Hey everyone! Hope you enjoyed the Subway Series. I covered Friday night's game -- great pitching performances by Hisanori Takahashi and Javier Vazquez.
Happy to take your questions on the Yankees and Mets, or anything else going on in New York sports. Fire away!
Is Javy Vasquez back or did he just recently have a good start that wont turn into something else?
Well, Vazquez has had three good outings in a row now -- starts against the Tigers and Mets, sandwiching that relief win he picked up against the Red Sox. I think the jury is definitely still out on Vazquez in New York -- he has to prove he can do this consistently in the Big Apple. But I really thought, after his performance last year for the Braves, that he would win a lot of games for the Yankees this year. And I'll stick by that.
What are the Mets going to do about their pitching?
Well, you can answer that question in the short term, or in the long term. In the short term, they are going to start knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Tuesday against the Phillies, followed by Takahashi on Wednesday and Mike Pelfrey on Thursday. And it appears Jenrry Mejia is staying in the big leagues for now, in a seventh-inning role.
In the long term, the picture is rather cloudy. Jonathon Niese should be back soon. But John Maine is a huge question mark now, and Oliver Perez is in the bullpen. I could see Takahashi being a permanent part of the rotation, but beyond him, Johan Santana and Pelfrey, the Mets have a lot of question marks.
What do you think about the Super Bowl being in NYC (it seems like this once pipedream is now going to happen)? Some "media experts" claim that the Super Bowl being held in a cold weather city is going to detract from fans wanting to go. I feel that is not true, as I don't think cold weather is going to stop Giants and Jets fans from going to the Big Game. It doesn't stop them from going to each teams respective playoff games. What do you think?
I think it would be really cool to have the Super Bowl in New York. To me, football is about playing in the elements, whatever they may be. There have been so many memorable NFL games where the weather has been involved. I agree that generally you'd want to hold Super Bowls in warm-weather locales. But every once in a while I think an exception is nice, and New York would put on a heck of a show around the game.
One more thing -- I don't think fans would have a problem with it. But so many of the people in the seats at Super Bowls are corporate types anyway, as opposed to fans. They might not like the cold weather, but I'm not worried about them. Real football fans will enjoy it, I think.
Roy Oswalt's only real fit is with the Mets, money, prospects....Would he gamble that Mets could make a run with him and waive the no trade clause?
That's a very interesting question. These last two games against the Yankees aside, the Mets have looked very far from being a contending team of late. That would worry Oswalt, I think. Question is, how badly does he want out of Houston?
Any chance the Mets make a play for Roy Oswalt? Santana, Oswalt, and Pelf would make a good top 3. Hopefully Beltran comes back soon and then the Mets can make a run!
Lot of Roy Oswalt chatter today! You're right Matt -- that would make a very good top three. And if Beltran came back and played like Beltran, that would be great, too. But you've still got big question marks at the back end of your rotation. And you still have Jose Reyes and David Wright underperforming. The Mets have to figure out how to get Reyes and Wright on track if they're going to make a serious run.
Anything new regarding St. John's basketball recruiting? What's going on with Remi Barry? Did Omari Lawrence actually transfer yet?
Haven't heard of a landing spot for Omari Lawrence yet, but he's definitely transferring from St. John's. As for Remi Barry -- he just had his official visit to UCLA, and reports are he really liked it. But he's also planning to make visits to his other two finalists, St. John's and Arizona State -- St. John's reportedly in early June. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Steve Lavin sways him to St. John's.
Would the Rutgers joining the Big 10 be that final hurdle for the Rutgers to be a Top tear Football team?
Joining the Big Ten would be very big for Rutgers. It would certainly launch them into a higher bracket in terms of college football relevance. It will be very interesting to watch and see if this happens.
If the Mets clearly fall out of contention before the trade deadline... who goes?
Good question. Honestly, I'm not sure the Mets can afford to dump many players. Attendance is already way down at Citi Field from last year -- fans seem really turned off by how badly the team performed a season ago. If the Mets started tanking this season, Citi Field could become a ghost town in August and September, which would be a disaster for the franchise financially.
Simple question - You have to pick one player in NYC to build your team around for the next decade, who do you pick?
Wow -- depends on the sport. In baseball, I would probably go with Mark Teixeira.
In basketball, I'll go with ... whoever the Knicks sign on or soon after July 1 :)
In football...I think you have to build around a quarterback. Mark Sanchez is young and has lots of potential, but he still has a lot to prove. I don't know if Eli Manning has 10 more really good years left in him, but I'd probably have to go with Eli.
You already talked about Oswalt, but who else is on the Mets' radar to possibly get in a deal? And if they find a pitcher they want, who would they be willing to give up in the minors?
It's still a little early to make a move on a pitcher -- I think the Mets are in a holding pattern, waiting for Beltran, and waiting to see if Reyes and Wright get better. There have been names tossed around -- Kevin Millwood, Erik Bedard, even Cliff Lee -- but the Mets won't pull the trigger unless they think they can really seriously contend. Because they'd probably have to give up multiple top prospects to get any of those guys.
Would Cliff Lee be a good fit for the Mets? He is mad at phillie so I am sure he would love to get back at them. With him and Beltran back we would be a contender
If they can sign Lee to a long-term deal, I would. He certainly demonstrated he could handle pressure last season, pitching for the Phillies and against the Yankees in the World Series. And yes, I think he might have an extra little bit of motivation, Philly shipped him to Seattle.
Thanks for all the questions guys -- sorry I couldn't get to them all. Have a good rest of your Monday!