New York Giants: Dave Gettleman receives poor rank among veteran GMs

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

General Manager is one of the most important positions within a football team, and the New York Giants have had Dave Gettleman in that spot for the past few years. Gettleman’s time with the franchise has been a polarizing issue that has produced both supporters and harsh critics. Some have even shifted from one stance to another as this Giants offseason has felt different from the last few.

However, in a recent ranking of GMs from NFL Network, Gettleman was ranked as the second worst. To his credit, not every GM was listed in the rankings. Those with less than two drafts were excluded, effectively giving some GMs a grace period that Gettleman doesn’t fall into. The critics will likely agree with this take, but is it true?

What the rankings had to say about Gettleman

It’s early, but selecting tackle Andrew Thomas at No. 4 overall last year when three standout tackles were taken after him is a troubling sign. Meanwhile, the jury is still out on No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones. Less so for fellow 2019 first-round pick DeAndre Baker, whom the Giants traded up for but who’s no longer on the team. (New York’s other first-rounder from two years ago, Dexter Lawrence, is a nice contributor.) It’s not Saquon Barkley’s fault he tore his ACL, but an offense built around him in 2018-19 had its limitations. Gettleman wants a team full of large humans who can run the ball and stop the run, an approach that’s out of step with the current NFL. There is a ticking clock on Gettleman’s plan coming together in time.

The take here is one that most critics of Gettleman can agree with, and even many fans that don’t lean too strongly in either direction on this issue. It’s an objective fact that Gettleman has underperformed and made moves that haven’t panned out how the Giants hoped. The case of DeAndre Baker was a clear cut mistake, either in the Giants trading up for the player in the first place or the way they handled his exit depending on how you look at things.

And, while Barkley is one of the most popular Giants, Gettleman’s decision to rely on a running back by taking one at number two overall caused some to raise their eyebrows at the time – especially when injuries came into play during Barkley’s last two seasons.

The article doesn’t go into Gettleman’s free agency decisions, but those have been just as much of a mixed bag as his draft history. While Gettleman has brought on players like Blake Martinez, James Bradberry, and now Kenny Golladay, many fans were ready to see him go by the time those additions were made.

In the defense of Gettleman

We’ve seen the reasons why Gettleman was ranked as one of the worst GMs in the league, but it’s only fair to look at things from the other point of view also. Joe Judge has gotten much of the credit for high profile free agents joining the Giants, and while the head coach does influence free agency to an extent, it’s still the job of the General Manager to negotiate and close deals.

A great head coach doesn’t always mean great free agents, and credit can’t be removed entirely from the one in charge of actually making deals with free agents. This offseason, we also saw the cap situation handled relatively well. The Giants did lose Dalvin Tomlinson, but Nate Solder’s massive deal was successfully restructured and the Giants were able to bring on multiple important free agent additions despite their tricky spot with the cap.

Also, Joe Judge has been the biggest factor in the team’s turnaround, but it’s safe to say the Giants organization wouldn’t have taken a chance on Judge in the first place if he didn’t work well with the existing GM that the franchise has shown a commitment to keeping around.

The GM is often involved in the coaching search, and while we don’t know if that was the case with the Giants and Judge, the possibility that Gettleman was involved in some way or another in bringing Judge on board shouldn’t be ignored.

The verdict

Gettleman is far from a perfect GM – and there’s some entirely valid reasons why a lot of fans have called for him to be fired. However, based on the last offseason and the upwards trend for the Giants, it’s a bit of an outdated take to call him the second worst veteran GM in the league.

After all, even if the Giants are largely having success behind a head coach that’s turned the culture around, you can’t just discount the impact of the work behind the scenes in the front office on that process. The GM position exists for a reason, and has its own duties that are supportive of, but separate from, those of a head coach.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose to the Rays in their worst game yet

New York Yankees, Nick Nelson

Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium for the second series of the young season. In their first meeting, the Rays took 2 of 3 games from the Yankees. Nick Nelson took the mound with tensions high between these two teams as the Yankee’s opener against The Ray’s reliever Michael Wacha. Never pitcher has fared very well in the season so far. It was a chilly and raw evening at Yankee Stadium at game time. At least the field wasn’t covered in snow as it was for the Red Sox at Coor’s Field in Colorado. The Yankees lost the game 8-2.

