New York Yankees: Severino Impresses in Season Debut

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Luis Severino, a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, shows his ace-like stuff in a win against the Los Angeles Angels, on Tuesday night.

Severino was activated off of the 60-day IL last weekend, after being sidelined with right rotator cuff and right lat injuries. He has not appeared in a game in 344 days, his last appearance came in Game 3 of the ALDS last year against the Red Sox (MLB.com).

His outing consisted of 4 innings of two-hit ball, on 67 pitches, and nine swings and misses. His repertoire consisted of 96.6 average MPH on 37 fastballs, 19 sliders, and 11 changeups (MLB.com). Severino, Loaisiga (winning pitcher), Gearrin, and Adams combined for a six-hit shutout. This gives the Yankees their 99th win of the season. Aaron Boone and the Yankees front office are making a smart move in easing Severino back into the rotation.

How Effective can Severino be in the Playoffs?

With 10 games left, Severino should be expected to make two more starts. Increasing his pitch count in each outing, he will ultimately be prepared for the postseason. He will be a big boost for a slowly improving rotation.

The ideal spot in the playoff rotation for Severino would most likely be to start game two. Paxton has been one of the best pitchers in the league for the past two months and should be rewarded with being on the bump in game 1 of the 2019 American League Divisional Series. Tanaka, with his experience and track record in the playoffs, should get the nod in game 3 on the road.

The Yankees look to achieve 100 wins on the year and clinch the division by the end of the series, with the magic number at just two. A World Series win would make a great headline, with all the injuries this team has endured. The baseball world is seeing similar signs of Yankees’ past World Series runs, like the ones in ’98 and ’09. Fans can only wait and see what this team brings to the table in the postseason.

New York Giants News, 9/18 – A tribute to Eli Manning

New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The first morning in the wake of Eli Manning’s benching is a sympathetic one. It’s appropriate to take a moment to appreciate all he’s done for the franchise over the last 15 years and the success he’s brought to New York. Please feel free to leave a heartfelt comment below, I will respond to all of you!

Fifteen years ago, I was just eight years old, barely understanding the game of football and what it meant to be a part of a “fan-base.” I quickly began to understand the inner-workings of the game and why Football was not only an essential part of my life but why it was an important aspect of society.

I never played the beautiful game on a real team, more-so in my backyard with a bunch of friends early on Sunday mornings before we watched Eli Manning and Amani Toomer trot out onto the field. I always closed my eyes and pictured myself catching a pass in the NFL, knowing I would likely never touch a field. Well, I was right, but my joy from the game didn’t stop there. Every Sunday I would gear up and sit quietly, saying a few football-religious prayers in my head before #10 took the field with his troops.

When I turned ten years old, I witnessed my first Super Bowl. I vividly remember watching the Giants and Patriots square off, an undefeated team against a Wild-Card squad that barely squeaked into the playoffs. The defensive line for Big Blue was unstoppable, and I’ll never forget watching Eli break free on his historic pass to David Tyree. My heart was racing so fast I fell out of my chair. The passion and connection with fellow fans was an unbreakable bond. I could feel the energy of every last one of you coursing through my veins. A special moment in my life, and I imagine yours as well. We all have Eli Manning to thank for that moment.

And if one Super Bowl wasn’t enough, Eli provided us with two. Two MVPs, two of the most impressive passes and catches I’ve ever witnessed with my own two eyes. Believe it or not, he’s a big reason for who I am today, the website I have created and the love I have for the game of football. Watching can be just as influential as playing. Recently, the Giants and Manning have gone through tough times — losing games and struggling to find an identity again after years of prosperity.

Then, they drafted Daniel Jones in the 2019 NFL Draft, and every Giants fan knew Eli’s career was coming to an end…soon. On Tuesday, 9/17/2019, Manning was replaced with the future in Jones. Today, I wanted to take a moment to remember not only a Super Bowl-winning athlete but a fantastic human being and mentor for people like me growing up. I learned to be humble in the face of success and to have gratitude for the hard work I’ve put in over the years. Eli has been a mentor for all of us, but it’s time for us to embrace Jones, a young man facing adversity in his first-ever season.

All we can say now is: Thank you, Eli Manning, for everything, and let a new era of prosperity begin.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

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New York Yankees get fantastic Edwin Encarnacion injury news

New York Yankees, Edwin Encarnacion

The New York Yankees lost both starting catcher Gary Sanchez and primary designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion several days ago with potentially dangerous ailments. Sanchez pulled his groin sliding into second base on a steal attempt, and Edwin suffered a strained oblique.

Those two injuries damaged other players throughout the season, including Aaron Judge and Sanchez himself. However, despite manager Aaron Boone not commenting on either’s condition, Encarnacion provided the status of his health.

“I’m almost ready,” Encarnacion said, as per the NY Post. “I don’t know if I’ll be 100 percent this week, but I think I’m at 80 percent.”

The initial test will be active batting practice for Edwin, who has yet to swing a bat after injuring the oblique. Gaining him back will give the Yankees a significant boost before the start of the postseason. The team will need all of the firepower they can get considering the number of injuries they have picked up this season.

