New York Yankees: Good news and bad news following loss to Tampa Bay Rays

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees fell in the first game of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday evening. With Gerrit Cole on the mound, most would’ve expected a better outing. Cole lasted five innings, throwing 103 pitches and allowing four earned runs. While he did log seven strikeouts, he gave up two-homer and eight hits, further damaging his ERA. His last outing against the Atlanta Braves was also quite tumultuous, as he gave five runs over five innings.

This minor cold streak that Gary is on has not helped the Yankees one bit during their last two weeks’ worth of games. Despite coming off three consecutive wins against the Mets over the weekend, we had previously gone on a seven-game losing streak.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

The good news for the Yankees boils down to several offensive players and one young relief pitcher. DJ LeMahieu had two hits on the night, scoring one run. Like Voit smashed a two-run homer in the eighth inning to draw the Yankees within two. However, ten strikeouts hurt the Bombers and their attempt to make a comeback.

Nonetheless, young pitcher Miguel Yajure made his MLB debut, pitching three innings and allowing zero hits. While he did walk three batters, he struck out two and showed impressive command with his breaking ball. With the bullpen struggling in recent days, his emergence was a motivating sign, especially with Deivi García dominating the Mets over the weekend in a starting role.

BAD NEWS:

The bad news comes down to Cole’s struggles lately and the lack of offensive production. Two consecutive poor outings from Cole have been problematic, but luckily the remainder of the Yankee starters have risen to the occasion.

Offensively, Gary Sanchez went another night hitless, and Mike Tauchman failed to get on base. Brett Gardner continues to struggle, hosting a .171 batting average.

The more surprising news comes in the form of Luke Voit and a potential foot injury. Voit has reportedly been dealing with foot issues, according to manager Aaron Boone. It seems as if the Yankees’ first baseman is the only player capable of battling through an injury and still producing.

Height Could Give Nick Gates Inside Track at Giants’ Center Job

New York Giants, Nick Gates

Offensive lineman Nick Gates is currently snapping the football with the New York Giants’ first team at practice, splitting time with Spencer Pulley in a competition head coach Joe Judge rated as “scratch even” last week.

The fact is, the 6’5″, 312-pound Gates, who has played both guard and tackle for the Giants in his short career, is apparently the right size for the job.

Gates is slightly taller than Pulley (6’4″, 306) and last year’s starter, Jon Halapio (6’4″, 315), who incidentally was at the Giants’ camp on Monday for a tryout. Halapio started 15 games  but had surgery to repair a torn Achilles after season. He was not offered a contract this summer.

“We like big centers,” offensive line coach Marc Colombo said. “I worked with Travis Frederick in Dallas and he’s a big center (6-4, 320). Big, athletic, strong. We’re looking for centers that can anchor the middle. One of the biggest things is getting depth right off the bat at center, just so he can kind of be the ultimate helper in there. It’s working his set. It’s working the depth of his sets, it’s working the calls, the line stunts, that type of stuff. He just has to see it all.”

Gates started last Saturday’s Blue-White scrimmage with Pulley, who was banged up, watching from the sidelines. Judge liked what he saw.

“I thought Nick Gates did a good job in the middle, commanding the calls and getting everyone on the same page,” Judge said. “I thought he played with a lot of toughness the other night.”

The cohesion won’t happen overnight, though. Gates has the luxury of knowing the two players around him (guards Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler), having been their teammates the past few seasons.

“It takes time,” Gates said on Monday. “We didn’t get OTA’s together, which doesn’t hurt us but that time helps gets the kinks and little things out of the way then so when you come to training camp you know the offense, you know the technique and you know how each person plays. It helps during that. I think we’re doing a good job playing off each other. Me, Will and Zeitler have been together with each other for the last two years, I think. We kind of understand each other on the inside.”

Gates, who singed with the Giants after going undrafted out of Nebraska in 2018, showed enough versatility in his first two seasons for the Giants to extend him with a two-year, $6,825,000 contract extension this spring. He is playing center for the first time in the NFL and he enjoys being the main cog on the line.

