New York Giants: Leonard Williams Makes It Off Of Injury List

New York Giants, Leonard Williams

It’s that time again. The time to talk about one of the more controversial players on the New York Giants. Of course, that player is defensive end Leonard Williams.

Williams has the highest base salary on the team at the current moment, so fans expect to see him on the field and performing during training camp. It seems like they’re going to get their wish, because Williams has been removed from the non football injury list. Also, Williams was seen in practice the very same day, showing he’s ready to jump back into action.

Leonard Williams back on the field

Williams had a hamstring injury from the start of training camp, which kept him on the non football injury list until just now. However, there’s a big chance that even seeing Williams return to the field for the rest of training camp won’t be enough to silence his critics.

That’s mainly because the Giants owe Williams $16 million in salary this year, which puts him above other players that have done more for the team. Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Jabrill Peppers are among the players that are set to make less this year than Williams.

He’ll have to improve from his half a sack in 2019 for sure, to have a chance of diminishing the harsh criticism for the Giants’ choice to bring him back for another year.

But to his credit, Williams has a pretty good chance this year. This will be his first full year with the Giants and it’s a decent time for it to happen. Entering a defensive line that also has Dalvin Tomlinson and Dexter Lawrence up front, it won’t be a lack of teammates potentially holding back Williams in 2020.

New York Yankees: Good news and really bad news following victory over Boston Red Sox

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees didn’t skip a beat after manager Aaron Boone informed the media that Aaron Judge would be placed on the injured list with a grade-1 calf strain.

The Bombers are currently without their two star sluggers in Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Luckily, they have plenty of reserve options to supplement their losses. However, Boone mentioned “wear and tear” as a factor in Judge’s injury. It is quite problematic to consider that Judge is already feeling fatigued after 17 games and plenty of rest days.

Aside from the injuries, the Yankees emerged victorious against the Red Sox 10-3, extending their record to 13-6. They currently own first place in the American League East division.

In the first game of a four-game series against Boston, the Yankees further cemented their momentum and will feature James Paxton for Saturday evening’s game.

TOP NEWS:

Aaron Judge injury update

Aroldis Chapman injury update

Here’s your New York Yankees good news and bad news:

GOOD NEWS:

The good news, Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole dominated once again, allowing just one run over 7.0 innings pitched. He recorded eight strikeouts and allowed one homer over 95 pitches. He currently hosts a 2.76 ERA, representing the best starter for the Yankees by a large margin. Offensively, Gleyber Torres finally broke out, recording four hits over four at-bats. His cold streak has been extensive, but rocking the Red Sox is always a confidence booster and he chose the perfect time to snap his cold streak.

In addition, slugger Gary Sanchez launched a 457-foot home run, showing off his power and what he offers to the offense. Mike Tauchman, who replaced Aaron Judge in right field, had threes hits on the day, including two, two-run doubles. He currently hosts a .343 batting average with a .395 on-base percentage.

BAD NEWS:

The bad news boils down to injuries, once again. Stanton and his bodybuilder physique simply can’t stay healthy. A hamstring injury suffered against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field will likely sideline him for the next three weeks at least. Judge, who considers himself day-to-day, will likely take at least a week to regain his form. As we saw earlier this season, calf strains can be tumultuous. Stanton missed significant time and would have been absent for Opening Day if the season started on time.

We can only hope that Judge’s injury is not severe and he will return in the coming days. Nonetheless, the New York Yankees have plenty of reserve talent and the Red Sox have some of the worst pitching in the league. Judge is lucky Boston is struggling so badly, giving him plenty of time to rest up and return to the lineup in an expedited fashion.

New York Mets: Ninth Inning Comeback Wasted in 6-5 Walk-Off Loss

New York Mets, Amed Rosario

The New York Mets spent all night searching for a big hit with runners in scoring position. When down to their last out in the top of the ninth against the Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano came through to tie the game. Unfortunately, all it did was extend the contest another half-inning as Bryce Harper walked it off with an RBI single against Seth Lugo in the bottom of the inning.

The laziness of Wilson Ramos gave the Phillies a win as Michael Conforto had Roman Quinn out by 10 feet at home plate. Ramos attempted to reach across home plate to place the tag, but Quinn snuck his hand in there to give the Phillies a much-needed win.

The Mets were in a 5-4 hole due to the start of Walker Lockett. He was tasked with the tough role of replacing an injury Jacob deGrom, who was scratched with a neck issue. Lockett survived through four innings, but manager Luis Rojas attempted to push his luck for another inning due to the low pitch count. J.T. Realmuto made him pay with a three-run home run to continue his hot 2020 season.

