New York Giants: Ex-receiver Golden Tate names desired landing spots

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Former New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is looking for a different team this offseason, but he may have a hard time getting to one of his most wanted destinations given the way last season turned out in New York.

Tate is considered a veteran receiver at this point – he’s played for the Seahawks, the Lions, the Eagles, and most recently the Giants. He’s also 32 years old, so it’s possible that whatever contract he ends up signing next will be his last one in the league. His age is probably part of why no team has picked him up yet after the Giants chose to release him for cap space.

However, there’s some destinations that Tate has his eyes on regardless.

On SiriusXM NFL Radio, Tate named the Titans, Colts, and Rams as three teams that he’d like to play on.

It remains to be seen what his chances of actually getting on any of those teams are. Not only is he an aging wide receiver, but his antics with the Giants last season may dissuade potential suitors. Those antics included an outburst on the sideline and liking tweets that were critical of the team, both of which are acts that many winning teams will have a problem with.

The Giants have largely done fine at the position since moving on from Tate. Daniel Jones will have better weapons this season for sure as the Giants brought in Kenny Golladay, John Ross, and drafted Kadarius Toney after parting ways with Tate.

Tate served his purpose for the couple of years he was with the franchise, but ultimately, the Giants have went on to find better players. And the organization probably won’t miss Tate too much after the drama around him last season.

New York Liberty: 3 stars from Thursday’s loss vs. Chicago

A second onslaught from the Chicago Sky doomed the New York Liberty to their fourth loss in their last six.

A garish second quarter led to the New York Liberty’s downfall on Thursday night, as a four-point deficit ballooned to 28. The Chicago Sky were paced by 18 points from Diamond DeShields and Kahleah Copper while Candace Parker earned another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in what became a 91-68 victory over New York (7-8). Chicago has now won seven in a row, the latter two coming at Barclays Center in a back-to-back, the first segment coming on Tuesday.

ESM has three silver linings from Thursday’s loss…

3rd Star: DiDi Richards

3 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal (11 minutes)

As things became ridiculously dire for the Liberty…down a whopping 28 points after a brutal second quarter…Richards played the role of beautifier, invading the interior to generate some strong opportunities. Chalk it up to the lingering hockey season, but Richards’ impact was best demonstrated in her plus/minus. New York was a jaw-dropping +12 when she was on the floor.

2nd Star: Kylee Shook 

6 points, 11 rebounds

It was easy for Shook’s interior antics to get lost in another defeat, especially with Candace Parker making yet another MVP case in relatively stifled minutes. But Shook hauled in an infantile career-best in rebounds and held Parker and Stefanie Dolson to relatively manageable numbers. The Liberty’s true sin on Thursday was letting Chicago’s deadly outside game get going, as DeShields and Allie Quigley sank three triples each.

1st Star: Michaela Onyenwere

16 points, 6 rebounds

Onyenwere made a valiant effort to penetrate the Chicago paint in the early stages of the game, but her efforts were rewarded with futility. She shot 1-of-10 in the first half, though she managed to clean things up by (along with Bec Allen) forcing Chicago into five quick fouls over the first four minutes of the second quarter, all of which produced free throws. Onyenwere found redemption in the second half, contributing to a relative surge (New York won the second half 41-36) by shooting 4-of-7 from the field.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

The New York Giants might have one of the NFL’s most elite cornerback duos in 2021

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The New York Giants had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 2020. The Giants’ defense ranked ninth in the NFL in points allowed and twelfth in yards allowed. What looked like arguably the team’s biggest weakness heading into the season became its biggest strength by year’s end. The Giants’ secondary saw some standout performances that made it one of the best units in the league last season.

No defensive back stood out more than cornerback James Bradberry in his first season with the New York Giants. Last offseason, Bradberry signed a three-year $43.4M contract with the Giants. The Giants made Bradberry one of the league’s highest-paid cornerbacks and many, at the time, felt like that was an overpay. But now, almost unanimously, fans agree that Bradberry lived up to the contract in his first year and even exceeded expectations.

