New York Yankees Bounce Back With A 3-2 Win Over The Indians

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

After a poor effort in a 19-5 loss to the Indians on Thursday, the New York Yankees bounced back with a 3-2 win in a pitching duel led by Masahiro Tanaka on Friday.

Tanaka went 6 and 1/3, giving up just two runs off of four hits. He struck out two, and both runs came via the solo home run.

The Yankees got two in the first inning off of RBI singles by Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres. They got another run when Gio Urshela knocked a single to right in the fifth.

Tommy Kahnle faced two batters in relief of Tanaka in the seventh, and punched out both. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman each pitched scoreless innings to end the game. Mike Ford dropped a throw from Didi Gregorius in the eighth, but no damage was done.

Aaron Civale pitched six decent innings for the Indians, but took the loss. Tanaka picked up his ninth win of the season.

James Paxton is expected to go on Saturday for the Yankees, while Zach Pleasac will be throwing for the Indians.

 

New York Yankees: Luke Voit To Begin Rehab Soon

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

New York Yankees power hitting first-baseman Luke Voit will be beginning rehab next week. He hurt his sports hernia in an at-bat on July 30th in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

There was a possibility that Voit would need surgery to repair the hernia, but he will likely avoid it.

When the Yankees head out west after the weekend, Voit will go to Scranton to train for a few days before being placed on the Railriders active roster for rehab. He should be able to return to the Yankees within two weeks.

Before the injury, Voit was batting .278 with 19 home runs and 54 RBIs. His power at the top of the lineup was crucial for the Yankees, and they are greatly missing his bat despite the team playing well.

Hopefully, we will see Luke Voit in pinstripes soon and back to normal.

New York Giants: Three Players To Keep An Eye On Against The Bears

New York Giants, Julian Love

The New York Giants will be hosting the Chicago Bears in their second preseason game tonight. The Giants are coming off of a preseason week one 31-22 win against the Jets. Daniel Jones stole the show last night with an impressive debut. But he was not the only player to turn in a solid performance last Thursday.

Corey Ballentine, T.J. Jones, and Jake Carlock were other standouts from week one. These players surprised many spectators with various impact plays. Here some more players to keep an eye on in Friday’s contest against Chicago:

Russell Shepard

The Giants have had a rocky offseason at the wide receiver position. Obviously, they traded away their best receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., in a shocking and controversial fashion. They then went and signed a 31-year old veteran receiver to replace him, Golden Tate. The injuries struck.

To open training camp, Corey Coleman went down with a season-ending injury while Sterling Shepard is still dealing with a thumb fracture. To top it all off, Golden Tate has been suspended for the first four weeks of the season.

Fortunately, the Giants have a lot of depth at this position. Lesser-known receivers like T.J. Jones and Alonzo Russell have been turning heads. But one player to keep an eye on against the Bears is wide receiver, Russell Shepard.

Shepard had the offense’s play of the game against the Jets last week. At the beginning of the second quarter, Shepard beat his man on a slant route from the slot and caught a rifled pass by Alex Tanney, then broke free and ran away for a 52-yard touchdown:

Russell Shepard was on the Giants’ roster last season but was a backup who was rarely given the opportunity to make an impact. This explosive play against the Jets could lead to more targets for Russell Shepard against the Bears. A few more big plays like this and Shepard could see himself getting some serious playing time in the regular season, especially during the first four weeks with Golden Tate suspended.

Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants have the best running back in the NFL in Saquon Barkley. Barkley lead the league in scrimmage yards with 2,028 as a rookie last season and is primed to have an even better year in 2019. He is obviously locked in as the starter and should see no playing time this preseason.

But behind Saquon Barkley there is a positional battle forming for the second-string running back job. Currently, it is a three-way race between Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, and Rod Smith. None of the three looked very good against the Jets but Gallman had the job last year so it is his to lose.

Wayne Gallman received five carries against the Jets and mustered out only 13 rushing yards for an average of 2.6 yards per carry. Not a strong outing but luckily for Gallman, Perkins, and Smith had equally bad or worse nights.