“It’s the first time I have been in charge of the line, it’s nice,” Gates said. “It’s a lot more responsibility mentally. It’s something I am getting used to.”

“Nick’s done a really good job with that,” Colombo said. “We need to keep pushing him, keep showing him everything so it’s not the first time he sees it when we’re out there playing a real game.”

 

 

 

New York Mets trade for Frazier, Chirinos and Castro prior to the deadline

Just when it looked like the New York Mets were going to make no trades prior to the deadline, they came through with a couple of promising deals. No, they aren’t particularly flashy, but they could help the team in their pursuit of October baseball in a day in which they fell to 15-20 with their best man, Jacob deGrom, in the mound.

The Mets were said to be looking for a starter, a catcher and some bullpen help. And, as it turns out, they added one reliever, one backstop and a familiar infielder, as the team announced shortly after the deadline passed.

The New York Mets got infielder Todd Frazier and catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Texas Rangers for a couple of players to be named later. In a separate deal with the Baltimore Orioles, they received reliever Miguel Castro in exchange of left-handed pitching prospect Kevin Smith and another player to be named later or cash considerations.

The loss of Smith hurts, as he was the Mets’ 12th-ranked prospect and had already reached Double-A. But the team needed a reliever to keep its October dreams and got a good one in Castro, who currently has a 4.02 ERA in 16 games and 15 2/3 innings, with 24 strikeouts and a sinking fastball that averages 98 miles per hour.

A Mets’ old friend

Frazier was the starter at third base in 2018 and 2019, and will offer depth to the Mets’ infield, a power bat and a good clubhouse presence. “He’s always welcome here in the clubhouse,” Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said of Frazier to MLB.com.

Frazier has an underwhelming .241 average as a whole in 2019, but the number goes up to .343 against lefties.

Chirinos, meanwhile, comes to New York to offer another capable, experienced body in the demanding catcher position, as Wilson Ramos is struggling at the plate. Remember that usual backup Tomas Nido is on the injured list.

New York Mets: deGrom’s Four Run Sixth Gives Marlins 5-3 Victory

New York Mets, Pete Alonso

The miserable New York Mets continue to struggle as Jacob deGrom cannot save them from a four-game losing streak. After cruising through five innings, it was a completely different deGrom in the sixth inning. The pesky Miami Marlins put across four runs and held off the Mets offense to win 5-3.

Things went bad for deGrom from the start of the inning. He lost the feel for his slider, and Garrett Cooper teed off on one for a 451-foot home run, cutting the Mets lead down to one. Pete Alonso’s error on a Matt Joyce ground ball opened up the lanes for the Marlins to steal bases. They stole four on the day, three off deGrom.

Joyce’s steal of second on a Brian Anderson strikeout allowed Lewin Diaz to record an RBI double, tying the game at two. Miguel Rojas gave the Marlins the lead with a bloop single, then Jorge Alfaro doubled to close the book on the four-run sixth.

Rogers Bent But Did Not Break

Trevor Rogers did not pitch as well as his first start against the Mets but showed his ability to battle once again. He held the Mets to two runs over five innings and used his fastball/changeup combination to keep the Mets off balance.

Jeff McNeil doubled, and Dominic Smith hit a sacrifice fly to give the Mets their only two runs off of Rogers. The team struggled again with runners in scoring position, only going 2-for-10. They squandered leadoff doubles in the fourth and fifth, which came back to bite them. Both were opportunities to create separation. It would have allowed deGrom to pitch more aggressively and rest the key arms in the Mets bullpen.

The loss showed the cluelessness of manager Luis Rojas. In no fashion does Pete Alonso deserve to hit in the two-hole, and Wilson Ramos does not deserve to hit fourth. Lefty or righty, both are two of the worst hitters on the roster at this time. He also continues to DH Robinson Cano instead of putting him at second, McNeil in left field, Smith at first, and Alonso as the DH. Smith looks like Keith Hernandez at first base when compared to Alonso.

