New York Giants: Logan Ryan On Top Of Offseason Training

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

The New York Giants secondary has taken some hits recently with an injury to Xavier McKinney and the absence of DeAndre Baker for now at the cornerback position. However, they took one big step forward by signing experienced corner Logan Ryan, who slots right into the starting lineup on the defense.

There’s some doubters, of course – there usually are with expensive signings, but the Giants didn’t have many options outside of doing this deal. However, based on what Logan Ryan’s offseason trainers told the New York Post, there’s good reason for fans to be on the optimistic side about the new addition.

That’s because Ryan has held nothing back in training so far, even when he was an unsigned free agent and it was questionable if he would play this season.

Logan Ryan working hard this offseason

Ryan dealt with not being on an NFL roster at the start of training camp by bringing in his own trainers, and if their claims are true, Giants fans have reason to be excited about the new signing.

“Logan came out there with his helmet and pads every day, so I had to have the EMTs on high alert. He made me feel like I was going to pass out sometimes,” said trainer Yo Murphy. That’s somewhat impressive because Murphy isn’t your average trainer – he had a football career himself, bouncing between the NFL and CFL and racking up 9 career receptions in the former.

He’s not the only one with that sentiment.

“I felt like there was a chip on his shoulder,” said one of Ryan’s other trainers, Jason Spray. “He’s always kind of trained that way, but this offseason he was determined to prove some people wrong. He understood from the get-go that someone was going to give him an opportunity, and he mentioned several times he was hoping to go back home.”

He says that Ryan wanted to run three miles every day. Sometimes, they had to compromise and Ryan did less – for the sake of his trainers, not himself.

Last season, Ryan had a big increase in tackles and achieved his career high. He had 113 compared to 76 the previous season, and hit the quarterback a career high 8 times for that matter. His passes defended also increased by 10, jumping from 8 to 18.

The Giants are getting an experienced veteran at a position they really needed help at with this signing. Furthermore, they’re getting a veteran that improved quite a bit last season, which is a pretty good reason to be confident the Giants made the right choice on this one.

New York Mets: The Mets Minor League Pitchers Fail in 9-5 Loss

The New York Mets sitting at five games under .500 and losing four in a row was not enough for Luis Rojas to manage Tuesday night’s game with any urgency. The Mets sent out unproven Ariel Jurado to start the game and followed up with Franklyn Kilome to hand over an easy 9-5 victory to the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles slugged 15 hits and it seemed like all of them, outside of a Cedric Mullins bunt single, was hit with authority. Jurado (4 IP) and Kimome (3 IP), combined to allow all nine runs and three home runs. Renato Nunez was responsible for two of them and four RBIs while Anthony Santander had a homer with there RBIs.

It was another example of the lack of depth the Mets have thanks to Brodie Van Wagenen. Jurado is not a top-10 rotation option for any good team in baseball, but the Mets do not qualify as a good team. Despite settling after the first two innings, it did not hide the fact that he already allowed five runs.

Cano Stays Hot, McNeil Follows

Despite scoring five runs on the night, they only had two at-bats with runners in scoring position. They record a hit in those opportunities coming a Luis Guillorme RBI single. Robinson Cano added a home run for the third consecutive day and brought his average up to .380.

Jeff McNeil also found his stroke again with three hits, including his eighth double of the season. Andres Gimenez also recorded his first major league home run to tie the game at five but it was the end of the Mets scoring.

With Todd Frazier rejoining the Mets on Wednesday, either Gimenez or Guillorme will head to the Mets alternate site. Realistically, Frazier should be the odd man out but the Mets will not make that move. Robinson Chirinos and Miguel Castro will also join the team on Wednesday.

Michael Wacha finishes off the two-game series on Wednesday against a starter to be announced for the Orioles. The first pitch from Camden Yards is at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash torches Yankees after insane end to Tuesday’s game

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Kevin Cash

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays are becoming arch enemies, as the end of Tuesday’s game was full of drama and intensity. Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman threw a 101 MPH fastball at the head of Michael Brosseau, and the Ray’s supposedly believes he had intent behind it.