Wayne Gallman needs to separate himself from the pack and secure the second-team running back position. Tonight against a tough defense like the Bears’, Gallman could win the job with a strong outing. Look to see if Wayne can improve his yards per carry and maybe even score a touchdown to secure his position.

Julian Love

Julian Love had an inconsistent game against the Jets last week. He got off to a very poor start but did rebound later in the game with some solid plays. It will be vital for Julian to work out some of those mistakes in tonight’s game.

Against the Jets, Love was beaten in coverage a couple of times early on and made a poor decision on a goal-line pick play to allow the Jets to score a touchdown. Love seemed to settle down towards the end of the first half, though, making an excellent pass breakup with under a minute to go in the second quarter:

The Giants moved Julian Love around the defense a bit last Thursday. He started the game at corner but later moved over to free safety. This adds to the rookie’s professional learning curve since he needs to learn how to play two positions instead of one.

The Giants might need to commit Julian Love to play one position until he gets acclimated, but if they choose not to, Julian Love will continue to demonstrate a high level of versatility for the Giants’ defense.

New York Knicks: Most overrated and underrated player on the roster

New York Knicks, Allonzo Trier

The New York Knicks have built a solid foundation, packed full of youth and veteran leadership. This offseason has been used to focus on providing experience and guidance for the younger players, and it will surely pay off down the road.

However, plenty of deficiencies remain on the roster, and they won’t disappear come the regular season. In this piece, we will be taking a look at the most overrated and underrated player on the team.

1.) Overrated

There is a ton of talent on the Knicks, but none are as specific as Allonzo Trier. The offensive-minded player is generally only useful in that facet, as he lacks the size and strength to be a quality defender. Also, he’s incredibly selfish on the floor. He rarely passes, averaging just 1.9 assists per game over 22.8 minutes played. Even James Harden, one of the most selfish payers in the game, averaged 7.5 assists per game last season (36.8 minutes per). I know, it’s a bit ludicrous to compare Harden and Trier.

That’s not to say he doesn’t make an impact, as he surely does with his high intensity and speed moving down the floor. The issue is generally his strengths and his insistence on relying on isolation moves and holding onto the ball for way too long. He must prioritize passing and moving the ball to create open shots instead of heaving up contested shots in hopes of a splash.

Some might mention his .394 percentage from three-point land — taking just 2.1 attempts per game attests to the small sample size this number comes from. This season could prove he has developed into a more patient player with a focus on moving the ball and not overdribbling. He’s overrated at this time because of his diversity; however, there’s plenty of time for him to grow into a quality all-around player. He has certainly earned his opportunity in the NBA.

2.) Underrated

Damyean Dotson. The third-year player had a secretly solid season in 2018, one that was overshadowed by the Knicks’ struggles. He averaged 10.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game over 27.5 minutes.

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What I like the most about Dotson is his versatility and ability to act as a utility player for the Knicks. He can serve multiple purposes and has a decent three-ball, hitting on .368 percent of shots from down-town (4.7 per game).

Going into his veteran(ship) season, Damyean is primed for a breakout campaign. The development and growth will finally catch up to him in 2019-20, allowing him to make more of an impact. Defensively, Dotson has massive upside, stripping away 58 steals last season after recording just 12 in his rookie campaign.

The 24-year-old is a persistent player who acts quickly on his instinctual feelings. If his offensive production can continue to increase, he could be an impact player for the Knicks moving forward.

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New York Yankees: Chad Green Struggles as Yankees Lose Big

The New York Yankees have used the bullpen-game strategy several times to which has been mostly successful, except Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians. Chad Green opened the game where he only lasted a quarter of an inning allowing five runs. Jose Ramirez slugged a 98 mph fastball from Green over the centerfield fence for a grand slam. The next batter Jason Kipnis hit one 374 feet for back-to-back home runs.

Green has been predominately one of the New York Yankees’ best bullpen arms. After a short slump at the beginning of the season, Green has shown dominance except for his start Thursday night. Prior to last night’s game, the Yankees were undefeated when starting a bullpen arm.