Get a Job Done

Between the horrid Phillies bullpen and even worse Mets hitting with runners in scoring position, there was no reason for them to lose this game. The Mets went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving ten runners on base. Pete Alonso led the way with 8, as he continued to prove why he should be nowhere near the three spot in the order.

Dominic Smith and Robinson Cano finally got the chance to team up and lead the Mets offense. They both homered, and it was Cano’s first game off the Injured List. Luis Guillorme also recorded three hits and is 9-for-19 on the season.

The Mets and Steven Matz attempt to rebound on Saturday when they face Aaron Nola at a 6:05 p.m. ET start from Citizens Bank Park.

 

New York Islanders: Thomas Greiss’s Future

Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

New York Islanders‘ goalie Thomas Greiss is a fan favorite. It’s not hard to see why either, every time he makes a big save, the whole fanbase shouts “Greisser.” Greiss had an average year in net this year. Nothing in his performances really wowed anyone, but he is still the reliable 1b starter the Islanders fans all love dearly. Thomas Greiss, who has been on four different teams, is an unrestricted free agent this year. With the Islanders already having minimal cap space and having to resign Mat Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews, there’s a big possibility that Greiss’s 5-year tenure ends with the Islanders.

Projected Contract

Thomas Greiss isn’t going to be looking for big money in free agency. Also, he may give the Islanders a little discount when it comes time to resign him. Currently, Greiss is making $3.3 million a year; this number will most likely decline. Greiss, who isn’t declining in play, is just getting old now. Normally old players don’t get as much money as younger ones. I project around a 2.2-2.5 million dollar contract for Greiss. Now, it’s not a huge number, but it’s a number that respects his play. This still might be way too much money for the Islanders. The Islanders are looking at around 12.3 million dollars this offseason, and again have that big three they have to resign.

Ilya Sorokin

Ilya Sorokin will take Thomas Greiss’s job either now or really soon. I don’t expect the Islanders to let Sorokin rot in the AHL with Brent Thompson. Also, Sorokin is the best goalie outside of the NHL. His stats, which are insane, still don’t do the man justice. The Islanders aren’t going to let Sorokin waste time, as he’s already 25. Sorokin’s development will spell the end for Greiss.

Future Teams

A lot of teams need a new goalie. The Penguins will need one when they make Murray leave. The Leafs might need one to be a backup. The Red Wings obviously need a new goalie. The Capitals could use a goalie if they let Holtby walk. Greiss is good enough to play 30 games a year still, and contending teams need that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Greiss wins a cup within the next 2-3 years with another team. He’s still a solid goalie, but there’s not enough room for him on the Islanders. There are other teams that will pay better and feature him every other night.

New York Giants: Darnay Holmes Being Cross-Trained At Inside and Outside Cornerback

New York Giants, Darnay Holmes

The New York Giants’ young secondary has had a rocky offseason. Second-year cornerback DeAndre Baker was arrested earlier this summer and has several severe criminal charges being prosecuted. On top of that, cornerback Sam Beal has opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns, leaving the Giants even more thin at cornerback.

Luckily for the Gmen, there is a new addition to the cornerback group that could fill the hole that has been opened. Darnay Holmes, the Giants’ fourth-round selection out of UCLA was initially thought to be a slot cornerback exclusively. But as the offseason rolled on, many fans have come to the realization that Darnay Holmes has a pretty good chance of being an outside cornerback for the Giants. Now, in training camp, Holmes is officially training for both the inside and outside cornerback positions.

Darnay Holmes Being Cross-Trained

New York’s defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson spoke with the media today and shared some insight on the state of the cornerback position. At the outside cornerback position, Henderson said that all the cornerbacks are “competing” and that the team does not have “a true depth chart” at cornerback just yet.

When asked specifically about Darnay Holmes, Henderson had this to say:

We’re cross-training him right now, outside and inside, as all our players are doing right now. He’s doing a good job in camp, but he has a long, long way to go. We haven’t even gotten to the pads yet to really see. That’ll be when you can really see what you have in those guys, is when we put the pads on and it’s a little more competitive, it’s real and he’s going against guys. Right now, we’ve just been in shorts. He’s been positive, doing some positive things. He has some growing to do. But we’ll see what he is when we put the pads on and actually compete against each other. – Jerome Henderson on Darnay Holmes 8/14/20 via Giants.com

Darnay Holmes has been cross-training at both outside and inside cornerback, according to Jerome Henderson. This is exciting news for Giants fans who were worried about the lack of depth at outside cornerback. Now the question is, will Darnay Holmes be able to succeed on the outside, and will it suit him better than the inside?

