Yankees and Mariners are talking about Taijuan Walker (Report)

Taijuan Walker, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are always looking for another edge if they can find one. Whether it’s signing free agents or making a trade, the Yankees are trying to be the best team in baseball. Right now, their pitching staff is really hurting.

Going into the year after the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole, many believed the rotation would be a strong spot for the team. However, they lost Luis Severino to Tommy John, James Paxton is hurt and might not be back for a while, J.A. Happ has been awful, and Masahiro Tanaka has been inconsistent.

The only true bright spot in the rotation has been Gerrit Cole who has pitched like a Cy Young winner. Because of the lack of performance, the Yankees are actively looking for help in the trade market. Per MLB Networks Jon Morosi, they have checked in with Seattle on Taijuan Walker.

The Yankees – Mariners Connection

The Yankees front office is extremely familiar with the front office of Seattle. As Morosi pointed out in his tweet, the teams have done eight deals in the last five years including the Yankees acquiring James Paxton.

Walker is off to a pretty good start in the 2020 season. The big right hander is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.00 and a WHIP of 1.074. He’s striking out just under nine batters per nine innings. In his last two starts he’s gone a combined 13 innings while only giving up three runs and striking out 13.

Walker will be a free agent after the season is over, and while in a normal year you wouldn’t think the price tag would be enormous, the lack of available pitching might make this deal difficult to pull off.

The Yankees are not going to give up a great deal for Walker. Would he improve the team now? Of course, but I can’t see Cashman giving up a ton for him. Now, the teams work very well together so I wouldn’t be shocked to see a deal worked out that is good for both sides.

I said yesterday, I believe that the Yankees are going to make some kind of deal this week. Whether it’s a bullpen arm like Mychal Givens or a starter like Walker or just an arm for depth purposes, the Yankees will do something. Time will tell what that something is.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: What should we look for in tonight’s Yankee game in Atlanta? Injury updates

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees are returning to play again tonight in Atlanta, after four idle days caused by the postponement of the weekend games against the New York Mets. The Mets had a player and crew member from their traveling party test positive for the coronavirus. The weekend games were postponed out of an abundance of caution. The Yankees, tonight, will face the Atlanta Braves that they swept at the Stadium just a few days ago.

While the Yankees were idle, several things changed in this everchanging baseball season.  While doing workouts at Yankees Stadium over the weekend, the Yankees regained first place in the AL East, when the Tampa Bay Rays lost a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

A big change going into tonight’s game is the return of Aaron Judge to the Yankee lineup. Judge has been out since August 11 with a minor right calf strain.  Judge didn’t want to go on the 10 day IL, but manager Aaron Boone put him on it, to avoid him playing too soon and reinjuring the leg. Prior to Judge going on the IL, he had hit 9 home runs since July 29th, with 19 RBI’s.  Judge, who was hitting .290, will return to his number two spot in the lineup, behind either Aaron Hicks or Luke Voit.  Voit has been on a tear hitting five home runs in his last four games, for a team-leading 10 home runs. During a regular season that would equate to about 27 home runs at the halfway point.

Gerrit Cole will take the mound tonight in Atlanta for his seventh start of the season.  Presently he is 4-0, pitching 36 innings, allowing 11 runs with 44 strikeouts. Seven of those 11 runs were via the home run.  When the New York Yankees acquired Cole during the offseason, they were expecting big things from the prized righty, and he has lived up to his billing. Cole has not allowed more than three runs in a game this season. In his most recent start on Aug. 19 against Tampa Bay, Cole received no-decision after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. Opponents are batting only .197 against the big right-hander. Cole has now not lost a game in the regular season since May 19, 2019. That’s 28 games without a loss, the streak is third-best in all of baseball history.

Other things to watch for tonight, is how Atlanta’s offense improves, now that their star player Ronald Acuna returns to the lineup tonight.  Acuna has been on the 10 day IL. He has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with left wrist inflammation. Also for the Braves, we may see the major league debut of much talked about pitching prospect Ian Anderson. He produced a 3.38 ERA and registered 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings while combining to make 26 starts for Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett last year.