Despite all the negativity from the last few days, they still have a chance to make the playoffs with a short winning streak. They will try to start one against the Baltimore Orioles. Game one is at 7:35 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and per usual, the Mets have no idea who is pitching.

The trade deadline passes, and the Yankees do nothing

New York Yankees, Yankees, Brian Cashman

There was a lot of chatter over the past week on what the New York Yankees would do at the trade deadline. The team has been decimated by injuries thus far and is performing below expectations. The Yankees are currently 3.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.

There were rumors that the Yankees were making calls on starting pitchers, relievers, and outfielders to bolster their chances for a 28th World Series. Well, today’s trade deadline has come and passed, and for the second straight year, Brian Cashman didn’t make a move.

Pressure on Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Last year, the Yankees made no moves at the deadline. Despite being engaged in talks on multiple fronts, the team did nothing. The lack of a move ended up being one of their downfalls in the ALCS.

The Yankees had an exhausted bullpen and it showed. The lack of a move even prompted Zack Britton to point out that the Yankees were depleted in that series against the Astros last year.

Cashman with the Steinbrenner’s money went out and signed Gerrit Cole to a record deal in the offseason. Cole has been as advertised, but he’s not a miracle worker. The team still has massive holes this year due to injuries.

The Yankees bullpen has been shaky, their starting rotation has been shaky, and their offense has struggled massively over the past couple of weeks. This team desperately needed something to get them energized.

Deadline Moves

The Yankees were said to have had conversations regarding: Mike Clevinger, Taijuan Walker, Archie Bradley, Robbie Ray, Mychal Givens, Starling Marte, and Jonathan Villar. All of those players were dealt prior to the deadline, but the Yankees didn’t get anyone.

I’m sure Cashman will come out and state that the prices were just too high. Outside of the Clevinger deal, the Yankees could have acquired any of those players without hurting their farm system significantly.

Cashman has developed a reputation over the past few years as a severe prospect hugger. Deadlines like the last couple haven’t helped that reputation. Remember Cashman wouldn’t trade for Gerrit Cole a couple of years ago because the Pirates wanted Andujar and Chance Adams.

The pressure has to be turned way up on Brian Cashman and the Yankees. Cashman has had the Yankees financial resources and the team has made one World Series since the beginning of the 2004 season. That’s astonishingly bad.

At some point, the finger has to be pointed at the guy behind the controls. I don’t believe that Brian Cashman is a bad GM, but at some point he needs to be held accountable for the lack of success from the Yankees.

New York Knicks a ‘potential trade partner’ for Victor Oladipo

New York Knicks, Kevin Knox, RJ Barrett

According to Jonathan Macri of Knicks Film School, the New York Knicks are a “potential trade partner” for Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, who “wants out” this offseason.

“Staying in Indiana for a moment, fresh off reports of an unsettled locker room and one Eastern Conference executive betting that the Pacers trade two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo before next season, I heard from a league source that “he wants out,” and that there are whispers of the Knicks being a potential trade partner.”

Oladipo has spent the last three seasons with the Pacers. This season he appeared in 19 games, 16 of which were starts, due to his recovery from a 2019 leg injury; he averaged 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 39.4 percent from the field.

The Indiana product’s standout season was the 2017-18 NBA campaign; Oladipo averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game while shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. He has been an NBA All-Star in two of the last three seasons.

Oladipo has one more season remaining on his four-year, $85 million contract, and he has been a recurring trade candidate for the upcoming offseason.

The Knicks have been linked to a bevy of high-profile guards since president Leon Rose took over as team president in February, including Oladipo, Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker.

New York could offer Indiana some combination of players who are on rookie deals including RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. They also have their own first and second-round pick (8, 38) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ first rounder (27) in October’s NBA Draft. New York has seven first-round selections over the next four drafts.

Oladipo, 28, could spearhead new head coach Tom Thibodeau’s offense. Kenny Payne, Johnnie Bryant, Andy Greer, Doc Yoshimoto and former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson are assistants on Thibodeau’s staff.

