New York Jets further adjust roster as Week 1 looms

New York Jets

The New York Jets re-promoted Josh Adams to their active 53, signed a former Cleveland defender, and added two to their practice squad.

The New York Jets confirmed the additions of running back Josh Adams and safety Sheldrick Redwine to their active 53-man roster on Monday. They likewise added safeties Adrian Colbert and Jarrod Wilson to their practice squad, Adams’ former dwelling before his promotion.

Adams rejoins the Jets, having served as one of the more effective rushers on the team last season. The Notre Dame alum and former Philadelphia Eagle (working with current Jets general manager Joe Douglas in the latter locale) picked up 157 yards on 29 carries, two of which went for scores. Adams would later end the preseason with a team-best 62 yards on 12 attempts in the Jets’ 31-31 tie against Philadelphia in each team’s respective summer finale. It was Adams’ punch-in on a two-point conversion that set up the tie after regulation under the NFL’s adjusted rules that abolish overtime in preseason games.

He was among the Jets’ final cuts last week but now returns to the active roster. Adams previously appeared amongst the top ten in rookie rushers during his freshman NFL showing in 2018, tallying 511 yards with the Eagles.

On defense, the Jets shored up their secondary with some experience by acquiring the third-year safety Redwine, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. The Miami alum and fourth-round pick from 2019 tallied 69 tackles and one interception over 27 games (8 starts). Redwine also earned an interception during the Browns’ AFC Wild Card victory in January.

In terms of the practice squad additions, Colbert is a former Robert Saleh comrade from the Bay Area. San Francisco, who had hired current Jets head Coach Saleh as defensive coordinator, originally chose him in the seventh round (229th overall) in the 2017 draft. He earned 58 tackles and forced two fumbles over a couple of seasons with the 49ers. Colbert spent the last two regular seasons with the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants respectively and was on the New England Patriots training camp roster this summer.

As for Wilson, the Michigan alum built a five-year NFL career with Jacksonville after entering as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He has earned 188 tackles and three interceptions during his time with the Jaguars.

The Jets open their season this Sunday on the road, taking on the Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants name 2021 team captains ahead of Week One

New York Giants, Nick Gates

The New York Giants are days away from kicking off their regular season. The team has announced its new team captains for the 2021 season with kickoff only six days away. There are a few players returning as captains with a couple of new names also added to the mix.

New York Giants 2021 Captains

Offensive Captains:

  • Daniel Jones
  • Saquon Barkley
  • Nick Gates

Defensive Captains:

  • Blake Martinez
  • Logan Ryan

Special Teams Captains

  • Jabrill Peppers
  • Graham Gano

Offense

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is entering his second season as a captain of the team. This is his third career season, one that fans expect to be a big breakout year. He is a carryover captain, along with star running back Saquon Barkley. Saquon was named a captain in 2019 and has maintained that role ever since.

The new captain on offense is starting center Nick Gates. Entering his third season with the team, Gates has been named a captain. Nick Gates has proven to be the definition of a good teammate and a hard worker during his time in New York.

Defense

For the first time in his nine-year career, Logan Ryan is a captain. Ryan spent many years as one of the best players on the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots defenses but was never named a captain. The Giants signed Ryan late last offseason and he instantly proved himself as one of the team’s best leaders. The Giants have awarded Logan Ryan with a captain’s patch in his second year with the team.

Blake Martinez is a captain for the second consecutive season. Martinez was one of the Giants’ splash signings in last year’s free agency period. He quickly proved himself as one of the best players on the team and had a career year with the Giants last season.

Special teams

Graham Gano is another new captain on the Giants. Another player entering his second season with the team, Gano earned his captain’s patch after having a phenomenal 2020 season where he made 31 of his 32 field goal attempts.

Jabrill Peppers earned his captain’s patch for the second consecutive season. Peppers brings that energy every Sunday and leads the team’s defense and special teams. Peppers contributes primarily as the team’s starting safety, but also as a punt returner. The Giants are expecting a huge year out of Peppers in 2021.

