New York Giants Make Roster Cuts, Including 2017 Pick Bisnowaty

The New York Giants roster for the 2018 season is coming together, and that starts with making early cuts to get the squad to the right size. Rookie minicamp recently concluded, and the team has already started releasing players to make room for new additions. Perhaps the most surprising cut is Adam Bisnowaty, who the Giants selected in the sixth round of the 2017 draft.

It’s a surprising move because Bisnowaty only played in one game as a rookie last season, and many fans thought he would compete with Ereck Flowers and Chad Wheeler for playing time at the right tackle position.

However, Bisnowaty was a pick from the previous regime, and that may be a reason behind his release. Cornerback C.J. Goodwin was also released from the team, and it looks like new signing Chris Lewis-Harris is meant to replace Goodwin.

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He wasn’t the only cornerback to be released. Byron Fields and Brandon Dixon had the same fate. The Giants also signed Temple defensive back Mike Jones, meaning they’ve signed two defensive backs and released three.

Grant Haley made some noise during rookie minicamp, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the corner position. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Giants made Haley their next signing.

Here’s the full list of additions and cuts:

Signed: OL Chris Scott, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, OL Malcolm Bunche, WR Alonzo Russell, CB Mike Jones, RB Robert Martin

Released: CB Brandon Dixon, OL Adam Bisnowaty, LB Derrick Mathews, CB C.J. Goodwin, TE Stephen Baggett, CB Bryon Fields

Clint Frazier Promoted by the New York Yankees Ahead of Nationals Series

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

New York Yankees‘ Clint Frazier caused quite a frenzy on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon when Josh Norris of Baseball America sent this tweet out:

Fans have been clamoring for “Red Thunder” since he recovered from concussion symptoms suffered in spring training and started hitting .362 with 3 homers in AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Correspondingly, Aaron Hicks (.215) and Brett Gardner (.227) have gotten off to slow starts offensively and fans have been wondering how long until Frazier got his chance.

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The move to bring Frazier up during the Nationals series brings another hot right-handed bat into the lineup tonight against LHP Gio Gonzalez.

 

Preview: LHP Gio Gonzalez Versus The Bronx Bombers

When the New York Yankees play in Washington, D.C against the Nationals on Tuesday, it’ll be a matchup of two of baseball’s hottest teams. LHP Gio Gonzalez will be on the mound for the Nationals against the Yankees’ RHP Masahiro Tanaka.

Gonzalez hasn’t faced the Yankees in inter-league play since 2015. For his career, he has a 1-5 record with a 6.65 ERA in eight games against the Yankees and with that record in mind, he should be in for a rude awakening against the current incarnation of the Bronx Bombers.

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Gonzalez, 32, has been with the Nationals for six seasons and becomes a free agent this fall. He has been an extremely durable pitcher over his career, only once going on the 15-day disabled list back in 2014. He’s a two time All-Star and finished third in 2012 and sixth in 2017 for the Cy Young Award.

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According to MLB.com, recently Gonzalez has been on a roll, allowing only two runs and striking out 21 in his past 18 innings of work. He has a 4-2 record with a 2.22 ERA in eight games this season.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post writes that where Gonzalez was once a hard-thrower, blowing fastballs by hitters, his average fastball velocity has diminished over the past few seasons and he began modifying his approach last season.

Gonzalez told Castillo that in ’17 he became a pitcher, not a just a thrower:

“Last year was a huge adjustment point,” Gonzalez said. “Last year I was actually pitching. I wasn’t trying to throw it. I understand that I have to be a pitcher. And that’s what it was. I don’t have to throw hard to get outs, and last year proved it. You just have to locate.”

Gonzalez has adjusted his repertoire to increase the use of his change-up (83 mph) and curve ball (76 mph), which Brooks Baseball describes as having “exceptional bite,” along with his sinker (90 mph) and a four seam fastball (90 mph).

Gonzalez will be facing a lineup unlike any other in Major League Baseball—- four hitters have ten home runs or more on the season: Aaron Judge (11), Giancarlo Stanton (10), Didi Gregorius (10) and Gary Sanchez (10).

Coley Harvey of ESPN writes of the historical significance of this accomplishment:

“Before this year, the Yankees had never had four players hit 10 or more home runs by the team’s 40th game of a season — or by the 50th game, for that matter.”

On the season, for example, Stanton is hitting .457 against left-handed pitchers with seven homers and he punished lefty Brett Anderson of the Athletics on Sunday going 4-4, including a home run and three RBIs.

Stanton also has a more than a passing familiarity with Nationals Park.  According to Fox Sports, he has a .287/.366/.651 slash line in Nationals Park and in 55 career games there  has 20 home runs.

Left-handed batter Gregorius is likewise having success against lefties this season, hitting .268 with 2 homers.

There are those who predict a Yankees-Nationals World Series in ’18. Tuesday’s matchup of these two powerhouse clubs may just have that October feel to it!

The Giants’ 2018 Season Will Depend on One Player’s Performance

New York Giants, Eli Manning

There has recently been a lot of optimism for the New York Giants since the draft. New General Manager, Dave Gettleman, has completely revamped the entire roster. The defense has several playmakers while the Giants continue to add depth. The offense, on paper, looks like one of the best in the league.

It has been years since Eli Manning has an offensive line capable of protecting him, it looks like that may change in 2018. Dave Gettleman revamped and upgraded the entire line. The Giants’ 2018 season will depend on one players’ performance.

