New York Islanders: How the Islanders can Sign Mike Hoffman

New York Islanders, Mike Hoffman

The New York Islanders are one good winger away from becoming Stanley Cup champions. Mike Hoffman recorded 29 goals and 30 assists this year; the best news is that he’s a free agent this year. The sad news is that the Islanders have minimal cap space and have to resign Mat Barzal, Ryan Pulock, and Devon Toews. The Islanders need to dump off some salary before even re-signing said, key players. General manager Lou Lamoriello always has something up his sleeve, so this signing is possible. What could the Islanders do to sign Mike Hoffman?

Amnesty Buyout

“What’s an amnesty buyout?” says everyone, including me. An amnesty buyout permits NHL teams to cut players without their contracts counting against the salary cap. The catch is that those players have to be paid 2/3’s of their salary over twice the length of time left on their deal. With the salary cap not improving this year due to COVID-19, the Islanders will have to cut some of their players. The first person that comes to mind is Andrew Ladd. A total dud of a signing who never stayed healthy, and never produced enough. That’s $6 million off the books. Buyout Johnny Boychuk too – there’s no reason to keep him with Noah Dobson around. The Islanders have just cleared $11.5 million dollars to sign players. Assuming Barzal, Pulock, and Toews equal 18 million dollars total, the Islanders have $3 million left.

Trades

Andrew Ladd has no trade value; the same goes for Johnny Boychuk. But, you know what every contending team needs right now? A veteran who can play the penalty kill, who can also deliver the hits. Leo Komarov is the player I’m referring to. Komarov might not have immense value, but the Islanders can easily dump him off for a 6th round pick. That’s another $3 million to work with. Thomas Hickey is buried in the AHL right now, so the Islanders might be able to get a 3rd or 4th round pick for him. Another $2.5 million comes off the books giving the Islanders at least $8.5 million to work with.

Releasing Players

Andy Greene, Thomas Greiss, Derick Brassard, Matt Martin, and Thomas Kuhnhackl are notable UFA’s this year. I’m assuming that none of them get re-signed. This isn’t due to their play, Greene has been sensational as of late. Martin, Kuhnhackl, Brassard, and Greiss are all great rotational players too. But, there just isn’t enough room for them on the roster anymore. Noah Dobson, Ilya Sorokin, Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston, and Oliver Wahlstrom are all ready to play. This would take approximately $11 million off the books.

Future Lineup

If all of this does happen, here are my 2020-2021 lineups:

Mike Hoffman-Mat Barzal-Anthony Beauvillier

Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Jordan Eberle

Josh Bailey-JG Pageau-Kieffer Bellows

Ross Johnston-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews-Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy-Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Ilya Sorokin

New York Giants: Wayne Gallman Sends Reminder That’s He’s Still Here

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants offensive backfield starts with Saquon Barkley and then there’s everyone else. Barkley has been the focal point of the Giants’ offense from the day he stepped through the doors at 1925 Giants Drive in 2018 and little has happened to change that.

But the NFL has a way of usurping even the best laid plans. Last year, Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain in the Giants’ Week 3 victory over Tampa Bay and did not recover fully until very late in the season. The Giants’ offense suffered greatly without a healthy Barkley.

The rushing game, especially suffered. Barkley still led the Giants with 217 ruses for 1,003 yards but no other running back had more than 30 carries. They realized more depth was needed.

This offseason, they added veteran Dion Lewis and recently signed Tavian Feaster. Those two join Barkley, fullback Eli Penny and fourth year pro Wayne Gallman to comprise the Giants’ 2020 backfield.

Gallman was a forgotten man in 2019. Somehow the former Clemson star landed in Pat Shurmur’s doghouse. Gallman had just 44 total touches for 212 total yards and three scores. To be fair, a concussion sustain in Week vs Minnesota curtailed his chance to shine in Barkley’s absence. But even after the was cleared two weeks later, he could not distinguish himself. By seasons’ end, Gallman was a regular on the gameday inactive list.

With a new coaching staff comes a new opportunity for Gallman. In Friday’s Blue-White scrimmage, Gallman made the most of his snaps by scoring two touchdowns, one on  43-yard run in the first quarter and the second on a five-yard pass from backup QB Cooper Rush in the third period.