Good News and bad news in Yankees’ loss to Blue Jays

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees took on the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon after losing their last two games to the Baltimore Orioles. Just a few days ago, the Yankees had a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card, but they are now tied as the Seattle Mariners claw their way back from three games down. In fact, the Toronto Blue Jays are only 3.5 games behind the Yankees, and with plenty of baseball left to play, the Bombers can’t afford to be dropping any more games.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

There was plenty of bad news to go around after the Yankees’ loss on Monday by a score of 0-8. Toronto’s starting pitcher, Hyun Jin Ryu, lasted 6.0 innings and struck out six batters, allowing three hits. Jameson Taillon, on the other side of the mound, lasted 7.0 innings and gave up three hits, three earned runs and struck out five batters. However, it wasn’t until the ninth inning when relief pitcher of Brooks Kriske gave up five earned runs, including a Grand Slam, to give the Blue Jays a massive lead.

Unfortunately, the Bombers are on a three-game losing streak, two of which came against the worst team in baseball. As a whole, the unit produced just five hits on the afternoon, including 10 strikeouts. Leftfielder Joey Gallo recorded four strikeouts on four at-bats, and Aaron Judge hasn’t recorded a hit in four games. When the Yankees’ sluggers are cold, the entire team shuts down, which has become a serious issue with a lack of contact hitting.

Skipper Aaron Boone might have to consider injecting some of his contact-centric and elite base-running players into the lineup on occasion, including Andrew Velazquez and Greg Allan.

The only positive to take away from the loss was Taillon’s performance, as the Yankees should’ve given him far more run support. The Yankees will face off against Toronto on Tuesday evening at 7:05 PM, and luckily, they have ace Gerrit Cole on the mound to help get them on the right track. The Blue Jays will feature Steven Matz as their starter, who currently hosts a 3.80 ERA over 123 innings this season.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees shut out by the Jays for third loss in a row

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

Today the New York Yankees entered a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 1:05 pm Labor Day matinee featured Jameson Taillon on the mound for the Yankees and Hyun Jin Ryu, the Blue Jays ace on the mound for the Jays. The Blue Jays are coming into the Stadium hot after winning 7 of their last 10 games and stopping the Athletics shutting them out yesterday.

It is challenging to win a four-game series for any team, but with the Yankees wild card berth in jeopardy, the Yankees are going to have to put their best foot forward, pitch well, and hit well to put down a team that has nothing to lose as they are out of the postseason this year. The Yankees are just 1/2 a game ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card standings. Next is the Seattle Mariners surging recently with a 5 game winning streak. The Yankees looked to Taillon to right the ship after an embarrassing series loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately for the Yankees things just got worse as they were shut out by the Blue Jays 8-0.

Jameson Taillon faced the DH George Springer in the first inning, who grounded out to Urshela at third. Marcus Semien homered to left. Vlad Guerrero Jr. also homered out to right. Bo Bichette went down on strikes. Teoscar Hernandez struck out, but Taillon gave up two runs in the half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off against Ryu by chopping out to third.  Joey Gallo struck out. Aaron Judge ground out to short as the Yankees went down 1-2-3. Blue Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Corey Dickerson led off the second inning by striking out looking. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. reached on an E6 by Torres when he dropped the ball. Gurriel tried to steal second, but Taillon fired and got him out. Danny Jansen singled off a Urshela dropped ball E5. Kevin Smith flew out to Stanton on the warning track in right. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by flying out to right. Anthony Rizzo lined out to right. Gary Sanchez ground out to short as Ryu put down six Yankees in a row. Blue Jays 2 Yankees 0.

