July 22, 2011 |
Well, the Phillies have welcomed into the fold a former foe from Queens. But good luck batting him fifth. Although the front office continues to explore its options with regard to Mets slugger Carlos Beltran and other potential offensive upgrades, the only hard news to come out of yesterday was the signing of former New York reliever Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract. The 32-year-old righthander was recently released by the Arizona Diamondbacks after he posted a 6.88 ERA in 32 appearances.
July 20, 2011
The Pirates won 57 games last season and have won 51 already this year. In an even bigger upset, fans in Pittsburgh have taken notice. (Thank you, NFL lockout.) "Before, they'd come to the games and they'd be rocking Steelers shirts and Penguins hats," closer Joel Hanrahan told ESPN.com. "Now you come to the games and it's all Pirates stuff. They've got Andrew McCutchen shirts and Neil Walker jerseys everywhere. " Trade talk ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Phillies have inquired about Florida closer Leo Nunez, who has 27 saves (three blown)
October 27, 2009 |
I WORK for a media company in Center City. A lifelong New Yorker, I was hired with the plan that I could work mostly from my home just outside New York City. But I also work several days a month here, making me a part-time Philadelphian. With that comes the baggage I bring along as a passionate Mets, Jets, Rangers and Knicks fan. That means I can't help but loathe, and often viciously root against, most Philadelphia teams, including the Phils, Flyers and Sixers. I've jeered the Flyers and Sixers for years, though the Eagles don't really bother me since I'm neutral about the Giants.
May 10, 2009 |
Say this for the Mets in their first four games against the Phillies this season: The bullpen imploded only once. When New York reliever Sean Green walked Shane Victorino with the bases loaded in the 10th inning May 2, his team lost in a manner common to last season, when Mets relievers blew an astonishing 29 saves, and the Phillies won the National League East by three games. Dig this factoid: Had all Mets games ended after eight innings last year, New York would have won the division by 12 games.
December 11, 2008 |
The Arena Football League yesterday voted not to suspend play in 2009, ended a week of speculation about the league's imminent demise. The league's board of directors met via a conference call yesterday. The AFL has not released the 2009 schedule, and it's still possible there could be big changes to the indoor league, which began play in 1987. On Monday the league delayed the start of free agency and a dispersal draft to allocate players from the defunct New Orleans VooDoo.
December 11, 2008 |
LAS VEGAS - They don't keep standings for the offseason. That's probably just as well for the Phillies. In one dizzying day yesterday, their National League East archrivals, the New York Mets, finalized the signing of closer Francisco Rodriguez to a 3-year, $37 million free-agent contract, then followed that up with a three-team blockbuster early this morning that added former Mariners closer J.J. Putz as a setup man. K-Rod set a major league record...
September 22, 2008 |
Another late lead and another bullpen meltdown for the New York Mets. The Atlanta Braves rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and a 7-6 win yesterday that dropped the Mets to 1 1/2 games behind the Phillies, and cut their lead in the wild-card race to 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee. Down 4-3, Atlanta struck in the eighth against Scott Schoeneweis (2-5) and three other Mets relievers. It was the latest collapse for a beleaguered bullpen that has a league-high 16 blown saves since the All-Star break.
September 11, 2008 |
David Wright hit a two-run homer and tied a career high with four hits, helping the New York Mets put away visiting Washington last night, 13-10, after blowing a six-run lead. Carlos Delgado, whose streak of multihomer games ended at two, hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and Jose Reyes swiped a bag to became the Mets career leader for steals. The NL East-leading Mets swept the two-game series against the Nationals and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies.
August 16, 2008 |
Mike Pelfrey pitched seven shutout innings last night to lead the New York Mets to their fourth straight victory, a 2-1 win over host Pittsburgh. Jose Reyes and Argenis Reyes had two hits each for the first-place Mets. Jack Wilson homered off reliever Duaner Sanchez and Adam LaRoche had three hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost three of four and dropped a season-low 12 games below .500. Pelfrey (11-8), who had a 5.83 ERA in five starts over the past month, was stellar in his first career start against Pittsburgh.
August 9, 2008 |
Oliver Perez pitched two-hit ball for 7 innings, David Wright and Carlos Delgado homered and the New York Mets took the first game of a three-game series against division rival Florida, 3-0, last night. Wright followed his ninth-inning, game-winning homer of Thursday with a two-run shot in the first off Ricky Nolasco (11-7), helping the Mets win consecutive games for the first time since taking three in a row July 23-25. They moved a half-game ahead of Florida for second in the NL East, after beginning the night two games behind the division-leading Phillies.