MUST READ: Dave Gettleman Indicated Where Ereck Flowers Will Play On Line

The New York Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder in free agency to secure Eli Manning’s blind-side. The signing of Solder puts former LT Ereck Flowers in the back-burner, but now we have any answer as to where he will be playing in 2018.

Where Flowers Will Play:

Flowers will compete at the right tackle spot in 2018. He will likely battle it out with undrafted free agent Chad Wheeler.

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Gettleman has spent big money on the offensive line this offseason, spending $62 million on Solder and another $15 million on Patrick Omameh.

After the Giants signed Solder, head coach Pat Shurmur immediately called Flowers to tell him he’d be competing for the RT spot. Apparently, he seemed fine on the phone. For the record, he should feel fine, he knows he struggled at left tackle and this move basically gives him a second chance at life.

There’s One Very Interesting Fact About Every New York Giants Signing

The New York Giants have made various free agent signing over the course of the past 24-hours. They include Nate Solder, Teddy Williams, Patrick Omameh, Jonathan Stewart, etc.

The similarity:

General manager Dave Gettleman has made it apparent that solving the culture crises for the Giants was at the top of his priority list, and that’s where this interesting fact comes into play.

Now, the signing of Stewart may have caught us off guard, but he brings much more than just talent at running back to the Giants. He brings veteran leadership and knowledge on how to make it to the playoffs.

Every signing Gettleman has secured come from playoff teams; the Patriots, Jaguars, Panthers…

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Coincidence, I think not. This is clearly a major overhaul of the culture, and not the players. Bringing in guys that are accustomed to being in the playoffs immediately helps the younger players change their mindset.

Adding players like Solder who have been to numerous Super Bowls delivers a huge boost to a team that suffered a 3-13 season just a year ago. Playoff teams require teams to be in sync and players that are willing to buy into the system. They understand that the process requires grit and cohesion in the locker room.

New York Yankees Player Preview: Tyler Austin

Christopher Tyler Austin made his debut with the New York Yankees August 13th, 2016. He made his debut in the same lineup as Aaron Judge, hitting just one spot ahead at 7th. That day, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge made history, becoming the first pair of debuting rookie teammates to hit a homerun  in the Major Leagues.

However, since that dramatic debut Austin has had trouble sticking in the big leagues. Tyler Austin has had a career plagued by injuries which have slowed his development and progression up the ranks.

Recapping Austin’s Career Numbers:

Tyler Austin has played through two seasons for the Yankees, but he has less than 140 plate appearances. He’s hit 7 HR’s and has 20 RBI’s as per Baseball Reference.

However, in trying to preview Tyler Austin’s potential on the Yankees’ roster, we must take a look at what he’s done at the minor league level. In Triple A, in a (once again) injury riddled season, Austin played in 52 games. He had a slash line of .286/.357/.562; this slash line is something that you want to see out of young players. Austin also added to his value with 10 home-runs and 33 rbi’s.

Looking Forward to The Future:

Austin is seemingly set to make the 2018 Opening Day roster asthe Yankees released veteran first baseman Adam Lind on Wednesday March 14th. Austin has played pretty well this spring with three of his five hits being home-runs. And as a right handed compliment to starting first basemen Greg Bird, it sets Tyler up for success.

According to FanGraphs, Austin has impressive numbers against left handed pitchers, a slash line of .361/.432.722. These are outrageous looking numbers and when you see that Austin has a hard hit percentage of 56.5%, you know that if there’s a tough lefty on the mound, Austin will get the call.

New York Yankees Player Preview: Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

The reigning NL MVP is getting ready for his first season in pinstripes. New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton is a monster at the plate. The amount of power that he possess is something special.

Playing in a pitchers park in Miami last season, Stanton managed to post the highest home run total of his career. Not only is he an elite power threat, Stanton also hits for average.