James Bradberry was a true shutdown cornerback last season, but opposite of him, the Giants struggled to get consistency out of its secondary cornerback position. New York’s other boundary cornerback spot became a revolving door, seeing players like Corey Ballentine, Ryan Lewis, Isaac Yiadom, and Julian Love start games in that position. The Giants seemingly fixed this problem in the 2021 offseason, though, by signing Adoree’ Jackson to a three-year deal. Now the Giants might have one of the NFL’s most elite cornerback duos in 2021.

James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson make up an elite duo

James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson, when both playing their best football, are top-tier boundary cornerbacks. In 2020, Brabderry proved that while he was snubbed from an AP All-Pro Team selection. He dominated opposing wide receivers week in and week out, holding Amari Cooper to only 23 and 41 yards in two contests, and holding Allen Robinson to only 33 yards in Week Two.

Bradberry set a new career-high in 2020 with 18 passes defended, which was tied for the second-most in the NFL and only two behind Miami’s Xavien Howard for the league lead (Giants.com). PFF also ranked James Bradberry as the fifth-best cornerback in the NFL entering the 2021 season. He has forced 42 incompletions since 2018, the most of any cornerback in the NFL. Not many cornerbacks can blanket opposing wideouts the way James Bradberry does.

Adoree’ Jackson, though, has a similar ability. He too makes plays on the ball and shuts down opposing receivers. Jackson had the second-highest forced incompletion rate (18.4%) among cornerbacks from 2010-2019 (PFF). Since 2018, Adoree Jackson has the fourth-highest coverage grade when lined up outside according to Pro Football Focus with a grade of 85.6. Jackson has missed a lot of time with injuries over the past two years. But if he can stay healthy, Adoree’ Jackson will pair with James Bradberry to create an elite cornerback duo on the New York Giants defense.

New York Mets Injury Report (June 24, 2021)

The New York Mets are no stranger to injuries but were lucky enough to receive some players back this week. Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto rejoined a lifeless offense, which helped lead to a seven-run outburst in Wednesday’s victory. Who else should the Mets expect to return from the IL?

Marcus Stroman avoided a big scare after he left Tuesday’s start early with a hip injury. Manager Luis Rojas said Stroman would not need an IL stint, and Stroman expects to make his next start. With another doubleheader coming up on Friday, the Mets will need all arms available over the weekend. Before the injury, Stroman had gone at least six innings in nine consecutive starts.

Jonathan Villar is still day-to-day with the calf injury he suffered during Monday’s doubleheader. He missed the rest of the games against the Braves, but he was available off the bench in Wednesday’s finale. Thursday’s off-day should serve as all the rest Villar needs to return. It will be interesting to see where Rojas bats Villar with Jeff McNeil healthy and batting leadoff while he has been sidelined.

Middle Finger Issues

Brandon Nimmo is in the middle of a rehab assignment with the Syracuse Mets as he recovers from a slight ligament tear in his middle finger. Nimmo has gone 1-for-7 with a walk and has been playing center field as well. He always had one rehab assignment shut down after soreness in the finger. If Nimmo continues to progress, he should rejoin the Mets next week.

J.D. Davis is still in his long rehab from a sprained left middle finger but is on track to play in minor league games within the next two weeks. If all goes well, Davis should rejoin the team just after the All-Star break. Davis has already suffered multiple setbacks, and having him play games is a huge step towards getting his bat back. He was one of the few Mets hitting well before landing on the IL. Davis batted .390/.479/.610 with two home runs in 14 games.

Surprising Injuries

Tomas Nido was not as lucky to avoid IL time after getting hit in the hand by a Shane Greene fastball. Nido only suffered a contusion to his right wrist. The Mets have not set a date for Nido’s return, but he should not be out for a long time. Walk-off hero, Patrick Mazeika, is the backup catcher until Nido returns.

Robert Gsellman landed on the 60-day IL with a torn right lat and was another pitcher who struggled before his injury. Gsellman had a 2.42 ERA in 13 games to start his season, then gave up five runs in his final two outings. Recovery usually takes 6-8 weeks for lat injuries which keeps him out of action until August.

Jeurys Familia was another surprising injury after being a workhorse out of the bullpen. Familia landed on the 10-day IL with a left hip impingement, and the Mets have no timetable for his return. Before the injury, he was having a solid season with a 3.63 ERA but struggled in the three games leading up to landing on the IL. Familia allowed five runs in those three games after a stretch where he was scored upon once in 20 outings.

