Archive for February 3, 2011

Pens Shut Out Isles…DiPietro KO’d

Posted in Islanders on February 3, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

One of the worst games I’ve ever seen as an Isles fan…and that’s saying a lot. Not only did the Isles not show up, Rick DiPietro got annihilated in a game-ending fight between the two goaltenders. But I have to admit, I loved how much Sportscenter time the Islanders got today. Every ESPN show had the DiPietro fight! This had to be the most time the Isles have had on ESPN since the early 80’s. During the game, the Isles were beat in every aspect of the game. Going 0 for 5 on the power play with a pathetic 20 shots on goal. Ironically, the only Islander who played well was DiPietro. In the second period, he had one the best saves of the season. The puck was in the Isles zone practically the entire game (including the power plays), but DP managed to only give up two goals.

Now let me get this off my chest. Not sure if anyone saw Max Talbot’s hit on Blake Comeau in the first period. Talbot blind-sided Comeau and put his elbow into his face. Comeau was out cold lying on the ice for a solid minute, but there was no penalty on Talbot. Not only that, in retaliation, Konopka started to get in a small scuffle with Pens’ center Michael Rupp. Instead of giving matchin penalties to Konopka and Rupp, Konopka was given 4 minutes for roughing and Rupp only two. Are you kidding me? I know that the Penguins are the NHL’s golden children, but this is unheard of. (If you don’t think the NHL favors the Penguins, someone explain how Jordan Staal didn’t get suspended for his punch two nights ago against the Rangers). You telling me that the Pens’ pull off an illegal hit and the Isles get penalized for it? C’mon! I’m no way at all blaming the refs for the Isles’ miserable performance, but I’m just saying that this isn’t right. Let’s stop this favoritism and play some fair hockey. Isles come home to take on the Senators on Saturday night at 7pm.

 

Three Years Ago Today…

Posted in Giants on February 3, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Pettitte Retires; What It Means For the Yankees Rotation

Posted in Yankees on February 3, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Tomorrow afternoon, Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement after 16 seasons in the MLB (13 with the Yankees). Last season, Pettitte was one of the Yankees most reliable pitchers going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He will always be remembered for his postseason heroics and leading the Yankees to five World Championships. Personally, Pettitte was my favorite Yankee pitcher growing up. I don’t think there was anyone more intimidating on the mound when Andy tilted his head and stared in for the sign (see below). I’m not sure if Pettitte will make the Hall of Fame, but he was definitely one of the toughest pitchers to ever play the game.

Now with the Pettitte gone, what does this mean for the rotation? Here’s what the rotation would look like if the season started today:

1. C.C. Sabathia (21-7,  3.18)

2. Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.19)

3. A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26)

4. Ivan Nova (1-2, 4.50)

5. Sergio Mitre (0-3, 3.33)

Depending on what happens during Spring Training, newcomers Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, and Mark Prior could beat out Nova and Mitre for the 4th and 5th spots in the rotation. Honestly, this isn’t a bad rotation…if everyone plays up to their potential. I’ve already said that the Yanks need Burnett and Hughes to have 18 wins to win the division. But they will also need Nova and Mitre to give five consistent innings for most of the season. Not sure if everyone knows this, but when Nova and Mitre are on, their stuff is electric. Nova can throw 95+ with sink and Mitre has a great sinker and changeup. I have to admit, this is the most depleted rotation the Yanks have had in a long time, but it doesn’t mean they can’t win with these pitchers. Ten days until pitchers and catchers.

The Greatest Stare of All-Time