New York Giants: Did Dave Gettleman Butcher The Ereck Flowers Situation?

Ereck Flowers is not a name that will bring back good memories for fans of the New York Giants. Flowers is, of course, one of the team’s worst draft busts in recent memory and is sometimes brought up as an example of the bad drafting and offseason moves that led to the end of the Reese regime and the rise of Dave Gettleman as General Manager.

After being taken with the ninth overall pick, Flowers never developed into a top ten talent and despite being given time to improve, only found himself drawing the ire of the fans each week with poor blocking and no improvement in sight. It could even be said that Flowers’ play had an impact in the Giants prioritizing the offensive line as a spot to improve over the last couple of offseasons.

But could the Giants have gotten something from this player rather than letting him walk away for nothing, which is what ended up happening as the team released Flowers last October? According to what Flowers told NJ Advance Media, that might be the case.

“I had actually been asking him [for clarity]. That was part of the reason why I didn’t go to [voluntary workouts in 2018]. I was looking for a fresh start. He had [trade] offers for me, and he didn’t want to take them. So he made me stay there, until finally I had a chance to go. I was mad about it, but it’s OK. I’m over it,” said Flowers.

The 2018 season was, of course, not a good one for Flowers – and his performances that season weren’t enough to attract trade offers. Rather, it seems that by the time the Giants did try trading Flowers, his trade stock had crashed completely and the team was forced to let him go for nothing.

While there’s not much that can make up for a top ten draft pick turning out the way Flowers did, getting something back for the player would have made the situation slightly less bad – and some of the blame seems to fall on Dave Gettleman, who was the one to make the choice to keep Flowers on the team despite Flowers being widely recognized as one of the worst starting tackles in the league.

It’s not the only decision Gettleman has made during his tenure so far that will be controversial. Will things finally boil over eventually for the former Panthers GM, who despite bringing Saquon Barkley to the Giants is largely known right now for having a plan which has so far only brought the team backwards rather than forwards? We’ll see – performances this season will likely have some effect on just how long Gettleman has to right things.

But regardless, as even more comes out about the 2018 offseason, it doesn’t seem like Gettleman has a track record with the Giants so far worthy of receiving benefit of the doubt.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones get huge boost with return of two wide receivers

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

The New York Giants have had terrible luck with injuries in the wide receiver corps. It seems as if some of the Yankees bad luck has spilled over into the other local teams. However, Big Blue received good news on Thursday afternoon as two pass-catchers will likely return to the offense on Sunday.

With rookie passer de-throning Eli Manning and set to start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, he will not only gain back top receiver Sterling Shepard but likely Darius Slayton as well.

Slayton, who has struggled with a hamstring injury for several weeks, participated in individual drills on Thursday and feels ready to test his ailment in live-action. This would make week three his NFL debut — perfect timing to provide Jones with some much-needed artillery.

Bennie Fowler picked up a hamstring injury on Wednesday which could affect his ability to play on Sunday, but gaining back a serious threat like Slayton should provide a nice boost for the offense.

Playing in just one game, Slayton caught one pass for 27-yards during the preseason (NFL.com). His lack of exposure to NFL talent in live-action could limit his reps and overall production, but having another robust set of hands to utilize will be beneficial nonetheless.

What will the New York Giants receiving corps look like on Sunday?

1.) Sterling Shepard

2.) Bennie Fowler (Hamstring)

3.) Russell Shepard

4.) TJ Jones

5.) Darius Slayton

Shepard’s return will be beneficial for Jones, who will have his top slot-option back. Expect to see a lot of Sterling in the first half and a stable dosage of Saquon Barkley early and often. The Giants will attempt to establish the run game on a Bruce Arians team that tends to stack the box.

If Tampa’s defense plays close to the line of scrimmage, Shurmur will increase RPOs and run the play-action. Jones has the mobility to not only move out of the pocket quickly but to also pick up yards with his legs. The difference in moving the chains should be exciting to see.

New York Yankees: Details of Domingo German domestic violence allegation released

New York Yankees’ ace Domingo German was placed on administrative leave for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.

Reported first by TMZ Sports, “the alleged incident happened earlier this week after the Yankees returned from their road trip in Toronto.”

German allegedly slapped his girlfriend during an argument in a public setting Monday night which was witnessed a member of the commissioner’s office, reported by Bob Klapish of the New York Times

An investigation has begun and should last at least seven days, which could be extended.

The Yankees provided a statement earlier today:

“We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence. We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner.”

The MLB released a statement earlier today saying:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán has been placed on Administrative Leave under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. Per the policy, the initial period of Administrative Leave may last up to seven days, barring an extension.

Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations has commenced an investigation into the matter that led to his placement on Administrative Leave. MLB will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.

Only 27 years old, Domingo German has had a significant impact on the team this year leading them with 18 wins and 4 losses, which gives him the highest winning percentage in the major leagues.

New York Yankees: Domingo German placed on administrative leave amid domestic violence allegation

New York Yankees, Domingo German

New York Yankees’ ace Domingo German was placed on administrative leave for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.

The Yankees provided a statement on the matter:

“We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence. We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner.”

The MLB released a statement saying:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán has been placed on Administrative Leave under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. Per the policy, the initial period of Administrative Leave may last up to seven days, barring an extension.

Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations has commenced an investigation into the matter that led to his placement on Administrative Leave. MLB will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.

An investigation has begun and is expected to take at least seven days granted an extension doesn’t happen.

No specific information has been released at this time.

German has been a dominant force for the Yankees 2019 campaign. He’s credited to an 18-4 record and a 4.03 ERA. The Yankees have called up Michael King in German’s absence.

New York Knicks: Smith Jr. has a chip on his shoulder

The New York Knicks, possible, future point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is looking to prove something this season.  Smith Jr. has been working extremely hard this off-season to lock down the starting point guard spot.

Smith Jr.’s work this summer must pay off as there is no guarantee that he starts, according to Coach Fizdale.  But, there are videos of Smith Jr.’s improved shot with a tucked arm that looks clean, but it is not in game situations.  He will be competing for minutes with Elfrid Payton, Frank Ntilikina and Allonzo Trier.

In a interview with Youtuber ‘SEE HENDO’, Smith Jr. stated, ““I’ve got a chip on my shoulder still, but I’ve just been working. I try to attack each day and look at it as if I didn’t leave anything on the table. I got the most out of my day. … I’m gonna come in, bring that into training camp and be a leader, lead by example, earn my respect from these guys and then carry that into the season.”

Smith Jr. wants to be a leader.  He is going to have to show that he can do that with his play on-and-off the court this season.  Not having a definite starter at the point guard position could just be motivation by Fizdale.  Smith Jr. has the skill set and potential to be the Knicks long-term starting point guard.  His explosiveness gives him the ability to be a superstar in this league.

He is poised for a big year with the Knicks.  The expectations are high for Smith Jr., solely based off his improvements fans have seen this summer.  Expectations are not as high for the entire team.  If he can be the leader that he wants to be, the Knicks can shock people like they want to do.

New York Knicks and Their Ultra-Athletic Front-Court May Cause Matchup Problems for Opposing Teams.

The New York Knicks athletic frontcourt is young and special. Not many teams have the type of personnel which allows them to run a pick-and-roll involving their power-forward and center. The Knicks possess that kind of talent in their front-court.

As the 2019-20 NBA season approaches, many speculate that Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle will be the Knicks front-court. Defensively Mitchell Robinson will terrorize his opponents at the rim and the three-point line. Randle defensively will benefit with Mitch Rob next to him. Offensively Mitch Rob will benefit with Randle next to him. A Randle to Mitchell Robinson lob will be tough for opposing defenses to stop but crowd-pleasing amongst Knick fans. Julius Randle also has a knack for making good reads and connecting with teammates with his excellent passing skills. Julius Randle is also very comfortable with bringing the ball up the court just like a point guard would. The Knicks newly acquired power forward will be a walking triple-double once he puts everything together. Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson complement each other on both ends of the court. If Julius Randle continues his improvement on his three-point shot, the sky is the limit.

The New York Knicks possess a high octane frontcourt with plenty of depth behind them in case they get into foul trouble or if injuries occur. Fizdale, of course, will take advantage of the depth by approaching each game with a goal of being aggressive on both ends of the court. Knicks have an ultra-athletic front-court and the Eastern Conference will get a taste of a young talented group sporting the orange and blue this upcoming season.

New York Mets: The Resurgence of Brandon Nimmo

Brandon Nimmo was a forgotten New York Met just a month ago. He was spending time rehabbing from his neck injury and no one really knew when he would comeback. Not only has he battled back, but he has comeback into the starting lineup with a vengeance.

Nimmo started the year in a disappointing way. While he was still getting on base at a good clip, he was only hitting .200, with a .323 slugging and struck out in 37 percent of his at bats. His hustle and smile never wavered, but it was visible that he was not playing at full strength.

The Mets put Nimmo on the 10-day IL, hoping for a quick recovery. Nimmo ended up missing about three months and was replaced by the combination of Dom Smith and J.D. Davis. Once Nimmo, came back from the minors he returned to the form the Mets expected throughout the season.