It may not happen tonight or even tomorrow night, but the New York Yankee fans will soon see pitching prospect Miguel Yajure, who was called up by the Yankees last week. Even though Yajure never has pitched in Triple-A, and has just three games of Double-A experience, he owns very good numbers over his five minor-league seasons (2.47 ERA in 61 games, 54 starts), and had a tremendous 2019 season. Pitching for high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton last year, he was 9-6 with a 2.14 ERA with 133 strikeouts and 30 walks in 138 2/3 innings over 24 outings, 20 as a starter.

New York Yankees injury status:

Aaron Judge returning from a calf injury will rejoin the lineup tonight.  DJ LeMahieu may return from a bruised thumb over the weekend, during the next Mets series. Relief pitcher Luis Avilan may also return during the Mets series.  Zack Britton and Kyle Higashioka will most likely be available during the next Rays series that follows the Mets series.  Gleyber Torres should be back by Sept. 5th, although that outlook might be optimistic.  James Paxton will not be back before Sept. 12th.  Tommy Kahnle and Luis Severino are out for the remainder of the season. Giancarlo Stanton’s status is not as clear, he will not return for at least another week. He is healing from a hamstring injury. The Yankees are hopeful that they won’t have to deal with more injuries during the remaining month of the regular season.

New York Jets: LB Avery Williamson speaks after roster reinstatement

New York Jets

New York Jets linebacker Avery Williams is back on the active roster after missing the entire 2019 season due to injury.

With preseason games eliminated this summer, strapping on the pads and donning the game jerseys for Week 1 in the NFL will feel just a little bit more special this time around. For some, the waiting will be a bit longer than others.

If linebacker Avery Williamson suits up for the New York Jets’ September 13 opener against Buffalo, it will have been 388 days since he suited up for an NFL game. Williamson had a decent first season with the Jets, leading the team with 120 tackles in 2018 after coming over from Tennessee on a three-year, $22.5 million deal. However, his second season was wiped out by a torn ACL sustained in last summer’s preseason visit to Atlanta. The injury cost him the entire 2019 campaign.

Williamson began training camp proceedings on the physically unable to perform list but was activated earlier this week. It’s safe to say that the veteran defender is aching to make up for lost time.

“It’s been a long journey, definitely,” Williamson said in camp this week, per SNY’s Garrett Stepien. “From that point, just didn’t know, didn’t realize the amount of work I was going to have to put in to get back to this point, to get back to my old self. I thought it was going to be a lot faster. I thought I was going to be running by December, but everybody’s different and I just wasn’t healing as fast as I thought I would.”

The 28-year-old was eager to test things out upon returning to the practice field. He admitted things got a little difficult, especially with his rehabilitation coming during on the ongoing health crisis. But he was quite enthused upon taking to the field at One Jets Drive.

“You’ve just got to get practice,” Williamson said in SNY’s report. “You’re going to find out real quick how good it’s doing and didn’t feel any pain today, pretty much did everything from a perspective of past and it’s feeling great. So just going out and keep getting in shape, at this point, but my knee’s healthy.”

Williamson went on to praise the job his fellow defenders did in his absence, as players like Jordan Jenkins, Neville Hewitt, and James Burgess all rose to the occasion. That will only increase the on-field competition, as players on the Jets battle for the opportunity to remain on the team for the potential good time ahead.

Entering a contract year, Williamson is one of many Jets who will be auditioning for a chance to solidify their future. He’s embracing every single opportunity but feels like things haven’t changed a bit when it comes to the way he’ll approach a most unusual, and personally vital, season.

“Yeah, I definitely feel like I’ve got to prove myself (but) that’s every year,” Williamson said. “It’s always going to be competition, guys trying to take your spot.

“The guys last year, they played well. Give them credit. They definitely played well. So I’ve just got to make sure I know the playbook, early, make sure that when I get my opportunity, I’m going to make it count.”

