New York Mets: Alonso’s Bat, Conforto’s Glove Lead to 7-6 Comeback Win

The New York Mets just won the game that could change their season dramatically. After the Mets pitching struggled to slow down the Baltimore Orioles, a Michael Conforto catch of the season turned the game around. The Mets rode that momentum to a 7-6 victory.

The catch was one of the best made by an outfielder over the last decade. Also, the situation was a game-changing moment; the bases were loaded with the Mets trailing by one in the bottom of the sixth inning. The ball struck by Rio Ruiz was destined to land for a three-run double to bury the Mets. It would not have just buried their hopes to win tonight but to make a postseason push.

In the half-inning prior, Conforto’s homer and Robinson Cano‘s RBI single put the Mets in a position where one swing would tie the game. Andres Gimenez kept the momentum rolling as his opposite-field home run tied the game. Most impressively is that the homer came off a left-handed pitcher.

Keep On Fighting

In the eighth inning, Jeurys Familia battled out of a first and third jam to keep the game tied. It gave Pete Alonso the chance to give the Mets a 7-6 lead with a home run over the right-center field fence. The home run was reminiscent of the 53 home runs he peppered all over the field during 2019.

With the late dramatics, Jeff McNeil‘s great start to the game goes overlooked. He drove in the first run then hit a two-run homer for his fourth consecutive game with a homer. This was his first that was hit to the opposite field.

On the pitching side, Rick Porcello put the Mets in an early 5-1 hole. Those five runs were allowed in four innings pitched, and he also allowed ten hits. Porcello could not keep the ball out of the middle of the plate against an aggressive Orioles offense. It was another start that proved the Mets have nothing behind the arms of Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo.

After a day off on Thursday, the Mets face the Toronto (Buffalo) Blue Jays in their minor league field upstate. Jacob deGrom makes a start against Chase Anderson, the first pitch is at 6:37 p.m. ET.

Yankees win last game of series vs. Blue Jays, Garcia picks up first MLB win, post game quotes

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak tonight with a big win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Deivi Garcia threw really well for the team as he also picked up his first career MLB win.

“I wanted to attack them, that’s what the plan was,” Garcia said following his outing. “They hit a couple of balls there very well and for me, it was to stay firm out there and remain calm.”

Garcia went the distance for the Yanks, throwing seven complete innings allowing two runs on five hits. He ended his night with 95 pitches, fanning six batters during the outing.

Manager Aaron Boone was pleased with the way the team played tonight. “A lot of good things (tonight),” Boone said following the game. “Deivi going out and actually getting us deep into the game was huge. There were more good at-bats, we were able to cash in obviously tonight. A few homers to kinda get us going and some really good add on runs there to kinda put the game away.”

Boone spoke on Garcia’s outing some more saying, “He’s (Garcia) just got such good feel out there and mound presence. The ability as a young pitcher to just kinda add and subtract with his fastball, getting creative and going a little more with his slider that third time through the order. He just demonstrated a really good feel for pitching.”

Clint Frazier talked about the team’s “vibe” following the game, “It’s really loud right now (in the clubhouse). I think they’re actually about to turn the music down because it’s so loud, but everyone is excited because we wanted this moment the last couple days and to get it tonight, we’re definitely celebrating.”

Gleyber Torres had a big game for the Yanks tonight being responsible for four of the seven runs the Yankees scored. He went 2-5 with a solo home run, a double that knocked in Hicks and Voit, then a fielders choice that scored Hicks again.

“The most important thing for us is to be focused, be together, and work hard to win,” Torres said. “We had a really good game tonight.”

The Yankees will try to carry this positivity into tomorrow where they’ll begin a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Yankees: Good news and bad new following cold-snapping win over Toronto

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. They overcame the youngest team in the MLB by a score of 7-2, on the back of starting pitcher Deivi Garcia.

The Yankees desperately needed this victory, considering their recent struggles. They had fallen all the way to .500 on the season, after starting strong and pulling away with a playoff spot. Now, they are on the fringe of missing the playoffs at this rate, but this victory might have sparked some rhythm. The Bombers will host the Baltimore Orioles for the next four games and then Toronto again in a three-game series.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

The Yankees’ offense showed up to play on Wednesday, especially Gleyber Torres, who recorded two hits and drove in four RBIs. Torres‘s return has provided an offensive spark for the Yankees when they desperately needed it. He now has a .234 batting average, which was much lower just a few weeks ago. In addition, lead-off hitter DJ LeMahieu recorded an RBI and scored two runs.

