New York Yankees: Good news and Bad news following explosive win over Toronto

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

The New York Yankees turned in an explosive performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, winning by a score of 20-6. In what seemed to be a football game, the Yankees tallied 16 hits, 20 runs, and walked seven times in their impressive win. This marked six consecutive games in the win column, which is a major change from a five-game losing streak earlier last week.

While starter Deivi Garcia had his ups and downs throughout the contest, the run support was impeccable, giving him another victory. He is now 2-1 on the season with a 3.28 ERA.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

The good news, the New York Yankees are back on track and heading toward a playoff berth. Their offense was unstoppable on Tuesday night, with Luke Voit recording five RBIs and two home runs. Even struggling catcher Gary Sanchez got in on the action, launching a three-run blast and recording four RBIs. In addition, DJ LeMahieu had four hits over six at-bats and also had five RBIs. This was just an offensive masterpiece across the board, and the Yankees will hopefully carry this over into their second game of the series in the Bronx.

It is crazy to think that the Yankees only recorded five runs in the final two games against the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. They quadrupled that collective number in one game, showing off their potential. In addition, their starting pitching has remained strong since embarking on their current winning streak. García lasted 7.0 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out six batters.

The Yankees are currently in second place for the first time since September 5 and are alone in second place for the first time since September 2. With a 19-7 record at Yankee Stadium, it is clear they prefer playing in the Bronx. According to Elias, Garcia is just the second pitcher in Yankees history with at least six strikeouts and no more than two walks in each of his first four major league appearances. The only other pitcher to do so was Masahiro Tanaka back in 2014.

BAD NEWS:

There was not a single lick of bad news from Tuesday evenings match up, as the negative stuff came prior to the start of the game. Manager Aaron Boone informed the media that Gleyber Torres re-injured his quad and has been resting for the past few days.

It is a good sign that he hasn’t been placed on the injured list, as he would likely have played tonight if it was a postseason match up. Giving him the extra time to heal while the Yankees pummeled the Blue Jays is exactly what they should be doing. Resting up and ensuring they‘re 100% healthy for the postseason is a necessity at this point.

New York Mets: Disappointing as Ever in 4-1 Loss to Phillies

New York Mets, Brandon Nimmo

The New York Mets needed to take game one of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Much like they have all season, they disappointed and forgot to show up in their 4-1 loss. They beat themselves in every way a team possibly, adding more pain to their season.

It was precisely the type of game we have come to expect from the lackluster Mets. They stunk with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-6 in those situations and leaving 12 on base. As usual, team disappointments, Wilson Ramos and Pete Alonso each left five on base on their own.

The poor play translated to their baserunning and fielding as well. With manager Luis Rojas at the helm and working with plenty of these players in the minors, it is tough to see a team he manages play poorly. After another infuriating loss, it is all but confirmed that the Mets will not make the playoffs this season.

The lone Mets run came from a Brandon Nimmo solo-home run. Everything else for the Mets offense was ugly as can be. Another ugly detail from the game was how much of a better manager Joe Girardi is compared to Luis Rojas. Thankfully the incompetent fools who opted against Girardi are selling the team to Steve Cohen.

Porcello Struggles Again

Rick Porcello was signed as the Mets number five starter and unfortunately had higher expectations with a poor Mets rotation. He allowed four runs over six innings pitched, keeping his ERA above six. Porcello was the worst starting pitcher in baseball during 2019, so his 2020 performance should be no surprise.

A bright spot comes in Edwin Diaz‘s performance, where he struck out the side in the ninth inning. His ERA dropped to 1.80, but the Mets never give themselves a lead where they can use him to win. The loss to the Phillies was their sixth in eight games.

On Wednesday, the Mets send Jacob deGrom to the mound against the Phillies. The focus moves on to the Cy Young race as the first pitch is another 7:05 p.m. ET start from Citizens Bank Park.

 

UFC: Glover Teixiera – Thiago Santos fight off again due to positive COVID test (Report)

Anthony Smith, UFC

One of the more anticipated UFC light heavyweight matchups of the fall is going to be cancelled for the second time. Per a report from Combate, Thiago Santos (21-7) has tested positive for COVID-19. His October 3rd fight with Glover Teixiera (31-7) is off.

This is the second time that COVID has derailed this UFC title eliminator. Originally, this fight was supposed to be the main event of UFC Vegas 10 that occurred last weekend. However, Teixiera tested positive and they pushed the fight back to October 3rd.

Now, just weeks ahead of the anticipated matchup, Santos has gone down. We do not have any idea of what the UFC is planning to do just yet. If I had to guess, I would say that the promotion would plan on pushing the fight back once again.

UFC Title Eliminator

The main reason that I believe that the UFC is going to push forward with this fight is the title implications. There is really nobody else in the division that the promotion could pair across Teixiera to make a compelling title eliminator.