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Is the UFC finalizing Tony Ferguson – Dustin Poirier?

Tony Ferguson, UFC

There is no better division in MMA than the lightweight division. It’s the deepest talent pool in the sport. In October, the current two best in the world, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje, will battle for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 254.

Behind them, former interim lightweight champions, Dustin Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) and Tony Ferguson (25-4) have both been on social media teasing their next UFC fight. When asked if these two were going to fight each other, UFC President Dana White smiled and said, “Probably.” We now might know our timeline for the event.

A UFC Card in October

At the end of next month, the UFC will be heading back to Fight Island, likely starting with UFC 253. White has said that the promotion is expecting to stay there for five or six weeks straight. UFC 254 headlined by Khabib – Gaethje will be on Fight Island.

With Poirier coming out and stating that his next fight is two months away, it’s likely that the anticipated matchup with Ferguson will also be on Fight Island in October. It’ll be interesting to see which card the UFC decides to place this matchup.

A lot of fans were jumping at the possibility of this being the co-main event to Khabib – Gaethje. While that would certainly boost the PPV card, I feel like fans would be robbed a little if this was a co-main event.

To me, a fight between the two former UFC champions needs to be it’s own main event. One of the fight nights on Fight Island so we can see these two guys go five full rounds. Both men are capable, and you know it would be an insane fight.

Ferguson is coming off a loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 while Poirier is coming off of a win against Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12. A win for either one of these men would likely make them next for whoever wins between Khabib and Gaethje.

Of course, the one thing that could throw a wrench into the plans is Khabib’s desired fight with Georges St. Pierre. If Nurmagomedov decides he wants to fight GSP then walk away, it’ll leave the winner of Ferguson – Poirier with no one to fight.

Perhaps the UFC would pivot to another title fight with the Notorious Conor McGregor in that case. So Khabib would ride off into the sunset after fighting GSP and McGregor would fight the winner of Poirier – Ferguson for the UFC lightweight title after it’s vacated. A lot of interesting scenarios in the UFC‘s lightweight division.

NASCAR: Red hot Martin Truex Jr. seeks a bigger impact

Nobody in NASCAR is making a bigger current impact than Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 19 Toyota…on and off the track.

Even the most casual NASCAR fan is likely familiar with the axiom “if you ain’t first, you’re last”, the catchphrase of Will Ferrell’s titular character from the 2006 comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Martin Truex Jr. is at least partially defying that trope as he works his way through the final stages of the premier Cup Series’ regular season.

The tradition of posing the top three race finishers on a podium has rarely made it to NASCAR…that’s probably for the best these days with social distancing still necessary…but if they did exist, the footprints of the Mayetta Township, NJ native would perhaps be etched into the platform. His No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has finished in either second or third place in eight of the last nine races. That streak continued last weekend, as Truex was the silver-medalist in both halves of a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader at Dover International Speedway.

“It has definitely been good to run right out front, be running top three,” Truex said after the race on Sunday. “That’s where you need to be running to make your way through the playoffs.”

The Cup Series’ regular season ends in grand fashion on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7 p.m. ET, NBC). It’s the first time that the iconic superspeedway, known for producing surprise winners, will host the final lead-in to the 16-driver playoff.

Truex doesn’t have to worry about his invitation to the postseason, as the win at Martinsville allows him to compete for the seventh consecutive season. Still, once the playoffs start at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend, an extra win may come in for the No. 19 squad. Recent events have allowed Truex to surge to fourth place in the standings, but, with only a single win to his name, he will own the sixth seed once the playoffs begin. The NASCAR playoff system affords five extra points for each win and one more for every stage triumph. Truex has earned seven such points, which would place him 11 points ahead of the first cutoff. Drivers placed 13th through 16th after the first three playoff races will be eliminated from championship contention.