Immediately after Chapman struck out Michael and the game concluded, both benches cleared in a shouting match. After Brosseau was nearly plunked in the head with a potentially mortal wound, the umpires gather together to issue both teams a warning. Earlier in the game, Joey Wendle was hit as well, and they also believe that hit by pitch was intentional.

Wednesday evening’s game is shaping up to be a must-watch, based on the intensity of the finale from Tuesday. However, Rays’ manager Kevin Cash had harsh words for the Yankees following the game.

There is clearly bad blood between the two teams, so something extreme could occur in the near future.

Here’s what Kevin Cash had to say in a tirade over Yankees supposed head-hunting intent:

“It’s ridiculous. Enough is enough. … It was mishandled by the Yankees.”

“Poor judgement. Poor coaching. Poor teaching.”

“I can assure you, other than three years ago, there hasn’t been one pitch thrown with intent from any of our guys. Somebody has to be accountable and the last thing I’ll say is I have a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph.”

Luckily for the Yankees, they managed to squeak out a 5-3 win on Tuesday, despite struggling against Tampa Bay this year. The Rays currently sit at 25-12 on a season while the Yankees are coming off a tough stretch without some of their best players. They are currently at 20-14. On Wednesday, the Yankees will host Jordan Montgomery on the mound, who is coming off a solid start last week against the Mets.

New York Yankees: Good news and bad news following insane win over Tampa Bay

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela
If you caught the final at-bat between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, you saw closer Aroldis Chapman throw a 101 mph fastball at Michael Brosseau’s head.

Immediately following the game, Tampa manager Kevin Cash had harsh words for the Yankees team.

He specifically stated:

“Poor judgment. Poor coaching. Poor teaching.” He added, “It is ridiculous. Enough is enough. It was miss-handled by the Yankees.”

The Yankees managed to escape with a victory, with the final score being 5-3. Thanks to a Gio Urshela inside the park home run that was ruled is a triple with an E6, the Bombers tallied another victory to the win column. Starter Masahiro Tanaka had another solid outing, lasting six innings and tossing 88 pitches.

Goods news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

The good news, the New York Yankees finally overcame a strong Tampa Bay team, posting five runs and limiting them to three. Leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu had a fantastic evening, hitting two home runs and logging two RBIs. He sparked the offenses start in the first inning, with a leadoff home run to start the game. Slugger Luke Voit also enjoyed two hits over four at-bats. He is currently hitting .308 with a .701 slugging percentage. In addition, Urshela was two for four, logging two RBIs.

One of the more exciting aspects of the evening was Masahiro Tanaka’s outing. He allowed two runs and three hits, striking out seven batters. He currently has a 3.38 ERA, which is fantastic considering he was hit in the head with a 102 MPH comebacker off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton several months ago.

Aside from Tanaka, Zack Britton made his first appearance coming off a hamstring injury, working at 1-2-3 anymore, and logging one strikeout.

BAD NEWS:

The bad news boils down to several batters and smack-talking at the end of the game. Chapman almost took Brosseau’s head off, which sparked a benches-clearing situation, which is against COVID-19 protocols at the moment.

Gary Sanchez had another tough outing, failing to get on base and striking out one time over three at-bats. Kyle Higashioka, who recently returned from the injured list, also struck out twice. Tuesday’s victory was mostly positive for the Bombers, but Wednesday night’s game will be a tough matchup considering the words exchanged at the end of the game and Kevin Cash’s comments that followed.

New York Giants: Best & Worst Case Scenarios For The 2020 Season

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Lorenzo Carter

Football is almost here. The 2020 NFL season is set to kick off in just a little over a week from today. The New York Giants are entering the new season with a brand new coaching staff and a revamped roster.