Long-Term Injuries

Joey Lucchesi‘s season came to an unfortunate end when he found out his torn UCL needs Tommy John Surgery. Lucchesi will miss the rest of 2021 and puts his 2022 season in jeopardy. He was having his best stretch of the season where he had a 1.19 ERA in his last five starts before getting shut down.

Johnseshwy Fargas (separated shoulder) and Jordan Yamamoto (right shoulder soreness) are out indefinitely with their respective injuries. The Mets were cautious with Yamamoto as shoulder injuries can have very damaging effects if mishandled.

Where Have You Been?

Dellin Betances is back throwing in minor league games with very mixed success. In Single-A, Betances had two scoreless outings but had an outing where he allowed five runs and two walks while only recording one out. Betances is currently in Triple-A, where he has one scoreless outing while working around two hits. His velocity is still in the low-mid 90s, and he still has not proven he is a big-league caliber pitcher since he left the Yankees.

Carlos Carrasco has resumed throwing on flat ground as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He has gone through several setbacks in his return from injury, but throwing again gives hope he can return down the stretch run. Carrasco is getting close to Jed Lowrie’s levels of health issues, and the second half will determine if he is Lowrie’s pitching counterpart.

Noah Syndergaard is about another two weeks from restarting a throwing program after being shut down in late May. He still aims to return this season, but the delayed timeline certainly threw a wrench in the Mets’ plans. If Syndergaard suffers another setback, we may not see him throw a pitch this season.

New York Yankees Recap: Home runs power Yankees to series win over KC

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Today in the Bronx at Yankees Stadium, the New York Yankees met up with the Kansas City Royals for the finale of a 3 game series between the two old rivals. The Royals took game one, and the Yankees had a walk-off win against the Royals last night at the bottom of the ninth inning. Today Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and Brad Keller for the Royals. It was a beautiful day for a ballgame with bright sunny skies and a game-time temperature in the high 70’s. Ex-manager Joe Torre was in the stands to watch the game.

In the first inning with Taillon on the mound, leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield singled to left field over the head of Tyler Wade, who was playing at short today. Merrifield stole second. Carlos Santana ground out. Salvatore Perez struck out, and Ryan O’Hearn ground to end the half.

At the bottom, LeMahieu ground back to pitcher Keller. Aaron Judge started the day with his 16th homer of the season into the short porch at Yankee Stadium. Gary Sanchez, who has worked himself up to the third spot in the lineup, singled. Giancarlo Stanton got a base hit for two on and one out. Luke Voit, who had the walk-off win last night, flew out to center. Rougie Odor got a base hit to right, and Sanchez scored with Stanton moving to second. Clint Frazier ground into a force to end the inning, but the Yankees got the early lead. New York Yankees 2 Kansas City Royals 0.

The top of the second inning was led off by Hanser Alberto, who doubled. Jarrod Dyson was out on a sac bunt, moving Alberto moved to third. Michael Taylor struck out swinging. Lopez flew out to Gardner to end the half. Brett Gardner led off the bottom by flying out to centerfield. Tyler Wade looking for his first home run of the season, worked a walk-off of Keller. Wade stole second. LeMahieu walked. Judge hit an RBI single, scoring Wade from second. Wade’s speed pays off big for the Yankees time after time. Sanchez with men on the corner and one out ground out. The Yankees ended the inning, gaining another run. Yankees 3 Royals 0.

The third inning was a quick inning for both pitchers, but Luke Voit got another home run in the bottom of the third, a solo one to the left to put the Yankees up another run. In the top of the fourth, with Taillon pitching well, Perez stuck out. O’Hearn flew out. Taylor flew out to end the half. At the bottom, with the Yankees up by four, Wade hit a push bunt a bit too hard and was out at first. LeMahieu ground out to short. Judge walked. Sanchez struck out swinging. New York Yankees 4 Royals 0.

