Pick ’em: Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins

This is the first post in a series called “Pick ’em” that I decided to run to compare somewhat similar players at a position. The premise is that you get to pick one of the two players to fill the position on your team. Of course, I’ll give my thoughts and then let you have your say in the comments section at the bottom of the post.

I decided to start this series with Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins. It’s a timely comparison with the Mets on the verge of sweeping the Phillies tonight on national TV. I think it would be universally recognized that these are two of the premier shortstops in the National League if not all of baseball. For the purpose of this comparison we’ll ignore any current injuries. Specifically, Jimmy Rollins has a sprained ankle that we’ll disregard.


There are, of course, other tremendous shortstops out there that may be compared to Reyes in the future such as Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, Stephen Drew, and even Alex Rodriguz (the best shortstop in the world that doesn’t play shortstop), among others. Continue reading “Pick ’em: Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins”

On Deck: Sunday April 20,2008

New York Mets (10-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (8-10)   8:05pm


Mike Pelfrey (2-0) vs. Adam Eaton (0-0)

What to watch: The Mets go for the sweep tonight in Philly. There isn’t much that would be sweeter than sweeping the Phillies in their own ballpark on national TV. Mike Pelfrey pitched a terrific game in his last start Tuesday against the Nationals. Jimmy Rollins is still limited to pinch hitting duty for the Phillies. They’re such a different team when he’s in the lineup. He’s missed ten games now, we’ll see if he tries to come back from his ankle injury tonight.

Mets 8 – Phillies 2

We can all come off the ledge now… The Mets beat the Phillies behind a good effort by Mike Pelfrey. Maybe he needs to get 11 days between outings on a regular basis.


Creative Commons License photo credit: Blackangel?

 Although the Mets played a solid game offensively and defensively, with only one error by Jose Reyes, the game was decided by the Phillies playing horrible baseball. They had four errors including two by fill-in shortstop Eric Bruntlett. They’re a completely different team without reigning National League MVP Jimmy Rollins in the lineup. They really needed him in the field and at bat.

Carlos Delgado and Angel Pagan both had doubles in the game, the only extra base hits for the Mets. I’m starting to think that the Citi Field construction is making Shea even more of a pitchers park than it was before. It may just be the cold April weather but I think the wind patterns are impacting play. It’ll be interesting to see what happens as the season goes on.

The Mets needed to break the Phillies nine game win streak over them badly. The win tonight also gives the Mets a good chance to win the series with John Maine on the mound tomorrow night.

Box score

War of Words Continues with Phillies

Mark Hale of the Post reports that Jimmy Rollins and Billy Wagner are still jawing about the upcoming season series.

“That wasn’t a one-year thing,” Rollins said. “It’s still gonna ring true in 2008 and every year I’m with the Phillies. We’re going to win. It’s gonna come down to who wants it more, and we want to win more than the Mets do.” Continue reading “War of Words Continues with Phillies”

Phillies are still talking

The Phillies and Mets can’t stop talking about each other this spring. Neither team has even played an exhibition game yet. The season series is going to be intense this year, more than past seasons. Of course, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Beltran got things started. Billy Wagner and an unnamed Philly player upped the ante to start talking about brawling. Kevin Kernan of the Post explains.

Carlos Beltran Calls Out Jimmy Rollins

Soft spoken Carlos Beltran called out Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies. He said that with Johan Santana the Mets are the team to beat in the NL East this year. You can read about it everywhere but David Lennon at Newsday has a good account. Beltran said he doesn’t care if he gets booed in Philly either since he already gets the same treatment in Houston.