Right fielder Clint Frazier has continued to perform well, posting two hits on the night but also a striking out twice. Nonetheless, the hero of the evening was starting pitcher Deivi García. The 21-year-old starter lasted 7.0 innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing five hits over 95 pitches.

García currently features a 3.06 ERA and has been a catalyst among the Yankee ranks. He’s quickly cementing himself in the starting rotation, and deservedly so. He is a fantastic young player that is still finding his rhythm in the MLB, but he’s putting himself in a position to factor significantly into the Yankees’ 2021 plans.

BAD NEWS:

The bad news, Brett Gardner remains nowhere to be found on offense. While he did manage to get on base with a walk, he has a .165 batting average. He did have some nice contact on the evening, but his inability to get on base has been disappointing. Miguel Andujar also took a step back, failing to get anything going over five at-bats. He also has seen an uptick in production lately. However, there wasn’t too much bad news from Wednesday’s game.

New York Islanders: 3 Keys to Winning Game 2

New York Islanders, Cal Clutterbuck

Winning tonight’s game is crucial for the New York Islanders. After suffering an embarrassing 8-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Islanders must find a way to win game 2. This Tampa team is nothing to laugh at. They aren’t the same team that got swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in round 1. But, they still have the same head coach. It’s still the same Tampa system, but without Steven Stamkos. The offense runs the same, point shots from Hedman and rushes by Kucherov and Point. The Islanders must win tonight, and they must follow these three keys to aid them.

Avoid Taking Penalties

This Islanders team cannot kill penalties the way they used to, and they also can’t get into a shootout with Tampa. The only way to avoid power-play goals is to avoid taking penalties. This is not the Philidelphia Flyers who couldn’t even gain the blue line. This is Tampa Bay, who could score from virtually anywhere. The Islanders need to stay out of the box, especially if it’s a bad penalty like a stick infraction. The only reason any Islander should take a penalty is to stop a 1v1.

Fewer Turnovers

The Islanders turned the puck over way too many times on Monday night. For a team that preaches about clean neutral zone play, there was nothing clean about game 1—too many turnovers in the neutral zone and in the defensive zone. The Islanders need to stop going behind the net with passes and start breaking it out up the boards. Also, there were too many turnovers in the offensive zone. You can’t score if you don’t shoot, and you can’t shoot if you don’t have the puck.

Pushing Players out of the Crease

Whether it be Semyon Varlamov or Thomas Greiss or even Braden Holtby, it’s very hard to stop a puck that you can’t see. The Islanders cannot allow Victor Hedman to take a slapshot from the blue line when there are four guys in front of the net. As I’ve said many times, the Islanders need to use their bodies to move the screens. It’s too hard to on the goalies, and it can possibly cost the Isles the game and the series.

Conclusion

Tonight is a big game for both teams tonight. The Isles need to level it at one if they want to keep their Stanley Cup chances alive.

Another injury blow for the New York Mets’ pitching corps

The New York Mets received yet another injury blow in what has been, so far, a season to forget, as they placed right-handed pitcher Robert Gsellman on the 10-day injured list with a fractured rib.

The 27-year-old swingman suffered the ailment on Tuesday while covering some mop-up innings in the Mets loss against the Baltimore Orioles. Initially, it was diagnosed as a left oblique injury, but the team ordered some tests and they revealed the fracture.

With the diagnosis, Gsellman can be effectively considered done for the remainder of the year, one that he finishes on a down note. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he had a 9.64 ERA in 14 innings.

When the New York Mets were in the middle of an injury crisis in the rotation, manager Luis Rojas made Gsellman a starter, but unlike relief ace-turned effective starter Seth Lugo, he didn’t quite have the same success.

The Mets’ nightmare season continues

The Mets are currently in fourth place in the National League East division, 5.5 games out of the first place occupied by the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets’ record is 19-24, but they are three games out of the last playoff spot, occupied by the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants. There are more teams in the wild card mix, though, so the Queens’ club would need to make an impressive late push to earn a place in October baseball.

To replace Gsellman in the active roster, the Mets recalled another righty, Drew Smith, from their alternate training site.