Leading off the fifth was Lopez against Taillon; he singled up the middle. Rivero got an RBI double down the left-field line driving in Lopez (his first major league hit), putting the Royals on the board. Merrifield walked. Santana flew out to Frazier. Perez hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Stanton singled to left. Voit struck out. Odor flew to the left-center wall moving Stanton to third. Frazier walked, loading the base for Brett Gardner with one out. Gardner flew out to left in foul territory. Wade, with two outs and the bases loaded, went down looking. Yankees 4 Royals 1.

To start the sixth inning, O’Hearn ground out. Alberto flew out, and Dyson flew out to Gardner for the quick inning for Taillon. At the bottom, Anthony Swarzak took over the pitching for the Royals. LeMahieu lined into center for a single. Judge doubled to the right-center wall splitting the outfields, LeMahieu went to third. Sanchez got a long three-run homer into the bullpen in left field. Stanton ground out third. Voit hit a fly ball to the warning track in center for the second out. Odor advanced on a hit by pitch. Frazier struck out. New York Yankees 7 Royals 1.

The seventh inning was led off by Taylor, who called out on strikes. Lopez walked on the 96th pitch, and that was the day for Taillon, one of his best outings. The Yankees turned to Nestor Cortes Jr., who faced Rivero, who ground out. Merrifield ended the inning swinging out. At the bottom, Gardner foul-tipped for an out. Wade popped out to third. LeMahieu popped back to Davis, the reliever. Yankees 7 Royals 1.

Dozier, at the top of the eighth against Cortes Jr., walked. Perez struck out. O’Hearn struck out. Alberto hit one just short of Frazier in left, moving up Dozier to second. Dyson foul-tipped into Sanchez’s glove to strand two Royals. At the bottom, it was Ervin Santana facing Aaron Judge, who walked. Judge took second on a wild pitch. Sanchez went down on strikes. Judge moved to third on another wild pitch. Stanton singled to left for his third hit of the day, driving in Judge. Voit went down on strikes for the second out of the inning. Odor flew out to left. New York Yankees 8 Royals 1.

Nestor Cortes Jr., still on the mound for the top of the ninth, Taylor flew out to Judge. Soler struck out. Gutierrez in for Merrifield flew out to end the game. The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the Kansas City Royals 1. The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon, and the loser was Brad Keller. The Yankees took the series 2 games to 1.

Did the Jets stumble upon a stud in mid-round running back selection?

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The New York Jets don’t have a clear-cut starting running back, but rookie Michael Carter out of UNC already has the advantage to be the opening day option for Zach Wilson in the backfield. Last year in 2020, Carter posted 1,245 yards and nine rushing touchdowns, including 267 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

As one of the most productive running backs in the country, nobody anticipated Carter falling to the 4th round. Jets management waited patiently for Carter to fall as they sat with their eyes glued to the screen as every team passed him by.

Having sweated the entire third round in hopes Carter would be available, general manager Joe Douglas stated they would have had a serious discussion taking him in the 3rd, but thankfully, he fell right into their laps and is already penciled in as a potential starter come Week 1.

Projected running back room for the Jets:

RB1: Michael Carter

RB2: Tevin Coleman

RB3: Ty Johnson

RB4: La’Mical Perine

RB5: Josh Adams

Carter has already gained the majority of first-team reps during OTA‘s, but the anticipation is that Robert Saleh will execute a rotation of running backs this upcoming year, especially with the signing of Tevin Coleman.

A committee-based approach would help Carter find his sea-legs at the NFL level, easing him into a more physical and athletic league. Heading into the draft, Carter’s strengths included solid agility, vision of the field, and protecting the football efficiently. The UNC product hasn’t fumbled in two years, and most of his negatives include diagnosing running lanes and a lack of top-end speed.

Breakaway speed for running backs is more of a luxury than a necessity, as finding running lanes and picking up first downs is more beneficial than blowing the top off of defenses at the second level. Plenty of backs with average speed produce above-average play. Some examples include Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, etc.

Ultimately, if Carter can improve his vision and ability to hit holes with confidence, the Jets could have themselves a steal in the mid-rounds. He is a player to have a close eye on during training camp, gauging his snap count with the starters.

Fedor Emelianenko to make his Bellator return later this year (Report)

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One of the greatest fighters of all time will be returning to the Bellator cage later this year. Ariel Helwani was the first to report today that Fedor Emelianenko (39-6, 1 NC) will be returning to action in October.