Austin Meadows led off for the Rays against Nick Nelson at the top of the first inning. Randy Aronarena singled down the left-field line, and Meadows went to third base. Brendon Lowe doubled, scoring Meadows and Aronarena for the two-run Rays lead. Diaz ground out, but Lowe advanced to third base. Joey Wendle with a man on and one out struck out. Margot walked. Michael Brosseau struck out, but the Rays picked up two runs for the Rays lead. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu lined out sharply to shot, and Aaron Judge struck out. Gleyber Torres ground out to end the -2-3 inning for Wacha. Rays 2 Yankees 0.

Michael King led off for the Yankees and replaced Nick Nelson that only lasted one inning, giving up two runs. Adames singled. Mike Zunino struck out. Meadows struck out, and Arozarena lined out to short to end the half for a perfect second for King. Giancarlo Stanton led off the bottom for the Yankees, and he popped out to first. Gio Urshela got a one-out single to right.  Aaron Hicks struck out. Gary Sanchez lined out to third to end the inning. Rays 2 Yankees 0.

Against Michael King, Lowe was hit by a pitch in the third. Diaz singles, and Lowe went to third. Joey Wendle, who struck out in the first inning, stuck out. Margot lined out, but the ball hit Diaz on an error by Odor. Brosseau struck out, getting King out of trouble and leaving two Rays on base. At the bottom, Clint Frazier led off striking out as his early-season struggles continued. Rougned Odor struck out. Lemahieu lined out to Arozarena to end the inning.

Willie Adames lined out for the first out of the fourth inning Mike Zunino grounded out to third, and Austin Meadows walked. Arozareno walked. Brendon Lowe walked for three straight walks for King. Diaz hit up the middle to Odor for the final out, leaving the bases loaded with Rays. Aaron Judge led off the bottom, striking out. Torres walked. Stanton and Gio Urshela went down on strikes. The Yankees have only been able to get one hit in the first four innings. Rays 2 New York Yankees 0.

With Luis Cessa replacing Michael King, who had three shut-out innings, Joey Wendle started the fifth inning by beating out a throw by Urshela for a single. Margot struck out. Brosseau hit one down the left-field line for a double, scoring Wendle for the 3 run lead over the Yankees. Adames doubled, and Brosseau beat out a throw to home for another Rays run. Zunino walked on four pitches. Meadows walked, loading the bases for the Yankees’ seventh walk of the game. Arozareno doubled at the Yankees failed to make a double play scoring two Ray’s runs for the six-run Yankees shutout. Lowe struck out the Rays lead the game 6-0.

At the bottom of the fifth Aaron Hicks against Aaron Hicks, Wacha through four had allowed only one Yankee hit. Hicks popped out to the infield. Sanchez struck out. Clint Frazier, who looks lost at the plate lately, struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for Wacha. Rays 6 Yankees 0.

At the top of the sixth, Diaz led off against the New York Yankee’s Lucas Luetge, and Diaz singled. Wendle singled. Margot singled to load the bases with no outs. Brosseau drove to short, and the throw was in time to get Diaz. Adames popple out to Urshela. Zunino flew to left, and Frazier couldn’t get to it, and another two Ray’s runs scoring for the 8 run Rays lead. Meadows flew out to Hick to finally end the half, but it’s the Rays 8 and the Yankees 0. At the bottom, Odor walked. LeMahieu popped out to the infield. Aaron Judge hit into a double play to end the ending as the Yankees again failed to score. Rays 8 Yankees 0.