Smith, therefore, will return to the bullpen before tonight’s tilt against the Orioles, one that the Mets need to win if they want to get closer to a playoff spot.

Smith has a 6.43 ERA and 7/2 K/BB ratio in seven innings out of the bullpen this season.

Cohen and the New York Mets reportedly finalizing paperwork, but “J-Rod” makes one last try

New York Mets

According to a report from Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino, New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon is set to sell the club to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen in a transaction that will surpass the $2.3 billion threshold.

“Cohen and the Mets are said to be finalizing paper work on his purchase of the team. The deal will be voted on at a special owners meeting in November, and MLB execs say every indication is that Cohen gets approved,” Gasparino wrote via Twitter.

Cohen, a lifelong New York Mets fan, has long wanted to purchase the team and had a bid fall apart at the beginning of the year due to differences with the Wilpons. He made another push to acquire the club and earned the right to have exclusive negotiations in August.

Cohen is set to own the Mets at last, but…

He beat several groups of bidders for the right to negotiate exclusively, including Alex Rodriguez – Jennifer Lopez and Josh Harris – David Blitzer, among others.

However, A-Rod and Lopez, his fiancée, still hold out hope that they could have a bid to buy the Mets approved, according to the New York Post.

In their renewed pitch, Lopez would be the control person. Per the Post:

“As part of their pitch, the duo said Lopez (not A-Rod) would be the control person for the team, which would make her the first Latina woman to be in such a position in MLB. It would also remove the question of whether the polarizing Rodriguez could get ownership approval. In addition, Lopez and Rodriguez told The Post their bid was either similar or better than the $2.35 billion bid by Cohen, that they would guarantee a World Series win within a decade or donate $100 million to New York charities and that the intention was to raise the payroll to the $225 million range and, in Rodriguez’s words, “compete for a World Series championship every year. That is what New York fans deserve.”

New York Yankees make big change ahead of Wednesday’s game, activate youth agenda

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees have recalled right-handed pitcher Deivi Garcia back up from the alternate site to start in Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. After dropping the first two games of a three-game set to the Blue Jays and losing five in a row, the team is going to need a big turn around beginning immediately.

The Yanks are currently relying on Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and Jordan Montgomery for a four-man rotation. With Luis Severino and Domingo German gone for this year, the team has to rely on younger guys too. Several players, including Garcia, have made their MLB debuts this season due to the absence of some key players.

Garcia has started two games this season, holding a 0-1 record and a 3.38 ERA. His most recent start which was on September 4, Garcia lasted 4.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits and one home run. His start prior to that game, Garcia pitched really well allowing no earned runs over six innings pitched while fanning six batters.

It’s obvious that the Yankee rotation hasn’t gotten the job done recently. Garcia has had a lot come with his name from scouting reports over the last several years, so the Yankees looking to turn things around this young talent isn’t a surprise.

After starting the season 16-6 and seeming like they wouldn’t lose a series all year, the New York Yankees have lost 12 out of their 17 games and have fallen to 21-21. This series against the Blue Jays and the one prior to the Baltimore Orioles really hurt them as they fell deep in the standings.

Tonight’s first pitch in Buffalo will be at 6:37 PM.

The UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” set to begin production

UFC, Dana White

One of the things that the UFC has been talking about in 2020 is the return of The Ultimate Fighter. Dana White has been saying for months that the promotion’s reality show would be making a return at some point in 2020.

At one point, it appeared that Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya would be opposing coaches. However, the UFC 253 headliners will not be on the show. The UFC was hoping to begin production earlier in the year, but the pandemic through everything off.

Now, we finally have a timeline for the return of the show. Dana White announced that after the UFC‘s next run on Fight Island, the promotion will begin filming The Ultimate Fighter. Based on the timeline, that would start the show up in late October/early November.

The UFC’s Ultimate Show

For those who don’t know, the UFC wouldn’t be where they are today without the Ultimate Fighter. The Ultimate Fighter was big gamble for the UFC back in 2005. It was looked at as the last effort to turn the UFC around after the promotion was losing money.

The show was a success, but the finale featuring Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar really took things to another level. The UFC saw massive viewership jumps in the middle of the main event. The rest is history as they say.

The show had 27 successful seasons before they paused production back in 2018. Dana White said the UFC has been looking for the show to come back, but they didn’t have the timing on it. Now, we know the show is going to come back, likely early in 2021.