BREAKING: New York Giants sign CB Logan Ryan to fill massive void in secondary

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants signed former New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan on Monday afternoon. He will sign of one year, $7.5 million deal, according to Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network.

What does Logan Ryan bring to the New York Giants?

With the Giants losing DeAndre Baker to the commissioner’s exempt list for the 2020 season and Sam Beal opting out due to COVID-19, the secondary has been extremely thin. Relying on youth players like Corey Ballantine, Prince Smith, and a bevy of another unproven talent, signing Ryan provides much-needed support.

At 29 years old, the New Jersey native can play cornerback on the boundary, in the slot, and safety. He played in all 16 games in 2019 with the Titans, posting 113 combined tackles, eight quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks, 18 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and four interceptions. His production in all facets of the game was extravagant, despite allowing five touchdowns in coverage. He missed 11 of 124 possible tackle attempts and posted a 66.0 completion rate against.

Ultimately, he provides serious support at a voided number two corner position. Having an experienced veteran take over will help the secondary immensely, and give the pass rush more time to leave their mark. He will have two weeks with the Giants to learn the system and become a custom with their style before the start of the regular season. Luckily, he is familiar with new head coach Joe Judge.

New York Yankee Analysis: Mid-season Yankee player report card, who’s your favorite?

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole, James Paxton

The 2020 New York Yankees baseball season has just passed the mid-point. So far, the season has not gone as expected for the Yankees. At the beginning of the season, the Yankees were the odds on favorite to take the East Division and go on to win a 28th World Championship.  Since then there have been some bumps in the road. The Yankees can recover from them but it will now be a bigger challenge for the team.  Being at that mid-point, it’s a good time to evaluate the players and the team.

DJ LeMahieu: A

LeMahieu just came off the IL.  Previous to the thumb injury, DJ was hitting .429 with 2 home runs.  He was holding to his nickname the “machine.” Since his return, his batting average has dropped a bit to .398, but he has continued his hitting ways.  He has been impressive at 2nd and 3rd base.

Aaron Judge: B-

After recovering from a rib injury, Judge started the season on time.  He got off to a fast start hitting nine home runs in his first seventeen games.  But then Judge injured his calf and was out for 15 games.  He returned on August 26th, and that same day in his first running of the bases, he reinjured the calf. Now he will be out at least another 15 games.  Judge could be the club’s most valuable player, but being absent from the field, his worth is significantly reduced.

Giancarlo Stanton: C

Giancarlo Stanton is another monster player that could be the club’s MVP, but he too can’t stay on the field.  Stanton first got a calf strain in spring training. He like Judge got off to a hot start at the beginning of the regular season, but he went down to a hamstring injury and has been out since August 8th.  His return is still not clear.

Gary Sanchez: F

Gary Sanchez has been a giant disappointment this season.  Sanchez can not hit the ball, he has a batting average of just .134. Although he has hit six home runs, his inability to get on base has already caused him to leave dozens on base. Between injuries and not playing well, Sanchez has not had a good season with the Yankees since 2017.

Gleyber Torres: D

During the offseason, the Yankees failed to take Didi Gregorius’s option and they let him go to the Phillies.  The Yankees banked on Torres being their shortstop.  Torres has mightily failed at short having the most errors at the position in the AL. Add to that his batting average of just .231 is the lowest since he has been a Yankee. He is presently on the IL with a calf and hamstring injury.

Gio Urshela: B

Gio Urshela continues to be an above-average third baseman, constantly making Gold Glove type plays.  He is not as good behind the plate this year with his .239 batting average, but he does have five home runs.

Luke Voit: A

Luke Voit is quickly becoming the odds on favorite to be the 2020 Yankee MVP. His timely hitting has given him a .303 batting average and he leads the team with 12 home runs.  In a normal season that would equate to 35 home runs so far.  His defense at first base has improved somewhat to a .994 fielding percentage.

