New York Yankees: CC Sabathia Has Another Early Exit Due to Knee Again

New York Yankees, CC Sabathia

New York Yankees’ veteran CC Sabathia was forced to leave Saturday night’s game early against the Oakland Athletics. The team announced that Sabathia is dealing with more knee discomfort which caused his early exit.

No additional tests were scheduled, the team reported, probably because they’ve seen this all season and know what is wrong. However, Sabathia will most likely be sidelined for a few days potentially being added to the injured list again. The left-hander had several surgeries on his knee during his career and had it drained at the beginning of the season.

Sabathia pitched through three full innings Saturday allowed two runs on one hit. In 48 pitches, he fanned two while walking two. Sabathia is currently credited to a 4.90+ ERA and holds a 5-8 record.

The 39-year old plans to have his knee drained again and is considering getting a cortisone shot. He believes he’ll be back on the mound again this season. Knowing that this is his final year, Sabathia will most likely do anything he can do keep pitching in pinstripes.

Sabathia mentioned that his knee was hurting him all night and was getting worse every pitch. He added that he began to feel the pain during the Los Angeles series while taking batting practice one day.

The New York Yankees dropped this game against the Oakland Athletics 8-2. The Yankees record stands at 88-48 while the Athletics are 78-56. This is a big series for the Yankees as the A’s are a team they could be matching up against in the postseason.

New York Giants: Who is the most underrated player on the team?

New York Giants, Aldrick Rosas

If you take a look at the crosstown New York Jets, one of their most significant issues is at the kicker position. For the New York Giants, they have luckily been able to avoid any severe problems after Aldrick Rosas emerged as the starter for the foreseeable future during the 2018 season.

Hitting on 32 of 33 field-goal attempts last year, Rosas earned a Pro Bowl selection for his consistency. Sometimes, it is easy to forget how valuable a kicker can be and the struggles that most teams go through trying to find a successful one.

The difference between having a reliable kicker and not can ultimately cost wins during the regular season. Winning and losing in the NFL can be marginal, which makes that extra three points or six points per game a significant factor. When it comes to Rosas, his confidence is sky high, and he seems ready to take on the tall task of being a starting player in New York.

How has New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas looked this preseason?

Hitting on all of his attempts during the preseason, Rosas has proved he can be a Pro Bowl level talent for the Giants moving forward, the punter position is a bit more murky, with Riley Dixon being the player of choice at the spot. For fantasy purposes, Rosas is a mediocre option due to the caution in regards to the Giants offense and their potential production.

The hopes are that Rosas can be a trusted option at the end of games when the score is tied up, and the Giants are in field-goal position. He hasn’t been tested much in that category, which requires a lot more poise and precision. Having the confidence to hit at the end of the game when winning or losing is on the line, is the difference between a good and great kicker.

New York Knicks primary target for 2020 free agency

Could the New York Knicks pursue Anthony Davis next offseason?

While it’s certainly a bit early to consider free agency next season, it’s always fun to contemplate who could be available for the New York Knicks, especially after missing out on both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The top players on the market next year will be Anthony Davis, Mike Conley, and Draymond Green. The Knicks could go after one, if not several of these players, but convincing them that Madison Square Garden is more appealing than the Barclay’s center will be the tall task at hand.

The youth evolving for the Knicks is the key to luring superstars to the franchise. Players like RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and more hold the keys to being a successful franchise with NBA Final hopes down the line, but it could be sooner rather than later.

Davis, who was traded for the remainder of his contract (one year) to the Los Angeles Laker, will perform on a stacked team already housing the league’s best player in Lebron James. Adding Davis to the mix will make the virtually unstoppable, which will only increase his monetary value for the next free agency period.

The New York Knicks set themselves up correctly for next offseason:

The Knicks smartly built contracts around veterans with an out after their first season, which allows them to clear cap if need be to pursue a top player like AD.

(via SNY’s Ian Begley)

Depending on how the Knicks spend their money during the summer of 2020, they could also have a sizeable amount of cap space heading into the summer of 2021.  The 2019-20 free-agent class could include Anthony Davis if he doesn’t sign an extension with the Lakers, and could also include restricted free agents Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown.

Davis may elect to sign on with the Lakers for the long haul considering the talent already on the roster, but if the Knicks seem like they’re headed in the right direction, Davis can step into a position to succeed where Carmelo Anthony ultimately failed, despite fantastic offensive production for years.

 

 

New York Giants News, 8/31 – Giants could sign quality veteran linebacker

Could the New York Giants consider free agent, Brandon Marshall?