Stanton’s number last season, as per MLB.com

.281 AVG, 59 HR, 132 RBI, .376 OBP, .631 SLG

How it happened:

The acquisiton was a shocker to Yankee fans. The Marlins wanted to rid themselves of his contract and when Shoei Otani ruled out the Yankees, Cashman made the move to acquire the slugger. The most shocking move of the offseason for sure has Yankee fans looking forward to seeing Stanton join the much improved lineup.

Stanton is a force at the plate who will be fun to watch bat in the same lineup as Judge. The big bat was one homer shy of 60 last season, a number which he stated he wanted to reach. This upcoming season, playing in Yankee Stadium for 81 games will be an advantage for Stanton.

He has already showed in Spring Training that his approach at the plate will be to right field. The slugger blasted his first homer of the Spring against the Mets on March 10th.

Stanton should primarily be playing right field with the Yankees. He will be alternating with Judge throughout the season to give one another a break. When one is playing the field, the other will most likely be the DH.

Stanton has seen some reps in left field this Spring ,but has not looked that comfortable. Judge will be the guy who will play left field for the bombers against lefties and in national league parks.

2017 Accolades:

Stanton had an amazing season last year. He won the NL MVP, a Silver Slugger award, and was selected to the All-Star game, according to MLB.com. Stanton also competed in the home run derby last season, but was beaten by now teammate Gary Sanchez.

Stantons Impact:

This is going to be a fun season to be a Yankee’s fan. The addition of Stanton to the Yankees lineup is one that will only increase the excitement of this ball club. Batting practice for sure will be a show with both Stanton and Judge.

The Yankees lineup already features All-Stars in Sanchez and Judge, and also great hitters in Didi, Bird, and Gardner. Adding Stanton will truly make it difficult on opposing pitchers to try and get through this lineup.

New York Giants: Tyrann Mathieu Is A Possibility, Here’s why

The New York Giants lack a true safety in the defensive backfield, and yes, I know Darian Thompson is still back there missing tackles and blowing coverage’s.

Thompson was a third-round pick out of Boise State with WAY top high expectations entering the NFL. He missed virtually his entire rookie season due to injury, and returned looking like half of what we expected him to be.

So, can we all agree that an upgrade is needed to solidify a defense that already has Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, JPP, and Olivier Vernon?

Adding a player like Mathieu to a defense with several Pro-Bowl caliber players is extremely enticing, and come to think of it, more than possible.

How can they afford him?

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The biggest issue with signing Mathieu is the money, and we all know the Giants have none of that. In fact, after the Nate Solder, Kareem Martin, Patrick Omameh and Alec Ogletree signings, they probably have close to zero dollars left.

But, by cutting players like Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Ray-Ray Armstrong, and maybe even John Jerry, they can add some much needed cap-relief.

Lucky for the Giants, Mathieu isn’t after the money, he’s after a Super Bowl ring.

New York is the big stage, and we are talking Giants here guys, not Jets. The Jets are have been designated New Jersey because, well, who the hell likes New Jersey?

This is where Mathieu can shine, and with the new regime in the place, including his familiarity’s with defensive coordinator James Bettcher, it’s the perfect landing spot. Although the Giants may not be willing to give him top dollar, he can turn their defense into one of the league’s most feared units.

Additionally, it would allow Gettleman to focus strictly on the offense going into the NFL draft. Can anybody say: “Quick turnaround?”

How The Giants Can Secure A Top Lineman And Barkley or QB In The Draft

With the signing of former New England Patriots’ LT Nate Solder, the New York Giants are on the up-and-up when it comes to the offensive line. Ereck Flowers will no longer be putting Eli Manning’s health in jeopardy every five-seconds!

But, there’s a lot of work that remains to be done on the line, and this idea offers some security in the first round.

The trade-up:

The Giants already acquire the second-overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft, putting them in a great spot to grab a solid offensive lineman to go with their No. 2 overall pick.

Now, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson will certainly be off the board, but there are other prospects to choose from. In this scenario, we are going to take a look at UTEP guard Will Hernandez.