Much has been said about the Giants’ offseason moves. They put a heavy emphasis on the defensive secondary and offensive line, but there were other positions they did not address with as much priority.

Regardless of the team’s roster-building strategies, there are two ways that this season can go: good or bad. But what does good and bad look like for the 2020 New York Giants?

Best-Case Scenarios (GOOD)

Obviously, the best-case scenario for any NFL team is to win the Super Bowl. But, realistically, the Giants are not likely to get that far, coming off of a 4-12 season with a new coaching staff implementing new schemes in the middle of a world pandemic. So there is the best-case scenario where the Giants add their fifth Lombardi Trophy to the locker room, and then there is the realistic best-case scenario.

Realistically, the Giants competing for a playoff spot in December is their best-case scenario. New York has been eliminated in November for years now, never truly competing for a playoff spot throughout the season. That needs to change in 2020.

Giants fans are tired of losing. Giants players who have been on the time for more than one season are tired of losing. Losing has become the new normal for the New York Giants, despite being one of the most historic franchises in the NFL.

In order for the Giants to be a competitive team during the final weeks of the season, a few things need to happen. Firstly, the team needs to end the season with seven or more wins. That has not happened since 2016, four years ago, nearly half a decade ago.

Secondly, the Giants need to see their second-year quarterback develop. Daniel Jones showed a lot of promise and potential in his 2019 rookie campaign. But, he was a rookie, and he made plenty of rookie mistakes. Hopefully, Daniel and Jason Garret iron out those mistakes and mold a more polished quarterback in 2020.

Thirdly, the Giants’ defense simply has to be better. They were really bad defensively in 2019. Just be better. Seeing some improvement in the secondary and out of the pass-rushers will be a big step in the right direction for this young Giants football team.

Worst Case Scenarios (BAD)

The best-case scenarios are not completely realistic for the Giants this year. This is not a team that anyone should expect to see win the Super Bowl. But the worst-case scenarios, on the other hand, are considered by some to be very realistic.

I am a believer in Daniel Jones. I think he will improve this year. But not everyone is a believer in our team’s young quarterback. And, I’m never wrong, but what if I do turn out to be wrong about this one? What if the nonbelievers are right? If Daniel Jones goes through a sophomore slump, the Giants are going to be put in a really awkward position.

If for whatever reason, Daniel Jones actually plays worse this season, there is a good chance the Giants, given the state of the rest of the roster, could end up with the top pick in next year’s draft. Now, no one wants to see Daniel Jones fail (except for Pro Football Focus). We all want to see him succeed with the Giants and be the next face of the franchise. But the Giants are in a tricky position this year.

A hectic offseason impacted by COVID-19, a general manager (who drafted Jones) on the hot seat, and a young roster with plenty of injuries scares already piling up. That is what the Giants are dealing with heading into 2020. If all of this culminates into the perfect storm, the Giants could somewhat realistically see their season go straight down the toilet. In this worst-case scenario, New York could find itself with the first overall pick in 2021.

The first overall pick in 2021 will be Trevor Lawrence, no matter who is picking, as long as he declares. If the Giants end up with that pick, that likely means Daniel Jones played really poorly in 2020 and Trevor Lawrence will probably be too good to pass up next offseason. Lawrence is the next generational quarterback prospect, according to most analysts. Those are so rare- Joh Elway, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck are the only collegiate quarterback prospects that consistently receive the “generational” tag. In this worst-case scenario for the Giants, there is no choice but to move on from our beloved Danny Dimes.

Good thing this is just a scenario. This will not happen, I am certain of it (though there are some people pretty convinced that this will happen). The Giants are an improved team with an improved coaching staff this season. I expect to see them have a season closer to the best-case scenario than to the worst-case scenario.

New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole’s home run problem

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

When the New York Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a record-breaking nine-year, $324 million contract last winter, they probably didn’t envision him leading the league in home runs allowed.