According to Helwani, there is a press conference tomorrow at 11 AM ET to announce the Bellator return of Fedor. At this time, there is no opponent set for the legend’s return, but the promotion is working on a fight for Fedor now.

We have not seen Fedor since Bellator 237. That night, he took on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event. Emelianenko was able to secure a first round TKO finish just halfway through the opening frame in his last performance.

Overall, that brought Emelianenko’s record to 3-2 inside the Bellator cage. Scott Coker has been hinting that Fedor’s next fight would be his retirement fight. The promotion wanted to do a big event in Russia with a full audience.

Of course, the pandemic has thrown everything off. Emelianenko has not fought since December of 2019 and he will be 45 years old by the time he makes his next Bellator walk in October.

Bellator’s Plans

There are several options for Bellator in terms of opponents. A couple of options off the top of my head would be guys like Cheick Kongo and Josh Barnett. However, there are a number of heavyweights that I’m sure would be willing to fight Fedor Emelianenko.

One thing we should all be thankful for is that Emelianenko is healthy and ready to fight again. Earlier this year, Emelianenko was hospitalized due to COVID-19. Some fighters have been hit with COVID worse than others and Emelianenko had a relatively severe case.

However, the Bellator heavyweight is healthy and ready to go for his October return. We should know more tomorrow at the press-conference, but my guess is that this will be his final fight of his career.

It’s been an incredible career for Fedor Emelianenko. At one time, he was considered to be the best in the world and the greatest heavyweight of all time. His success in Pride was unmatched, but he’s never really endured the same success in the US.

While fighting for Strikeforce and Bellator, the all time great has a record of just 4-5. Now, he did have five straight wins with other promotions, but he hasn’t seen a ton of success in the US. No matter who he fights, there will be a lot of fans watching whenever Fedor makes the walk again.

Why Tre Mann is the perfect Knicks prospect target at point guard

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The Knicks have their hands full this off-season trying to solve the point guard position, as they consider multiple high-profile free agents with plenty of funds to allocate. With names like Chris Paul, Lonzo Ball, and Dennis Schroder crowding the headlines as potential options for New York, they will also likely view the NBA draft as an opportunity to further bolster the position.

In fact, signing a starting point guard and drafting another would likely be in their best interest — somebody they can develop and bring in off the bench in their rookie season to contribute. However, the Knicks need to focus more on offense rather than defense at the position, especially with Derrick Rose and Elfrid Payton set to hit the open market in August.

The draft offers plenty of suitable options, but one who could slip to the 19th or 21st overall pick is Florida stand-out guard Tre Mann.

CBS projected Tre Mann to the Knicks in their 5th edition mock draft, stating:

The Knicks were a great story this season. They made the playoffs when no one expected they would, playing a physical style in the mold of their tough-nosed coach. But the playoffs proved their offense is … not great. Tre Mann at No. 21 feels like good value as a potential add to help on that front. He made 40.2% from 3 at Florida last season and has the offensive versatility to add a little on and off the ball.

Mann is an exciting young prospect who offers plenty of offensive prowess at point guard. Last year with the Gators, the 6’5″, 190-pound guard averaged 16 points, 3.5 assists, and shot .459 from the fields. He also hit on .402 of his shots from downtown, attempting 4.7 per contest. He also elevated his free-throw shooting from .655 as a freshman to .831 as a sophomore, a significant jump that should convince front offices he has a well-rounded offensive game.

While Mann lacks the functional strength to be an elite defender, he exerts maximum effort to make up for his lack of frame. He has plenty of room to grow at 20 years old, and with Tom Thibodeau demanding aggressive defense, there’s no question they will focus on that portion of his game if he is drafted.

What would Tre Mann offer the Knicks during the 2021-22 season?

I believe Tre is a perfect fit with the Knicks, as he provides immediate offense from the position and can develop in a secondary role if New York elects to sign a free agent to fill the starting spot. Last year, the Knicks deployed multiple guard schemes, which should allow a player like Mann to find reps throughout the course of his rookie campaign.