The third inning was led off by Springer, who worked a walk off Taillon. Semien flew out to Gallo in left. Guerrero Jr. reached on another E5 by Urshela. Bichette hit to center and was caught with a diving summersault by Gardner for an inning-ending double play. Gleyber Torres struck out swinging. Brett Gardner got a single up the middle. Gio Urshela ground out, but Gardner moved to second. LeMahieu ground out to leave Gardy stranded. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the fourth by grounding out to short. Dickerson went down, tipping into  Sanchez’s glove. Gurriel Jr. ground out to LeMahieu for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. Joey Gallo led off the bottom by striking out. Judge ground out to short. Stanton went down swinging. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

The fifth inning was led off by Jansen, who popped out to short. Smith popped out to LeMahieu. Springer rocketed one directly to Gallo in left. Rizzo led off the bottom by singling to left. Sanchez popped out to first in foul territory. Torres went down on strikes. Gardner ground out to end the inning. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

The sixth inning was led off by Semiem, who lined out to center. Guerrero Jr. flew out to Stanton. Bichette popped out to end the half with Taillon only using 12 pitches in the last two innings. At the bottom, Urshela led off with a base hit to left. LeMahieu hit into a doubl play. Gallo went down looking. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the seventh inning by walking and then stealing second. Dickerson struck out. Gurriel Jr. singled driving in Hernandez. Jansen flew out to left with Gallo fighting the sun. Gurriel made it back to first. Smith also flew out to Gallo, but the Jays tacked on a run. At the bottom Judge facing the new Jays’ pitcher, Trevor Richards struck out. Stanton struck out swinging. Rizzo singled to left on a drag bunt. Sanchez popped out to the infield to end the inning. Blue Jays 3 New York Yankees 0.

The eighth inning was led off by springer who struck out. Semien ground out to Urshela at third. Gierrero Jr. singled up the middle for a base hit. Bichette ground out to Urshela. At the bottom, Torres ground out to third. Voit pinch-hitting for Gardner went down looking. Urshela flew out to left-center to end the inning. Blue Jays 3 New York Yankees 0.

Hernandez led off the ninth by facing Brooks Kriske and homered to left. Randal Grichuk walked. Gurriel Jr. walked. Jansen struck out. Smith flew out to Rizzo. Jake Lamb pinch-hitting walked to load the bases. Semien got a Grand Slam to blow the game open. Guerrero Jr. singled to center.  Bichette popped out in the infield. At the bottom with last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, it was the top of the order. LeMahieu singled. Gallo struck out. Judge hit into a double play to end the games as the Yankees were shut out.

The final score was the Toronto Blue Jays 8 and the New York Yankees 0. The winning pitcher was Hyu Jin Ryu, and the loser was Jameson Taillon. It was the Yankees’ third loss in a row. It was the Blue Jay’s second shutout in a row.

 

 

 

 

New York Giants enter regular season as 2.5 point underdogs in week 1

new york giants, rodarius williams

Headed into the regular season, Vegas is betting against the New York Giants. That won’t surprise everyone after a preseason where the Giants failed to win a game, and where their offense still performed slowly in some areas even when the starters were on the field. However, the expected margin of victory for the Broncos may be slimmer than some expect.

The Broncos are only a 2.5 point favorite against the spread based on the current odds from Odds Shark, a prediction that’s far from counting out the Giants entirely in their week 1 matchup.

The odds, of course, could change this week based on what the Giants announce in relation to injuries. The most obvious injury decision that could affect the outcome is the matter of whether or not Saquon Barkley will play. The Giants are seemingly waiting until the last minute to make an announcement, even as Barkley’s current progress points to a week 1 return being likely.

Tight end Evan Engram, meanwhile, is considered a long shot to play according to Ian Rapoport. Wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney are currently practicing, but the staff haven’t seen enough to make a decision on them playing or not.

All of these names are impact players in their own right for the offense and the odds could still shift in one direction or another depending on whether they play.

While the Broncos are favored, they also have some question marks of their own such as whether Teddy Bridgewater will live up to expectations and the final result is far from a foregone conclusion in Denver’s favor.