Last year, Thiago Santos pushed Jon Jones to the limit in their title fight. Many people thought that Santos won that fight. Santos has been out with a knee injury which is why we haven’t seen him since that fight. This fight could perhaps be pushed back to UFC 254 later in the month.

New York Giants: Silver Linings From Week One vs Pittsburgh

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants suffered a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. After getting off to a good start, the Giants squandered their lead and ultimately lost the game by two possessions. The final score was 26-16.

Despite this loss, there was plenty to like about the Giants’ performance in Week One. Some Solid performances on both sides of the football can encourage Giants fans heading into the second week of the season.

The Silver Linings

Daniel Jones

The Giants’ second-year quarterback, Daniel Jones, played a great game on Monday night. However, he did turn the ball over twice, and it cost the Giants big-time. But outside of those two turnovers, Jones was impressive as can be in Week One.

The Steelers possess one of the best defenses in the NFL. Their run-defense and pass-rush were elite last night. The Steelers held Saquon Barkley to 6 rushing yards and pressured Daniel Jones on 26 of his passing attempts. Jones was pressured 6 times more than any other quarterback in the NFL in Week One.

Despite having pressure in his face constantly, and despite not having a solid run game to rely on, Daniel Jones stood in the pocket and made some of the best throws of his career. Jones totaled 279 yards and 2 touchdown passes on 26 attempts.

Jones was particularly good when targeting the middle of the field. When targeting the middle, Jones completed 13 of his 15 passing attempts for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jones was also superb on third down and carried the Giants’ offense at times. If Jones can continue to play at this level while keeping the turnovers down and receiving more help from his offensive line, 2020 could be the year Jones establishes himself as a franchise quarterback.

The Front Seven

The Giants enjoyed multiple impressive performances in their front seven. No one was more impressive than newly-signed inside linebacker Blake Martinez. Martinez recorded 11 tackles (tied for the most of all linebackers in Week One) en route to an 83.9 overall grade by Pro Football Focus. Blake Martinez played like one of the best linebackers in the NFL in Week One.

Lorenzo Carter also had one of the best games of his career on Monday night. Carter recorded 3 pressures, nearly had a sack, and earned an 81.5 overall PFF grade this week. His 3 pressures were tied for the team lead along with Leonard Williams, another player who had an impressive performance.

Leonard Williams recorded a sack and 3 pressures in Week One. Another interior defensive lineman also recorded a sack, though. Dexter Lawrence, the big hog molly out of Clemson started his second season off on the right track, earning a sack in an impressive performance.

The Giants’ defense was most impressive in Week One. The front seven was excellent, seeing multiple players have some of the best individual performances of their careers. This was especially important as the defensive secondary struggled to contain Ben Roethlisberger and his playmakers. The Giants will want to see their front seven build off of an impressive performance in Week Two, while also hoping to see some improvement from their young and inexperienced secondary.

New York Yankees Re-Instate Big Guns From 10-Day Injured

New York Yankees, Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

The New York Yankees have some serious firepower stopping by in the Bronx to take on the Blue Jays. The beaten and battered Yankees rattled off five straight wins, including a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, but they’ve needed a kick offensively. After the beatdowns in games 1 and 2 of the doubleheader, the Yankees have only scored five runs in 19 innings, but they’ve made their problems a lot easier to stomach. The Yankees will be adding Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela back to their lineup to replace struggling bats, and they get a spark in the pitching staff with young fireballer Jonathan Loaisiga. This team is finally getting back important bats and arms, but how much will it impact them?

Getting Back Two of Their Top Bats

No longer will you see the putrid bats of either Thairo Estrada or Tyler Wade, and you can also say goodbye to Brett Gardner’s painful at-bats with Mike Tauchman, most likely playing LF and Stanton DH. The Yankees lineup will be able to finally perform significantly better as you’re adding two guys with elite bats. Gio Urshela had recorded a .363 wOBA, 135 wRC+, and a .400 xwOBA this year. Giancarlo Stanton had burst onto the scene with a 180 wRC+, .430 wOBA, and .476 xwOBA. Those two were having elite offensive seasons, and they replace ineptitude at their positions offensively. With the added depth to the lineup, look for the Yankees to take advantage of pitching that’s not up to snuff.

Bringing Back a Surprisingly Reliable Reliever

Jonathan Loaisiga has had a 3.12 ERA, 32.4% K%, and 2.83 SIERA over 8.2 innings out of the bullpen this season. Overall he has been great for the Yankees, and having him out of the bullpen in the 7th to get three outs and get the strikeouts we need is huge for the Yankees. He has been a reliable fireballer and everything the Yankees could’ve possibly asked for. With Deivi Garcia, Gerrit Cole, and Masahiro Tanaka on the bump against the Blue Jays, Loaisiga could be a weapon used to get outs late in a close game. We know the Yankees bullpen woes, but having Holder, Green, Cessa, Britton, Loaisiga, and Chapman are definitely confidence boosters while you figure out Otto and your other struggling guys.

