10:05 am May. 1, 2012
Note: This is a column about New York sports. I am not a professional stockbroker, and these aren't actual stocks.
Sell: Amar'e Stoudemire.
The biggest danger to Amar'e Stoudemire in New York isn't if the Knicks lose to the Miami Heat, who they trail 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, but if the Knicks rally to make this series close. There is already a perception that Stoudemire and Anthony cannot exist together, one built on a very small number of games, spaced out over the past two seasons, and largely without the benefit of a point guard.
But over the past month, Anthony's star performance has solidified his standing on the team, while the recurrence of Stoudemire's back injury has left his future in some question. Now that he has inflicted some additional downtime on himself by punching the glass case of a fire extinguisher—just as the Knicks return home, get Tyson Chandler back at 100 percent, and possibly add Jeremy Lin—the idea that Stoudemire's absence is responible for any subsequent upswing in New York's performance could be a potent one.
Buy: Ike Davis.
A first baseman with an OPS of .550? You've heard of buying low, right? Davis has a four-game hitting streak after an absolutely horrific start to his season. He had three hits Sunday in Colorado, and another two in Houston on Monday night. In all likelihood, when the singles and doubles start arriving for a slumping power hitter, the home runs follow.
Sell: the New York Yankees in any extra-inning game.
The Yankees were already playing with a three-man bench, thanks to the decision to call up reliever Cody Eppley when outfielder Brett Gardner went on the disabled list. Now Nick Swisher has a hamstring strain that manager Joe Girardi thinks will keep him out until next Tuesday, but the Yankees have decided to let him heal without putting him on the D.L. The result is an astonishing lack of flexibility late in games. Fortunately, New York plays in the American League, where strategy is somewhat limited by the designated hitter abomination. But late-game changes by opposing managers will be difficult for Girardi to counter, at least for the next few days.