Could Darnay Holmes Succeed On The Outside?

Darnay Holmes was drafted to play inside at the nickel cornerback position. But this would be a first for Darnay. The cornerback spent his collegiate career at UCLA playing outside cornerback. Darnay’s playing style is actually similar to that of a prototypical outside cornerback. The problem is, Holmes is small. Darnay stands in at roughly 5 feet 10 inches and 195 pounds (but it would not be surprising if those numbers are a little high).

How small is Darnay Holmes, really? When comparing him to the Giants’ last outside cornerback, Janoris Jenkins, they are about the same height and weight. So maybe size will not be a big issue for Holmes. Darnay could continue playing the position he was so good at in college with the Giants.

New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom scratched from start with tight neck

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

Right-hander Jacob deGrom was supposed to start tonight for the New York Mets against the Philadelphia Phillies, but the team announced that has been scratched. Walker Lockett will take the hill in his place.

DeGrom is dealing with a tight neck, which doesn’t sound like an overly serious issue but it was bad enough to keep him from taking the mound in an important intra-division game. The New York Mets certainly preferred to handle the situation with caution before aggravating the injury in any way.

The New York Mets’ ace has, according to MLB.com’s beat reporter for the club Anthony DiComo, no structural issues with his neck. He will rest for a couple of days and then, if all goes well, throw a bullpen session on Sunday or Monday.

The Mets will proceed with caution

Initially, it was believed that the reason why the Mets scratched their best hurler was related to a “hot spot” on the middle finger of his right hand, a situation that presented itself during his last start. He described it as a small blister in formation.

However, deGrom remained confident that the issue would disappear between starts and he would be able to pitch against the Phils, which appeared to be the case until the tight neck appeared.

The pitcher expressed his frustration after it was reported that he wouldn’t be taking the ball on Friday. “I love going out there and pitching and competing,” Jacob deGrom said. “And when you’re not able to, it really does frustrate you.”

The Mets’ pitcher has been dominating as usual in the start of the short 2020 season, with a 2-0 record and a 2.45 ERA in four starts so far. The two-time Cy Young Award winner currently has a 32.6 K% and a 5.8 BB% in 22.0 frames, with an even better 2.40 FIP.

New York Yankees: Aaron Boone provides bad injury update on Aaron Judge

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Following Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone stated the reason he pulled Aaron Judge after a fifth-inning solo home run. While Judge was rounding second base, he displayed a slight grimace of pain, but his facial expressions are no rarity.

The Yankees were leading 8-0 at the time, indicating that Boone was just resting him for future games.

However, the very next day he indicated that Judge was dealing with some “lower body tightness,” and was receiving treatment in the clubhouse after being pulled. When asked if he would play against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Boone said that he was hopeful.

Prior to his usual press conference before each game, Boone pushed the time from 4 PM to 5:20 PM.

The New York Yankees have enjoyed the best of Aaron Judge:

So far this season, Judge has been on fire, posting a .290 batting average with nine homers and 20 RBIs. His .758 slugging percentage leads the team by a large margin and is currently on pace for 30 homers in an abbreviated 2020 season.

While the injury is expected to be minor, this is what Boone stated on Friday following the matchup against the Red Sox:

According to Boone, the injury was a mild calf strain, per the MRI. A grade-1 calf injury should keep him out for a few weeks, similar to how Giancarlo Stanton rehabbed from the same injury earlier this year.

 

UFC: Donald Cerrone – Niko Price targeted for September 19th

Donald Cerrone

The UFC is putting together an incredible welterweight matchup for their card on September 19th. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-15, 1 NC) and Niko Price (14-4, 1 NC) will to head-to-head.

The UFC’s Cowboy Tries to Bounce Back

There might not be a fighter in the UFC that is more loved than Cowboy Cerrone. For his entire career, Cowboy has been a guy who would fight anyone, anyplace at anytime.

That mentality is why he holds the record for the most wins in the UFC. In addition to that, he also has the most post-fight bonuses and the most finishes in UFC history.

However, Cowboy has hit a little bit of a rough patch in his last few fights. Just a little over a year ago, Cowboy was considered to be a win away from a title shot. Then he fought Tony Ferguson at UFC 238.