Arozarena led off the seventh inning off Luetge, grounding out to Urshela. Lowe flew out. Diaz flew out for the first inning. The Yankees put down the Rays 1-2-3. At the bottom, Torres picked up a single. Stanton hit a no-doubter to center to get the Yankees 2 runs on the board. Urshela lined out. Hicks lined directly to first for two outs. Sanchez struck out to end the inning, but the Yankees finally got on the board with two runs. Rays 8 Yankees 2.

Luetge out for his third inning allowed Wendle a single. Margot hit into a 1-4-3 double play for two outs. The Rays challenged, but the out was maintained. Brosseau lined out to the pitcher for the final out of the half. Frazier led off the bottom, but frustrated fans started to throw balls out onto the field, halting the game. Frazier, after play resumed, struck out for the third time in the game. Odor flew out to the far center. LeMahieu struck out, going 0 for 4 on the night. That ended the inning. Ray 8 Yankees 2.

At the top of the eighth, Kyle Higashiokia took over for Sanchez behind the plate. Willie Adames led off for the Rays by striking out. Zunino struck out. Meadows allowed Luetge to strike out Ray’s side. At the bottom of the inning, with the last licks on the line for the Yankees, Aaron Judge led off the half by grounding out. Torres struck out, and Stanton followed with another strikeout to end the game. The final score was the Tampa Bay Rays 8 and the New York Yankees 2. The winning pitcher was Michael Wacha, and the loser was Nick Nelson.

 

 

 

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NASCAR: Three drivers to watch in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400

After a fun clash at Martinsville, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to the other side of Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. Sunday’s event consists of 400 laps around the 0.75-mile circuit, evening out to be a 300-mile race. Here are three drivers to watch in the 9th race of the season.

Martin Truex Jr. (+350)

Fresh off a win at Martinsville, Martin Truex Jr. is one of the biggest names to look out for on Sunday. Sitting second in points, he’s the only Cup Series driver to have won multiple events this season.

At Richmond, Truex Jr. only has two career wins, but both of them came within the last three races there. He has 6 top-5s and 12 top-10s at Richmond with an average finish of 17th. Truex Jr. rolls off on the poll, so expect him to contend for the victory.

Kyle Busch (+800)

Richmond has always been one of Kyle Busch’s top tracks over his storied career. With six wins and an average finish of 7th, running up front isn’t anything new for him there.

Coming into this weekend’s race, Busch is looking to secure his first win of the 2021 season. After just one win last season, Busch is looking to put an end to his cold spell and silence the haters with a victory under new crew chief Ben Beshore.

Brad Keselowski (+400)

Brad Keselowski has had a lot of success at Richmond over his career, especially of late. He won last fall’s event and has placed in the top-10 in seven of the last eight races at Richmond. Keselowski’s average finish 12th with 12 top-10 finishes.

Similar to Busch, Keselowski is looking to secure his first victory of the 2021 season. He hasn’t finished within the top-10 since Phoenix, however, he’s currently ninth in points. Expect Keselowski to run up front on Sunday.

BREAKING: New York Jets opt out of in-person voluntary workouts

New York Jets

The New York Jets are the latest team to opt-out of in-person voluntary workouts, becoming the 13th NFL team to do so.

The New York Jets became the 13th NFL team to opt-out of voluntary offseason workouts, submitting a statement through the Players Association’s social media accounts. Teams have begun opting out of in-person activities in the wake of the ongoing health crisis. The Denver Broncos were the first team to do so, making their announcement on Tuesday.

“Football is a labor of love for our men, who work year-round to stay in shape on prepare ourselves to perform at the highest level,” the statement read. “Given that we are still in a pandemic and based on the facts provided to our membership by our union about the health and safety benefits of a virtual offseason, many of us will exercise our CBA right and not attend in-person voluntary workouts.”

“We respect that every player has a right to make a decision about what is best for him and his family, and we stand in solidarity with other players across the NFL who are making informed choices about this offseason.”