It is up to Eli:

A lot of blame has been put on the shoulders of Eli, especially after a 3-13 season. But many people around him say he can still play at a high level. Now he will have a legitimate chance to prove it.

For too long, Eli Manning has had to deal with far more pressure than he should have. In 2017, Eli’s snap to throw time was 2.5 seconds. This was in the bottom five in the NFL. This shows truly how quickly Eli had to find his receiver and get rid of the ball before he gets hit.

Let us not forget, the Giants led the league in dropped passes, with 45. The next closest teams were the Cardinals and the Raiders, which each had 38 drops. It wasn’t even close.

With an improved offensive line, and Saquon Barkley to keep the defense honest, Eli will have the time he needs to make more plays. With improved weapons, the offense should see fewer drops. Good protection and explosive weapons is a recipe for a great offense. The rest will be up to Eli.

I bELIeve. Do you?

New York Mets Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays (5/15-5/16)

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Zack Wheeler

After the New York Mets split a rain-shortened series against the Philadelphia Phillies, they return home to welcome in the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets have struggled mightily, failing to win back to back games since their nine game winning streak ended. The Blue Jays currently sit in third place in the AL East with a 21-20 record. The Mets went 6-7 during interleague play in 2017.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/15, 7:10 PM) Jaime Garcia (2-2, 5.40 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09 ERA)

(5/16, 1:10 PM) J.A. Happ (4-3, 4.80 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.03 ERA)

Mets Struggling to Score

The Mets offense has accounted for a lot of their struggles during this rough patch for the team. They are second to last in the NL in runs scored to the Miami Marlins are last in the NL in hits. Not only is the team struggling to get on base, they can not drive in runners when they actually get on. The team is only hitting .227 with runners in scoring position and Asdrubal Cabrera is the only Met hitting over .300.

Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are two cases of potentially dominant pitchers who have not found their groove this season. Syndergaard’s ERA looks great but he has averaged a hit per inning and has not had that dominant game yet this season. The Blue Jays are second in the AL in strikeouts which could be a formula for success Tuesday night. Wheeler has been solid this season as well, but his eight run outing against the Rockies inflated his ERA.

Flying in the Middle of the Pack

The Blue Jays also come in with an underachieving offense but has the potential to have a lot of power. Kevin Pillar and Yangervis Solarte have carried the load for the offense. Pillar leads the team with a .308 average and Solarte leads the team with nine home runs. The Blue Jays rotation has struggled a little bit but Aaron Sanchez has been their best pitcher with a 4.08 ERA. Marcus Stroman was supposed to be the teams ace but put up an 0-5 record with a 7.71 ERA before he was sent to the DL.

Two key Mets from the 2015 World Series run will make a return to Citi Field. Tyler Clippard and Curtis Granderson have revived their careers north of the border. Clippard is actually tied for the team lead with four wins and 1.23 ERA. He will likely assume closer duties with Roberto Osuna facing suspension due to an off the field incident. Granderson does not qualify for AL leaders but he would be tied for fourth with a .431 on-base percentage. He was a fan favorite during his time in Flushing and the Mets will likely have something nice planned for him.

Matchups to Look Out For (Small Sample Sizes Incoming)

Yangervis Solarte vs. Noah Syndergaard: 1-3 (.333) K

Wilmer Flores vs. Jaime Garcia: 4-12 (.333) 2 HR, 2B, 3 K

Randal Grichuk vs. Noah Syndergaard: 0-3 (.000) BB, 2 K

Jay Bruce vs. Jaime Garcia: 12-58 (.207) 2 Doubles, 2 BB, 16 K

Josh Donaldson: He Good

Interesting Stats

Curtis Granderson at Citi Field: 211-1002 (.211) 39 HR, 111 RBI, 135 BB, 251 K

Zack Wheeler during pitches 76-100 in 2018: 31 Batters Faced, 4 H, 1 R, 7 K, .138 AVG

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New York Giants Addressed 3 Different Positions With A Single Draft Pick

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants entered the 2018 offseason as one of the most underwhelming and disastrous franchises in professional football. Their grapple with success has been a five year ordeal, ever since the Super Bowl win in 2012.

The Giants and former incompetent general manager, Jerry Reese, were lost in a state of trance. A place where only skill players made sense on draft day and where offensive lineman came to die. A massive spending spree that solved the issues on defense only forced the offense to operate with less than adequate talent. Head coach Ben McAdoo filled the stadium with fans holding signs that expressed vulgar verbiage towards the spiraling coach.

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The team was in disarray, and owner John Mara knew something had to be done. The firing of Reese and McAdoo followed shortly after the benching of Eli Manning. Fast forward a few weeks and former Carolina GM Dave Gettleman was now leading the Giants into the most important offseason since 2004.

The consensus was that Big Blue would either address the quarterback position in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, or they would take running back Saquon Barkley. The team had immediate issues at the running back and offensive line positions. Protecting Eli Manning was a priority going into the offseason, so by logic, keeping him safe and calm in the pocket would be the expectation in 2018.

How did the Giants do that?

They chose Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick… The Penn State star isn’t only a running back, but he’s a receiver and premier blocker. At 234 pounds, Barkley acquires the ability to stop a linebacker in their tracks, and also swing out to the slot receiver position and run perfect routes. Taking Barkley at No. 2 didn’t just address the running back corps, but it also added value to the WR unit and Manning’s protection.

The value the young RB brings to the Giants will be essential to their game-plan for years to come, and his versatility on the field is what ultimately forced Gettleman to draft him.