The Mets right now have a couple of options, they can either welcome back Oliver Perez who went 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA, Ben Sheets a fellow national league pitcher,who went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA, or their 3rd option in a pitcher who played across the city with the Yankees, In Andy Pettitte, Pettitte who went 14-14 with a 4.54 ERA. The Mets will most likely land one of these pitchers. In my Opinion I believe the Mets will give Sheet's a chance, taking into consideration that he played in the National League his whole career, and he knows it pretty well. The Mets off season is far from being over, and one of these pitchers can help the Mets regain stature in the NL EAST.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It has been said that right hand pitcher Pedro Martinez might be the newest addition to the Florida Marlins. He and the Marlins will meet next week and try to work out a deal. Martinez is a 37-year old pitcher who in the past few years has had constant injury problems. If things work out Martinez will be joining Mets division rival the Marlins.
A Major League source confirmed Saturday that the Braves have reached an agreement with Kawakami, who has spent the past 11 seasons as one of the top pitchers in Japan's Central League.
As MLB.com reported Friday night, Kawakami is expected to arrive in the United States on Sunday and prepare to finalize this deal with the completion of his physical on Monday. The Braves could make an official announcement on Monday or Tuesday.
Earlier this week, a source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated that Kawakami was impressed with the way the Braves marketed themselves and the city of Atlanta. The 33-year-old right-hander was looking to land with a team that has a chance to win and in a city that possesses Japanese culture.
Kawakami went 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA in 20 appearances (16 starts) and 117 1/3 innings for the Chunichi Dragons this past season. He missed nearly three weeks in September with a strained back and pitched most of the season in a six-man rotation.
Armed with an average fastball that sits around 90 mph, a slow curveball and an effective cutter, Kawakami is projected to serve in the third or fourth spot of a Braves rotation that still lacks a legitimate ace.
The Braves, who acquired Javier Vazquez from the White Sox in December, are planning to make their first formal offer to Derek Lowe on Monday or Tuesday.
If the Braves are able to acquire Lowe, they'd place him at the front of a rotation that would also include Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens and Kawakami. Tom Glavine, James Parr, Jorge Campillo, Jo-Jo Reyes and Charlie Morton are among the potential candidates for the rotation's fifth spot.
Kawakami enjoyed a stellar season in 2004, when he went 17-7 with a 3.32 ERA and two shutouts. He was named the winner of the Sawamura Award, Japan's equivalent of the Cy Young Award, and the Central League MVP.
There's reason to argue Kawakami was better in 2006, when he went 17-7 with a 2.51 ERA, while posting career highs in starts (26) and innings (215)"
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Tonight at 8 the Cardinals take on the Panthers for a right to get into the NFC championship to play the winner of the game of Eagles vs Giants. The 12-4 Panthers face the 9-7 Cardinals. Their previous matchup was during this season and
According to Mlb.com,
"The Red Sox continue to stay busy this offseason. On Saturday, they officially announced they have signed reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year contract with a club option for 2010.
Saito is the fourth player Boston has signed this week, joining pitchers John Smoltz and Brad Penny and outfielder Rocco Baldelli. Like the trio, Saito is considered a low-risk, high-reward gamble. Saito missed most of last season with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.
According to FOXSports.com, Saito's deal includes a guarantee between $1.5 million and $2.5 million. He could also earn more than $7 million if he reaches all of his incentives.
Saito, 38, joins an already impressive relief corps that includes Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima and closer Jonathan Papelbon. Saito spent the past three years with the Dodgers, saving 81 games with a 1.95 ERA."
Thursday, January 8, 2009
According to rotoworld, "LaDainian Tomlinson confirmed Wednesday that he has a torn tendon in his groin and called himself "doubtful" to play on Sunday." With this information given it is unlikely to see LT in this weeks game. With the possibility of an absence of their best player, this brings up much concern. If LT can't go the Chargers will have to play their heart out and will need a good performance for Rivers, Sproles, and their defense. Now the chargers are missing their number one wide receiver Vincent Jackson and now most likely their number one running back LT.
Tonight at 8 on Fox is the start of the 2009 BCS National Championship! The National Championship features the SEC 12-1 Florida Gators vs the Big 12 12-1 Oklahoma Sooners. Heisman winner quarterback Sam Bradford faces off against runner up Heisman quarterback Tim Tebow. Both teams have great offenses and defenses. This game we hope will be a good game. The past 3 out of 4 national championship games were basically blow outs. The SEC has won the National Championship the past two years and Florida is trying to make it a 3rd. Two years ago Tim Tebow was a freshman on the National Championship in 2007. In that game Tebow threw a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. He completed these accomplishments and he was a freshman and not even the starting quarterback. The starting quarterback was Chris Leak who ended up winning most valuable player that game. The last two times Oklahoma was in a the biggest bowl game of the year they lost both. They lost to USC in 2005 in the Orange Bowl. The year before that they lost to LSU in the Sugar Bowl. The last time the Sooners played an SEC team in the highest bowl game they lost. Will history repeat itself or will the Sooners change history and defeat the number one Florida Gators? We will find out tonight in what should be a spectacular and exciting game!