Aaron Hicks: C

Aaron Hicks has disappointed somewhat this year.  His batting average is just .209 on the season with only three home runs.  He continues to be a good defender in centerfield.

Brett Gardner: D

After a break out season, last year hitting 28 home runs, this year his bat has remained mostly silent.  He is hitting a measly .168 with only 6 RBI’s. His base running and fieldwork has not suffered, as he continues to make plays in the field.  Yesterday he made a tumbling catch at the wall saving the Yankees.

Bench Players:

Mike Ford C, Ford has not had the year he had last year. His batting average is just .176 with 2 home runs.  Mike Tauchman B, Tauchman has the most hits of all the bench players hitting .277.  Clint Frazier B+, Frazier is hitting .300 with 3 home run in only 13 games.  Tyler Wade C, Wade continues to be a bright spot running the bases and with his defense. His hitting is lacking.  Miguel Andujar  F, the former star players is hitting  .129 with no home runs. Kyle Higashioka no score, has played in only three games, and is on the IL.  Erik Kratz B, the 40-year-old Kratz has caught in only 8 games but does have a .300 batting average.

Gerrit Cole: A-

Gerrit Cole is our ace pitcher and has performed the best of all of the starters.  He has struggled at times but is 4-1 with an ERA of 3.53.  Most Yankee fans expected the dominance that he had with the Astros and that seems to be missing so far in his season.

James Paxton: C-

For the New York Yankees Paxton is 1-1 with an elevated ERA of 6.63 across five starts.  Paxton had back surgery during the offseason and his fastball has been lacking velocity but seems to be improving lately.

Masahiro Tanaka: D

Tanaka has had a rough start this year.  After getting hit in the head by a comebacker in summer camp, he missed his first start of the year.  Tanaka always a workhorse is just 0-1 in five starts with an EAR of 3.48. He hasn’t gone deep into games. He doesn’t seem to be as susceptible to the long ball so far this season.

J.A.Happ: C

The Yankees have passed by Happ for a couple of starts, but the Yankees have won 3 of this four starts. His last outing against the New York Mets was his best of the season going 7.1 scoreless innings.

Jordan Montgomery: C

The New York Yankees went into the season expected a bit more from Montgomery.  So far he is in five games started 2-1 with an ERA of 4.48. He has only gone onto the sixth inning once, putting a strain on the Yankee bullpen.

Backup Starters:

Jonathan Loaisiga B, he has pitched in 7 games, 5 of which the Yankees have won, he has an ERA of 2.84.  Micheal King  C-, King is 1-1 with an ERA of 6.63 in five games. Deivi Garcia A, Garcia has pitched in only one game but was dominant going six innings without an earned run.

Relievers:

Tommy Kahnle B, on the IL.  Adam Ottavino C-, Ottavino has been pitching poorly, he has his highest ERA while with the Yankees at 4.22.  Chad Green A-, Green other than one bad outing has been the second-best Yankee reliever. Luis Cessa B, Cessa has pitched in 9 games for a total of 11 innings, he has an ERA of 4.04, and one save.  Luis Avilan B, Avilan has pitched in ten games with an ERA of 3.30 with 2 saves. Jonathan Holder  A-, Holder has pitched in then games with an ERA of 2.25. Zack Britton A, now on the IL, Britton saved all eight of his of his possible saves. Aroldis Chapman is not rated as he hasn’t closed in enough game, but his two appearances have been shaky including one blown save.

Manager Aaron Boone: B+

Boone continues to be one of the best managers in baseball, having had a 100 and 103 game-winning season. This year he is again battling with a team that can’t escape the injury bug.  The only reason he gets a B is that like last year, he has a tendency to leave starters in too long, when they are loosing, making it near impossible to regain the deficit.

The New York Yankees: B-

The New York Yankees to date have not performed the way they were expected to in this shortened season.  They have suffered in three ways. One is the injuries they hoped they would avoid this year, they just haven’t been able to escape them.  The other two reasons are the lack of quality pitching and the often silent bats of the lineup, that manager Aaron Boone has had to patch together on a daily basis.  Their annual strength of having one of the best bullpens in the game has been missing, mostly due to injuries.

