Is A Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Reunion Possible For The New York Giants?

Losing Dominique Rogers-Cromartie this off-season was a major hit to the New York Giants secondary. The 32 year-old was set to count approximately $5 million against the salary cap, which was far too expensive for the Giants’ taste.

Apparently, every other team in the NFL happens to agree with that. Rogers-Cromartie is still looking for a home, one that is looking to cash in on the old but still talented corner back. Since he has tested the market and realized that no team is going to pick him up for such a price, he might consider a return to the Giants if possible.

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Despite the renewed faith in Eli Apple and shutdown corner in Janoris Jenkins already featured on the defense, Big blue lacks a true slot corner. DRC is one of the best slot corners in the league and would immediately improve the secondary and further promote the new win-first culture.

The benefits would only add on to the hype of this modified Giants football team, for it was not their intention to release Cromartie, but it was his intention to receive more money. Now that he sees that no one is going to offer him what he wants, there shouldn’t be a problem in coming back to Big Blue, a home where he was quite successful.

What DRC brings to the table:

We know that the Giants have gotten better on both sides of the football, which should create opportunity for even more success for DRC. Last season was not one of his best performances, but we can be fair enough to say that everyone on the Giants had a bad season last year.

If you take a look at the season prior, he had 6 interceptions which tied his career high, and 21 passes defended. He will be surrounded by much more talent this season and he was one of the big leaders in the locker room for the Giants. Which is crucial in Eli Apple’s case, for he needs all of the mentoring and guidance that he can get.

Looking into next season and even the future, I believe that Cromartie can offer at least two more good years, for there was a time where he was one of the elite corners in the league. He has built up a reputation that holds him as one of the best cover corners in the NFL, thanks to his lightening quick speed and agility. If the Giants were to go and try to reach for Cromartie, it wouldn’t be the worst idea. In fact, it might be one of the few pieces that the Giants are missing on defense.

The Giants currently have about $7 million in cap space remaining after the signing of former Carolina WR Russell Shepard. They have yet to sign first-round pick Saquon Barkley as well, which should take up a decent chunk of cap. DRC would need to agree to a contract in the $2-3 million range, which would be the absolute max the Giants can spend.

New York Giants Safety Can’t Stop Raving About Saquon Barkley

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

New York Giants‘ Saquon Barkley has been turning heads since the first day of rookie minicamp. He has been able to showcase has instincts as a ball carrier, has excelled at catching the ball, and has been able to pick up blitz protection. He can even throw the ball pretty well.

The coaches, media, and fans have all enjoyed watching Saquon Barkley’s first weeks as a New York Giant. But, what is really important is how the players feel about him.

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One player had some high praise for the rookie:

Landon Collins has been a spectator so far this offseason while recovering from forearm surgery. So, he has been able to see everything that happens on the field from a different perspective.

“He hit a hole so explosive and so fast [on Monday], I was like, I’ll probably get out of the way a little bit [if I was on defense],” Collins joked on Tuesday at a Thuzio question and answer event at Slate with Tiki Barber in Manhattan, via The Post. “He’s got great vision, great hands out of the backfield. He’s going to be awesome. Best thing I love about him is he’s so humble.”

It is no secret that Landon Collins is a player that speaks his mind, so getting a vote of confidence from him should mean a lot to Barkley. We all know, Landon Collins would not say those things if he did not mean them.

This was not the first time Landon Collins spoke praise of Saquon Barkley though.

“Best thing about Saquon Barkley being on our team is the fact that I won’t have to try to tackle him,” Collins said shortly after the draft.

This is especially meaningful coming from one of the harder hitting safeties in the league, who does not shy away from contact.

I too am happy with Saquon Barkley being a Giant.

New York Yankees Flashback: Joe Pep, and Freddy the Fan

New York Yankees, Yankees, Hideki Matsui
Joe Pepitone was in his rookie season when he became the sixth player in American League history to homer twice in the same inning on this day in 1962. The New York Yankees rode their nine-run eighth inning to a 13-7 victory over Kansas City.
Derek Jeter had three hits, two rbi’s and scored two on May 23, 2007, in an 8-3 Yankee Stadium win over Boston. His second-inning single was Derek’s 2,215th career safety, pushing him past Joe DiMaggio into fifth place on the all-time Yankees hit list.
The Yanks jumped on Curt Schilling with a three-run Hideki Matsui first-inning bomb, then kept the Sox at bay with singleton scores in the second, third, fourth, seventh, and eighth innings while Andy Pettitte kept the visitors off the board until the top of the seventh. It was Manager Joe Torre‘s 1,110th win on the Yankee bench on a night when the paying crowd numbered an eerily exact 55,000 fans.
A very good Bartolo Colon start against Toronto in Yankee Stadium on May 23, 2011, derailed in the sixth inning, as he surrendered five runs on three hits and three walks, two of them intentional. The only highlight (and a quirky one at that) in the 7-3 Yankee loss is that Curtis Granderson reached on three straight walks, scored for the Yankee runs each time, and was driven in all three times by Robinson Cano.
Power-hitter and lefty-batting outfielder Charlie “King Kong” Keller died on May 23, 1990. Almost all of Keller’s career came with the Yanks, though the five home runs and 37 rbi’s he garnered with Detroit in 1950-1951 brought his total with New York from 1939-1949 plus 1952 to 184 long balls good for 723 runs driven in.
Two one-time Yankee managers celebrate May 23 as their birthday, Buck Showalter (1956) and Clyde King (1924), who directed the Yanks to a 29-33 record for part of the 1982 season. And most of us regulars at the old Stadium would have no trouble including the following personality in the Yankee birthday list: On May 23, 1925, Fred Schulman, Freddy the Fan, he of the pan, the spoon, and the three-color signs, was born.

