March 6th, 2014 at 12:45 PM
By Mike Phillips
The New York Mets have been offensively challenged for a few seasons now. While the Mets made strides to improve their lineup in the offseason by adding outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, they still have a number of questions offensively. With the prospect of a major addition before the season starts slim, manager Terry Collins has been thinking of creative ways to improve his lineup's productivity. One of those ideas may be batting his pitcher in the eighth spot in the lineup, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Batting the pitcher eighth is a strategic move that was popularized by former St. Louis Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa. While most conventional wisdom says to bat the pitcher last since he is the weakest hitter, batting a pitcher eighth has its advantages. By batting the pitcher eighth, a manager can put a regular hitter in the ninth spot, potentially creating another base runner in front of the middle of the order batters. The Mets may be able to utilize that idea to get extra base runners on for David Wright and Curtis Granderson after the first time through the batting order.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 5th, 2014 at 8:18 PM
By Kyle Brosnan
As we progress further into Spring Training, the Mets have as many questions regarding the shortstop position now as they did in December. It is clear that the Mets’ brass does not want Ruben Tejada to be the opening day starting shortstop. The internal options are underwhelming and it doesn’t look like the Mets are willing to spend a lot of money on the open market. Lets take a look at what the Mets’ options are at this point in Spring Training.
Like it or not, Tejada is the favorite to earn the starting shortstop job at this point. The Mets were displeased with how Tejada came into camp out of shape last spring and his performance during the season was dreadful. As we all know he was demoted during the year and we all thought that his tenure in Flushing was over.
Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.
Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 4th, 2014 at 5:25 PM
By Mike Phillips
The biggest offseason acquisition by the New York Mets was outfielder Curtis Granderson. Granderson, who switched boroughs by signing a four year, 60 million dollar contract in the offseason, was added in hopes of providing a much needed power infusion to the Mets' abysmal outfield. Even though it is only spring training, the Mets can only hope that today's results are a sign of things to come. Granderson homered twice today as the Mets defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in Port St. Lucie.
Granderson delivered his first home run in the first inning against Houston starter Rudy Owens. Granderson's two run shot put the Mets up 3-0. Granderson homered again later in the contest, his second of the game. Both shots landed well over the right field wall to showcase Granderson's prolific power. Granderson wasn't the only Mets regular to play well, as Chris Young also doubled home a run on the day and catcher Travis d'Arnaud picked up another two hits.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 PM
By Sports Media 101
As part of the new "Gridiron Glory" exhibit appearing at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey — an exhibit featuring a number of items from the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Sports Media 101 will feature a series of articles pertaining to the science behind several sports. Enjoy!
Kicking a football involves kinetic energy and projectile velocity. The rotational kinetic energy of the kicker’s leg rotating at the hip joint is what creates the power that will drive the football over defenders hoping to block his kick and through the uprights. A kicker must concentrate on his strike point (where his foot will make contact with the football) as he is moving towards the targeted spot for the hold. Meanwhile, the ball is being snapped to the holder, who must receive the snap and get the ball down in time for the kicker to execute the kick while 20 people collide just yards away – 11 of them hoping to block the kick. Punts and kickoffs occur under their own sets of circumstances and are very different kicks beyond the actual technique of punting a football or the fact that a kickoff allows the use of a tee. Field goals, kickoffs and punts have differing needs in terms of distance, height and hang time.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 3rd, 2014 at 10:36 AM
By Mike Phillips
Travis d'Arnaud has a lot of pressure on him this spring. The young catcher, who was the center piece of the R.A. Dickey trade, was expected to become the next great Mets' backstop from the moment he arrived last spring. When d'Arnaud's brief cameo didn't go as expected, many Mets fans began to wonder if he could fill the massive shoes Mike Piazza left behind after the 2005 season. The Mets are committed to helping d'Arnaud in any way they can, so they called in Piazza to provide some special instruction for d'Arnaud and the other catchers this week, MetsBlog.com reports.
Piazza had discussed the idea with Mets' COO Jeff Wilpon for a few weeks before they settled on a time frame that worked for Piazza and the team. Piazza told SNY that he was happy to be back in a uniform and help the team by passing on some tricks of the trade to the team's young players. David Wright was thrilled to see Piazza in camp as he felt that Piazza's presence could help everyone, not just the team's young players. Piazza's presence is also a tremendous positive for d'Arnaud, who idolized Piazza as a youngster and can now learn from arguably the greatest offensive catcher in baseball history.Read more... Join the Conversation...