New York Yankees Previews: Yankees, tonight at Fenway Park look for their 10th win in a row

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

The New York Yankees will try to win their tenth win in a row facing the Boston Red Sox tonight, at Boston’s Fenway Park. Winning ten games in a row is historically difficult.  The Yankees won nine in row last year. They won ten in a row in 2012, under Billy Martin,  11 in a row in 1985. The Yankee record for the most wins in a row is 19 straight games, in 1947, under manger Buck Harris, when I was one year old.

The Yankees won the last game of a Blue Jays series at Buffalo. They then went on to sweep a four game series away from the Baltimore Orioles, followed by a sweep of the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Last night at Fenway Park the Yankees acheieved their ninth win, and tonight will look to have that historic 10 game winning streak.

Tonight’s game at Fenway Park in Boston, will be televised on the YES Network and NESN in New England. The game will be played under clear skies, with no chance of showers.  The temperature will drop during the game to just 50 degrees, with a light chilling north breeze. The chill last night, might have been a factor in Chapman’s dropped velocity.

To accomplish a tenth win, the New York Yankees will send forth Yankee pitcher J.A. Happ. Happ, after having a slow start in the season, has pitched very well for the Yankees, he has pitched brilliantly in his last two starts.  In a September 8 start, he stuck out 10 Blue Jays, but lost the game due to a Yankee error. In his September 13th start, he allowed just one run into the seventh inning, while striking out five. Happ won the his last seven games in a row at the end of the 2018 season.  The Yankees hope he will show that type of dominance in tonight’s game.

The Red Sox, basically having no pitching this year. They have used all kinds of pitchers to start games. The result is that they are last in the East. Tonight will be no exception, as the Red Sox will start a reliever that has been forced into a starting role. Chris Mazza is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.57.  Mazza has kicked around in the minors for years, playing for the Minnesota Twins, the Miami Marlins, and the New York Mets. Now the 30-year-old righty, is starting games for the Red Sox. The Yankees have faced Mazza before, as a releiver in a game on August 16, when he gave up four runs in three ininnings, in the Yankee loss. Mazza is coming off of two loses, one with the Rays and the last one to the Miami Marlins.

As a side note, Mazza is believed to be a first cousin, twice removed, to New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio. When Mazza was six years old he met DiMaggio at a family reunion.

“Honestly, I don’t really remember it,” he said. “And I definitely didn’t understand who he was at the time. Our family is so big in the Bay Area,” he said. “I’ve got cousins everywhere. I went to high school with cousins who I didn’t even know were my cousins. There were so many of us, it’s hard to be close with everyone, especially ones that live on the other coast (like Joe DiMaggio did).”

After tonight, the New York Yankees will have one more game against the Red Sox, a matinee game on Sunday, before going back to Buffalo for four games against the Blue Jays, before finishing up the regular season at home, against the Miami Marlins.  The Yankees starter for the last game of the Boston series will be Yankee’s pitching sensation, Deivi Garcia.

Hernandez, Giants’ O-Line Putting Poor Week 1 Showing Behind Them

New York Giants, Will Hernandez, Nate Solder

Anyone who watched the New York Giants fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Monday night, had to come away with the fact that the Giants’ offensive line is still a work in progress.

That’s putting it kindly. Head coach Joe Judge tore into the group this week after the Giants could only gain 29 yards on the ground (22 of which came on scrambles by quarterback Daniel Jones) and allowed eight hits and three sacks on Jones.

Guard Will Hernandez, who is coming off a trying season after an impressive rookie year in 2018, says the line is moving forward and planning on getting better every week.

“Anybody who put that on tape deserves to be called out,” Hernandez told reporters on Friday. “We definitely learned from it. We had an attitude of we’re going to practice hard and we’re going to show it the next opportunity we get, which is this Sunday.”

The starting line had only two starters from last year, Hernandez at left guard and right guard Kevin Zeitler. Andrew Thomas, the team’s top draft pick this year, started at left tackle and free agent addition Cam Fleming started on the right side. Many felt part of the problem was communication, which is largely the responsibility of the center. The Giants are operating this season with Nick Gates at center. Gates, swing tackle and plug-in guard, had never snapped the football in a live NFL game before Monday night.