The Mets are making a playoffs push, and Javier Baez is a big reason why

javier baez, mets

He may or may not have a future with the New York Mets: after all, he is a low-OBP guy who recently criticized fans for booing the team, resulting in a team statement and a tense atmosphere for a couple of days. But there is no denying that Javier Baez is one of the most exciting players in MLB when he is at his best, and right now, the Mets are benefiting from his torrid streak at the plate.

The past few weeks have been rough for Baez and the Mets, but things appear to be trending in the right direction. The team is playing much better, and earned its seventh victory in its last eight games by defeating the Washington Nationals 13-6 on the road on Sunday.

Baez, of course, went 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. The Mets are now over .500, 69-68, and will face the Nationals one last time on Monday.

“Sometimes, I struggle a lot,” said Báez, who entered Sunday’s game slashing .215/.262/.468 with five home runs and eight RBI in 22 games (20 starts) as a member of the Mets, to SNY. “And it feels great — it feels great to be hot at the plate right now and, hopefully, I keep it going.”

After a tough stretch that included a stint on the 10-day injured list with back spasms recently, Baez found himself at the center of the storm. He was hitting .171/.216/.343 with two home runs and three RBI through 10 games with New York. However, he came back from his ailment and has performed much better: he has three blasts and five RBI in 12 starts since returning.

The Mets’ infielder is red-hot at the plate

Over his last seven contests, Baez is hitting .360/.407/.800 with eight runs and five RBI.

Mets’ manager Luis Rojas is impressed by his “energy and the quality of the player” he is. “I think, from Day 1, when he showed up into the clubhouse, he can transmit a lot of good things — his good vibes and all the things that he can do out on the field to help a team win. But one of the things that a lot of people have been talking about — and, of course, we’re aware — is his approach at the plate and the chases, right, how much of a free-swinger he is and what we have here for a philosophy, just being aggressive in zone and not expanding too much. And I think that’s what he did today. If he can control the zone like he did today, he’s going to be a better offensive player. He laid off some pitches. He did chase a few times, but he laid off some pitches and he found a pitch in the zone and was able to drive it.

Plate discipline will always be the thing to watch with Baez: he has a 0/8 BB/K ratio over his last seven games despite his success.

The Mets are only 3.5 games behind the division-leading Braves. They need Baez to keep performing.

“We’re trying,” Báez said. “We’re obviously trying. Like I said, I’m trying to bring my mentality here. And we’ll see, we’ll see when the last game comes and if we’re out or we’re in. Together, we’ve just got to go pitch by pitch and game by game and not just worry about first place or second place. It will come if we focus on that.”

New York Giants injury update: Saquon up, Engram down ahead of Week 1

Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants are just one week away from taking on the Denver Broncos in Week 1 of the regular season. Injuries have begun to mount ahead of opening day, but the Giants are optimistic star running back Saquon Barkley will be available after tearing his ACL, MCL, and partially tearing his meniscus last year against the Chicago Bears early in the season.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Barkley is gearing up for Week 1 and is expected to make his first appearance since the injury. Barkley, who has played in only 15 games over the last two years, is looking to resurrect his 2018-self. During his rookie campaign, Barkley amassed 2,028 yards, 15 touchdowns, and didn’t fumble a single time.

With Barkley on the field, the offense is far more productive and successful. The addition of wide receiver Kenny Golladay should also contribute heavily toward a more efficient unit. Barkley had his best season with Odell Beckham Jr. on the field, as the star wideout commanded attention from opposing defenses, which took players out of the box and allowed Saquon to have more success running the football.

Quarterback Daniel Jones will also be ecstatic about the return of his most lethal offensive weapon. Jones has barely enjoyed any time with Barkley on the field, and when he is, Jones’s numbers skyrocket. Jones has a passer rating of 92 with Barkley in the backfield and 78.9 without him. The offense averaged 22.5 points per game with Saquon on the field since 2019 and just 17.5 without him.