Greg Bird And Tyler Austin Will Compete For Yankees First Base Spot

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird could return soon, but he might have to face a position battle with Tyler Austin. Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently confirmed that while Friday is a bit too early of an estimate, Bird might make his return over the weekend.

The 25-year-old underwent ankle surgery on March 27, giving him a recovery timetable of six to eight weeks. Since then, he’s played games at the A+, AA, and AAA levels during a rehab assignment. He’ll have competition after returning to the Yankees, however, because of the rise of Tyler Austin. Austin has performed well in Bird’s absence and is even hitting .293 against left-handed pitchers.

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Bird, on the other hand, hasn’t found the same success in the minor leagues during his rehab assignment. He batted .133 and .167 for the Yankees AA and AAA teams, and those numbers are a bit distant from the ones that Austin is putting up in the big leagues.

“We will see how it plays out, and matchups and stuff,” Boone said, before the second game of the series with the Rangers. “Tyler has put himself in a very good position and has had a big hand in us winning games.”

With two viable options at first base, the Yankees will have a real position battle on hand. It looks like Bird is the better overall player, but Austin is on a hot streak and has been great against lefties this season. The battle may be decided by which pitchers are starting for opposing teams in the next few series, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out if Bird does make his return on the weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.

The 2018 Season Outlook For The New York Giants

The 2018 regular season is still far away from beginning and the New York Giants have a lot of hype coming into this year.  With the addition of Saquon Barkley, a healthy Odell, Collins, Jenkins, and a revamped offensive line, the expectations are growing as the days pass.

What appears to be a more mature Eli Apple and a new defensive scheme should promote a new sense of time management and control on the defensive side of the ball. One of the biggest changes is the culture, as general manager Dave Gettleman has made it a priority to bring in players that are committed to the game and want to win more than they want to breathe. 

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The Giants’ 2018 schedule is tough:

When the schedules came out in April, at first glance, I thought to myself “OH BOY”, we’re in for a long season. Big Blue has one of the leagues most difficult schedules, and they will need every bit of their revamped team to make it through with a winning record.

There are no easy games for the New York Giants. Since birth, I can not remember one easy game where I was able to sit back, relax and enjoy the game. Wait, there is one game. The 2000 NFC Championship against the Vikings, 41-0… Only for us to get slaughtered in the Super Bowl, but anyway. (Know any others? Comment below)

Besides the season after the 2007 Super Bowl victory, I do not think I have ever been this excited for the campaign to get underway.  From all the reports and videos from OTA’s, the Giants are a completely different team and I’m drinking Kool-aid. But, there’s still work to be done.  It seems like everyone is clicking, maturing and buying into the new systems, etc., but caution is advisable.

This is the same trend that happened last season.  The Giants emerged as favorites in the NFC East after adding Brandon Marshall and further developing the offense (supposedly). We all know what happened in 2017, so this time around we must be humble.

Hey, I want the Giants to win maybe more than anyone, but we are still in a stage of transition.

Giants 2017 rankings:

Offense:                                   Projections:

PTS: 15.4 (31st)                   PTS: 21.4

YDS: 314.2 (21st)               YDS: 352.3

Pass YDS: 217.4 (19th)   Pass YDS: 252.1

Rush YDS: 96.8 (26th)     Rush YDS: 132.1

Defense:                                  Projections:

PTS: 24.2 (28th)                   PTS: 21.2

YDS: 373.2 (31st)               YDS: 332

Pass YDS: 252.4 (31st)    Pass YDS: 218.2

Rush YDS: 120.8 (27th)  Rush YDS: 103.2

 

With the overhaul of the front office, things seem to be on the up-and-up, but moving forward into the 2018 season must be taken with a grain of salt. Success seems to be imminent, but making drastic predictions before pre-season even hits is a ballsy move. Let’s tone it down this time around and take it one day at a time. 

Realistically, the Giants jumping from three wins to 5-7 would be a decent improvement. Anything more would be phenomenal, especially with the difficulty of the schedule. Making the playoffs would be a god-send, so we must temper our expectation and understand that immediate turnarounds are rare, but not impossible. 

The offensive line is still a question mark:

The offensive line is still a major question mark, despite adding Nate Solder, Will Hernandez and Patrick Omameh. Ensuring that Eli Manning stays upright and is given ample time to throw the ball is a priority, and Gettleman addressing the line attests to that.

