New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks Likely To Miss Remainder of Season

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

New York Yankees’ slugger Aaron Hicks has been sidelined since early August with a right flexor strain. The 29-year-old will avoid getting Tommy John surgery, but was told by a doctor in California that he needs a few more weeks to rest which will likely end his season. Dr. Neal ElAttrache recommended that he rest before getting reevaluated in a few weeks. This “rest-and-rehab” method will hopefully help Hicks to avoid getting surgery.

“Surgery certainly would be on the table,” said manager Aaron Boone. “I wouldn’t even call it likely. It’s very much up in the air with how he responds.”

Hicks had begun a throwing program which ultimately proved that he needed more time to recover. He was shut down again just days after the program began.

“Yeah, even if it’s ultimately not surgery, the clock’s against him now,” Boone said  Wednesday. “We have a lot of good players out there. We’ll be all right.”

Without Hicks, the outfield will primarily be left to Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Aaron Judge, and Clint Frazier. Giancarlo Stanton is expected to make a return from the injured list soon as well. There have also been talks that Tyler Wade could see some more time in the outfield now in Hicks’ absence.

Hicks signed a 7 year / $70,000,000 contract with the New York Yankees this year.

This season Hicks is batting .235 with 12 home runs and 36 runs batted in. Fans remember his spectacular game earlier this year against the Minnesota Twins when he hit the go-ahead home run and superman-dove to catch the final out. Hicks’ defensive and offensive production will be missed by the Yankees heading into the postseason.

 

New York Giants News, 9/12 – Here’s a big reason the Giants were smoked by the Cowboys

New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

When Amari Cooper secured his single touchdown catch of the night, it was odd to see New York Giants rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker in coverage. The immediate thought that ran through my mind was, “why isn’t Janoris Jenkins blanketing him?”

Were the coaches looking to throw Baker into the fire and give him some film to study? A bit late for that experiment during the first regular-season game of the year against a division rival, don’t you think?

In fact, Jenkins, who shadowed Cooper on 64.5% of his routes, allowed just one catch on three targets for 13 yards. Cooper’s stat-line for the night was  — 6 catches, 106 yards, one touchdown. So, how exactly did Cooper manage to thread the Giants’ defense when Jenkins shut him down for a majority of his routes?

Well, we can see that on 35.5% of his offensive snaps he was covered by Baker or Antonio Hamilton, both of which were torched in the process. A substantial opportunity to record film on both players, but it undoubtedly cost the Giants any chance at fighting back and making the game close.

However, Cooper is also capable of playing out of the slot, which Jenkins struggles in. That’s how the Cowboys managed to scheme around Jenkins and match up their best pass-catchers against the Giants’ weakest links. Also, Dallas’ No. 2 wideout, Michael Gallup, finished the afternoon with seven receptions for 158 yards. This puts the Giants’ secondary strength on display, and while they have a ton of youth and inadequate chemistry hurting them, allowing 405 yards through the air is unacceptable.

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New York Yankees need their esteemed veteran for the playoffs

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

For only the second time in 12 years, New York Yankees veteran leader and outfielder Brett Gardner has broken the 20 home run mark.

Gardner, known for his speed and slap-shot abilities, has adjusted his launch angle to provide more upward lift increasing home runs. While his batting average is just .245, he has earned 58 RBIs, 11 more than in 2010 where his BA was .277. He only hit five homers that year, which shows how influential the long ball can be in supporting runs and helping compensate for lack of pitching, something the Yankees have dealt with during the 2019 season.

The Yankees will undoubtedly need their “wise man” for the playoffs. In what was thought to be his final season with the Bombers, Gardner has justified his worth and that he is deserving of another year with the only team he has ever played for.

Brett Gardner has been a beast for the New York Yankees:

Brett’s influence comes in more ways than just his home runs totals — his leadership and experience have helped the younger players on the roster develop and mature.

He’s been great. He’s been such a good player between the lines,” manager Aaron Boone said. “For as banged up as we’ve been, he’s been one of the constants. He’s such a grinder. He’s a guy that everyone looks to. The edge that he brings to the ballpark every day rubs off on guys. There’s obviously that leadership element and quality he brings that is so important, but I think it’s really important that we not overlook what a good player he is, and what a good two-way player he’s been.

For the Yanks this season, Gardner has been an integral piece of the offense and defense as players have dropped due to injuries. From Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Tauchman, Aaron Hicks, to Cameron Maybin, Gardner has kept his health, even as the veteran of the group.

Moving forward, the Bombers will need him to continue producing and will likely start him during the playoffs in the field if Stanton is unable. Ideally, he would act as a utility player in the outfield as the intensity elevates during the postseason. He’s a great option to supplement injuries.

 

New York Yankees: CC Sabathia, A LegaCCy in question

New York Yankees, Yankees, CC Sabathia

As the New York Yankees take the field tonight in Detroit following as poor a performance seen in a long time just a night ago, CC Sabathia will be handed the ball coming off yet another stint on the IL. Chronic issues in his knee have left many wondering what will become of the one-time workhorse of the Yankees pitching rotation.

The Yankees franchise has always been the model organization when embracing the retirements of beloved players. Any fan of any generation can attest to sending players with the most respected farewell filled with grace and pride. But it seems Sabathia has received mixed emotions within the most knowledgeable and passionate fan-base in baseball. CC Sabathia has to embrace all he has accomplished in his career while recognizing the fans that feel his retirement is overdue.

So as the Yankees start to piece together their postseason roster, where does that leave Sabathia? Imagine how difficult it must be for Aaron Boone to cap off a year filled with success within a season bombarded with injury after injury to give CC Sabathia and the fans the perfect end to 2019. A pitcher who has given everything he has to his craft determined to go out on top against a fan-base that want to see the championship back in the Bronx at any cost.

One thing is certain, Sabathia is heading into October against an unfortunate detractor, the Yankee fan so hungry for glory they are willing to leave him behind. Even as the possibility of sliding into a bullpen role falls into the discussion, it still will leave a few unsatisfied. Sabathia deserves better from the fans he gave all these years too. Even more, CC Sabathia has earned the privilege of serious October baseball. Let’s do what we as fans do better than others and stand up and tip your cap to a man that gave the pinstripes everything he had and then some.