Browsing Posts published in August, 2011

The New York Mets were defeated by the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night at CitiField. What started off as a pitcher’s duel led to a easy win for the Marlins. A five-run seventh inning gave them a devastating edge over the Mets. Mike Pelfrey took his eleventh loss of the season as the Mets fall to 64-69 on the year.

What a rough end for Mike Pelfrey's night!Associated Press

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The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins in both games of today’s double dip. Game 1 was dominated by pitching, led by R.A. Dickey, as the Mets edged the Marlins 2-1. Game 2 included a bit more offense as the Mets beat the Marlins 5-1 with a great start out of Dillon Gee. The two victories give them a four-game winning streak as they move to 64-68 on the season.

He's baaaaack. Reyes always puts smiles on his teammates' faces.

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The playoff picture grows clearer every day, but who is in the Top 10? Let’s see how they shake out this week.

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 6-0 victory Friday night. The Mets offense compiled fourteen hits, while Chris Capuano pitched a complete game two-hitter. They are now 62-68 on the season and look to turn their success into a winning streak on Monday.

Capuano pumps his fist after the best start of his career.

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What else can really be said about the enigma that is AJ Burnett? AJ seemingly sports a different haircut for every single outing. He is normally yelling at himself or chewing on something. He will either look like Nolan Ryan or Ryan Nolan on any given day. But lately, Burnett has looked a lot more like the ladder. Burnett has been so bad lately that I don’t given the biggest Yankee optimist can find something good to say about him. Each Burnett starts leaves a really bad taste in our mouths. I relate that feeling to doubling down in blackjack, only to hit a low card. The hand has a lot of potential, but leaves you feeling disappointed. That is AJ Burnett.

With the way that the schedule is set up, the Yankees pay have no choice, but to send Burnett out at Fenway Park next week. The double header on Saturday really puts a strain on things. However, this whole Hurricane Irene thing should rain out a few games so we won’t have to sit through that. Right now, every Burnett start feels like playing russian roulette, you never know when the door will open up.

Best case scenario? Sit AJ down for a week. Let him work on the side with Larry Rothchild and go from there. He needs some sort of mental break because sending him out every five days isn’t going to help. The Yankee schedule doesn’t exactly benefit this notion, but let’s see what happens with the weather, game outcomes, etc. I just don’t feel comfortable trotting Burnett out there right now and I’m sure you don’t either.

Well, I don’t feel like posting the ‘A-J  Bur-net Can-Not-Pitch’ drop again, so I’ll just come right out and say it—AJ Burnett CANNOT pitch. He just can’t do it right now. For whatever reason, Burnett cannot spot his fastball (unless he’s trying to throw it down the middle). The Orioles picked right up where the Twins left off, crushing Burnett for nine (yes, 9) earned runs in five innings. Burnett should have been out of there in the second inning, but the team plays a double header on Saturday.

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Burnett’s suckiness basically buried the Yankees’ hopes tonight. The team did not muster up 22 runs like it yesterday.

That’s all I really have to say about Burnett. When it’s time for me to buy my Yankee playoff tickets, I better not be investing in an AJ Burnett start.

Nick Evans smacked a 3-run homer in a 4-run first inning for the Mets, and they never looked back as they avoided a sweep in Philly.  They snapped a 5-game losing streak and bumped their record to 61-68.

The story of this game was told in the second inning.  Mike Pelfrey was threatening to do what Mike Pelfrey does all too often — let the game unravel out of control.  6 Phillies had already reached base in the inning, and 3 of them crossed the plate, cutting an early 4-0 Mets lead to 4-3.  But with the bases loaded, he was somehow able to get Hunter Pence to fly out and escape the inning with the lead intact.  Even more incredibly, he wouldn’t allow any more runs in the game, turning in an official quality start — 6 innings, 3 runs.  It certainly wasn’t a pretty stat line (9 hits, 2 walks), but it was enough for his 7th win of the year.

 

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Coco Crisp went 4 for 4 with two runs as the A’s edged the Yanks, 6-4 in ten innings. CC Sabathia gave way to a game tying single in the eighth before Rafael Soriano gave up a three-run bomb in the tenth to effectively end the game. Nick Swisher homered twice and Teix added a message of his own, but it wasn’t enough as the A’s have won this series against the Yanks.

Outside of Crisp’s RBI single in the eighth, Sabathia was effective tonight. He struck out seven over seven innings and walked one. It’s tough to see the Big Man blow a two-run lead in the eighth, but that’s baseball, Suzyn. 

The Yankees will try to avoid the three-game home sweep tomorrow afternoon. Daytime special, folks!

Thursday, 1:05PM: Rich Harden (3-0, 3.91 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (4-4, 5.74 ERA)

The New York Mets were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Before the Mets could blink, the Phillies had a dominating 9-0 lead. Jonathon Niese turned in his worst outing of the season, allowing eight runs on ten hits and one walk through only four innings of work. The Mets offense came alive late in the game, but it was far too late to make considerable damage. The loss takes them to a putrid 60-68 record as they slip closer to last place in the NL East.

Niese is having a rough go as of late.

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On the other side of town, the ‘Clueless’ New York Giants have watched Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield and Steve Smith leave via free agency. The Giants have only added center, David Baas from the 49ers to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Losing two of Eli’s favorite receiving weapons and essentially rebuilding the offensive line will leave many key questions on offense. On defense, the Giants haven’t addressed their linebacking core and watched Osi and Prince go down with injuries. 

In my mind, the loss of Kevin Boss is absolutely inexcusable. Boss has averaged 550 yards and 5 TDs over the last two seasons, providing Eli with a great red zone target. The emergence of Hakeem Nicks has definitely helped in the red zone, but Boss drew cover and the Giants will try to replace that production with Travis Beckum, who has 21 career receptions. 

I’m not losing sleep over Steve Smith leaving for Philadelphia. Eli still set career highs in completions and touchdown passes last season with Smith had 48 catches in nine game last year before suffering a knee injury. Expect Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to be key cogs in the passing game with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs sprinkled in. 

The NFC East is going to be one of the toughest divisions in football. The Eagles have reloaded and the Cowboys are finally healthy. Do I think the Giants are a playoff team right now? I don’t, but things happen. If the Giants front seven can finally start playing together, I think they’ll have some success. Will that be enough to compensate for Jerry Reese’s ‘clueless’ off-season? Only time will tell.