Hernandez downplayed the communication angle. He believes they will get it straightened out over time.

“We’ve got five guys on the offensive line that all are capable, all are willing to make the calls and have the calls down,” he said. “Everybody has it down. It’s just a matter of coming out, going out and doing your job. Everybody doing it, not only doing your job but doing it at a high level. That’s something that we all need to step up for sure, including myself, starting with me. Go out there and just be in sync.”

The former second round pick out of UTEP isn’t angling for perfection , just consistency.

“Any time you come out, there’s always going to be good and bad and good. I think that it can always get more consistent. I’m talking about for me and everybody on the team specifically. Everybody can get better at something. The perfect game doesn’t exist, so the answer to that is yes, it can definitely be more consistent.”

As for Gates, the team still has confidence in him even though they have an experienced center in Spencer Pulley standing in the sidelines.

“Nick’s awesome, man” said Hernandez. “Talk about somebody that can do it all from tackle to guard to center. He’s definitely a guy that was put in there for a reason. He’s not there to see if he can do it, but because he can do it, he’s there. He definitely knows how to direct a huddle. Helps us out, helps the tackles out. He definitely takes charge. He handles the huddle and the play calling very well.”

 

 

 

New York Giants: 3 players who need to elevate their games against Chicago

New York Giants, Cam Fleming

The New York Giants are gearing up to face off against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in week two of the 2020 regular season. Coming off a tough loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Giants and new head coach Joe Judge will look to turn things around and secure their first victory of the season. Playing against an inconsistent quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky and another tough defense, Big Blue have their work cut out for them in some areas.

Three New York Giants players who need to elevate their games on Sunday:

1.) Evan Engram

Tight end Evan Engram was expected to start the year with a bang, but subsequently failed to prove his worth against Pittsburgh. He finished his first game back since week nine of the regular season in 2019 with two receptions and seven targets for 9 yards.

His underwhelming performance sparked rage within the Giants’ fan base, but hopefully, he can bounce back with a strong against the Bears.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett stated on Friday that the Giants “don’t look at Evan [Engram] as a one-dimensional player.” This virtually means they want to keep him active in the running game as a blocker.

Despite his inability to produce in the passing game, Engram was a liability in run blocking. He failed to hold down his assignments and was consistently beat to put Saquon Barkley in tumultuous positions.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees at Fenway Park won their ninth in row, but it wasn’t easy

Friday night for the New York Yankees, it was a long and winding road for their ninth win in a row, this time against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. After playing clean baseball and scoring 43 runs in three games against the Blue Jays, last night may have been a wake-up call that brought the Yankees back down to reality.

The Yankees did not play well, the game saw the Yankees commit three errors. Yankee pitching allowed the Red Sox to run on them, and the Yankees lineup remained dormant for the first six innings of the game. The result was that at the end of six innings the Yankee trailed the Boston Red Sox 4-0. The main culprit was the lousy starting pitching of Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery who struggled mightily. Montgomery gave up four runs on five hits while still having a respectable seven strikeouts.  Montgomery who has pitched well this season will want to forget this one.

The offense remained quiet for the first six innings, and the Yankee fearsome threesome of Judge, Stanton, and Voit combined for just three hits in the game and one RBI. The Red Sox’s Martin Perez pitched a brilliant game against a strong Yankee lineup, sprinkling in just three hits and walk, while string out seven Yankees. While the Yankees had some sloppy play, the Boston defense made some sparkling defensive plays in the game.

The stars of the game for the New York Yankees were, of course, DJ LeMahieu, Jonathan Loaisiga, but the surprise name on the star list was Gary Sanchez. I seldom praise Sanchez, but other than a minor flaw defensively, it was overshadowed by some amazing defense for Sanchez.  In the seventh inning, Sanchez had a long double, into the right-field stands, allowing the Yankees to finally get on the board as two runs scored.  At the bottom of the ninth with the Yankees still behind by two runs, Sanchez again came through with a significant home run to left over the Green Monster scoring two and tying up the game and causing it to go into extra innings. Gary Sanchez is the only reason the Yankees won this ninth game in a row.