The Giants’ coaches have taken notice that Gallman can help this team and in this league, you can never have enough depth.

“He’s a guy who’s really flashed over the course of the entire training camp,” head coach Joe Judge said  of Gallman after the scrimmage. “He’s a guy that we’ve challenged and told him we want to see how he responds in competitive situations. Obviously tonight, he had a good night. But he’s a guy that’s shown a lot of potential throughout his career. He’s shown a lot of improvement for us, and we’re happy with the night he had tonight.”

Yes, it was a very comforting to see that there is more to the Giants’ backfield than Barkley. Gallman has apparently won over Judge but he also has impressed his position coach, Burton Burns, who comes to Giants after coaching running backs at Clemson (1999-2006) and Alabama (2007-19) the past two decades.

“I see a guy that’s coming to work every day, that’s working really hard,” Burns told reporters when asked about Gallman earlier this month. “Again, he is very interested in improving. I had a history with Wayne as far as we competed against his team in college. I kind of followed his career, I knew him a little.

His personality is like all the players that I’ve coached. He’s got his competitive nature. I know I’m overusing that word, but it keeps coming up. He’s also got that ‘what can I do to get better (mentality)’. I know it’s the college level and the pro level. One thing about all those guys, it doesn’t matter, they are looking for that next step they can take.”

Just another refreshing example of how this coaching staff is bringing the best out of this roster.

 

Clifford Robinson, NY State native, former Net, passes away at 53

The Buffalo native reached the 1994 NBA All-Star Game and spent his final three seasons with the New Jersey Nets.

Buffalo native and former NBA All-Star Clifford Robinson passed away on Saturday at the age of 53. His death was confirmed by his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, and the cause has yet to be disclosed.

Robinson was born in Buffalo and got his start at Riverside High School. He then spent four seasons at UConn, where his No. 00 was retired in 2007. His efforts in Storrs led him to be selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

During his eight seasons in Portland, Robinson established himself as one of the Association’s most impactful bench players, averaging 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Robinson played a major in Portland’s most recent treks to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. During the latter journey, Robinson popularized a dance he labeled the “Uncle Cliffy”, a moniker that would come to define him for the rest of his career. Robinson even referenced the dance in his Twitter handle.

He also displayed remarkable durability, missing no games in any of his first five seasons. His streak of 461 consecutive games in a Blazers uniform stands as a Portland record. His individual efforts were rewarded with the 1993 Sixth Man of the Year Award and an invite to the 1994 NBA All-Star Game in Minneapolis.

Robinson signed with the Phoenix Suns in 1997. Notably, he became the oldest player in NBA history (33 years, two months) to record his first 50-point game in a January 2000 win over Denver. Robinson was also named to two NBA All-Defensive Teams at the ages of 33 and 35.

After tenures with Phoenix, Detroit, and Golden State, Robinson joined the New Jersey Nets in February 2005 via a trade with the Warriors. He came up big early on, scoring 11 fourth-quarter points in his sixth game with the team, a 99-93 win over Philadelphia. The Nets reached the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the team. He would retire after the Nets released him in July 2007. Robinson ended his NBA career as the tallest player (6 feet, 10 inches) to hit at least 1,000 three-pointers in his NBA career. He tallied averages of 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds over 18 seasons.

“Cliff played very well for us, number one,”  Thorn said after re-signing Robinson for the 2006-07 season, per ESPN.com. “Number two, he’s very popular with his teammates. Number three, he’s a leader in the clubhouse.”

Retirement was anything but for Robinson. He came in 14th place during the 28th edition of the reality show Survivor, accompanied Dennis Rodman on his basketball tour of North Korea in 2014, and became a medicinal cannabis advocate.

Robinson is survived by his wife Heather and son Isaiah, who played Division I basketball at Houston Baptist.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants: Logan Ryan Should Be On Big Blue’s Radar

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants have had a spate of bad luck in their young, talented secondary. First, DeAndre Baker, a potential starter at cornerback this season, got himself jammed up down in Florida in an assault/robbery incident that resulted in him getting indicted and then placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.