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Hernandez is a bull of a lineman, yet he has small arms and hands, placing physical limitations on his abilities. But his love for the game and unparalleled work ethic is one of the most enticing things about him, and that could be enough for Dave Gettleman to move up in the draft to snag him.

NFL draft profiles have him going in the 1-2 rounds, making him a potential first-round pick. If the Giants want to land him and he’s heading towards the end of the first-round, they might want to consider trading into the first to grab him.

The offer:

The Giants can potentially offer their remaining fourth-round pick to grab Hernandez. Now, this would only leave them with three picks in the draft, but it would be well worth the haul.

Gaining a starting guard and the value from whomever is picked at the No. 2 spot puts the Giants in great shape moving forward.

What’re your thoughts on this potential trade-up?

Imagine a haul including Saquon Barkley AND Will Hernandez… That would be one of the best drafts for the Giants in years.

 

New York Yankees Player Preview: Brett Gardner

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner (Gardy) is the longest tenured player on the roster and is the unofficial captain in the clubhouse. As the lead-off hitter, he does a great job of getting on base for the middle of the order to drive him in.

Even batting lead-off Gardy posted great power numbers and hit his career high in homers last season.

He is a born leader who as helped Judge, Sanchez and Bird become great players on and off the field.

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Gardner’s numbers last season, according to MLB.com.

.264 AVG, 21 HR, 63 RBI, .350 OBP, .428 SLG

Hitting 21 bombs from the leadoff position is incredible and shows how deep the Yankees lineup has excelled. Gardy has a great approach at the plate and makes pitchers work to get him out. He rarely chases balls out of the zone; forcing pitchers to throw strikes.

Gardy’s defense should not be overlooked. The amount of run saving slides and dives he has made in left field have helped propel the Yankees to many wins over his career. The Yankees leader did win a Golden Glove award in 2016, and in my opinion, deserved one last season. Gardy played incredible in 17′, and should be in the running for a Golden Glove.

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Brett showed that he was a true leader in the playoffs last season. In the wild card game he smashed a solo homer down the right field line that helped the Yankees steal a win. Also, in game 5 of the ALDS he roped a single to right field and plated two important insurance runs that set up Chapman’s close.

The Final chapter?

Gardy is in the final season of his contract and I do not believe he will be resigned. The Yankees have loads of talent in the minors waiting to get their chance. If this is Gardy’s last season, the Yankees should send off their leader with a World Series trophy. Gardy is someone who every team wishes they had in their clubhouse.

Should the New York Mets Be Concerned With a Bad Spring Training?

Of course the New York Mets win/loss record is ugly this spring. but there is no reason to be concerned for this season.

Why we shouldn’t be concerned:

Between Tim Tebow, minor leaguers and players getting game action for the first time in months, everyone is working at different speeds in getting themselves ready for opening day. Veterans like Adrian Gonzalez and Jason Vargas likely take longer to get their bodies ready than a young guy like Amed Rosario.

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The record does not mean anything for the team’s success in 2018. The last five World Series champions have a combined record of 80-73 in their respective Spring Training and the five worst teams in baseball the last five years have a combined record of 79-73 in their respective Spring Training.

One win is the difference here between a contender and cellar dweller. A team can fully be evaluated until the season begins and a team is playing games with only 25 people on the roster and their starters throwing 100 pitches each start.

Spring Training is the only time in baseball where each player is playing for themselves and coaches, managers and fans should be evaluating each player.

Guys like Brandon Nimmo, Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard have been playing great so far this spring and deserve their praise. Specific battles within the team and players recovering from injuries should also be looked at in depth.

d’Arnaud vs Plawecki, Nimmo vs Juan Lagares, the rest of the starting rotation behind Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are the battles or games with in the games fans should concentrate their concerns with not wins and losses. If Steven Matz falters again, Adrian Gonzalez struggles at the plate, etc. are the big focal points of the spring.

Yes, wins are sexy but no one cares about a Spring Training record once March 29 comes. For those that still do not want to look past the wins and losses, there are still two weeks for the Mets to bring themselves out of the bottom of the Grapefruit League standings.