In addition to Barkley making a return, the Giants are also expecting TE Engram Engram to miss Week 1 against Denver. Engram suffered a calf injury against the New England Patriots in the final preseason game of the off-season. Engram, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, was plagued with drops last season, picking up eight in the category and was directly correlated to six interceptions.

However, Evan is capable of being a great player who changes the dynamic of the offense. Last season, he tallied 654 yards and one score, earning his first Pro-Bowl appearance. Some might say that the Giants are better off without Engram in the lineup, as they will look to Kaden Smith and potentially Kyle Rudolph as their primary TE’s to open the year.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone says struggling left-hander ‘is going to have to step up’

New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone was calm and composed even though the Bombers lost a weekend series to the Baltimore Orioles, by far the worst team in the majors. While fans often criticize his perceived passivity, that’s often a good quality to have when leading the most influential organization in baseball.

He did, however, note that the Yankees need Andrew Heaney to be a lot better than he has shown so far. His latest meltdown resulted in Sunday’s loss, and he was showered with boos from the relentless crowd in Yankee Stadium.

Boone was asked by the media whether he believed Heaney, who got just one out and allowed four runs on 30 pitches on Sunday, could turn his season around.

“He’s going to have to,” Boone said, per NJ Advance Media.

The Yankees have other potential options

With a hit by pitch and consecutive singles, the Yankees’ left-hander, acquired at the deadline from the Los Angeles Angels, loaded the bases in the seventh. Then he allowed a double to Jahmai Jones that scored a couple of runs, and another run-scoring single to Jorge Mateo.

“I thought today coming out of the pen his stuff probably played up a little bit,” Boone said of Heaney, who has conceded 24 runs in 28 1/3 innings over seven games with the Yankees.

“He was the victim of some soft contact,” Boone said. “But in the end, just couldn’t get out of the inning. It’s an important role down there and he’s going to have to share some of that role. He’s going to have to step up. He wants the ball. He’s going to have to take advantage of another opportunity when he gets it.”

With Luis Gil in the minors, just about ready to contribute, and Clarke Schmidt showing he is healthy over Triple-A, Heaney may not get many more opportunities to show his worth. He is going to need to perform soon.

The New York Yankees enter a difficult 4 game series with the Jays, here’s the preview

The New York Yankees after an embarrassing series loss to the worst team in baseball, the Baltimore Orioles, things get even more serious in their march to the postseason as they face the young and energetic Toronto Blue Jays for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays are coming into the series hot, winning 7 of their last 10 games and shutting out the Oakland Athletics 8-0 yesterday. The Yankees have lost 6 of ten and two series losses in a row.

It is challenging to win a four-game series for any team, but with the Yankees wild card berth in jeopardy, the Yankees are going to have to put their best foot forward, pitch well, and hit well to put down a team that has nothing to lose as they are out of the postseason this year. The Yankees are just 1/2 a game ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card standings. Next is the Seattle Mariners surging recently with a 5 game winning streak.

Today, September 6, 1:05 pm EDT

On this Labor Day, the New York Yankees will start Jameson Taillon in the matinee game at Yankee Stadium. Taillon has been one of the most winning pitchers for the Yankees lately. The righty is 8-5 with an ERA of 4.44 and 131 strikeouts. However, he is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, giving up six runs in the Yankee loss to the Angels. However, before that, the Yankees won his last eight starts. Taillon will have to be very careful with Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. They have both hit .667 off him.

Taillon will face the Blue Jays ace Hyun Jin Ryu a lefty that is 12-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 121 strikeouts. Ryu is the Jays winningest pitcher. Nevertheless, he has not pitched well with the Jays losing three of his last four starts. Also, he has not gone deep into games in his last two starts, giving up 10 earned runs in the two losses. Anthony Rizzo and Luke Voit have Ryu’s number, both hitting .500 off him in 6 at-bats.