It will be interesting to see who the UFC decides to go with as coaches. Usually they pick opposing coaches that have bad blood or a title fight tied to them. The last coaches on the show were Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.

The Ultimate Fighter has turned out some incredible fighters and champions over the years. Guys like Kamaru Usman, Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson, Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans, TJ Dillashaw and many more all came through the TUF house.

Diehl, Mangold Dish on Giants’ Upcoming Season

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley

Former Pro Bowl lineman David Diehl of the New Giants and Nick Mangold, an All-Pro center during his time with the New York Jets, provided their insight on the Giants’ upcoming season on the DraftKings NFL Preview show, which will be aired at 7pm tonight on the MSG Network.

Diehl, who also works as a studio analyst for the Giants, already sees a difference in the mentality of the Giants under new head coach Joe Judge.

“I definitely think that will be a different type of atmosphere and different type of demeanor and disciplined football out of this Giants team,” said Diehl.

Mangold agreed.

“You watch some of the clips with Joe Judge and I’ve seen that same method played out with Eric Mangini and that discipline is necessary sometimes. And as long as the guys buy into it and take it to heart, it’ll work out well for them.”

Diehl said the key for the Giants’ offense was to keep things basic and simple.

“It’s going to come down to running the football and producing on the ground. Because everything in this offense with a young offensive line gelling together is going to be built off of play action. That’s what really going to lead this team with Daniel Jones being a versatile quarter back and being athletic.”

Diehl also dished on the Giants’ first round draft pick, left tackle Andrew Thomas, who the team is charging with the task of keeping Jones safe.

“With Nate Solder opting out, that puts more thrust on Andrew Thomas, moving to the left tackle position,” said Diehl. “I think he’s looked really good in training camp. He doesn’t make the same mistake twice. Loves the physicality of the game and you see him consistently improve on his techniques and fundaments. He has a great foundation next to him in Will Hernandez going into his 3rd season at that left guard position. He (Thomas) was pretty much attached to the hip to Will Hernandez throughout this entire offseason.”

Mangold said he was curious about how the Giants’ defense, one of the worst in the NFL last year, would turn things around in 2020.

“Everyone talks about the Giants offense, but I’m intrigued to see how their defense comes out,” Mangold said. “They put a lot of resources into the offense live. And they have Saquon back there. But there’s not a lot of talk of the defense. I believe defense still wins championships. It’s going to be interested how that plays out for them.”

Former Giants’ OL David Diehl and Jets’ Nick Mangold offers exclusive insight into 2020 on MSG

Former New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl and Jets’ OL Nick Mangold will appear on DraftKings NFL Preview show at 7 pm tonight on MSG (9/9/2020). In the interview, he offers exclusive insight into the 2020 season and what to expect.

The change from Pat Shurmur to Joe Judge has been vastly different, and Diehl his on the shift in atmosphere and discipline through only a few months of play.

Diehl on the Giants mentality this year

“I definitely think that will be a different type of atmosphere and different type of demeanor and disciplined football out of this Giants team.”

Diehl on how the Giants will have success

“It’s going to come down to running the football and producing on the ground. Because everything in this offense with a young offensive line gelling together is going to be built off of play action. That’s what really going to lead this team with Daniel Jones being a versatile quarter back and being athletic.”

Mangold on Joe Judge’s impact

“You watch some of the clips with Joe Judge and I’ve seen that same method played out with Eric Mangini and that discipline is necessary sometimes. And as long as the guys buy into it and take it to heart, it’ll work out well for them.”

Mangold on the intrigue of the Giants defense

“Everyone talks about the Giants offense, but I’m intrigued to see how their defense comes out. They put a lot of resources into the offense live. And they have Saquon back there. But there’s not a lot of talk of the defense. I believe defense still wins championships. It’s going to be interested how that plays out for them.”

Diehl on Andrew Thomas

“With Nate Solder opting out, that puts more thrust on Andrew Thomas, moving to the left tackle position. I think he’s looked really good in training camp. He doesn’t make the same mistake twice. Loves the physicality of the game and you see him consistently improve on his techniques and fundaments. He has a great foundation next to him in Will Hernandez going into his 3rd season at that left guard position. He (Thomas) was pretty much attached to the hip to Will Hernandez throughout this entire offseason.”