Elmer Dessens picked up his 4th win of the season after pitching a scoreless 9th inning. At 77-79, it’d be nice to see the Mets find a way to win 4 of their last 6 and finish at the .500 mark. Sending Jerry out on a non losing season might allow him to find a job as a bench coach somewhere… as long as its not at Citi Field.

Tomorrow will be a twilight doubleheader. It was scheduled to take place today, but the inconsistent weather pushed it back to tomorrow.

Game 1 Probables:

NYM R.A. Dickey 11-8 vs. MIL Yovani Gallardo 14-7

All of the Yankees’ issues were placed on the backburner temporarily tonight as the New York Yankees clinched a playoff birth with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1. Yes, it was inevitable, but at the rate they’ve been playing, it seemed like they would never make it. With the win, who cares what the fanless Tampa Bay Rays or Boston Red Sox did, the Yankees finally made the playoffs. The AL East is still up for grabs, but both big guns in the division will be in the playoffs.

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Everyone nailed their lock of the week and outside of Adam, everyone got their upset pick of the week and a bonus of two points.

Kenny had the best week, hitting on 13 of his 16 picks.

Current Standings

Kenny: 25
Matt: 23
Mike: 22
Jeff: 21
Adam: 20

ADAM JEFF KENNY MATT MIKE CONSENSUS
TEN @ NYG NYG NYG TEN NYG NYG
SF @ KC SF SF SF SF KC
DAL @ HOU DAL HOU DAL DAL HOU
BUF @ NE NE NE NE NE NE NE
CLE @ BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL
DET @ MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN
ATL @ NO NO ATL NO NO NO
PIT @ TB PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
CIN @ CAR CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN
WSH @ STL WSH WSH WSH WSH WSH WSH
PHI @ JAX PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI
IND @ DEN IND IND IND IND IND IND
OAK @ ARI ARI ARI OAK ARI OAK
SD @ SEA SD SD SD SEA SD
NYJ @ MIA NYJ NYJ NYJ MIA MIA
GB @ CHI GB GB CHI GB CHI
Lock of the Wk BAL NE CIN NE NE
Upset of the WK SF ATL DAL SEA CHI
11-5 9-7 13-3 12-4 10-6
Lock? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Upset? No Yes Yes Yes Tes

On to Week 4! Check back later this week!

Seems like all of the Yankee rallies have been falling short lately. The team may have not been in this position if AJ Burnett gave the Bombers a quality start. Coming into this contest, Burnett was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA against the Jays this season. Both totals increased as Burnett gave up seven earned innings only 2 1/3 innings. Can the Yankees trust AJ Burnett heading into the playoffs? I don’t think so.

Despite being put into a 7-0 hole in the second inning, the Yankees responded with two runs in the fifth courtesy of a Curtis Granderson bomb and three in the seventh,¬†courtesy¬†of a Teix message. The Yankees weren’t able to muster any more runs against the tough Blue Jay bullpen as they fell, 7-5.

We have to give the Yankee bullpen some credit, though. Jon Albaledejo, Dustin Moseley, David Robertson, Boone Logan, and Chad Gaudin. This group only gave up two hits over the final six plus frames.

The story of the game though is AJ Burnett. With the loss, Burnett falls to 10-15 on the season with a 5.33 ERA. Burnett has only won one of his last eight decisions, dating back to August 2nd. Burnett’s 15 losses are extremely alarming, given the Yankees’ 92 wins on the season. At this point, the Yankees must go with CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and Phil Hughes in the Divisional Round. Burnett has been absolutely dreadful.

Do you want Burnett starting in the playoffs?

Luckily, Big C gets the ball tomorrow as the Yankees look to clinch a playoff spot. The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Orioles tonight, so the Yanks are still a half game behind the Rays for the division lead.

Tuesday, 7:10 PM, YES: CC Sabathia (20-7, 3.26 ERA) vs. Kyle Drabek (0-2, 4.91 ERA)

**Big C has not faced the Jays this year, but 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA against them from 2007-2009.

**Kyle Drabek, the prized pitcher acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade, has never faced the Yankees. Great. We all know how that has gone for the Yanks this year.