Then, third-year cornerback Sam Beal decided to opt out of playing this year due to coronavirus concerns. Now, this week comes the new that stud rookie safety Xavier McKinney broke a bone in his left foot that required surgery and will miss at least three months.

The solutions could come from within, but common sense says it probably shouldn’t.

“Any injury to our roster is a hit to us because we care about every player on our roster,” said head coach Joe Judge. “But it’s our responsibility to have everyone developed and make sure the next man is ready to go.”

At safety, that next man is Julian Love, a fourth round pick out of Notre Dame in last year’s NFL Draft who started at safety the last four games of the 2019 season. The Giants could simply hand the job back to Love and be done with it, but again, common sense says they could do better.

That is why the Giants should probably pursue former Rutgers and New England Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan, who is still available in free agency. Ryan is well known to head coach Joe Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post writes the Giants can certainly fit Ryan into their plans.

“A career 85-game starter, Ryan played 395 special teams snaps over his first three years with Judge as a special teams coach for the Patriots. Judge favors cross-training positions, and Ryan, 29, can play in the box, roam deep or lock into a one-on-one slot matchup.

The Giants’ reasoning for staying pat makes sense: With the NFL salary cap potentially dropping by 11.6 percent to $175 million per team in 2021, there is value in rolling over unused 2020 space (currently $25.6 million) to soften the blow when the team is more competitive. Ryan was willing to take a one-year, $10 million contract to return to the Tennessee Titans and initially wanted at least that annual salary to change teams.”

The Giants are apparently weighing their options. The salary cap will be going down in 2021 and they have a lot of mouths to feed. Evan Engram, Dalvin Tomlinson, Leonard Williams headline the list of players who will be free agents next year. With less cap room to play around with, they have to be smart with how they deploy their resources.

The rollover will go a long way in helping pay those young stars. McKinney will be back next year. So will Beal most likely and who knows about Baker. Using $10 million of that on Ryan, who could be seen as a band-aid for one year, may not be the direction the Giants feel like going.

In the interim, they appear to be content will sticking with Love next to Jabrill Peppers and free agent James Bradberry at one corner. They still have to fill the opening at the other corner and at slot corner. Rookie Darnay Holmes will likely win one of those spots with the other going to any number of the candidates in camp: Montre Hartage, Corey Ballentine, Chris Williamson, Grant Haley, Jarren Williams, Dravon Askew-Henry, KeiVarae Russell, Brandon Williams and Prince Smith.

None of those players would bring the stability that Ryan brings. Not that anyone can see, anyway. They are in a corner, no pun intended, and the only way out may be to spend.

 

New York Yankees finally receive some positive injury news

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees have gone weeks without positive injury news, losing some of their best players to the plague that is currently running through the organization. From the starting infield to the bullpen, the Yankees have been hit from all angles and are currently on a seven-game losing streak.

If there was any indication of struggles, losing both games in a doubleheader against the Mets on Friday certainly brought things to our attention. While manager Aaron Boone was able to climb to 103 wins last year with mostly reserve players, this year hasn’t been able to replicate that success.

However, the Yankees did learn of some positive news over the weekend, as DJ LeMahieu was reinstated and will be active for Saturday’s game.

LeMahieu has been rehabbing a sprained left thumb since injuring it against the Boston Red Sox about two weeks ago. At the time of his departure, LeMahieu was hitting .411 with two homers, eight RBIs, and 30 hits. Having struck out just seven times and walking five, DJ was a significant part of the batting order and gave the Yankees life at the top of the order. Since hitting the injured list, the Yankees have rotated the leadoff spot with Luke Voit, Aaron Hicks, and more.

In an attempt to snap a seven-game losing streak, gaining back LeMahieu is a huge bonus. The Yankees will walk out JA Happ as their starter on Saturday, which is already a tumultuous situation. Hopefully, DJ can give them the offense of spark necessary to end this cold streak.

The Yankees starting lineup:

Miguel Andujar was optioned back to the alternate site.