Although starting pitcher  Jordan Montgomery faltered, the Yankee bullpen was brilliant. Luis Cessa came in for 1.1 innings, he allowed two hits but kept the Sox from scoring. Adam Ottavino’s swerve was working, allowing only one hit in his inning. Zack Britton pitched a clean inning. Chad Green was dominant in his inning, while striking out two. Aroldis Chapman struggled with his velocity down, but got out of the tenth inning, striking out two. The pitching star of the game was Jonathan Loaisiga, who pitched the eleventh and twelfth innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out two Red Sox.

The New York Yankees’ offense finally got going in the seventh inning, with Gary Sanchez’s two-run double. At the bottom of the eighth inning, Giancarlo Stanton took one to the left-field wall scoring Aaron Judge who motored home all the way from first base, and the Yankees were just one run shy of tying the game.  Then came Sanchez’s solo homer in the ninth to tie the game and bring it into extra innings.

At the bottom of the eleventh inning, Luke Voit who had been silent in the game hit a double scoring Mike Tauchman who had previously been brought in to run for Stanton, for the Yankees first lead of the game. But in the bottom of the frame, Christain Arroyo put the ball in play driving in a run and retying the game at 5. The eleventh inning was a long one with Loaisiga loading the bases, but Loaisiga battled and got our of the inning without allowing the Red Sox to take the lead.

At the top of the twelfth with Yankees on the corners, DJ LeMahieu stepped to the plate and drove in Aaron Hicks from third, for the Yankee 6-5 lead. At the bottom of the frame, Loaisiga on the bump again, he got the win keeping the Red Sox scoreless in the frame. Loaisiga got the win for the Yankees, Ryan Weber took the loss for the Red Sox. The final score was 6-5 in twelve long innings. The game time was just over five hours.

Although this wasn’t the best game for the New York Yankees, it shows the great team that they are. Down four runs, they came all the way back to get the win. It was the Yankees’ eighth straight win over the Red Sox this season. Tonight at 7:30 pm, J.A. Happ will be on the mound for the Yankees, as they try for their tenth win in a row.

 

New York Yankees: Good news and Bad news following comeback win over Boston

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

Coming off a dominant three-game sweep over the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees struggled against the Boston Red Sox on Friday evening. Going into the game with a 19-32 record, Boston has been awful in every facet but gave the Bombers a run for their money.

Thanks to a last-second home run from Gary Sanchez in the ninth inning, the Yankees managed to push the game to extra-innings. Sanchez finished the game with three RBIs and two hits on the evening, further improving his momentum at the plate.

FINAL SCORE: 6-5

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

The Yankees were relatively quiet on offense Friday night, recording nine hits and four runs. After posting 43 runs in three games, their low scoring performance on Friday sent them back down to reality. It was only a matter of time before their insane offensive performances leveled out.

The major positives from the loss came in individual performances and the Yankee bullpen. Gary had a solid evening and Aaron Hicks managed to secure two hits over four at-bats. Luke Voit, who has been stellar this year offensively and currently leads the MLB in home runs, struck out three times. However, the bullpen lasted four innings, allowing four hits and zero runs (not including extra innings).

DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out double in the 11th inning to give the Bombers the lead.

BAD NEWS:

The Yankees had their full lineup against Boston, featuring Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Giancarlo Stanton, whom have missed time due to injury.

The three premium hitters combined for three hits and four strikeouts. Stanton smashed a double in the eighth inning, driving in Judge to bring the Yankees within one. Voit had the worst game out of all the Yankee sluggers, striking out three times. However, the primary bad news came in the form of starting pitching.

Jordan Montgomery lasted 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs. Luckily, the Yankee bullpen has been well-rested due to a number of strong outings from their starters.

Montgomery has been strong this year, with his last victory coming against Baltimore on September 12. He lasted 5.2 innings and struck out nine batters. His rocky performance on Friday seemed to be an anomaly, especially against a lackluster Boston squad.

Relief arm Jonathan Loaisiga struggled in the 11th inning, but managed to get out of a bases-loaded situation with the score tied at 5 apiece. He proceeded to blank the Socks in the 12th inning to secure the win.