New York Nine: The Coaches (7/23/11)

9) Peter DeBoer

DeBoer was just hired a few days ago. Let’s see if he can lead the Devils back to glory.

8) Jack Capuano

The Islanders had a nice little surge in the second half of last year, but Capuano and the Isles have proven nothing as of yet.

7) Mike D’Antoni

See Fire Mike D’Antoni.

6) Avery Johnson

He won the Coach of the Year in 2006, he made an NBA Finals appearance in 2006, and he had the guts to take over a sinking ship with the Nets. There’s not much not to like about Avery Johnson. I just wish he’d stop starting Stephen Graham.

5) Terry Collins

I really like what Terry has brought to the Mets this year, but let’s see how the Mets finish out the season. Collins’ real test will be next year, when he should theoretically have a better roster to work with, although I don’t think that will be the case at all.

4) Tom Coughlin

People are going to disagree with me for putting Coughlin this low, but I strongly feel he is the most overrated coach in New York. Under Coughlin, the Giants have often been good, but they’ve rarely been great. In seven seasons, Coughlin has only won four playoff games. Rex Ryan has won four playoff games in two years with a franchise that isn’t supposed to win anything.

Spin it any way you want, but his track record isn’t good when you’re talking about coaching what is supposed to be an elite franchise. Sure, he helped the Giants win Super Bowl 42, but he’s yet to win a playoff game any other year. Not only that, he’s let his team completely collapse over the past two seasons. Elite coaches aren’t supposed to let that happen.

Coughlin has also lost his players’ respect. His old-school style has caused players such as Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle to say they’d rather play for Rex Ryan. Not to mention the whole Osi Umenyiora fiasco that has gone on during the past few seasons. But perhaps Coughlin’s biggest mistake was essentially pushing Tiki Barber out the door. It’s safe to say that Tom isn’t exactly a guy that players are dying to play for.

3) Joe Girardi

Joe has been dealt a pretty easy hand in managing the greatest sports franchise in the world, but he’s done a pretty good job. Joe Torre was a pitiful manager in his last few years, and Girardi has undone his errors by doing things such as actually managing the bullpen. He also was the Manager of the Year in 2006 with the Marlins, proving he’d be great anywhere.

2) John Tortorella

Tortorella has yet to win a playoff series, but the Rangers have been an extremely competetive team the past two and a half seasons. He’s led the Blueshirts through injuries, controversies, and flat-out poor play. His fiery style makes him the perfect coach the lead the Rangers to the promised land in the near future. He’s also won a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay, which is certainly a positive thing.

1) Rex Ryan

Rex took over a team that was supposed to be in a rebuilding mode and turned them into perennial contenders. In his first two seasons, Ryan made the playoffs twice and won a total of four playoff games. Under his guidance, the Jets should be Super Bowl contenders every year in the near future.

Did we miss anyone?  Is there someone we should have ranked higher or lower?  Leave us feedback here or on Facebook/Twitter.

Rex Ryan has turned the Jets into perennial Super Bowl contenders.


Ike Davis Injury Worse than Orignally Thought

Ike Davis hasn’t played since May 10th when he injured his ankle on this play:

When I initially saw this I thought it would be just a day-to-day type of injury; however, it’s more than a month later and Davis is yet to return to baseball activities.  What’s worse is the news that GM Sandy Alderson delivered to the media prior to last night’s game.  Sandy said that Davis’s injury isn’t healing.  If Davis’s injury doesn’t heal in the next three or so weeks, Davis may have to undergo microfracture surgery, which would end his season, to correct the problem.

The Mets need Davis in the lineup sooner rather than later if they plan on sticking around in the wild card hunt, but they need to be careful with their young first baseman. Hopefully Davis’s ankle feels better in a few weeks so he can begin his rehabilitation assignment.

Johan Santana Resumes Throwing

Johan Santana has resumed his throwing program. Santana halted his rehab after he felt soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder after throwing on  June 2nd.

Despite Johan Santana saying that he could return by late July, I still have my doubts about Johan actually throwing off of a big league mound this season.  He had a serious shoulder injury and seems to be behind in his rehab.  I remember that the Mets initially believed that he could be back by mid to late June; however it already is mid to late June and Santana is still taking baby steps down in Florida.

The Mets and Johan Santana may be better off if Johan slows down his rehab and aims for 2012.  Terry Collins’s Mets have surprised us so far this year, but let’s be serious: this team isn’t going to make the postseason.  However,  with some tinkering in the off-season and a 100% healthy Johan Santana the Mets could make some noise in 2012.

Subway Series Showdown

It is time to kick off interleague play in Major League Baseball, and what better way to start it off than with round one of the annual Subway Series?  The Mets (21-22) and the Yankees (23-19) will play round one will take place in the Bronx. Here are the probable pitching matchups:

Games 1- Friday 7:05 PM-Dickey (1-5, 5.08 ERA) vs. Garcia (2-3, 3 .22)

Game 2- Saturday 7:10 PM- Capuano (3-4 4.78) vs. Burnett (4-3, 3.99)

Game 3- Sunday 1:05 PM- Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11) vs. Nova (4-3, 4.33)

It looks as though the pitching matchups favor the Yankees this time around.

The Figures:

Derek Jeter is a career .380 hitter agaisnt the Mets. Talk about a Mets killer…

The Yankees are 45-33 agaisnt the Mets since interleague play began in 1997.

In 2010, the Mets and Yankees tied, with each winning 3 of the 6 games.

Wright Has Stress-Fracture in Back

David Wright underwent an MRI on Monday morning, and the news was not good. Wright, who has been complaining of back pain for a few weeks now, was diagnosed with a lower back stress-fracture.  The Mets will seek a second opinion on Wright before setting a course of action.

From what I have heard, this is not as bad of an injury as it sounds.  Alderson has said that it is an injury that can be corrected by rest as opposed to surgery.  Wright will definitely head the disabled list; however, according to Alderson, Wright may be able to return to baseball activities in 10 days. We will keep you all posted as more news regarding Wright’s injury develops.

New York Sports Today LIVE Tonight at 10PM!

New York Sports Today will be  live tonight at 10PM.  We will preview the rest of the Knicks-Celtics series, recap the Mets and Yankees action, and have a guest on to discuss the Rangers-Capitals series. Click here  to listen tonight at 10PM.

Jason Bay to return Thursday

Jason Bay is set to return to the Mets lineup on Thursday.  The Mets will likely send down a pitcher in order to make room for Bay.  Bay has been on the disabled list since spring training and his bat has been sorely missed in the Mets lineup.

Bay’s return lets Willie Harris shift back into the fourth outfielder role which strengthens the bench that has looked weak at times.  If Bay can find a way to return to what he was before signing a four-year 66 million dollar deal with the Mets, he will be a formidable presence in the middle of the Mets lineup.  If Bay can find a way to get the ball out of the ballpark, the Mets lineup can be pretty fearsome for opposing pitchers.