Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reyes Pulled From Game; MRI Sunday

Jose Reyes was removed from today’s game by Mets Manager Terry Collins due to tightness in his left hamstring that he felt after his first inning infield single. Carlos Beltran told reporters after the game that Reyes told him he was fine, and that he shouldn’t worry. Reyes is to have an MRI tomorrow to find the extent of the injury. Collins has already told Angel Pagan that he will be the leadoff hitter until Reyes returns.

…without Reyes in the lineup the Mets ARE their AAA affiliate the Buffalo Bison’s. The Mets cannot stay in contention without Reyes playing at his peak—let alone not playing. Bad news tomorrow could also signal the end of an era. You may have seen Jose Reyes hit a triple for the last time for the Mets...

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Friday, July 1, 2011

David Stern Can Save Basketball

Just as it seems the NFL labor dispute may be coming to a close, fans are once again slapped in the face with another lockout. The NBA lockout began at 12am this morning. It is the offseason. No one even starts thinking NBA until October, and yet you should be worried.

Don’t be worried because players will not be able to use team facilities. Don’t be worried because injured players like Knicks PG Toney Douglous will not be able to use the Knicks team doctors or training staff for his rehab. But be afraid!

The gap between players and owners is far greater than the gap we started out with in the NFL. NBA insiders like Chris Sheridan of ESPN New York would not be surprised if the entire season would be missed. He said yesterday on the Michael Kay Show that he does not expect a deal until January- half way through the regular season schedule.

Not only should you be afraid, but you should be angry and disappointed. The NBA was more interesting and entertaining this season than it has been in a long time. Starting with the buzz “The Decision” garnered to the Knicks becoming relevant again, and the Mavericks defeating the Heat in the NBA Finals, the NBA was at least watchable again.

Both the NBA owners and Players Association need to realize that if they deprive basketball fans of NBA action, they will go somewhere else! College basketball is considered by many basketball purists to be a better game. It’s the same game played by amateurs who play for enjoyment, not compensation. It entertains without all the dunking, traveling, and bad refereeing.

By missing a considerable amount of action, fans will be turned off and notice that stark differences between professional and collegiate basketball. Collegiate basketball is attractive because of it’s pure passion. The NBA however will be looked at as a league of full greed.

This is likely going to be NBA Commissioner David Stern’s last CBA negotiation. He will want to “leave his mark” on the league, and continue his solid reputation. He has the opportunity though, to leave his mark, not by helping the owners make money, but by settling out this agreement before basketball is missed.

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Mets vs Yanks Round 2

The New York Mets (41-40) will look to continue their great interleague play. After taking two out of three from the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, and setting a club record for 52 runs in the span of four games, the Mets head home to welcome in their city counterpart, New York Yankees(48-31).

The Matchups for the three game series are:

LHP Jon Niese (7-6, 3.67) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.26), 7:10 p.m. ET

RHP Dillon Gee (8-1, 3.32) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (5-3, 3.10), 4:10 p.m. ET
RHP R.A. Dickey (4-7, 3.77) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.28), 1:10 p.m. ET

For a thorough breakdown of the series read Adam Rubin and Mike Mazzeo's series preview for ESPN New York.

...This is a huge series for the Mets. It was decided by Mets managment that the weeks before the All Star game would provide them with the information to know whether they would hold on to pieces like Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez or ship them away and wave the white flag,  acknowledginghat they have forfeited the season away... continue their hot streak against top AL teams would signify to the front office that this team is not going to role over and die, and instead can contend with the cast of misfit toys. Winning 2 out of 3 would put them in a great spot with just a week or so remaining before the break...

...yet lets not get drunk on the blue and orange cool aid. Noone has been happier to watch the Mets hit parade, but we cant get caught up in all the hype, the Mets have been in situations like this before. They were just around the .500 mark in 2009, and had a record of 48-40 before the break last season. It makes all Met fans skeptical that this cast of misfit toys can extend their great play through a whole season...

...for now though, before the rumor mill hits its peak, and while the Mets are above .500 and are still sending Jose Reyes out as their shortstop, lets enjoy the game...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sign up for DraftStreet one day fantasy free roll

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Mets Success Toughens Managment Decisions

The Mets are in a very tough spot in the schedule. Just a week ago, General Manager Sandy Alderson identified the next three weeks crucial in determining how the Mets will go about trading pieces who are FA at the end of the year. Although he separated Jose Reyes from that mix, he hinted that the fate of OF Carlos Beltran and Closer Francisco Rodriguez was very much tied to the Mets performance over the next few weeks. If the Mets rolled over and died, the decisions would be easy. It would be easy to pull the plug on the Carlos Beltran era, and deal away a closer whom Sandy Alderson desperately wants to keep from 55 finishes. Yet they have done anything but that. The Mets took two out of three from the AL West division leading Rangers, and then have gone on to take the first two games against the Detroit Tigers, whom have fallen out of first place in the AL Central due to the last two losses. The recent success has Mets fans, and front office alike, wondering if they truly can contend in 2011. The recent sucess has been primarly a result of an offensive explosion. As a sample size, every Met in todays lineup picked up a hit in their 16 run output. Or to show the bigger picture, the fifty runs the Mets have scored over their last four games is the most they’ve scored in any four game stretch in franchise history. The Mets are 7-3 in their last ten games, and are two games over .500 for the first time since they started the season 3-1. You have to be pumped as a Mets fan watching Terry Collins post game meeting with the press, when he says they are not done. The Mets are not done, and the front office will just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vote Reyes and Beltran for All Star Game

You can vote here up to 25 times for both Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran. Voting ends Thursday night. Reyes has been outstanding for the Mets this season. Not only does he deserve to start based on his performance, but this could be the last time he is an All Star as Met.  He trails Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitski by 240,000 votes. Lets go Mets fans!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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