The pressure has turned up on Yankees GM Brian Cashman

New York Yankees, Brian Cashman

The New York Yankees have arguably hit the lowest point that they’ve hit over the last few seasons. In a shortened COVID 2020 baseball season, the Yankees have lost an astonishing seven consecutive games.

A seven game losing streak in a 60 game season equals out to about a 19 game losing streak in a regular 162 game season. The Yankees have lost Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, and others due to injuries during the year.

Aroldis Chapman didn’t start the year with the team due to COVID and Luis Severino was lost before the season started due to Tommy John. Last year’s 18 game winner for the Yankees, Domingo German, is missing the entire year due to suspension.

A year that was supposed to have the Yankees as a clear front runner to win their 28th world championship has seen the team take unprecedented hits. One of the only bright spots for the team has been their $324 million man Gerrit Cole.

The Yankees signed Cole in the off season to a record deal hoping he’d be the piece to push them over the top. He’s done his part despite a poor performance in his last start. Cole is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA while striking out 11.6 batters per nine in seven starts.

Luke Voit has bounced back from last season’s injuries to be tremendous. However, Gary Sanchez has been a dumpster fire since the season started. That might be an insult to dumpster fires to be honest. The Yankees’ catcher is hitting .130 and his defense has regressed.

Heat turning up on Yankees GM

All this is to say that there is a ton of pressure on the shoulders of the Yankees GM, Brian Cashman. The trade deadline is two days away, and the Yankees have to make some kind of move. This team desperately needs a shot in the arm to get them going.

The sexy move would be to pull off some kind of blockbuster with Cleveland to get a starter like Mike Clevinger. Perhaps a big deal with Cincinnati to acquire Trevor Bauer although that appears unlikely at the moment.

Maybe the Yankees pull off something drastic at the deadline. Perhaps emptying the farm to acquire a guy like Francisco Lindor and a starter from Cleveland. Even acquiring someone like Mychal Givens from Baltimore would put some energy into the team although certainly not the sexiest move.

The GM cannot do anything about injuries. However, the Yankees have the resources to pull off something big at the deadline that won’t just impact this year, but can impact seasons down the road.

I’m not sure what they do, but Brian Cashman has to be feeling the pressure to get something done. The Yankees are in their eleventh year without a World Series appearance. The pressure is on the team to win now. Not next year or the year after, but right now.

New York Giants: Stock up and stock down from Friday’s scrimmage

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman, BJ Hill

The New York Giants faced off an intra-squad scrimmage on Friday evening after two weeks of padded practices. Two familiar faces were absent from the scrimmage — Xavier McKinney and David Mayo. Starting tight end, Evan Engram also sat out due to a workload decision from head coach Joe Judge. However, starting linebacker, Blake Martinez also was out with an undisclosed injury.

Aside from the absentees, Judge stated that the scrimmage was decent and that everything they did was intentional to check every box. They even held halftime interviews and a post-game interview. An adequate job of getting in sync throughout the scrimmage was the goal.

However, several players played above their weight class, and others fell. It is important to note that the team has plenty of time to develop and progress before the regular season starts. Ironing out the kinks in their new schemes will be essential, and it won’t be a perfect science until the middle of the season, if not next year. With the Giants still in a rebuild, growth is the ultimate goal.

Stock up and stock down for the New York Giants:

Stock Up: Lorenzo Carter

After a tumultuous sophomore campaign, Lorenzo Carter had four sacks in the first half of Friday’s scrimmage. He recorded two on rookie tackle Andrew Thomas, one on Cameron Fleming, and one on Levine Toilolo. After earning double the defensive snaps in 2019, he barely replicated his rookie season performance, gaining just 0.5 sacks more and two combined tackles.

After a dominant performance for the Giants against the starting offense, the hopes are that Carter can take a significant step forward and be an elite pass rusher moving forward. If he can finally grow into himself and adapt to his outside linebacker role, the Giants might be able to save themselves a bit of money down the line.

Stock Down: Andrew Thomas

It is important to realize that Thomas is simply a rookie and will have struggles in 2020. After giving up two sacks to Lorenzo Carter, it was clear that the Georgia stand out would need more time to refine his technique and adapt to NFL level talent. Considering Carter has been playing out of his mind, it is fair to give Thomas some credit.