However, here we are, several months later, and Gerrit Cole has conceded more round-trippers than everyone else in the league. Crazy, but such is life in the 2020 season. Lots of weird things have happened this year, and this one is certainly an odd development.

While he has been one of the Yankees’ best starters, Cole has seen at least one ball leave the yard in each one of his eight starts. The problem has been especially worrisome in his last three turns, as rivals have taken him deep seven times over that span, covering 16.2 frames.

All told, Cole has 12 homers allowed in his eight starts.

The Yankees believe he will get it fixed

New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone seems to believe that the issue is temporary. “I think as we go here, hopefully that continues to go down as he just continues to execute a little better. But I also think any time you’re going up against an ace like Gerrit, from a game planning standpoint, I think guys sell out for some things a little differently than they normally would and sometimes those mistakes could turn into slug. He’s been bitten by that here obviously a few outings but I don’t expect it to become a trend,” he said according to NJ Advance Media.

The Yankees’ ace is still looking for answers.

“It’s been back to back starts where it felt really good and thought that had progressed with the stuff in each of the last few outings,” the right-hander said. “To not get rewarded for it and I guess probably underperform relative to the type of stuff and the ability to throw a lot of pitches at a high quality level, it eats at me a little bit. With what we had today, should have pitched better.”

Even last season, when he dominated to the tune of a 2.50 ERA, Cole allowed 29 homers. He has learned to be successful while flirting with the long ball, which happens when one pitches up in the zone so much like he does. But this year, the issue has aggravated. Will he be able to fix it? With his track record of recent success, he deserves the benefit of the doubt and some time to work through whatever issue he is experiencing.

New York Yankees Provide Positive Gleyber Torres Injury Update

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

The same day the New York Yankees get Zack Britton and Kyle Higashioka back, we also get news about the beloved Gleyber Torres. The young shortstop suffered a quad injury that gave the Yankees a huge scare. Injuries like these can sideline players for a while, but Gleyber looks ready to get the ball rolling again and get back up. According to James Murray of the New York Post, Aaron Boone said that Gleyber could get some at-bats in Scranton over the next few days and then rejoin the Bronx Bombers. This is incredible for the Yankees, who’ve had trouble generated offense from the SS position.

Gleyber’s Hot Streak

Gleyber Torres’ numbers look rough overall, but in his last 39 plate appearances, he looked stellar. Gleyber Torres had a .513 OBP, 23.1% BB%, and 175 wRC+. He’s looked fantastic when he’s hot, and he can be a huge help for the Yankees. The Yankees have had issues with offense as Thairo Estrada, Tyler Wade, and Jordy Mercer, who have been awful at SS. This team is in a huge need for an offensive spark, and Gleyber can be just that.

Rattling Names Off of the Injury List

The New York Yankees injury list finally seems to be shrinking. It’s not expanding at a rapid rate, and with the Yankees desperately needing two wins against the Rays and their schedule down the stretch looking easy, they need to get healthy and crush these bad teams. The Orioles for eight games, the Blue Jays for ten games, the Marlins for three games, these are games that can be a huge confidence booster. Get your guys going against bad teams, and they’ll feel ready for October.

This team can walk out of this weekend with two wins sure, but they could also look into next week with Gleyber Torres just on the horizon.

Video: Giants players go crazy as Joe Judge dives into mud to recover fumble

New York Giants, Joe Judge

When New York Giants’ head coach Joe Judge instituted running laps as a consequence during practice, talking heads around the NFL begin to criticize his methods. Undisputed’s Shannon Sharpe stated that players wouldn’t take well to his punishments, but it seems as if they are enjoying camp and the intensity he brings every day.

Having a successful football team requires discipline and accountability, two factors that Judge has drilled into the heads of his players. They understand that everyone must show up and do their jobs adequately if they desire victory, and nothing else is tolerated. The ultimate goal was to turn the state of the franchise around after consecutive losing seasons and multiple head coaches.