If anyone knows about the importance of postseason bonus points, it’s Truex. His 2017 Cup Series title, won when he was driving the No. 78 Toyota for the now-defunct Furniture Row Racing, began with a 48-point advantage over the original cutoff thanks to a plethora of wins, stage wins, and the regular-season title. It was the biggest advantage for a regular-season points leader until current point leader Kevin Harvick set himself up with a 54-point lead after his seventh win of the season on Sunday. That tally might only increase depending on how things go at Daytona.

“Obviously, we wish we could have won a few more,” Truex said. “Our bonus point situation isn’t the greatest, and that’s something that we’ve really been working hard on trying to get some more here lately. Just seems like we’re always just right there second or third.”

“Overall it was good. It’s good momentum. It’s good to be consistent. We’ve just got to keep working to find a little bit more.”

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

This unusual season is Truex’s second in a Gibbs Toyota after FRR shut down due to financial woes. While many employees from the No. 78 came over with Truex, his championship crew chief, Cole Pearn, left to pursue other opportunities in auto racing, including a role as a pit road analyst on NASCAR.com. In Pearn’s place went James Small, who served as an engineer on prior Truex endeavors. But, save for a brief two-race stint on Erik Jones’ No. 77 during FRR’s heyday in 2017, Small had never been a crew chief at any of NASCAR’s national levels.

Truex himself admitted prior to the All-Star Race exhibition last month that he “didn’t know we’re where we want to be”, the challenge of a new crew chief only exacerbated by the lack of practice and qualifying in an attempt to trim race weekends down to single-day endeavors. But the past few races have built a strong rapport in the No. 19 garage, one that will be exceptionally dangerous come playoff time.

“He’s doing a great job,” Truex said of Small.  “I think for his first year, he’s doing good and making good decisions.  I think the biggest thing is leading the team, and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes.  It’s not just how fast is our car going and how are our finishes and how many races have we won and all that.  There’s a lot behind the scenes going on there.”

“All the guys really have a lot of respect for him, all the team guys, and the guys working on the cars and mechanics and everything,” Truex continued. “He gets along well with all the other crew chiefs. So all those little things.  He really fits in well, I think, and does a good job. Again, he’s really similar to Cole, I think, and obviously learned a lot from him and has been around him a long time. I think he’s done a really fine job, and I think for us, the communication is going well and we’re on the same page.”

Even if Truex hasn’t left the impact he has desired to leave in the winner’s circle, he’s going on to leave a huge impact off the asphalt.

Prior to Sunday’s race, Truex’s self-named foundation announced a partnership with The NASCAR Foundation that will raise money for cancer research. Fans will have the opportunity to bid for a spot to nominate a “cancer hero” to appear on a car across NASCAR’s three national series. Suggested nominees have been described in a release as “a childhood or ovarian cancer champion or a medical provider who made a difference during a cancer patients’ battle”. Over 40 drivers have agreed to partake in the endeavor, with bidding running through September 1.

The charitable endeavor hits close to home for Truex. His girlfriend Sherry was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer in 2014. The two have been together since 2005 and formed the foundation two years later, during his days driving the No. 1 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

“I’m really proud of it and I’m really proud of the idea that the girls came up with it at our foundation,” he said. “It’s been a tough year for us fundraising, and with COVID and all that’s gone on, our big fundraiser of the year had to get canceled. It’s been a bit of a challenge to try to raise money to continue helping all the great people that we’ve been able to have partnerships with and things.”

“I’m really excited about this thanks to NASCAR for teaming up with us and allowing us to do this, and obviously all the teams that have so far agreed to do this…just really proud to be able to do this and continue to help raise money for women and children battling cancer.”

Further information on the Nominate a Cancer Hero Program can be found here.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: RB Frank Gore could be the burst of energy the stagnant offense needs

New York Giants, Frank Gore

Each seeking redemption in a new decade, Frank Gore and the New York Jets’ offense may be a match made in football heaven.

No matter what he accomplishes in a New York Jets uniform, the image of Frank Gore bearing the emblems and numerals of New York’s green football team will undoubtedly appear on lists or slideshows of NFL legends dressed in the “wrong” colors. “New York Jets legend Frank Gore” will satirically trend during a future slow day on social media.

