Game 2 Recap: New York Yankees at Blue Jays

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees won their second game of the season and showed how deep the lineup truly is. The Yankees scored four runs even with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary  Sanchez combining to go 0-12 tonight. Brandon Drury and Billy Mckinney had great nights at the plate. In his first start of the season Masahiro Tanaka backed up Luis Severino’s Opening Day gem with a dominate start of his own.

W-Tanaka 1-0 (1.50 ERA)

L- Sanchez 0-1 (6.35 ERA)

S- Chapman (1)

Offensive Recap

The New York Yankees did not score in the first inning tonight ,but the they did score in the second.  Didi ropped a triple to dead centerfield ,but he was thrown out at home when Sanchez in the next at bat hit a ball to third.  Newest Yankee Billy McKinney, who is up because of an injury to Aaron Hicks, hit is first career major league hit. A single to right that moved Sanchez to third.

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Brandon Drury followed Mckinney with a booming double to right field, he missed a homer by a few inches.

The Yankees then scored again in fourth and it was Drury again who knocked in Didi with a two out single to put the Yankees back ahead.

The Yankees added two more runs to their lead in the sixth inning. Tyler Wade collected his first hit of the season and it was a big one. Wade with the bases loaded hit a double to center that scored Didi and Neil Walker.

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Pitching Recap

Tanaka started his first game of the season and was brilliant. After serving up a second inning solo homer to Randal Grichuk, Tanaka settled down. He retired 13 batters in a row to finish a strong outing.

Tommy Kahnle entered the game in seventh and was dominate. He was a little wild in the eighth as he walked Russel Martin to start the inning and then got Kevin Pillar to fly out to Judge. David Robertson was then inserted into the game and threw five pitches to end the inning.

Aroldis Champan came into the game to try and earn his first save of the season. Chapman made quick work of the first two batters he faced ,but struggled to record the final out. He gave up back to back hits to pinch hitter Steve Pearce and Yangervis Solarte. Chapman finally got the third and final out after he caught Grichuk looking at a 100 mph fastball on the corner.

Player of the Game

Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney are co-players of the game. Drury was the spark for the Yankees lineup as he drove in  two runs for the Yankees tonight. He has a solid approach at the plate and shows why he was acquired to be the starting third baseman.

Drury- 2-3, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 Double

Billy McKinney was called up today because of an injury to Aaron Hicks. He did not disappoint and collected his first major league hit. McKinney is a solid player who has the potential to become a good major leaguer.

McKinney- 1-4, 1st major league hit

Didi’s Post-Game Tweet

Tomorrows Game

Yankees at Blue Jays

4:07 ET Rogers Centre

Sabathia 0-0 (0.00) vs Estrada 0-0 (0.00)

Breaking News: Aaron Hicks to the DL

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

The Yankees Opening Day center fielder Aaron Hicks has been played on the 10-Day Disabled List with a Right intercostal muscle strain.

This injury to Hicks marks the third New York Yankees outfielder that has been injured so far this season. Hicks along with Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion) are all on the DL currently.

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This injury allows rookie outfielder and novice first baseman Billy McKinney to be called up. McKinney played well this Spring. McKinney had five home runs this Spring and with that performance he will be making his major League debut tonight, starting in Left Field and batting seventh.

The Yankees once “Crowded” outfield that was questioned how guys would get any playing time is now evening out. The Yankees will shift Gardner over to center field for the time being.

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The Yankees have a ton of Minor League depth thanks to Brian Cashman and his brilliant. That depth will now be put to an early test.

New York Giants Draft Profile: CB J.C. Jackson

One position the New York Giants need to address in this year’s draft is cornerback. Marylands’ J.C. Jackson has tremendous athletic ability and is projected to go anywhere between the rounds three and four.

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Jackson would likely be in consideration in the earlier rounds if it wasn’t for his legal troubles earlier in college. The former University of Florida recruit found himself hanging around the wrong crowd and got himself arrested and kicked off the team.He spent 2015 playing in community college before he got his second chance with the University of Maryland.

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In his final two years at Maryland, Jackson started 23 of 24 games and was the top of his team in pass breakups and interceptions. He also posted 40 tackles each season.

Pros:

  • Good in press coverage
  • Recovers well when beaten underneath
  • Physical within the first five yards
  • Can throw receiver off of route
  • Aggressive in run support
  • Good tackler

Cons:

  • Can let plays behind him too often
  • Can lose composure when beat downfield
  • Nine pass interference calls and four holding in two seasons
  • Needs to work on passing lanes in zone coverage

Summary:

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J.C. Jackson is a physical corner that has good speed and quickness. He will play well against the run and can defend short and intermediate passes well. The concern is how he will defend on deep routes, as he has shown he can get beat. J.C. Jackson is a talented athlete and will be a bit of a project as a cornerback, but absolutely has the ability to start in the NFL.

 

 

 

 

Giants Can Replace Brandon Marshall With Cheaper, Big Bodied Receiver

The New York Giants need to make a decision on big-bodied receiver Brandon Marshall, and finding a cheaper replacement might be in the best interest of the team.

Cutting the former New York Jet would save the Giants upwards of $5 million in cap-space. The influx in cash could not only sign a quality replacement, but also allocate a bit more capital towards the special teams unit. The Giants’ special teams has been lackluster over the course of the past few seasons. Increasing the quality of the roster in all facets of the game is essential in returning to success.

The replacement:

Marshall has yet to take his physical, which would ultimately allow the Giants to either cut him or retain him. Marshall has spent a majority of the offseason practicing alongside Eli Manning and building chemistry with the future Hall of Fame quarterback. If GM Dave Gettleman decided that cutting Marshall was the right thing to do, it’s possible he retires on the spot.

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Several days ago, head coach Pat Shurmur stated in regard to Marshall:

Giants’ WR Brandon Marshall has been working at the team facility, “trying to get healthy,” Pat Shurmur said. He hasn’t passed a physical yet. As for his place on the team, Shurmur stated, “We’ll have to see.” 

The Giants could look no further than his former teammate Eric Decker to replace him on the outside. Decker spent the 2017 season with the Tennessee Titans on a $4 million deal over one -season. Marshall struggled to live up to expectations in 2017, dropping two key passes that resulted in two ‘giant’ losses.

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Decker racked up 536 yards and one touchdown in a secondary role last season. He played in all 16 games and started in eight of them. An interesting statistic: Decker caught 65.1% of his passes, making for the highest since 2012.

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Adding a strong, big receiver to the team would complement Odell Beckham Jr. well, and he would fit perfectly on the boundary with Sterling Shepard working out of the slot.