The night didn’t begin well for the Yanks. They didn’t get out of the first inning until it was 7-0. Then Indians proceeded to slug seven home runs and 24 hits. First basemen Mike Ford made his MLB pitching debut, where he was a two-way player in college at Princeton. However, his experience didn’t do him well as he allowed five runs with two bombs. After the night was over, the Indians beat the Yankees 19-4 (Sheesh).

These games happen, you can’t win every one. Every fan doesn’t want to see the opposing team put up 19 runs, but the pitching just got away from them tonight. This happens to every team during the season. The Yankees will take on the Indians in a rematch tomorrow in the Bronx at 7:05 PM EST.

Hey, at least the Yankees’ no-shutout streak continues!

New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton Provides Injury Update

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

In his second season with the New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton has endured multiple serious injuries thus far. His most recent, a knee injury, has set him back to miss more significant time of the season. Between his knee, shoulders, and biceps, Stanton has been limited to just 38 plate appearances in nine games.

Stanton met with media Thursday where he talked about his rehabbing and making a return. He said, “I’m hitting and throwing now… the next step would be outside running, outside jogging.” When asked about a possible three-week timetable, Stanton said, “The deadline is when my knee is ready to play major league games.” Stanton also mentioned that he’s enjoyed seeing the team play so well which ultimately kept his injury “not so bad”, however on his end – it’s been “brutal.”

General manager Brian Cashman said that Stanton’s absence is definitely being missed, where he said he much more than a DH. Given his physique, Stanton is a premier outfielder with tremendous athleticism.

Stanton was asked about a healthy return this season to where he said, “Yeah, I’m doing everything I can to get there. So, that’s what this process is and what I’m working for.” So he’s hopeful for a return this season and the Yankees would definitely like his name on the lineup card heading into the postseason. Brian Cashman has also mentioned that he fully expects a September return.

Teammates also expected to make a return soon is Luis Severino, David Hale, Greg Bird, and Luke Voit.

New York Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. shows what he’s been doing this off-season (VIDEO)

New York Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

The New York Knicks are putting a lot of trust and faith in third-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. He’s an exciting athlete that is capable of magnificent dunks and game-changing plays, but his inconsistencies have hurt him and his potential the last two years.

Dennis has averaged just 14.5 points per game since his inception in 2017, actually seeing his averages decline after his rookie season. However, he will be the point guard for the Knicks moving forward.

Signing veteran PG Elfrid Payton and retaining third-year option Frank Ntilikina has given the Knicks a trio of inconsistent but capable point guards. Each one has their strengths, but Smith Jr. offers the most in terms of production and defensive quality. We have seen him take over games and show flashes of elite play, but making it a more frequent occurrence is the trick.

Dennis has worked this off-season tirelessly in Tarrytown, NY to refine his jump shot and perimeter shooting efficiency.

Aside from the fundamentals he has been developing, he has worked to strengthen his core and other muscle group things to avoid injury. Injuries have hurt his progression and consistency in the NBA. Working on his stamina and strengthening his body as a whole should help him avoid picking up ailments that can hurt his flow and rhythm next season.

While Smith Jr. isn’t the biggest player in the league and doesn’t have popping muscles, he’s incredibly athletic and quick on his feet. The physical traits he has gives him an advantage over other point guards, especially stiff ones like Ntilikina. Moving forward, I fully expect him to take a big developmental jump, but the priority is his health and ensuring he can handle a full workload.

The New York Giants need to give WR TJ Jones a fighting chance

T.J. Jones, New York Giants

With the New York Giants losing Golden Tate for the first four games of the regular season due to a violation against the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, several other past catchers will earn the opportunity to fight for a roster spot.

Tate is an automatic starter, but behind him and Sterling Shepard, the competition is wide open. Receivers such as Cody Latimer, TJ Jones, Brittan Golden, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, and Alonzo Russell are all fighting for a starting spot.

At this point, Latimer seems to be in the lead for the number three spot on the wide receiver corps, but Jones is making a significant impact.