If you’re a Yankees fan, you have some sigh of relief knowing you have key bats back; now it’s all about when the elite top 4 player in the MLB who needs no introduction will return to nail the coffin on injuries for now.

New York Giants cut promising practice-squad receiver

New York Giants, Alex Bachman

The New York Giants made an interesting move on Tuesday following their loss of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite having a strong camp, the Giants cut wide receiver Alex Bachman, from the practice squad, per The Athletic’s Dan Duggan. Why would they make this move?

I believe, based on their inadequacies at the cornerback position, the Giants will fill their practice squad with one more option. Corey Ballentine and Isaac Yiadom simply weren’t able to hold up in coverage, so adding another player to compete in practice could be a positive move. The Giants already have a bevy of wide receivers in Derrick Dillon, Binjimen Victor, and Austin Mack on the practice squad. Utilizing a spot to increase depth at another position is always a positive.

One of the positives for the Giants on Monday night was evidently their wide receiver corps, which looked good behind quarterback Daniel Jones. Without Golden Tate, they managed to hold their own, securing two touchdowns (both to Darius Slayton) through the air and likely would’ve been more if not for Jones throwing an interception in the red zone.

However, with Bachman hitting the market, we will see their corresponding move this week.

 

UFC’s Conor McGregor appears to deny allegations: “The truth will always set me free!”

Conor McGregor, UFC

UFC‘s Conor McGregor issued a statement on his private Facebook page regarding the latest round of allegations against him. The star fighter has been recently accused of indecent exposure. McGregor made it very clear that he’s denying these allegations.

Many might wonder if this is actually Conor McGregor’s real private page. The page that looks to be the UFC star’s page shows friendships with the private pages of many of his family members and head coach, John Kavanagh. However, it’s not confirmed so keep that in mind.

The initial report of the statement came from an Irish Based MMA outlet, Severe MMA before being reported by BJPenn.com. Reporter Harry Williams was the one who posted the screenshot of McGregor’s statement. You can see the former UFC champion’s statement below.

What’s next for the UFC’s McGregor?

It is worth noting that this post from McGregor cannot be seen by the public. However, if this is McGregor’s personal page, you can see that he is adamant about being innocent, and that he’s prepared to fight these allegations. His agent has already made a previous statement.

The former UFC champion has been seen enjoying life after he “retired” from the UFC a few months ago. Of course, nobody actually believes that McGregor is done fighting. This will all have to play out, but it’s another black eye on McGregor’s record outside of the UFC.

It has to be really hard on UFC fans to root for McGregor after all of this. However, many might have sympathy for the former UFC champion due to all of his struggles. With famous people, sometimes we don’t know what’s true and what’s a cash grab.

Above all, what we do know is that there are allegations against McGregor at the moment. This is not something that will likely be resolved right away. It will be interesting to watch this situation play itself out the next few weeks.

 

New York Islanders: 1 Trade Option for Jordan Eberle

New York islanders, Jordan Eberle

New York Islanders‘ forward Jordan Eberle has disappeared in the playoffs as of late. Well, he does more for the opposing teams than he does for the Isles. Once again, Jordan Eberle will most likely be traded due to his playoff play, or lack thereof. There’s a slight problem, Eberle does have a no-trade clause in his contract. But, this ends next year, and then he only has a 16 team no-trade list clause. Eberle might not have the best trade value due to his contract, but there’s a place for everyone. There is one destination I believe that would trade for Jordan Eberle.

Seattle Kraken

The Islanders roster is going to take a hit with another expansion team joining the fray. But, that doesn’t mean the Isles can’t fleece the situation as they did with Vegas. I believe the Islanders will protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. The Islanders must protect Mat Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, J.G. Pageau. I also believe the Islanders will choose to protect Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas. On defense, they will protect Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech, and Devon Toews. And the Isles will protect Ilya Sorokin. This means players like Kieffer Bellows, Scott Mayfield, and Semyon Varlamov will be unprotected. The Islanders could trade Eberle to sway the Kraken into choosing a less valuable player. The trade could be Eberle and a 4th round pick, so the Kraken chooses someone like Grant Hutton.

Replacements

The Islanders can’t make this move without knowing they have someone who can step into the first-line forward spot. I believe Anthony Beauvillier will be on the first line by then with Barzal and Lee. I also believe Kieffer Bellows or Oliver Wahlstrom will play their line onto the second line. So the Islanders need a good third-line forward. Using the cap space freed up by Jordan Eberle, the Islanders can find themselves a legit sniper. Tanner Pearson is the first name that comes to mind. Pearson recorded 21 goals and 24 assists this year. He can be the goal scorer the Islanders have needed all along.

