The Week That Was
By Eddie Castro
The Major League Baseball season kicked off this past week and it was an exciting one for both the Mets and the Yankees. The two New York teams are trying to bounce back after disappointing seasons last year with both teams failing to make the playoffs. The Mets and the Yankees have both made some key acquisitions to their ball club in the off-season and have had to watch key players leave from last year either by trade or free agency.
It has been a bit of a rocky start for the Mets as they are currently sitting in last place in the National League East. Although it’s just a few games into the season, in this day and age, five games below .500 can end up becoming twenty games below. A key injury has already happened on the Mets team as it was reported earlier in the week that closer Bobby Parnell had torn a ligament in his pitching elbow and will be done for the season. Jose Valverde will now be the Mets closer. Chris Young is another player who is currently injured and placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain. With the acquisitions of Curtis Granderson and a healthy David Wright, the team’s offense is expected to be better than last year, however, it was their pitching that was a big concern coming into this season. With ace pitcher Matt Harvey out for the season after Tommy John surgery last year, Mets righty Zack Wheeler was expected to be this year’s ace for the ball club. In his first start this year, Wheeler gave up 3 runs in 6 innings in a loss to the Washington Nationals. It was definitely not the way he expected to start the season. The Mets are currently 2-4 in the young season as we go to press.
For the New York Yankees, there was sure a lot of excitement and definitely a lot of talk considering the amount of money the team dished out to some players in the off-season. The injury bug has also hit the Yankees pretty bad, too. First baseman Mark Teixeira has landed on the DL yet again, but it is not his wrist. Yankee fans can breathe easy now because he is only dealing with some tightness in his right hamstring. Yankees closer David Robertson was also placed on the DL with a strained right groin. With the great Mariano Rivera now retired, the Yankees bullpen is probably the team’s biggest concern. Joba Chamberlain is now with the Detroit Tigers, Phil Hughes is with the Minnesota Twins and Boone Logan, who was probably the most valued pitcher in the bullpen for the Yanks, went on to sign with the Colorado Rockies. The team must rely on pitchers like Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelly and Brooklyn native and Grand Street Campus High School alum Dellin Betances with Robertson being out. The Yankees are currently 3-3 as we go to press.
Sports Notes: (High School Basketball) Lincoln High School basketball star Isaiah Whitehead has been talked about heavily by many scouts and reporters as the “next best thing” to come out of the borough of Brooklyn, following in the footsteps of former Lincoln stars such as Lance Stephenson, Sebastian Telfair and Stephon Marbury. Whitehead will now take his talents to Seton Hall. (NBA Basketball) Two straight losses now have the Knicks playoff hopes nearly at slim to none. The team looks to get it together in what will be a huge game for them when they head to Canada to play the Toronto Raptors. The Brooklyn Nets continue to try to move up in seeding and catch the Raptors for the division title as well. The team will be home on Friday night to play the Atlanta Hawks. (Boxing) Former pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao will look to seek revenge against Tim Bradley after their first bout was a controversial one with Bradley being the winner. The two will meet up again on Saturday night. Any questions or comments? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.