Despite ongoing vaccinations across the country, COVID-19 continues to make an impact on the sports world. Two NHL teams (the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks) are currently on pause in the wake of positive tests while the New York Mets’ opening series with the Washington Nationals was delayed due to issues in the latter’s organization.

In their notes distributed by the NFLPA, some teams have stated a preference for virtual workouts, especially with COVID-19 still prevalent in some areas. Others have noted that they emerged from last season with fewer injuries when virtual workouts were conducted last season in the height of the pandemic.

“Injury data and game performance from last year show that a virtual offseason is beneficial to health and safety,” the Atlanta Falcons’ statement reads. The Cleveland Browns noted in theirs that “missed time injuries” decreased by 23 percent.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

NASCAR: Two drivers to make historic Cup Series debuts at Talladega

Harrison Burton and Jennifer Jo Cobb will make their NASCAR Cup Series debut on April 25 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Harrison Burton and Jennifer Jo Cobb will make their NASCAR Cup Series debuts at the GEICO 500 on April 25 at Talladega Superspeedway, their respective teams announced this week. Each brings their own unique brand of history into the Cup Series, which will first run at Richmond Raceway this coming Sunday (3 p.m. ET, Fox).

Burton will pilot the No. 96 Toyota for Gaunt Bros. Racing. The 20-year-old currently races full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the No. 20 Toyota, previously piloted by current Cup regulars Erik Jones (2015-17) and Christopher Bell (2018-19). Burton burst onto the Xfinity Series scene last season with top ten finishes in each of his first ten races, a stretch that included wins at Fontana and Homestead. Though he failed to reach the Xfinity Series’ championship quartet at the end of the year, he would earn triumphs in the penultimate races of the season at Texas and Martinsville. Prior to his arrival at Gibbs, Burton won the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regional stock car championship.

The No. 20 currently ranks third in the modern Xfinity Series standings. Burton has tallied five top ten finishes over the first seven races.

With his entry, Burton will become the fourth member of his family to partake in a Cup Series event. His father Jeff, now a NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports, won 21 Cup events in a career spent mostly with owners Jack Roush and Richard Childress. That tally includes two victories in the Coca-Cola 600. Harrison’s uncle and Jeff’s brother Ward won the 2002 Daytona 500 and has since gained viral attention for his sporting and conservation efforts. Ward’s son Jeb currently races alongside cousin Harrison in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 10 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing. Harrison will also become the first driver born in the 21st century to partake in a Cup Series event upon his entry.

Gaunt Bros. Racing entered the Cup Series last season with Daniel Suarez behind the wheel. The team reverted to a part-time schedule this year, as team ran the Daytona road course and the Bristol dirt race with Ty Dillon behind the wheel. DEX Imaging, Burton’s primary sponsor in the Xfinity Series, will grace the No. 96 for the Talladega event.

Meanwhile, Cobb will make her NASCAR Cup Series debut in the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet. Though Cobb has run in subpar equipment throughout her career, she has been a staple in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2011, fielding her own vehicles through her team, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. Her best career finish was a sixth-place posting at the season opening race at Daytona in 2011, with her best placement in the standings being 16th in 2014.

Cobb is perhaps best known on the Truck Series for her refusal to partake in the “start-and-park” phenomena that was prevalent in the last decade, refusing to drive an Xfinity (then Nationwide) car for 2nd Chance Motorsports when owner Rick Russell ordered to bring the car to the garage area shortly after the start to collect prize money for a list place finish.

She will be the 21st female driver to partake in Cup Series racing and the first since Danica Patrick in the 2018 Daytona 500. Her 216 starts in the Truck Series are the most among female drivers in NASCAR’s three national series. Cobb has had some recent success at Talladega, as her No. 10 Chevrolet Silverado led a career-best 16 laps at the Truck Series’ visit to the track last October. The Truck Series will run its own event, the ToyotaCare 250, at Richmond on Saturday (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1). Cobb’s No. 10 will start 33rd.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Giants to host former Patriots corner Jason McCourty on a free-agent visit

new york giants, jason mccourty

While the New York Giants signed cornerback Adoree Jackson to a three-year, $39 million deal, it seems as if they’re looking to further bolster the position. With issues at CB2 in 2020, the Giants are trying to ensure their unit remain strong even if injuries arise.