Cerrone lost after he blew his broken nose which caused his eye to swell shut. After that, Cowboy was finished in the first round by Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor. Cerrone fought Anthony Pettis at UFC 249 and dropped a very close decision.

Cowboy is looking to snap the longest losing streak of his career. Now, all four fighters he has lost to are former champions so it’s not like he’s fighting nobodies. Now, he gets his chance against Niko Price to get back on track.

Price comes into this contest 2-3 in his last five fights. He always is game for a battle, and he’s always in exciting fights. One thing that you know for sure is that this will not be a boring fight.

For Cerrone, this is a chance to get back on track. For Price, this is a chance to get the biggest win of his UFC career. This is a massive fight for both men in very different ways. I don’t know about you, but I’m pumped for this fight.

New York Yankees: Good Aroldis Chapman injury news brews excitement

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees have danced around their starting pitching the past few weeks. A lack of efficiency from their starters has forced manager Aaron Boone to look to his bullpen in relief situations. Utilizing 3-4 bullpen arms per game is not a sustainable game-plan for the Yankees, as they desperately need their starters to last more innings and give them more production.

Aside from ace Gerrit Cole, the starting rotation hasn’t been able to survive more than four innings in most occasions. With the bullpen being overused through just 18 games, the Yankees are entering dangerous territory, and the postseason could become a much more difficult reality with deficiencies at the forefront of their pitching.

On the bright side, they will soon be gaining back closer Aroldis Chapman. They have been using Zack Britton as their primary closer the past few weeks, but gaining Chapman back will allow them to utilize Britton in different scenarios.

Through 7.1 innings, Britton currently has a 1.23 ERA, allowing just one run and striking out five batters. He has gotten himself into some tumultuous positions, but luckily his defense has bailed him out. Allowing runners on base with the final outs of the game is exactly what a closer isn’t supposed to do. While Zack is considered a premium option, Chapman represents the better of the two.

Where has Aroldis Chapman been?

Aroldis tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of the regular season and has been recovering ever since. While he experienced minimal symptoms, he faced live batters this week and is almost ready for action.

“I feel good,” Chapman said via the team’s Spanish interpreter, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. “I felt good throwing and playing catch. I faced hitters for the first time (Tuesday). It felt better than expected. I think I’m going to have another outing Thursday or Friday, and I hope I can rejoin the team after that.”

New York Jets’ Denzel Mims goes down at practice, will miss time

New York Jets, Denzel Mims

Denzel Mims’s debut with the New York Jets has been highly anticipated since he was selected in this year’s draft. He’s already begun working with Sam Darnold in hopes of establishing solid timing and getting their connection right during this abbreviated offseason training. Now, Mims’ hamstring just threw a wrench in those plans.

Mims Is Hurt

According to head coach, Adam Gase, Mims took a weird step and hurt his hamstring. Gase went on to state his disappointment about the injury due to Mims’ hard work. Gase followed those comments up by fueling speculation about a run at a potential veteran receiver due to their depleted receiving core full of boom or bust guys.

Along with the history of injuries that Crowder has and the inconsistencies shown in Perriman’s game in the past, it would not be a bad idea for the Jets’ front office to take a look at a few veteran options. However, Manish Mehta did report that internally, the New York Jets feel Mims should be back in a few days. Still, this set back is the last thing Mims needed with the current state of the offseason, to begin with.

Potential Veteran Options

Taking a look at a few guys the team could target, three names come to mind for me. The first being Demaryius Thomas. In my free agency predictions, I wrote that I thought he’d already be back with the squad. It seems as though the fit makes the most sense, especially with his knowledge of the playbook, and he could quickly dive into the starting group.

Another name with knowledge of the playbook is Kenny Stills. Coming off a solid year last season in Houston following his role in the Laremy Tunsil trade, Stills could be the odd man out with the current crop of receivers in Houston. His knowledge of both Gase’s offense and coaching style could make him worth a potential late-round pick that would be needed to acquire his services.

The last, a little more out of the blue target, would be Dez Bryant. Bryant hasn’t played in a year, despite signing with the Saints and then getting hurt before taking any real reps. Now, Dez is said to be in solid shape and ready to return to the gridiron. Maybe the Jets will take a flyer on the big personality receiver, but that would seem out of character for Joe Douglas to do such a thing. It’s more likely Dez becomes the next TO or Chad Ochocinco, where rumors swirl about their potential return, but it never amounts to much.