Sanchez, on the other hand, has 11 remaining games to make a return and show he’s ready to take on playoff baseball. His status is certainly cloudy, and he could miss a good portion of the playoffs if not the entire period. He injured the same groin two months ago that forced him to miss 16 games (July 24-Aug 10). Using that same timetable, Sanchez would theoretically miss most of, if not all of the first playoff series.

The New York Yankees need Gary Sanchez to return:

If Sanchez is unable to play, the Bombers would likely resort to Austin Romine as their starter and Kyle Higashioka backing him up. Realistically, it would force the Yanks to carry three catchers into the postseason, which would take an extra slot away from a damaged outfield unit.

Luckily, they will gain back Giancarlo Stanton in the coming days, which will provide a massive boost to the hitting order and another defensive option.

New York Yankees cut Breyvic Valera to make room for Severino

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

With Luis Severino’s return, the New York Yankees had to find room for him on the roster. The club announced Tuesday that they have designated Breyvic Valera for assignment to find that room. Coming off the 60-day injured list, Severino is expected to play a significant part during the postseason if all goes well. They intend to work up his pitch count and innings, either returning as a starter or working out of the bullpen.

Severino signed a $40-million contract in February before suffering his injury during Spring Training. He had missed all season dealing with a rotator cuff, shoulder, and lat injuries. Severino had a 19-8 record last season with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.145 WHIP. He made his 2019 season debut Tuesday night where he went four innings with two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.

Valera was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants earlier this season, who’s been in the middle of the Yankees’ “next man up mentality.” In 12 games, Valera was slashing .219/.324/.313 (Baseball-Reference). In triple-A this season with the Yankees affiliate, Valera balled out. He batted .315 with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in.

The 27-year-old has been with four different major league teams in three seasons including the Dodgers, Orioles, and Cardinals. The Dodgers sent him to the Orioles in the Manny Machado trade.

Valera will not have minor league options next year, so if there’s any team that wants him will have to add them to their 2020 roster or pass him through waivers again (MLB Trade Rumors).

 

 

Falk It, The New York Jets Lose To Cleveland 23-3

New York Jets

The New York Jets begin 0-2, a season with so much promise has begun 0-2. It’s tough to accept and for the most part it’s shocking it was only 23-3. The game is in the books and the Jets now move on to New England to take on Tom Brady who’s having a rare great September. There’s a lot to unravel from this game including embarrassing performances from players who are in important years.

The Jets Offensive Line Needs Help

Le’Veon Bell had 31 touches in last nights game. That amount of volume in Pittsburgh would’ve resulted in him seeing phenomenal results. With the Jets and this horrid offensive line, he had 129 yards and no scores. Kelvin Beachum got embarrassed and ran over by Myles Garrett. There were runs where it looked like Ryan Kalil is still retired in a football players body. The rest of the offensive line aside from Osemele just can’t stop getting penalized. It’s a mess and although they could gel eventually, it needs to happen soon. Trevor Siemian can thank his offensive line for his horrible injury. If he’d not been run over then he might’ve been able to finish that football game. The Jets offensive line is bad and it needs to be fixed and soon.

Luke Falk is Now QB 1

Not to say I told you so but before the game, I told a few of my friends that I think if Falk plays that game he will play well. Trevor Siemian didn’t excite me and when he got injured they had negative passing yards. It’s not all on him, his offensive line as I said is horrific. Now he pays the price by being out for the season. He finished his first game since 2017 with a line of 3/6 and 3 yards. Siemian struggled and got hurt, it wasn’t a successful start and it’s sad news for Siemian to have to handle. Luke Falk will now be thrown to the fire of the New England Patriots. Falk excites me. Falk was one of my most overlooked draft prospects in recent memory and I was high on him. He got a little action last night and was 20/25 with 198 yards. Falk will now start his first NFL game against the reigning champions in Foxboro. This has got to be the biggest game of that mans life with the most pressure on him. Pressure, as I like to say, can expose diamonds or produce duds. Only time will tell.

The Defense Was Good, Some Players Were Bad

The Defense was a surprising bright spot. The Jets defense could barely get off the field and barely had a shot to rest. Some of the key pieces played poorly and some under the radar guys had great performances. Jamal Adams had 5 tackles and a TFL, he played solid but he had a few costly miscues and ultimately he was benched. I love Jamal but he did deserve to be reprimanded. However, he’s the heart and soul of that defense and he’s allowed to make mistakes. I feel like Jamal should have a leach but a much longer one than others. His attitude with this squad may be something to watch in the long term, aside from that he played a solid game. The other former high draft pick sucked. Leonard Willams had all the opportunity to show up. He got a one on one matchup and yet he still struggled. He can’t run players down and he’s lazy on evading blocks. To this point, he’s done nothing to prove his value. Williams has got to get himself together or he better start packing his bags. Neville Hewitt, Terrell Basham, Blake Cashman, and Bronson Kaufusi all played very good ball combining for 21 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 TFLs. 4 young under the radar guys and all four played great games.

Penalty Bug Bites Per Usual

The Jets are not disciplined and continue to face dumb penalties. The Jets has 12 penalties for 89 yards. That is not good at all. Every time they seemed to have found a break they would get that undone by a penalty. The Jets have always had this issue. It’s time to fix the problem because it cost the Jets way too many opportunities now and in the past.

In the end, it was another tough one to watch but now it’s on to New England week with Luke Falk at the helm of the now 0-2 Jets.