Yet, if things pan out, Gore could hold a small but notable role in Jets history.

The addition of the 37-year-old Gore seems counterintuitive to a rebuilding squad. Surely, the latter days of his professional football career would be better spent chasing a title, not helping a rebuilding offense find its footing, no? The third name on the NFL’s all-time rushing list has apparently been playing AFC East bingo over the past few seasons, spending the past two seasons between Miami and Buffalo. An elusive Super Bowl as both a spell option and veteran mentor with a contender would perhaps be the perfect way for the San Francisco legend to ride off into the sunset.

Instead, Gore has spent the opening stages of Jets training camp praising the situation presented in front of him. He’s set to spell incumbent starting rusher Le’Veon Bell after proving servicable in his prior stops with the Jets’ rivals. Gore is one of three 30-year-old running backs to tally at least 1,000 rushing yards over the past two seasons with 1,321 (Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram are the ohters).

“I know the situation here,” Gore in a report from Brian Costello of the New York Post. “We’ve got a great back with Le’Veon, who did great things and still can play this game. I know that he’s our lead dog. My goal is to do whatever it takes when my number gets called to do whatever it takes to help this team be successful.”

Gore is by far the most experienced name on the Jets with 16 NFL seasons under his belt. In a season unlike any other, he’s providing a youth exuberence to the New York proceedings right from the get-go. That included his earliest days with a Jets label, when minicamp endeavors were reduced to a virtual arena.

Head coach Adam Gase knew exactly what he was getting upon extending Gore an invitation to Florham Park. Not only did Gase supervise Gore’s lone season in Miami (where Gore ran for a team-best 722 yards in 2018) but he also played witness to one of the earliest years of his prime as an assistant with the 49ers in 2008.

“He’s a natural leader. He’s the kind of guy that guys respect around the NFL,” Gase said in a report from NewYorkJets.com’s Ethan Greenberg. “He’s done a great job as far as helping younger players that are in the room. I think he’s a good teammate especially the last three or four years in that backup role and the supporting role of whoever that starter is. He’s a great guy for Le’Veon [Bell] to be around. Those two guys can really do some damage together.

“We have two guys that can play all three downs. They both have outstanding skillsets. There’s a little bit of difference in their running style and how they do things, but we know Frank really well and we know how to use them.”

Now that the Jets have gathered in person, it appears Gore’s leaving an impact on the rest of the roster as well, particularly with his offensive contemporaries. Even at his advanced age, he’s finding a way to leave an impact.

Bell, for example, was still a junior at Groveport Madison High School in Ohio when the seasoned veteran made his NFL debut as a third-round pick for San Francisco in 2005. His middle school days came and went while Gore made a name for himself at the University of Miami.

Yet, Bell knows there’s plenty he can learn from Gore, whose earliest NFL days were spent as a silver lining during a lengthy rebuild. He never experienced a winning professional season until his seventh campaign.

“I look at a guy like Frank Gore. I’m fortunate that he’s in my room,” Bell said when asked about his inpiration by Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “I pick his brain. He has a similar mindset as I have. “The fact that he’s 37 years old and he’s playing at a high level still, and he was talking about the things that he was doing when I was 28. He’s like Le’Veon, ‘I was doing this, that and the other.’ So I know I’m doing the right things because I’m hearing it from a guy who’s done it and who’s doing it.”

Gore’s fateful seventh season saw the 49ers go 13-3 and reach the NFC title game. Though a Super Bowl appearance wasn’t to be…the New York Giants stole an overtime decision…they were able to take the next step when Gore’s two touchdowns erased a 10-point deficit against Atlanta for a 28-24 win. Gore is thus a rare Jet who posses experience and a taste of the championship nectar, even if it’s only a mere sip.

The arrival of Gore also takes a certain bit of the offensive load off of Bell. Rushing will be more vital than ever for a Jets team that has major question marks at the top of their wide receiver depth chart slots. It will lead to new opportunities in the backfield, but last proved that one cannot live on Bell alone.

