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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Weekend That Was

So the second days of Pesach caused me to miss:

3 Met games

2 Ranger games

1 NFL draft

And a partridge in a pear tree.

- The Mets managed to take 2 of three from the Braves (despite Aaron Heilman's best efforts on Saturday).

A quick thought: Too much is being made of each game at this point. After 2 horrid games against the Nats, I was willing to write off the season. Now it's 2 big wins later and we see little signs. A strong bullpen on Sunday, Delgado's 2 home runs. Nelson Figuora's strong outing with Santana on the hill tonight. The fact is, the team is floundering up and down right now and we have to give it a little time to see how it goes. It's simply too soon to say what this team is.

As for Delgado "snapping out" of his funk - talk to me on May 28th and let's see where his BA/HR/RBI numbers are.

What in the world is wrong with Jose Reyes??? My dad thinks last September killed him. I think he's in shut down mode because he thinks he's being unfairly singled out by Willie. How can he be this unproductive? He should be able to bunt for 2 hits a game.

- The Rangers 2 losses in Pittsburgh are disappointing, but probably not too unexpected. These are 2 of the three best teams standing in the Eastern Conference. One is going to have to fall. Since I didn't see either game, I really have nothing to add. All I hear about are rumors of bad bounces, flops and whining. Sounds like a great series! Let's hope the Rangers can recover, take 2 in NY, and then get it right in Pitt.

- As for the draft. The truth is, I didn't know what to make of the draft before it happened and I still don't. Gholston was the obvious pick at 6 (everyone else was gone - kinda makes it easy). If he's ore than a workout wonder, then he may turn into LT II or even LT Jr.. That wouldn't be so bad, would it? Word is the Jets were trying to move up for Howie Long's son but who knows.

Moving up 6 spots for Dustin Keller, a tight end who can't block, is curious at best. Another sign to the players that you can't mess with management? If so, they are sending mixed signals after guaranteeing Coles and extending Rhodes. You can't eat your cake and have it too, team Tangini. While I agree that Baker doesn't necessarily deserve a huge raise, I hope the Jets don't cut him out of spite. Though to be fair, the Jets do need a seam threat for their quarterbacks.

Lowery is a small dude who doesn't run fast. Doesn't sound like the answer at CB to me. Is Hank Poteat still available?

Danny Ainge's nephew has a weak arm and can't take a hit. Um....ok. On the bright side, he's a wonderful game manager.

Update: Joe found some scouting reports on Ainge which are more favorable (re: arm strength) than the ones I saw. So hopefully this will turn into a good value pick. Also, Kiper seemed to like this pick as well (for whatever that's worth).

Marcus Henry is intriguing in the 6th round. Big target with possibly good hands (depending on which draft review you read). Not too fast. But when you average out him and Chasney Stucky, they are pretty fast.

Some fat dude who can't run went in the 7th round. He will one day start next to the immortal Jon Bender. Bender and Garner. Has a nice ring.


  • It's Gholston not Ghoulston. Now that he's a Jet, please try to remember that.

    You seem to be relying solely on Cimini's analysis.

    I like the draft with the exception of Keller. I especially like the picks of Ainge and Lowery. Ainge does not have a weak arm - indeed, he might have a stronger arm than Clemens. If Clemens does not work out, I think Chad can mentor Ainge and Ainge can compete to start in 2010 or 2011. Lowery should be a nickle back who will get some INTs, which is fine for a 4th rounder.

    It was unnecessary to move up for Keller. If the Jets really love him I can otherwise give them the benefit of the doubt. If this was meant as a message to Chris Baker, that's just stupid, as the Jets could have addressed various needs with that pick - and TE was not a need.

    Who is Jon Bender? Do you mean Jacob Bender?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:20 AM  

  • Sigh - I looked at at least three Jet sources before writing this (including ESPN - which was very down on the draft).

    Sorry about the mis-splelled players. After all one hasn't suited up yet and the other was inactive all season. I better work on that.

    I don't know where you saw Ainge had a strong arm.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:45 AM  

  • spelled

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:45 AM  

  • Fair enough.

    Re: Ainge - see http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/qb/erikainge.html and http://warroomreport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=1 and http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2008/draft/players/11744.html

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:20 PM  

  • Hey, how bout those Penguins?

    By Anonymous DB, at 7:22 PM  

  • I'm not sure what you mean

    By Blogger Elster, at 1:00 PM  

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