Tuesday, September 7, 7:05 pm EDT

Tuesday night, the Yankees will have ace Gerrit Cole on the mound facing the Jays’ Steven Matz. In his second season with the New York Yankees, Cole has, for the most part, been everything the Yankees could have asked for. The righty is 14-6 with an ERA of 2.73 and an incredible 215 strikeouts, being the most strikeouts for any MLB player this season. Few Blue Jays have been successful off Cole, but Vlad Guerrero Jr. has a .308 batting average off him.

Cole will face Steven Matz, a lefty that is 10-7 with an ERA of 3.80 and 116 strikeouts in 25 starts. Matz is coming off a win against the Baltimore Orioles, but prior he has two losses, both against the Detroit Tigers. Matz started the season hot winning his first four games, but he has been spotty since then. His last recorded win was on August 15th against the Mariners. Giancarlo Stanton has a .333 batting average off him with 2 home runs in 15 at-bats.

Wednesday, September 8, 7:05 pm EDT

The New York Yankees have not announced a pitcher for this game, although it will probably be Nestor Cortes Jr. or Luis Gil.

Whoever the Yankees choose, he will face the Jays’ Alek Manoah, a righty that is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.63 and 88 strikeouts in 15 starts. He is coming off a game the Jays won, but he gave up 6 earned runs in five innings of work. Although six Yankees have at-bats against him, none have gotten hits. He shut out the Yankees when he last faced them on May 27th.

Thursday, September 9, 7:05 pm EDT

Again the Yankees have not announced a starter for this game either; however, if they follow the normal rotation, it will be Jordan Montgomery or whoever doesn’t pitch in Wednesday.

Jose Berrios will start this game for the Blue Jays. The righty is 10-7 with an ERA of 3.55 and 169 strikeouts. It will be his 28th start of the season. He is coming off his tenth win of the season against the Oakland Athletics. However, the Jays have lost six of his last eight starts previously. Aaron Judge has his number hitting .600 off him in 5 at-bats. He has not faced the Yankees this season.

Notes: All of these games will be televised on the YES Network and SNET in Canada. The Wednesday and Thursday games will also be on MLBN out of market. After this four-game series, the Yankees will move to Citi Field to play a three-game set with the crosstown New York Mets.

Yankees News, 9/6: Bombers lose best relief pitcher, Andrew Heaney implodes to lose series

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

The New York Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles 7-8 on Sunday, losing the series 2-3. Against one of the worst teams in baseball, the Yankees can’t afford to be dropping games, and after losing one of their best relief pitchers in Jonathan Loáisiga, the Yankees were forced to plug in Andrew Heaney to help supplement the loss. He gave up four hits, and four earned runs in 0.1 innings, elevating his ERA to 5.81.

Loáisiga, who has pitched 68 innings this year, has a 2.25 ERA and 61.3% ground ball rate. He has been an absolute stud for the bullpen and likely would’ve helped the Yankees secure victory if not for Heaney being his supplement.

“Obviously that’s a tough loss for us, which hopefully is only a couple of weeks but still something we’ll have to navigate,” Boone said.

The Yankees placed Loáisiga on the 10-day injured list with a strained rotator cuff. They are hopeful he will return in time for the postseason, and after receiving a cortisone shot after Saturday’s game, an MRI revealed a slight injury.

“Hopefully this is something that’s a little bit of a timeout and we get him back for the stretch drive,” Boone said.

As stated above, Heaney was the culprit in the Yankees’ loss, and ever since being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, he has been a liability. Posting a 32.4% ground ball rate this year, he simply doesn’t fit the mold of Yankee Stadium. He gives up too many home runs and is walking far too many batters.

The offense did everything possible to win this game, as Gary Sanchez smacked a grand slam in the second inning to give the team a healthy lead. In fact, Sanchez hit two home runs on the afternoon, including a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, an Orioles team that won three of their last five games is surging despite their pitching issues.

The Yankees will take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon with Jameson Taillon on the mound. Toronto will feature Hyun Jin Ryu, who hosts a 3.92 ERA. Toronto has won four of their last five games, indicating a bit of momentum.