On Tuesday afternoon, following the exciting new signing of Logan Ryan on defense, Joe Judge proved the team was behind him and is excited to move forward.

With the first game of the regular season on September 14, the Giants are just about ready to begin preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With a strong offense and defense, overcoming them will be difficult.

Nonetheless, they have the talent to compete; it’s just a matter of coming together and putting their best foot forward. Game-planning will be a significant portion of the team’s development and progression. Changing their schemes on a weekly basis to fit their opponents is how Judge plans to operate, which is something we haven’t seen in recent years.

Former head coach Pat Shurmur tended to rely on the same plays and scheme weekly, which opposing teams figured out quickly.

New York Yankees: Deivi Garcia was a popular name prior to the trade deadline, per reports

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees were criticized by some fans for failing to bring a pitcher or two into the fold prior to Monday’s trade deadline. They were said to be in on righties Lance Lynn, Kevin Gausman and even Mike Clevinger, not to mention lefties Robbie Ray and Mike Minor. They wound up empty-handed.

According to several reports, teams were insisting on several of the New York Yankees’ youngsters. They asked for pitcher Deivi Garcia and outfielder Clint Frazier a lot. As you know, Garcia impressed in his Sunday start by limiting the Mets to one unearned run in six innings, with six strikeouts and no walks.

According to NJ Advance Media, Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman wouldn’t commit to giving Garcia a rotation spot form here on out. However, he also didn’t rule it out. What it has become clear is that young Deivi is a desirable piece around the league, one that many teams would want in their pitching staff. Several clubs asked for him around the deadline.

“Not just recently,” Cashman said, “but going into last year’s deadline and prior, clearly there’s a lot of value with his age, his control years, his economic circumstances as we move forward.”

The Yankees will have him start on Friday

For now, it has been confirmed that Garcia will start one of the New York Yankees’ games against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. Will he stick around after that? Only Cashman and manager Aaron Boone know the answer.

“What I liked was the fact that he had commanded his pitches and was pounding that strike zone and was getting ahead of the hitters and it felt and looked really comfortable,” Cashman said about the strides he made. “You can have the physical ability, but then it being able to execute on a consistent basis your delivery and your pitch sequences and have your game plan and follow it, that’s a whole other level.”

J.A. Happ has been a liability in the rotation and James Paxton is currently on the injured list with a left flexor strain. There is an opportunity for the young phenom. Will he take it?

New York Yankees news: Zack Britton injury update, Deivi Garcia development

New York Yankees, Zack Britton

Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees announced a few pieces of significant news.

The team reinstated Zack Britton and Kyle Higashioka from the IL. Britton went on the IL after suffering a hamstring strain on August 19th, while Higashioka has been out for nearly a month with an oblique strain.

To make room for Britton and Higashioka, the team DFA’d infielder Jordy Mercer and optioned pitcher Miguel Yajure. Yajure made his MLB debut on Monday, and impressed with three scoreless innings.

Right now, the Yankees are carrying three catchers as they kept Erik Kratz. Right now, the team is expecting Deivi Garcia to make another start on Friday with Kratz behind the dish.

The two worked extremely well together in Garcia’s debut on Sunday, and the two have experience working together in AAA. Garcia threw six innings on Sunday without allowing an earned run, striking out six. He’s not currently on the roster but will be added by Friday.

The 40-year-old Kratz has been big for the Yankees this year, and been one of the guys stepping up big time. He’s bat .300 and called some great games, and his start with Garcia was no exception. Plus, he’s been a clubhouse presence along with Brett Gardner, filling the shoes of CC Sabathia in a way.

If Kratz and Garcia continue to have success, then the both of them could be around for the final month of the season. Kratz is looking to keep reps away from Higashioka, while Garcia is trying to keep the ball out of the hands of guys like JA Happ and fellow rookie Michael King.