The defense is still under construction. The secondary is still weak and lacks serious depth. Eli Apple will be expected to live up to his potential, and at least one of the undrafted free agents will need to step up and play a big role in their first season. Janoris Jenkins will be as dominant as always and William Gay will provide security in case of injury. 

The linebacker corps is solid, with Olivier Vernon making the transition to outside linebacker, and the signing of Alec Ogletree is the MIC LB. Bringing on Kareem Martin and drafting Lorenzo Carter will also benefit the run-stopping game.

The defensive line is solid.  Even last season, I still thought the line was very good.  But, now there’s a new scheme and more rotational players for the 3-4 defense which will keep everyone fresh, we hope.  As for the safeties, Collins will be healthy and is an all-pro, enough said. The other safety spot is up for grabs, personally, I think Andrew Adams is a better safety than Darian Thompson. Thompson was basically hurt all last season and I had high hopes for him when drafted, but this is a make or break season for him.

Overall, I think the Giants are going to be a lot better team than they were last season.  I mean, hey, it can’t get any worse. And it won’t. However, there’s still a ton of work to do for this team and organization. At least now with a running game, more efficient offensive line and healthy players, the Giants are more watchable than ever. Time will only tell how this new culture is going to play out for our beloved Giants.  We got a tough season ahead, so buckle up. 

Final prediction…7-9.

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New York Mets Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (5/24-5/27)

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

After a rough end to a 5-3 home stand, the New York Mets will fly to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a four game series. The Mets seemed to get their act together but their offense cannot get out of their own way. The Brewers have had a terrific season so far and are in first place in the NL Central with a 31-19 record. The Mets took two out of three games from the Brewers at Citi Field in April.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/24, 8:10 PM) Steven Matz (1-3, 4.42 ERA) vs. Zach Davies (2-3, 4.24 ERA)

(5/25, 8:10 PM) Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 2.91 ERA) vs. Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.98 ERA)

(5/26, 4:10 PM) Jason Vargas (1-3, 9.87 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (4-3, 3.86 ERA)

(5/27, 2:10 PM) Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.32 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 3.32 ERA)

Inconsistent Mets


The Mets are certainly playing better baseball over the last week but their hitting is still keeping the Mets from being great. Their starters and relievers have done a terrific job of saving this teams offense.

The struggles of Jay Bruce combined with the losses of Todd Frazier and Yoenis Cespedes have led to a struggling offense. Bruce has only hit three home runs and has what is currently a career low .366 slugging percentage. To cap off a tough series against the Miami Marlins, the Mets scored four runs in three games against one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball.

Jacob deGrom delivered another terrific performance last night and has established himself as the current ace of the Mets rotation. The unsung duo of Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo has played very large roles out of the Mets bullpen. In the new age of bullpens where multiple inning relievers are coveted, the Mets have the ability to have two. Gsellman has a 2.67 ERA, Lugo has a 1.84 ERA and they have combined for five wins. With a lot of talk about them being moved to a starting role, they serve better in the bullpen right now.

Brew Crew Back On Their Winning Ways


The Brewers do everything you expect a first place team to do. They hit for power, they pitch extremely well and they have taken the step to be a respectable fielding team. The newly acquired outfielders, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, have produced very strong seasons. Travis Shaw also leads the team with 11 home runs and their offense is still strong even with the losses of Eric Thames and Ryan Braun to injuries. Jesus Aguilar has done a terrific job of stepping up in both of their places. Aguilar leads the Brewers with a .324 average and a .577 slugging percentage.

The Brewers have the second best team ERA in baseball at 3.34. Chacin and Guerra have emerged as key pitchers in a rotation that does not feature names that necessarily scare you. The starters have been good but the Brewers feature a dominant bullpen. Veterans Matt Albers and Dan Jennings have had strong season so far, but are overshadowed by another duo in their bullpen.

Josh Hader has had a historic season so far. In just 29.1 innings he has struck out 58 batters. That number ties him for the 14th most strikeouts in the NL which equals 17.8 strikeouts per nine innings. It would be the highest in MLB history. Jeremy Jeffress has been just has good with a 0.35 ERA. He has allowed only one earned run in 25.2 innings. The Brewers just welcomed back all-star closer Corey Knebel, which makes the Brewers bullpen one of the best in baseball.  

Matchups to Lookout For

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Chase Anderson: 9-21 (.429) 2 Doubles, Home Run, 5 Walks, Strikeout

Hernan Perez vs. Noah Syndergaard: 3-5 (.600) Strikeout

Jay Bruce vs. Zach Davies: 1-15 (.067) Home Run, 2 Walks, Strikeout

Christian Yelich vs. Noah Syndergaard: 2-14 (.143) Double, 6 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Milwaukee Brewers: .332, 13 Home Runs, 48 RBIs, 23 Doubles

Christian Yelich leading off an inning: .308, 13 Home Runs, 13 RBIs