Better receivers have kept Jones in the shadows over the last few seasons. The emergence of Kenny Golladay with the Detroit Lions pushed Jones down the depth chart, but he has plenty of talent and effectiveness to offer another team. The Giants will need his services this year after injuries to Corey Coleman and a suspension to Golden Tate.

What are the New York Giants getting in TJ Jones?

Last season, TJ played in 15 games hauling in 19 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He had a catch rate of 73.1%, which attests to his trustworthy hands. For the Giants this preseason, he has looked sharp. In the first preseason game against the New York Jets, he led the Giants in both receptions (6) and yards (72) and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Lauletta on the back shoulder.

His decisiveness and dynamic play style make him a threat as a wide-out and in the slot. The Giants can move him all around the offense and utilize him in different ways to keep the defense honest.

Jones seems to have a chip on his shoulder and sees the opportunity with this struggling wide receiver group. He has left his mark thus far and will earn another chance against the Chicago Bears on Friday night to prove that he can be an impact player during the regular season.

“We signed him because we liked him,” Shurmur said. “We felt like he was a guy that could come in, compete, and make our team, regardless of who we had on the roster. It was more of replacing Corey at that time. When you have a player that’s going to miss a month, then it kind of elevates the guys behind him. One of those guys may be a guy that’s here for a month until Golden gets back.”

New York Jets: Grades and Analysis Against the Atlanta Falcons

New York Jets, Luke Falk

The New York Jets come out of Atlanta with their first win of the preseason, and they showed a lot of promise across the board. Here is my analysis of the game and some team grades.

Sam Darnold is looking good

Sam Darnold is looking like the real deal. After completing 5 out of 7 passes for 46 yards, the Jets signal-caller looks like he has total command of the offense. Darnold showed grace under pressure by keeping himself composed while evading defenders in the pocket. Darnold also showed his ability to perfectly place the ball by throwing behind Robby Anderson on a go route and almost completing a beautiful dime on the move to Quincy Enunwa in the endzone.

If Darnold continues to show this kind of quality, then Jets will finally have the franchise QB they’ve been looking for, for the past 50 years.

Front seven is deadly

The New York Jets front seven has been dominant allowing 124 rushing yards combined in the first two preseason games. This unit has the potential to be good with C.J. Mosely operating the ship. Henry Anderson was lights out, putting a lot of pressure on Matt Ryan. Quinnen Williams was also showing up tonight being a disruptive force down the middle, specifically on third down.

The New York Jets have something special going on in the front seven. It’ll be up to the secondary to complete the defense and make it a top unit.

Secondary getting torched

The Jets secondary, specifically their cornerbacks, are getting manhandled every down. The secondary couldn’t stop a person with paraplegia if there were one on the field. To make matters worse, the football gods handed out their weekly slap to the face to Jet fans by injuring some of the no names in the already thin secondary. The Jets secondary situation is in DEFCON 1; Joe Douglas needs to make a move now if not, the results could be disastrous.

Still, don’t have a kicker

Taylor Bertolet is the only kicker on the Jets roster right now, and the Jets should seriously consider adding some competition. Bertolet wasn’t awful, but he also wasn’t that good. Bertolet had a rocky start after missing an extra point to start the game but redeemed himself by hitting a 49-yard field goal. Bertolet did have a small sample size tonight and should be given another shot, but I don’t think any Jet fan is comfortable with him being the only kicker on the roster.

Offensive Grade: B

The offense tonight was good all around no matter who was on the field. The biggest issue was the fact that O-line looked inconsistent throughout the whole game. Another issue I had was that the running game was nonexistent after Ty Montgomery left the field. Other than those two problems, I think they looked solid.

Defensive Grade: B-

This grade is most reflective on the front seven; however, as the game progressed, the secondary did look a little better. The New York Jets still have work to do on the defensive side of the ball, but tonight they looked alright.

Special Teams Grade: B

The only reason this grade isn’t an A or an A- is because of the missed extra points by Bertolet. Other than Bertolet’s mistakes, they were average group tonight.

Overall Grade: B