Recently, the team waived Ryan Lewis, who spent 2020 with the Giants before going down with an injury. Now, they expect Sam Beal to make a return and compete with Isaac Yiadom for an active roster spot. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Giants are hosting former Patriots corner Jason McCourty for a visit.

McCourty is a seasoned veteran who has spent 12 years at the NFL level and will be 34 this year. He played at all 16 games last season with the New England Patriots, starting in 11, earning 42 tackles and three passes defended.

While the veteran defensive back was a bit spotty in coverage last year, he can serve a depth role with the Giants and considering he has a home in New Jersey, the partnership would make sense.

Current Giant Logan Ryan played with McCourty back during his time with Tennessee, and head coach Joe Judge knows McCourty from when he coached the special-teams unit and helped as an assistant on Bill Belichick’s coaching staff.

A low-cost signing would make a lot of sense for the Giants, allowing them to pass on Patrick Surtain in the 2021 NFL draft and maybe take a flyer in the mid-rounds to develop. McCourty is coming off a two-year, $10 million deal with New England but will likely make far less than the $5 million average he made during the duration of that deal. A one-year, $2 million contract seems reasonable for both parties.

 

Jacob Trouba Takes on a Leadership role for the New York Rangers

During the second intermission of Tuesday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, something interesting happened in the New York Rangers locker room. The Blueshirts had just come off a lackluster second period, holding a slim lead of 1-0. At that point, a voice outside of the regular leadership group spoke up and provided some “words of inspiration” that rallied the team. It was 27-year-old Jacob Trouba who provided that extra spark that led the Rangers to one of their better periods of the season and the 3-0 victory over the Devils.

Teammate Ryan Strome talked about Trouba’s role in his pre-game Zoom conference on Thursday.  “Usually the older guys speak up in the intermission anyway, and Trouba took that initiative,” Strome said, “but I think just for him to take the reins a little bit and have the players control the dressing room for a period, you know, sometimes you can get caught up a little bit in the X’s and O’s and I thought in the second period we were kind of just off our game. I was really proud of the guys who stepped up.”

While Trouba acknowledged his role, he was less forthcoming about what happened. “I thought we needed to play better in the third,” Trouba said Thursday in his Zoom conference. “What happens in the room kind of stays in the room.”

By following an old adage that has been adopted by a certain city in Nevada, we will just have to speculate as to what was said during that time.

Nevertheless, since that time, the Rangers have played quite well in shutting out the Devils on two consecutive nights.

Trouba taking on a senior leadership role for the New York Rangers

While not exactly eligible for an AARP card yet, Trouba is one of the senior members of the team and has started to embrace that role. Something that has not been lost on his head coach.

“He plays hard. He creates a mentality in our locker room and he means an awful lot to us on and off the ice, Quinn said in his pre-game Zoom conference. “People have touched on the leadership aspect that he’s kind of embraced here this year, but I certainly like what’s going on on the ice as well.”

On the ice, Trouba started things going on Thursday night by scoring the first goal inside of one minute into the game.

The deal that the Rangers made on June 17, 2019, is looking really good. On that date, Trouba was traded by the Winnepeg Jets to the Rangers in exchange for Neal Pionk and Winnipeg’s own first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. That pick had been previously acquired by the Rangers in exchange for the Jets receiving Kevin Hayes.

The Rochester, Michigan native also finds himself in the role of mentor to rookie K’Andre Miller and now to the newly added Zac Jones.

Trouba will also continue to be a leader as the team looks to add some new faces on the blue line in the coming seasons.

 

 

 

New York Yankees News Round-up: All the news in one place

After two weeks, where do the New York Yankees stand?