The New York Yankees, with less than four weeks remaining in the season, are second in the East, 3.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.  They are sixth in all of baseball.  Tonight they start a three-game series with the Rays, these three games may decide the fate of the Yankees.

New York Giants, Logan Ryan have mutual interest (Report)

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the New York Giants and free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan have mutual interest.

Ryan, 29, spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Last season he compiled four interceptions, four and a half sacks, and 113 combined tackles. Across the Titans’ three 2019 AFC playoff games, Ryan compiled one interception and 25 combined tackles.

Across his seven seasons in the NFL, the cornerback has compiled 17 interceptions, 11 sacks, and 494 combined tackles. He was selected with the 83rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, where he played from 2013-16.

The Rutgers product recently changed his agent, and his former representation pitched to teams that Ryan can play safety, too.

Ryan is one of several high-profile free agents still unsigned. Defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney, Clay Matthews, and Jabaal Sheard, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Damon Harrison are free agents.

The Giants secondary has taken a hit in recent weeks. Would-be second-year corner DeAndre Baker has been prosecuted on four counts of robbery with a firearm; corner Sam Beal opted out of the 2020 season; rookie safety Xavier McKinney fractured his foot, likely sidelining him for the first half of the regular season. Linebacker David Mayo recently tore his meniscus, likely sidelining him for a month.

The team’s active defensive backfield includes free-agent signee James Bradberry, Jabrill Peppers, Grant Haley, second-year players Julian Love and Corey Ballentine, and rookies Darnay Holmes and Chris Williamson, among others.

Holmes left the Giants’ Friday night intrasquad scrimmage at MetLife Stadium with a “lower” injury, and Blake Martinez missed some time with an undisclosed injury. Both players have returned to practice.

The Giants are learning a new defense under new head coach Joe Judge, administered by defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

The Giants open the 2020 NFL season on Monday, September 14 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New York Giants injury report: Golden Tate, Jabrill Peppers, Blake Martinez, more

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants held practice on Monday afternoon, following an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday evening last week. There were plenty of good and bad takeaways from the scrimmage, including third-year pass rusher Lorenzo Carter, who racked up over four sacks on the night. Backup running back Wayne Gallman also scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air.

Nonetheless, the Giants are still weak at multiple positions, including cornerback and safety. Monday’s practice didn’t come away clean, as several players went down with minor injuries.

New York Giants injury report:

Golden Tate:

Tate reportedly came down awkwardly after going up for a catch, clutching his hamstring. While it didn’t appear serious, he received icing on the sideline and walked off of practice under his own power. Hopefully, it was nothing more than a tweak, and he will be good to go for the regular season in two weeks.

Tate is an influential player for the Giants and a security blanket in the slot for Daniel Jones. As an experienced veteran, he’s one of the best pass-catchers in yards after the catch in the league. Having him available is a necessity, especially after a 2019 season, where the wide receiver corps was plagued with injuries.

Jabrill Peppers:

Peppers also reportedly had leg crampage. The former Cleveland Brown is an important defensive player for the New York Giants, after a successful season at the strong safety position in 2019. Cramping has been a usual thing for Peppers, even last season. I don’t think it’s anything to be worried about.

Blake Martinez:

While Blake Martinez had an undisclosed injury last week, he returned to practice on Sunday for a light walkthrough. He was limited on Monday, but seeing him out on the field was a positive sign. I believe it was something knee-related, after spotting a wrap on his right leg just below his knee cap.

Spencer Pulley:

Spencer Pulley was also absent last week with an undisclosed injury but returned to full practice on Monday.

Montre Hartage:

According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Montre Hartage, safety for the Giants, went down with a hamstring injury after running back Saquon Barkley outran him for a deep ball. Another hit to the secondary that could cost him a few weeks of training.