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The Giants’ defense is all but settled when it comes to the sure-fire starters; however, there aren’t many plug-and-play options that have enough talent to succeed at the top level. With roster cuts going down on Saturday, team’s have already begun trimming, leaving quality players to find new clubs.

One of the more recent cuts, linebacker Brandon Marshall, could fit perfectly with the Giants. Coming off a knee injury, Marshall must prove he’s capable of operating at a high level, as he once did with the Denver Broncos. Raiders coach Jon Gruden called Marshall “one of the best coverage linebackers in football.”

With the emergence of Marshall on the free-agent market, it could force the Giants to cut veteran BJ Goodson in favor of the cover linebacker.

Marshall used training camp to return to full health, as he was unable to feature during the preseason. That might have hurt his chances to start right away for the Raiders, but he could be an impactful force for a different team. The Giants are extremely thin at the linebacker position and need to inject more quality to supplement potential injury and deficiencies. On a team-friendly deal, Marshall could fit the bill perfectly.

Nonetheless–

Paul Schwartz (NY Post) – Giants could have interest in released linebacker Brandon Marshall

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Giants roster cuts tracker: Follow all the roster moves here

The one player the New York Yankees don’t need returning to the lineup

New York Yankees, Greg Bird

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has an odd obsession with first baseman Greg Bird. So much so, that despite him not hitting over .200 in the last three years, he’s still a consistent option on the starting team.

Bird went down with an injury this season, being placed on the 60-day injured list with the left plantar fascia tear. A working timeline for his return has not been determined, but Cashman will likely find a way to see him back to the active roster. Hopefully, it won’t be until next season when he’s completely healthy again. In all seriousness, he shouldn’t return at all.

The reality of Bird’s situation is simple; he doesn’t have the offensive production required to be a starter on the Yankees team. He has exceptional defensive traits and qualities, but those only go so far when it comes to playing against some of the best teams in the league come playoff time.

However, he could’ve been used after both Luke about, and Edwin Encarnacion went down with injuries. Utility man DJ LeMahieu has covered for both starters in the meantime. The Yankees also pulled up minor-league first baseman Mike Ford to supplement the loss of their two starters. Luckily, both sluggers will return to full health in the coming weeks.

Is New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on the recovery trail?

“He’s actually doing pretty well,” Boone added. “He’s been on the treadmill of late. I know in his mind, just from the reports I’ve gotten, he’s starting to feel pretty good. So hopefully he’s potentially moving towards getting back into baseball activities.”

Boone didn’t state that Bird was officially done for the season, but it’s seeming like he will be out until next year with the September 1 deadline to call up players nearing.

After an impressive rookie season in 2015 where Bird hit .261 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 46 games, he’s failed to replicate anything close to those numbers. It seems like a pipe-dream to expect anything more than mediocrity from him at the plate moving forward.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Already A Leader According To Starting Receiver

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The decision for the New York Giants to spend a top ten pick on Daniel Jones was controversial, but at least to the other players on the team right now, it’s believed to be paying off right now. Jones had a good game in the Giants’ preseason finale, not playing the longest time compared to Alex Tanney or Kyle Lauletta but still completing all four of his passes for a total of 47 yards, and it set to enter the regular season as the top backup behind Eli Manning.

But according to wide receiver Golden Tate, Jones is already a leader in his own right. “He’s a guy who shows up every day and doesn’t say much. But, he’s quietly become a leader,” Tate told NJ Advance Media.

There’s other players who have echoed similar sentiments and it’s easy to wonder whether or not the pressure to start Jones will force the Giants to make a chance midseason at quarterback, if the early season results with Eli Manning at the helm aren’t what the team is looking for.

So far, the Giants have been committed to Manning this offseason, and have stated as much a number of times, but that hasn’t stopped there from being plenty of speculation about the team changing their minds later on. If the team did decide that starting Jones in the middle of the season is the best option, it looks like Jones would already have an existing base of support within the locker room following his preseason performances.

“He saw single-high coverage, saw a matchup that he liked and threw a ball in there. By the time it caught my eye, it was along the sideline where only I could catch it, or no one could catch it. It’s just a glimpse of what’s to come,” Tate added.

Will there be a future connection between Tate and Jones during the second half of the regular season? We’ll see – but if Eli Manning does anything other than come out and win immediately, it’s clear that at this point, after a very good preseason from Daniel Jones, the pressure will be immense to start the rookie.