Joe - Gators
Jeff - Gators
As of yesterday Eric Mangini former coach for the Jets will now be the coach for the 4-12 Cleveland Browns. It was said that his contract is a 4-year deal. He was the head coach for the Jets from 2006 to 2008. After the Jets blew a 8-3 record they ended up missing the playoffs yet again for the second straight year the Jets fired him. His record within those years with the Jets was 23 wins and 25 losses. Will Mangini be able to turn the browns around or will Mangini have another one of his disappointing season? This will all be answered at the start of the 2009 NFL season.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This weekend at the Meadow lands, the Giants and Eagles will add more more turmoil to their rivalry. It is going to be a game of hard hits and aggression. Look to see that both running games will be affective, but will McNabb be able to throw the long ball? I'm saying that he won’t be able to get the ball deep to his prime target in DeSean Jackson without the Giants secondary interfering. On the flip side I'm saying Manning will have a game that he has come accustom to with over 200 yards and a couple of TD'S. This will no doubt be a good game but I'm saying the Giants win this one over the Eagles.
Joe - Giants
Jeff - Giants
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It was announced that Romero a left-handed pitcher for the Phillies will serve a 50 game suspension for using illegal over-the-counter substances. He will serve his suspension at the start of the 2009 regular season. He tested positive during the 2008 season. The Phillies made it to the world series with a player that used illegal substances. Romero doesn't believe in what he did was wrong and he shouldn't be penalized for it. According to Mlb.com, "I still cannot see where I did something wrong," Romero said this to ESPN.com. "There is nothing that should take away from the rings of my teammates. I didn't cheat. I tried to follow the rules." Now there is some speculation I believe of maybe that Romero using substances helped the Phillies bullpen chances. According to Mlb.com, "He pitched eight times in the postseason and was the winning pitcher in Games 3 and 5 of the World Series, which the Phillies won over the Rays in five games." By him taking substances it might have helped him gain those wins and his good pitching performances in the postseason. Maybe, Maybe Not? Who knows? Give us your feedback and how you feel about this situation.
In the middle of the night Jackson of the Chargers was pulled over and was charged with driving under the influence. With this happening, will this effect their playoff game against the Steelers this weekend? Will he play? Will his reputation be affected by this? Over the next few days we will find out if these statements are true regarding this weeks AFC divisional playoff game. Jackson right now is the Chargers number one receiver and if he doesn't play it can hurt their chances of making it to the next round.
According to Mlb.com "Pavano and the Indians have agreed to a one-year Major League deal that was to be announced Tuesday afternoon. Pavano is guaranteed $1.5 million for '09, with the opportunity to make another $5.3 million in performance-based incentives. The deal does not include an option." The past 4 years Pavano has had injuries that prevented him from appearing in many games. He's only pitched a total of 26 games in the past 4 years. Who knows if he will be able to pitch efficiently and effectively for the Indians with his constant injuries. Maybe Pavano might feel more comfortable in Cleveland than in New York. This will all be decided with the start of the 2009 MLB season.
It has been rumored that Trevor Hoffman is on the move to the Milwaukee Brewers. It is very possible with the Brewers having a hole in the closing position, and with the release of Eric Gagne. By the Brewers missing out on C.C and possibly Sheets, they need as much help as they can get. No money or contract info has been discussed yet. This is very possible that they will land the 41 year old in Milwaukee.
On Monday Andy Pettitte a long time Yankee declined the offer that the Yankees offered him, The contract was for 1 year 10 million dollars. I don't exactly know if that's a smart move by Andy cause nobody wants a 37 year old pitcher who wants 16 million + for 2 years. Andy stated that he wants to return to the Yankees so he can pitch in the new stadium, but if he wants to pitch in the new stadium why is money such an issue? I'm saying that the dodgers might take a shot on Pettitte considering that Torre spoke to him before the winter meetings saying that he would be a great addition to our team, and considering that Lowe is walking, and Penny is on Boston. So who is your ace? Are going to trust the injury prone Jason Schmidt to be your ace? I don't think that's a good choice. He hasn't preformed since playing on the Giants. MLB.com reports that the Rangers are showing some interest in the veteran lefty .I'm saying Andy returns to the Yankee's for about 12 to 13 million for 1 year or go to L.A for a possible multi year deal for around 16 +. If these agreements are not met is there a small possibility that he might retire?
Monday, January 5, 2009
Joe - Steelers
Jeff - Steelers
This week features two AFC teams squaring off in Tennessee for the right to get into the AFC championship. Who would of ever thought after the year Baltimore had in 2007 they would be a contender for the AFC championship. In 2007, the Ravens record was 5-11 and had to fight through rough times with injuries etc. Now in 2008 season the Ravens ended up turning around their season and had a record of 11-5. The key factor to them turning their season around was because of their defense and their new Quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco is a Quarterback out of Delaware which is a division 1-AA school. Flacco was drafted 1st round pick 18. He's a 6'7 Quarterback that is mobile and can throw the ball with accuracy and precession. He creates a problem with any defense he's faced up against. The Ravens secondary will put up another big fight just like they did when they faced the Titans earlier in the season. When they first met the outcome of the came was a 13-10 win by the Titans. The Ravens defense proved that the Titans offense could be somewhat stopped. Unlike the game earlier in the year, I believe the Ravens offense will step up their game and Flacco will be able to throw some touchdowns and less interceptions. The Titans last game that they played ended up being a total nightmare for the Titans. Although they didn't really play their starters for a majority of the game it's still embarassing to get shut out in your last game of the season. Even though the Titans have the best record in the NFL I still believe that Flacco and the Ravens defense will put up a big fight and emerge the victor.
Jeff - Ravens