However, his inability to contain the left tackle spot is problematic, and it could force him over to the right side to start the 2020 season.

Cameron Fleming has experience at left tackle and is considered an average player. Putting Thomas in a tough spot with dangerous defensive matchups to start the year may stunt his growth. He has been cross-training at both left and right tackle, which might be the reason he is struggling to really hold down the left side. Nonetheless, this was essential experience for him that he can learn from, and the entire purpose of the scrimmage was to create game film to utilize in class.

Stock Up: Wayne Gallman

The former Clemson stand out had a fantastic outing, scoring two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air. Showing his elusive traits and slippery movements, Gallman proved that he deserves a roster spot on the New York Giants. After being put on the back burner on a Pat Shurmur lead team, he is leaving his mark early on and might even claim the number two running back spot after such a great performance.

Having a solid back up for Saquon Barkley is essential, and with Dion Lewis, a more refined scat-back, keeping him in that role and allowing Gallman to take over lead duties if Barkley misses any time would be the ideal scenario. Nonetheless, Wayne made his voice heard on Friday night and will look to keep the momentum going.

Stock Down: Cam Fleming

After Andrew Thomas was destroyed at left tackle by Lorenzo Carter, the Giants moved Cam Fleming over to try and hold down the spot. Ultimately, he was unable to do a great job allowing a sack.

Fleming is a decent run blocker and an average pass blocker, sometimes failing to hold his ground and recover on initial moves. Considering he has been a career back up, for the most part, I don’t feel overly optimistic that he will be a strong point on the offensive line. The Giants desperately need Andrew Thomas to develop into his role quickly and lock down the left side.

New York Jets lose another receiver at training camp (Report)

New York Jets

Yet another receiver has fallen for the New York Jets, as reports have emerged that Jeff Smith is the latest lost to injury.

Reports have emerged from New York Jets training camp that the team has lost yet another receiver to injury. The catcher in question this time around is Jeff Smith, the second-year man who had a major opportunity in the wake of prior losses.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, Smith “landed awkwardly and (came) off favoring his shoulder”. New York Post writer Brian Costello stated that Smith later left the field and that it “(looked) like he was in a lot of pain”.

Smith, 23, joined the team last season as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College. He spent the majority of the season on the practice squad but was promoted to the active roster in December. The former Eagle would earn a 12-year reception in his NFL debut against Baltimore but suffered an ankle sprain, leading to placement on injured reserve shortly after.

This is the latest blow to the Jets’ receiving corps. Presumed top targets Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims have missed most of the proceedings thus far with injuries and Josh Doctson opted out of the 2020 proceedings. Undrafted standout Lawrence Cager was also being evaluated with a knee issue, while another returnee, Vyncint Smith, won’t be available until mid-September The reported signing of Donte Moncrief now looms even larger, as does the recent arrival of two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Hogan. Other healthy receivers include 2019 returnee Braxton Berrios, veteran Josh Malone and several undrafted rookies.

In the slightest silver lining, the Jets did enjoy a solid day from one of those first-year signees, George Campbell. ESPN’s Rich Cimini that the West Virginia product scored during a seven-on-seven session and later scored again during a team period, this one being a 43-yard grab from David Fales.

Head coach Adam Gase originally expected Perriman, formerly of Tampa Bay, to return for the weekend’s activities but stated he needed more time, per Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Yankees-Mets game in jeopardy of delay/postponement (8/29)

New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium

Seven up, seven down. The New York Yankees are currently on a seven-game losing streak after doubleheader losses to the New York Mets on Friday. After leading both games, the Yankees gave up a 4-0 lead in the first game and a 3–1 lead in the fifth inning of the second game.

The state of the Yankees’ roster is in peril, with the majority of their premium starters injured for a significant number of games. Leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu is the only one that could return over the weekend, giving the Yankees some more firepower in the batting order and defensive quality in the infield. He suffered a left thumb sprain against the Boston Red Sox two weeks ago and has been rehabilitating adequately in the meantime. The Yankees are also currently without Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres.