Conclusion

The Islanders roster works itself out with this one move. With the coaching of Barry Trotz and Lane Lambert, the internal players will continue to grow. While the trade opens up more cap space to get a better goal scorer. The Islanders should make this move.

Daniel Cormier suffered from COVID-19 in camp ahead of UFC 252

Daniel Cormier

It has been exactly one month since we saw UFC 252. That night, Stipe Miocic (20-3) solidified himself as the greatest heavyweight in the promotion’s history with a second win over Daniel Cormier (22-3, 1 NC). DC announced his retirement after the fight.

A lot of people questioned DC’s sluggish performance at UFC 252. There were rumors that he had not been healthy during the camp which didn’t allow him to train at his optimum levels. Luke Rockhold hinted at this in a recent interview with Brendan Schaub.

Earlier this morning, we found out what exactly happened to Cormier in his camp. In an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Cormier said that he tested positive for COVID-19. He came down with it after a teammate tested positive at AKA.

Did it impact UFC 252?

Cormier detailed what had happened telling Iole over the fourth of July weekend leading up to UFC 252. “Over the weekend, I started feeling a little sick. I got tired and peaked. On Monday night/Tuesday morning, I wasn’t feeling so good. My resting heart rate had been 50 beats a minute. Now it was at 57,” Cormier said.

The former UFC double champ went on to say that his resting heart rate got up to 67. After continuously not feeling good and feeling sluggish, Cormier went to the doctor where he found out that he had COVID-19. It obviously had been impacting his training camp.

DC was quick to say that COVID-19 is not an excuse for losing at UFC 252. “This is not an excuse at all. Miocic won the fight and he fought beautifully,” Cormier told Iole. This all came out as the UFC announced a partnership with Oura Health. The Oura Smart Ring helped Cormier diagnose his issues.

It’s clear that Cormier wasn’t at his best at UFC 252. Does all the credit go to Stipe’s performance or do we sit and wonder on how COVID impacted DC’s performance. Fighter’s deal with things all the time that never make it out to the public.

I will say that I don’t believe Cormier said this to downplay the UFC heavyweight champions performance a month ago. I think he announced it to help the UFC show off their new partnership with Oura. Still, one has to wonder now how COVID-19 impacted UFC 252.

Adam Pelech’s postseason not talked about enough among Islanders’ run

New York Islanders, Adam Pelech

When the New York Islanders take the ice tonight, they’ll be fighting to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive. How they’ve gotten to this point — game five of the Eastern Conference Finals — has been talked about at length. And while most of it has been about the goaltenders, the incredible postseasons for Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey and Matt Martin, or even his so-called “replacement” back when he was hurt (Andy Greene), one element that maybe hasn’t received maybe the same amount of attention is how sturdy Adam Pelech has been.

The 26-year-old Pelech has been the team’s best d-man and he’s re-affirmed the notion he’s one of the most underrated blueliners in the sport.

Pelly is hitting his stride,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said about him during the team’s first-round matchup against the Washington Capitals.

In that series, which the Isles won decisively in five, Pelech did an excellent job shutting down Caps star Alex Ovechkin. It was really a masterclass in defending one of the games’ greatest goal-scorers; a repeat of Pelech’s work in the playoffs last spring in the first round against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Islanders D as a whole only allowed seven red lights the entire series, with the goals only coming from Ovi and two other Capitals’ forwards (T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov).

Pelech though was the real star of the series.

“All those instincts that make him a good defender are getting acutely sharp,” Trotz added.

But it hasn’t been just the series against Washington where Pelech has thrived. Really it’s been the entire playoffs, even with the step up in competition this round against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The numbers might not look great — and that’s what usually comes about when you’re going up against Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point most of the time — but Pelech has been able to hold his own. He even scored his first-ever postseason goal in the Islanders’ only win of the series in game three, something Isles fans are not used to seeing. A heck of a snipe too past one of the NHL’s elite goalies in Andrei Vasilevskiy.

While Pelech still might not be a household name, it’s crystal clear how much he means to the Islanders and what they’ve been able to accomplish in the bubble. All you have to do is go back and look at who the Islanders are as a team when he’s in the lineup as compared to when he was sidelined with what was potentially a season-ending Achilles injury before the coronavirus pandemic hit back in March.

“He’s a big part of the team. He’s been a big part of the success we’ve had here,” his d-partner Ryan Pulock said about him last month. “When we found out that those guys who were hurt were all ready to come back, we knew it would give us the best chance to have success and it was big for us.”

The Isles have made big strides this postseason, and Pelech deserves credit for a good amount of it. He’s been the one in the background just continuing to get the job done. His play hasn’t been talked about enough.

Not anymore.