More positives the Florida product contributed last season was an obvious ability to create shots and find space on the floor. He has fantastic handles and can pull up for jumpers in the blink of an eye. With enough athleticism to get around defenders, his potential is what we should be really looking at here. The developmental leap he took last year in Gainesville should suggest that he has far more room to grow, which is an enticing factor for the Knicks.

PFL 6 Preview: Kayla Harrison and Anthony Pettis make their second appearances of 2021

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Tomorrow night the PFL returns for their sixth event of 2021. The card will see a mix of weight classes competing, but in the main event, the women’s lightweight division will be the focus.

Two-time defending PFL lightweight champion and former Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison (9-0) returns to the cage. She will be looking to pick up her second win of the season as she takes on Cindy Dandois (16-6).

Dandois is a veteran who has fought for all of the big promotions during her career. She dropped her PFL debut earlier this year, but she will be looking to pull off the massive upset tomorrow night.

Standing in her way might just be one of the best women’s fighters in the world. Kayla Harrison has been nothing short of dominant in her professional fighting career thus far. The former Judo Gold Medalist is progressing in her career and she keeps getting better.

After her first round win in her 2021 PFL season debut, Harrison said that she was the baddest woman on the planet. While that title still belongs to Amanda Nunes, Harrison is on her way to making it interesting.

Other matchups at PFL 6

In addition to the women’s lightweight division, the men’s lightweights will be on display in the co-main event of PFL 6. Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (24-11) will be making his second appearance with The Professional Fight League.

Pettis will be taking on Raush Manfio (12-3). The former UFC champion was a massive signing for PFL for the 2021 season, but he dropped his season debut to Clay Collard. Now, Pettis will look to get back on track tomorrow night.

Lance Palmer (22-4) will also be competing tomorrow night at PFL 6 as he takes on the undefeated Movlid Khaybulaev (16-0-1). There are a ton of great matchups tomorrow night as PFL goes head-to-head with Bellator on Friday night.

I’m looking forward to this card and you can see the full lineup below.

Yankees News, 6/24: Aroldis Chapman explodes after Boone decision, Bombers steal a win

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The New York Yankees squeaked out a victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday by a score of 6-5. Thanks to a ninth-inning led by Gary Sanchez, who homered to left field to tie the game, and Luke Voit singling to deep left, driving in Tyler Wade, a thrilling game-winner. Surely, a confidence booster for the squad as they climb their back into the AL East race.

Since returning, Voit has been fantastic, securing the win for the Bombers and recording a home run on the first pitch he saw on Tuesday. However, he did strike out three times in the victory on Wednesday, but he came through when it mattered most, and that is why the Yankees love his presence in the batting order.

However, closer Aroldis Chapman struggled in the ninth-inning once again, elevating his ERA to 2.54 after hosting a 0.39 ERA at one point in the season. He allowed two runs, giving Kansas City the lead, but was bailed out by his team for the second time this week, after the infield turned a triple play to get him out of trouble.

However, skipper Aaron Boone made a risky decision that ultimately paid off considerably, but Chapman was angry with his choice, electing to walk Carlos Santana purposefully. Santana hosts a .250 average with 12 homers this year, and represents one of Kansas City’s best offensive threats.

“When we met on the mound, Chapman wanted to pitch to Santana, and that’s what we talked about,” catcher Gary Sanchez said through an interpreter. “But later on, Boone made the decision to walk him. And he’s the manager — that’s [something] he has to do as manager of the team, making the tough decision. … Probably not what Chapman wanted to do there in that situation.”

“You definitely saw the emotions,” Sanchez said. “He was a bit frustrated there with that inning.”

Things have been difficult for Chapman as of late, and hopefully, he can regain his form in the coming days. Ever since the MLB crackdown on illegal substances, Chapman has had issues with his control and velocity. It simply could be a mental thing after being slapped around, including two home runs allowed several days ago to blow a save. The Yankees need their star closer to return to his normal self, but there’s no telling when that might be.

Nonetheless, the Yankees are preparing to take on Kansas City in the final game of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon. They will feature Jamison Taillon on the mound, who has had trouble this year with his location, currently hosting a 5.59 ERA.

Luckily, the Royals have Brad Keller on the mound, who has a 6.34 ERA the season and has allowed 33 walks and 91 hits over 71 innings pitched.