Two weeks into the new baseball season, the Yankees are 3.5 games behind the East-leading Boston Red Sox. They are two games under .500, winning only five of twelve games played. Unless your name is Gerrit Cole, you haven’t pitched well, and if you’re a hitter, you haven’t been hitting. The Yankees certainly aren’t playing well, are making many errors, both throwing and on the base paths, and they seem to have an infinity for hitting into double plays.

Tensions are high for tonight’s Rays game

Tonight the Yankees face their nemesis, Tampa Bay Rays. Tensions have been building up for the two teams during the last few years. It came to a head last season when Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman threw at the head of the Ray’s Mike Brosseau. Chapman was suspended for three games for his part in the incident. So far this year, there have been no bench-clearing events, but watching the games, you can feel the tension in the air. Yankee pitchers have hit several Rays in the first three-game set. Jordan Montgomery hit Austin Meadows twice in the same game, making the umpire warn both teams. Don’t expect the civility to continue.

Yankees to honor Jackie Robinson

Tonight the New York Yankees will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. Most teams celebrated it on the traditional date of April 15. However, teams that had the day off on Thursday are allowed to celebrate it today. In honor of the baseball great, all the Yankees players and staff will wear his number 42. Robinson was the first black man to break the color barrier and play in the major leagues. His number was officially retired from all of baseball in 1997. The Yankees’ Mariano Rivera was already wearing the number 42 and was the last player to do so when he retired in 2013.

Was Clint Frazier’s 2020 an aberration?

Last year Clint Frazier showed up on the field and changed man. His defense was so approved; he actually was nominated for the Gold Glove award. He hit .267 with 8 home runs and earned a place in the everyday lineup in the short season. At the beginning of the season, he was named the starting left fielder for the New York Yankees.

Now, after just twelve games, the Yankee management is beginning to think twice about their decision. Although he started okay, his production has dropped off, and his defense has not been stellar, leading manager Aaron Boone to replace him in three games with the better hitting and better defender Brett Gardner. Frazier on the season is batting .200 to Gardner’s .286.    Boone recently said about Frazier:

“Clint Frazier is still going to play a ton for us,” Boone said. “He is pretty much the everyday left fielder. We happen to have a fourth outfielder in Brett Gardner who is going to play a lot for us. … Frazier is going to play a ton. He’s going to get to raking and be a big part of this team.”

The Red Sox are now stuck with Ottavino

During the offseason, the New York Yankees unloaded reliever Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox via the trade in a mostly cost-saving move. This season, the Yankees have to be celebrating the move as Ottavino has gotten off to a terrible start with the Red Sox. He has already allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 3²/₃ innings. In five appearances he has an ERA of 9.82. This is the exact reason the Yankees wanted to part ways with him. Last year for the Yankees, he was ineffective.

Judge is Judge, but what about Stanton?

Aaron Judge, after twelve games, is leading the New York Yankees with 4 home runs, that a home run every three games. That may be a bit slanted as he hit two home runs in one game. Judge appears to have found his timing and is operating on all cylinders. His batting average is .308 with a hit per game. Giancarlo Stanton is a different story; he started the season hot and even hit a Grand Slam, but as of today, he has cooled off. That Grand Slam is his only home run, and he is hitting just .175. He holds the record for RBI’s and hit the baseball leading single that left his bat at 120 mph. If both of these sluggers can stay healthy and Stanton can find some consistency, all will be well for the Yankees.

Are these Yankees doomed?

Although the Yankees aren’t playing great baseball, there are those Yankees that stand out that won’t be around for long. Number one on that list is Jay Bruce, who likely will be gone as soon as Luke Voit returns from his knee surgery. He has been just plain horrible in his defense at first base and isn’t hitting either; his batting average is a team-worst .118. In all fairness to Jay by trade, he is an outfielder with only some first base experience.