But if Gore can provide relief now and the knowledge to succeed in the future, his impact can last far beyond the one-year deal bestowed to him this offseason.

“We’re excited about not only the production Frank’s brought in his career but we’re excited about the chemistry he’s going to bring to the running backs room and the locker room,” general manager Joe Douglas said in a May report from Randy Lange focusing on Gore’s arrival. “He’s got a great work ethic, he’s a true pro. It’s a relatively young room right now behind Le’Veon. So he’s definitely going to help those young guys and be a great example for them moving forward.”

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants injury roundup: Darius Slayton, Ryan Connelly, more

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

Injuries were always going to be a prevalent thing for the New York Giants and most NFL teams during a revised training camp period. With special teams ace Cody Core already going down with a season-ending injury, the Giants are treading lightly despite having extremely intense practices with full contact.

New head coach Joe Judge has prioritized that the team understands the proper technique when it comes to tackling and most other facets. If they have impeccable fundamentals, they can avoid injuries in-game. With a majority of significant injuries being non-contact these days, practicing tackling shouldn’t be a problem. However, the team is already nursing a few minor injuries.

New York Giants injury report:

Darius Slayton:

The Giants didn’t bring second-year wide receiver, Darius Slayton, out onto the field during Monday’s practice until the latter portion. It doesn’t seem to be anything serious, as he just works through his conditioning program.

“Trainers are kinda dealing with [it],” head coach Joe Judge said.

Ryson John:

The former Canadian football player left practice after grabbing his left thigh on a 1V1 against safety Montre Hartage. Luckily, he later returned and was seemingly fine. Hamstring injuries can be tumultuous, just ask the New York Yankees.

Ryan Connelly:

Connelly has now missed several days of practice, remaining on the stationary bike. Coming off a torn ACL last season, the Giants are taking his progression very carefully. It’s possible he’s experiencing some flareup in his knee with increased intensity and resting him to ensure his health is essential. The Giants also have linebackers David Mayo and Devonte Downs to utilize in case Connelly needs more time to regain his form.

Spencer Pulley:

The Giants pulled Spencer Pulley (pun intended) from practice on Monday but didn’t cite the reason why. Second-year offensive lineman, Nick Gates, filled his spot with ease. You would never know that Gates is playing center for the first time in his career.

Shane LeMieux:

LeMieux was another player that was pulled from practice for unknown reasons. The gritty interior lineman is expected to help the Giants cement a strong force in the trenches. Hopefully, it is nothing significant.

Jabrill Peppers:

Starting safety Jabrill Peppers was also taken out of practice for treatment. Hopefully, it is nothing more than some bumps and bruises. We will provide updates as they become available.


Cody Core – Torn Achilles

Rumor: New York Yankees connected to two stud pitchers in potential trade

The New York Yankees are looking into Cleveland Indians pitcher, Trevor Bauer.

If the New York Yankees wish to make a World Series appearance in 2020, they’re going to need ample starting pitching. With James Paxton being placed on the injured list and the only consistent pitcher to this point being Gerrit Cole, finding more starters is essential.

Ultimately, good teams have two top-end starters, and the Yankees could seek out a trade to further bolster the roster.

The Yankees have been connected to both Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. Let’s take a look at what they would bring to the Bronx.

Two pitchers the New York Yankees should and might be considering in a trade:

Trevor Bauer:

While Bauer has a tumultuous relationship with Gerrit Cole, winning a World Series might convince them to solve their indifferences. Bauer is off to a fantastic start in 2020, posting a 0.68 ERA over 26.1 innings pitched.

He has allowed just two earned runs and struck out 41 batters so far this year, showing off how fantastic his stuff is.

Ultimately, he might cost an arm and a leg for the Yankees, but he would make their starting rotation that much better. He is currently on a one year, $17.5 million deal, which would give the Yankees ample time to extend him. With Paxton, J.A. Happ, and Masahiro Tanaka set to hit free agency, they can take the majority of that money and allocated it to a pitcher like Trevor, who would immediately make the Yankees’ starting rotation one of the best in the league.