Interestingly, though, the offense gave the doubleheader their best, but the pitching was the downfall in both games. Usually, consistent relief pitcher, Chad Green gave up three home runs in one inning, blowing a 4-1 lead, and Aroldis Chapman gave up a game-winning home or in the seventh inning of game two. Ultimately, general manager Brian Cashman must be scratching his head in disbelief and scouring the trade market for potential deals.

Getting players like Estevan Florial and Miguel Andujar playing time is essential if he wishes to increase their stock and sell high in the coming days. Most deals come on trade deadline day, so we should have our eyes peeled for movement.

New York Yankees-New York Mets game could be delayed/postponed:

The Yankees are scheduled to play the Mets at 1 PM on Saturday, August 29. The game is in jeopardy of being delayed or postponed due to inclement weather. Showers and possible thunderstorms are circling the area, and the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. The chance of precipitation is 80%, but it seems as if it will taper off at around 7 PM, so they could theoretically push the game a few hours.

There’s only a 35% chance of rain at 7 PM, which could give them an opening. We will provide any updates as they become available.

New York Yankees Previews: After seven loses, J.A. Happ takes the mound in matinee to stop the slide

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

The New York Yankees are amid their worst slide since Joe Girardi’s 2017 Yankees, the last time the Yankees lost seven games in a row.  The Yankees started out the season, in their first 21 games, 16-5, leading the East Division. Since then the team has slid dramatically, going 6-12 in the last 18 games.  The Yankees lost against the Phillies at Philadelphia, won one out of four at the Trop, later they were swept by the Braves, swept by the Rays, and now have lost two of two against the New York Mets.

The Yankees have to turn this around and turn it around quickly as their chances of regaining the lead in the East are diminishing every day, as the Tampa Bay Rays continue to play good ball.  The Yankees are now four games behind the Rays, are now third in the East Division, with only 30 games left to play in the season.  When the Yankees finish this series with the Mets, they will again have to face the Tampa Bay Rays who are 1-6 this season.

The Yankees will attempt to turn it around, by putting J.A. Happ on the mound at Yankee Stadium in a matinee game today.  However, the game today could be postponed or moved to an evening start, as thunderstorms will be widespread at the 1:05 pm game time.  The storms are the remnants of Hurricane Laura.  The chance of storms at game time is 60% and only 30% in the evening.  Assuming the game will go on as scheduled, it will be televised on the YES and SNY Networks.

The Yankees will start J.A. Happ, who has not been a happy camper lately. He has suggested the Yankees, by skipping him in two starts, are trying to make it impossible for him to vest his option.  However, he has allowed nine runs on ten hits and ten walks, striking out six in just twelve innings pitched. Nevertheless, he will start today’s game. Happ pitched very poorly in July. In his July 30 start, he gave up four earned runs in four innings, in a game the Yankees eventually won. In his August 5th game against the Phillies, he gave up four earned runs in only three innings in the Yankee loss.  The Yankee’s only hope is that he will pitch as he did in his last outing against the Red Sox. In that game, he pitched allowing only one solo home run in 5 2/3 innings. The Yankees also hope he can go deep into the game, saving the bullpen when they are playing five games in just three days. Happ will have to be careful with Robinson Cano that has had Happ’s number for some time.

The New York Mets will serve up righty Robert Gsellman. Gsellman has a 0-0 record with an ERA of 7.71 over two games.  He has not pitched in thirteen days.  The Mets hope Gsellman can throw 60 pitches in the game, as he is not fully stretched out. Most of the New York Yankees have never faced Gsellman.  However, Jordy Mercer has faced him four times and has batted .500 off him. Miguel Andujar is one for two off him.

For this third game, the “next man up” mentality, will have to kick in, as the Yankees are still short DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and now Gio Urshela for at least this one game.  In yesterday’s two losses, the Yankees did have some offense, particularly a home run Clint Frazier and Luke Voit’s 3 for 3 performance.   But the Yankee bullpen will have to do its job, something it hasn’t been doing lately, to preserve any Yankee lead.

After the conclusion of today’s game the Yankees will again face the New York Mets in a day-night doubleheader tomorrow at the Stadium, and then a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Yankees only have one day off for the rest of the season.