Lucas Luetge’s future with the Yankees is a bit more dubious. During spring training, he was one of the two best Yankee relievers, but he has not lived up to that performance in the regular season. So far, he has struck out nine in 6.1 innings, right in line with his preseason performance. However, he’s also been tagged for three homers and five earned runs, one in each inning pitched. He may improve, but right now, his future doesn’t look bright. Other than these two, when Clarke Schmidt and Luis Severino return, Albert Abreu and Domingo German may have to keep looking over their shoulders.

New Ways to watch Yankee games

Amazon has announced that it has struck a deal with the YES Network to televise all the games the YES Network produces for  WPIX. The 21 such games this season will be free to watch for Amazon Prime members that live in NY, CT, NJ, and eastern PA. In Connecticut, Fox61 has a multi-year deal to broadcast the WPIX games on their sister station CW20. The YES Network will televise 134 games, and the other seven will be nationally televised, divided by FOX and ESPN.

Mets – Rockies postponed: New York has played only four games in the last eight days

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

It looks like the baseball gods don’t want the New York Mets playing the sport. All kidding aside, it has been a frustrating week for the team, and it got a little bit more complicated when it was announced that Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies was also postponed.

The reason behind the decision is because freezing temperatures and snow expected in Denver today. That’ why MLB decided the Mets – Rockies tilt should be canceled and made up tomorrow in the form of a doubleheader.

According to the Mets’ official site, the team will play the Rockies in two games beginning at 5:10 p.m. ET/3:10 p.m. MT on Saturday.

It was the seventh postponement for the Mets and we are in mid-April. Their first series against the Washington Nationals was postponed when the 2019 champs announced a mini COVID-19 outbreak.

The Mets will have their ace ready for tomorrow

Jacob deGrom was initially slated to pitch in New York, but after two straight postponements, he is sliding back another day and will take the ball on Saturday against the Rockies, although it is not clear if he will start the first or second game.

Joey Lucchesi will start the other game for the Mets. The southpaw won the fifth spot in the rotation after beating Jordan Yamamoto with a strong performance during spring training.

I total, the New York Mets have only been able to complete just four games in the past eight days, which puts the team in a difficult position given that they also didn’t play at all in the first week of the season.

If anything, the postponements have given the Mets a little bit of time to recover injured third baseman JD Davis, who can come off the injured list on Saturday. He spent several days on the shelf nursing a hand contusion following a hit by pitch in the Mets’ second game of the season.

The Yankees should strongly consider a change in the first base position

New York Yankees, Mike Ford

The New York Yankees’ offense has struggled to begin the season. Name by name, it is one of the best lineups in Major League Baseball, but slow starts by Gleyber Torres, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton, plus the injury to Luke Voit have really affected the offensive output.

One of the most problematic situations is the one at first base. Luke Voit suffered a partially torn meniscus back in March, and was given a May timetable. As a result, Jay Bruce made the Yankees’ roster out of camp even though he hadn’t been having a great performance during Grapefruit League play.

Voit, the Yankees’ regular first baseman when healthy, was recently cleared to resume throwing and could soon take swings off a tee. He is badly missed, and he can’t return soon enough as Bruce has struggled mightily on both sides of the ball.

The Yankees have gotten very little production out of Bruce

Bruce is, before the weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays, batting .118, a product of four hits in 34 at bats. Known for his power more than anything else, he only has one home run so far and is sporting the lowest ISO of his career.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone has already had to play DJ LeMahieu at first. But as the team looks for a more stable solution, they can rely on Mike Ford and Chris Gittens, both talented offensive players who could theoretically contribute more than Bruce at this point.

“The first three or four games, there were a lot of really good at-bats, important at-bats,” Boone said of Bruce. “I think it was just a few games where he wasn’t getting real good swings off, not making great contact. Hopefully a couple days down refresh him a little bit and get him going.”

With the Yankees expecting Voit back by May, there are still lots of games to be played until that point. Should they keep giving a competitive advantage by playing Bruce over Ford or Gittens?