Nimmo’s Hot Streak

Since Nimmo returned on September 1, he is hitting .291 with an outstanding .481 on base percentage. To put that in perspective, Mike Trout has the highest OBP in baseball at .438. Nimmo is doing it over small sample size, but this is the type of production that Nimmo has been capable of when healthy.

Over his last seven games, Nimmo is hitting .381 with a .458 OBP and three home runs. During the three game series in Colorado, Nimmo had big home runs during the first two games and provided the game tying hit during game three’s comeback win. Even if the Mets do not make the playoffs, they have to be very pleased with what they are seeing from Nimmo going forward.

New York Knicks: Exactly How Well Will RJ Barrett’s Game Translate to the NBA?

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett’s game has a chance to translate well to the NBA. RJ Barrett’s style of play is predicated on making plays for his teammates and getting to the rim by any means necessary. For a rookie, RJ has amazing finishing ability at the rim. Due to the fact Barrett’s a young 19-year-old physical specimen at a chiseled 6’7 210lbs with room for growth, it certainly doesn’t hurt that he is a crafty and smart lefty who will be able to navigate his way to the rim at will due to his herky-jerky penetration style. This kind of style will cause one-on-one mismatches in the future.

Once the game slows down for the Canadian international star, he’ll live at the free-throw line and become a triple-double threat on a nightly basis, especially with his above-average rebounding. This young 19-year-old lefty scorer will need some time to adjust to the speed of the NBA game.

The New York Knicks are no longer just a misguided young team lacking leadership. This offseason, Scott Perry and Steve Mills continued spearheading the Knicks rebuild by signing a few vets including budding all-star Julius Randle. RJ Barrett having vets like Marcus Morris, Julius Randle, and Taj Gibson will only benefit his game overall. My prediction is the second half of this season, RJ Barrett will be settled in mentally and offensively/defensively improved. If RJ Barrett overachieves, the Knicks will walk into the playoffs. RJ Barrett will be a dark-horse for rookie of the year especially if he comes into the season with a suddenly improved jump shot and three-point stroke.

New York Yankees: CC Sabathia’s Possible Postseason Roles

Future hall of famer and New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia made his final regular season home start on Wednesday, and sadly it didn’t go well. He went less than three innings, giving up five hits and two runs. He walked two but struck out four.

It’s really disappointing that CC’s final start didn’t go to plan, but he still remains optimistic about the last month of his career. He’s made it clear that he’s willing to be put in any role needed in the playoffs, starting or not. His clubhouse and dugout presence is huge and something that will definitely help the team in the playoffs.

Though optimistic about the rest of the season, we know that he’s disappointed about how the year went. Minus the milestones he’s achieved, 2019 has been a struggle for him especially with injuries. The Yankee Universe has been a huge part of why he’s kept going and they will continue to be behind him as his time as a major leaguer expires.

He Will Still Pitch In October

Though he has been struggling, there’s no reason why he can’t pitch in October.

He could open a game, pitch an inning or two and hand it off to a guy like Domingo German for a “piggyback start”. Or, he could piggyback off a guy like German or JA Happ to transition the game to high leverage relievers.

CC however shouldn’t be in for more than an inning or two or a full time through the opposing order. His first few innings and first time through the order is normally pretty decent, but the second time through can often get ugly.

Though he’s struggled in the regular season, CC Sabathia should still be pitching in October.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees clinch their first AL East title in seven years

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

With their win over the Los Angeles Angels Thursday night, the New York Yankees are the 2019 champions of the American League East. The Yankees also reached a significant 100 wins.

“We got a lot bigger fish to fry, but this is the first step along the way,” said manager Aaron Boone. “Nothing has got in their way. Whatever has come adversity-wise, they faced it and powered right through it.”

The New York Yankees have been through it all this season and have overcome anything that has tried to set them back.

Masahiro Tanaka was absolutely dominating on the mound going seven full frames allowing one run on four hits while fanning six. Cory Gearrin and Aroldis Chapman came in to end the game giving the Yankees their victory.

DJ LeMahieu started things off with a three-run home run in the second inning. Brett Gardner was the name of the night, going two-for-three with a homer while knocking in two other runs. Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier joined in on the fun each homering in the eighth inning.

This was the Yankees’ first AL East title since 2012. The past two seasons they’ve made the playoffs through the Wild Card, finishing second in the standings.

After Wednesday night’s loss, the Yankees wanted to win their way to clinching, not by another team losing. “It was probably actually a good little team building, bonding, one of those times you enjoy being together,” said Boone.

The Yankees will begin their last homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow at 7:05 PM EST.