More info on Trevor Bauer here!


5 trade targets for the Yankees

Mike Clevinger:

Another Pitcher that has been connected to the Yankees is Mike Clevinger. He might be the most intriguing name to enter the rumor mill. He was optioned to the minor leagues along with Zach Plesac for violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols. While he is signed through the 2022 season, bringing him to the Bronx would be beneficial for the Yankees. The primary issue is his image. After disobeying team rules, would any clubhouse actually respect him?

This would suggest that Bauer is the better option of the two but may cost more given his absolute dominance this year. So far in 2020, Clevenger has a 3.24 ERA over 16.2 innings. He struck out 15 batters but walked 10, which is an alarming statistic. His numbers are fantastic since joining the majors in 2016, and considering he is on a multi-year deal still, his value to the Yankees would be exponential.

However, it would cost general manager Brian Cashman multiple prospects and potentially two starting players.

New York Yankees Previews: Atlanta Braves look for revenge over the Yankees at Atlanta tonight

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole

The New York Yankees have traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for their second meet up with the Atlanta Braves.  The Yankees swept the Braves at Yankee Stadium, and now the Braves will be looking for revenge.  There will be two differences this time. Yankee slugger Aaron Judge will be back in the lineup after being sidelined by a right calf strain.  For the Braves their star player Ronald Acuna will be back from a wrist injury.

The game will be played at Truist Park, home of the Braves.  Truist Park is a modern open-air stadium just outside Atlanta in Cumberland, Georgia. The weather tonight may be a factor. The game-time temperature will be about 78 degrees.  There will be thunderstorms all day, in the Atlanta area. The likelihood of a storm at 7 pm is 40% but will reduce as the game progresses.

The Atlanta Braves have not announced a starting pitcher for tonight’s game.  The Associated Press is reporting that it will be Touki Toussaint. This writer believes that is incorrect, as he pitched just three days ago.  I am going with Kyle Wright or Ian Anderson the Braves top pitching prospect.  Anderson, 22, was the third overall pick in the 2016 draft. The right-hander was 8-7 with a 3.38 ERA with 172 strikeouts in 26 starts split over Double-A and Triple-A in 2019. If it is Kyle Wright, he is 0-3 in four starts with an ERA of 7.20.

The New York Yankees will start pitching ace Gerrit Cole, who is 4-0 in five starts, with an ERA of 2.75.  Cole has been the only reliable pitcher for the Yankees this season.  In six career starts against Atlanta, all while a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cole is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA. His most recent start against the Braves came May 22, 2017, and he was knocked out after 4 2/3 innings while allowing five runs on 10 hits. In Cole’s last outing against the Rays, he had 10 strikeouts in the loss for the Yankees. Adam Ottavino took the loss. Cole threw 109 pitches in the game but got no run support.

Both teams have significant injuries. Braves: Jacob Webb: (shoulder), Jeremy Walker: (shoulder), Mike Soroka: (Achilles), Phil Pfeifer: (elbow), Cole Hamels: (left arm), Ronald Acuna Jr.: (wrist), Ozzie Albies: (right wrist). Yankees: Luis Severino: (elbow), James Paxton: (forearm), Tommy Kahnle: (forearm), Zack Britton: (left hamstring), Luis Avilan: (shoulder), Aaron Judge: (lower body), Gleyber Torres: (quad/hamstring), DJ LeMahieu: (thumb), Giancarlo Stanton: (left hamstring), Kyle Higashioka: (right oblique).

The Yankees remained idle over the weekend, when their series with the crosstown New York Mets was postponed due to a Met player and crew member, of their traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus.  The Yankees, particularly the bullpen should be well rested for tonight’s game. While the Yankees were idle, they regained the AL East lead by a half a game, due to the Rays losing a game to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Atlanta Braves lead the NL East.