The New York Knicks signed Evan Fournier to a four-year, $73 million deal this off-season. The deal includes an out after the 2023-24 season, in which he would count $19 million against the cap. However, he will replace former shooting guard/small forward Reggie Bullock as the team’s primary spot shooter. However, Fournier brings another element to the roster, a player who can create opportunities for himself and others, which will take pressure off players like Julius Randle.
After signing a luxurious contract, Fournier has spent his time in New York riding the subway system and enjoying the sights of the Big Apple. Hilariously, he enjoyed some live music during his commute Monday morning.
If you’ve ever enjoyed the sights and sounds of the MTA, you know this is a frequent occurrence for subway riders. Fournier, who clearly wants to experience a sense of normalcy living in New York City, is seen shaking his head as the band plays throughout the car.
This is one of those classic New York moments with a player coming from Boston enjoying a change in scenery in a world that has been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the video is quite wholesome, has plenty of celebrities use the subway to get around in the city, flying under the radar and going unnoticed in a city of millions.
Today was supposed to be a day off for the New York Yankees, but a rainout on August 22nd facilitated today’s makeup game with the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees are coming off a loss to the New York Mets and going 3-12 in their last 15 games. The Twins were coming off a lost series with the Kansas City Royals. Luis Gil was on the mound for the Yankees and John Gant for the Twins. In a game that went 10 innings, the Yankees got the walk-off 6-5 win.
Luis Arraez singled to right. Byron Boxton flew out to left. Jorge Polanco homered to right center, bring in Arraez. Josh Donaldson walked. Max Kepler struck out for the second out of the inning. Miguel Sano followed by getting the second run homer of the inning. Rob Refsnyder struck out. But Gil gave up four runs in the half. DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and ground out to third base. Brett Gardner ground out to short. Aaron Judge walked. After the Judge walk, starter Gant was removed from the game with some type of injury; Luke Farrell replaced him. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to third to end the inning. Later in the game, Gants problem was determined to be a lower back strain. Minnesota Twins 4 Yankees 0.
Gil faced Ryan Jeffers leading off the second inning; he fouled out to Luke Voit. Andrelton Simmons struck out swinging. Arraez flew out to Gallo as Gil rebounded for a 1-2-3 second. At the bottom, Joey Gallo struck out swinging. Luke Voit walked. Gleyber Torres ground into a double play to end the scoreless half. Twins 4 Yankees 0.
Buxton led the third inning, who hit the Twin’s third home run, making this the ninth straight game that the Yankees have given up 5 or more runs since 1940. Polanco flew out to left. Kepler flew out to Gardner in center. At the bottom, Tyler Wade flew out to center. Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging. Finally, LeMahieu flew out to the right-field wall. Twins 5 Yankees 0.
Miguel Sano led off the fourth inning by going down on strikes. Refsnyder struck out swinging. Jeffers struck out as Gil struck out the side. At the bottom, Gardner ground out to short. Judge had a towering fly out to center. Stanton copied with the exact same out. Twins 5 New York Yankees 0.
Simmons led the fifth inning, who struck out for Gil’s fourth strikeout in a row. Arraez ground out to Wade at short. Buxton singled past third. Polanco flew out to Gallo in shallow left. Joey Gallo led off the bottom by laying down a beautiful bunt for a single. Voit faced new pitcher Kyle Barraclough and hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Torres flew out to center. Twins 5 Yankees 0.
Josh Donaldson led off the sixth and ground out to Wade at short. Kepler singled in front of Judge in right. Sano singled to left. Refsnyder struck out swinging. Jeffers flew out to center. Tyler Wade led the bottom of the frame, who worked a walk to lead off. Wade stole second. Higashioka flew out to right with Wade tagging and easily going to third base. LeMahieu got a sac fly to the right-field wall, Kepler made a great play, but Wade scored on the play. Wade’s base running excels again. Gardner doubled up the middle. That ended the day for Barraclough. He was replaced by Tyler Duffy facing Aaron Judge, who rolled one to short to end the inning stranding Gardner. Mets 5 Yankees 1.
Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh inning against new Yankee pitcher Andrew Heaney; he tapped back to Heaney. Simmons ground out to Wade. Buxton went down swinging. At the bottom of the frame, Stanton struck out swinging. Gallo homered will into the bleachers in right-center. Voit ground out to short. Torres ground out to third. Mets 5 New York Yankees 2.
Polanco led off the eight with a soft bunt, Higashioka retired him. Donaldson was called out on strikes. Kepler walked. Sano singled to left. Refsnyder faced the new Yankee pitcher Albert Abreu with two on and two outs and ground out to third. The bottom was led off by Anthony Rizzo pinch-hitting for Wade and walked. Gary Sanchez pinch-hitting for Higashioka flew out to left. LeMahieu flew out to center. Gardner walked. With Judge coming to the plate, the Twins turned to closer Alex Colome. Judge as the tying run at the plate homered to right-center to tie the game at 5. Stanton went down swinging. New York Yankees 5 Minnesota Twins 5.
The New York Yankees trusted Aroldis Chapman to hold the game at 5. Jeffers went down looking. Simmons went down swinging. Arraez hit a two-out double to left. Buxton walked. Polanco flew out to Gardner to end the Twin’s threat. At the bottom with a chance to win it for the Yankees, Joey Gallo who already homered in the game went down swinging. Voit also went down swinging. Torres went down swinging, bringing in free baseball, a nail-biting 10th inning. The game tied at 5.
The tenth inning was led off by Donaldson with ghost runner Polanco on second and Clay Holmes on the mound for the Yankees. Donaldson struck out. Kepler tapped back to Holmes for the second out. Sano flew out to Judge to end the half. At the bottom with Torres as the ghost runner Urshela struck out. Sanchez powered one to left to win it for the Yankees in the 10th.
The final score was the New York Yankees 6, the Minnesota Twins 5. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes and the loser was Ralph Garza Jr. Judge’s three-run homer makes this one a storybook, Derek Jeter-like win.
The New York Yankees stole a victory against the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon. Playing in a make-up game from August 22, the Yankees were down 5-0 early as Luis Gil gave up seven hits and five earned runs in just 6.0 innings. However, the bullpen was fantastic, allowing just two hits the rest of the way.
Slugger Aaron Judge brought the team level in the bottom of the eighth inning when he hit a three-run blast to right field, driving in Anthony Rizzo and Brett Gardner.
After Clay Holmes dominated in the top of the 10th inning, striking out one batter and recording three outs on 11 pitches, catcher Gary Sanchez hit the game-winning single to left field, driving in Gleyber Torres.
This was a must-win game for the Yankees as they fight to stay alive in the Wild Card standings. Currently, they are 0.5 games out of a playoff spot, and with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox facing off against the Seattle Mariners, there’s a good chance they could reclaim a spot Monday evening.
After another season opener, many New York Giants fans have feelings of deja vu. It’s another year, but the outcome was the same as usual and the presence of new weapons hardly helped the offense in putting up more than 13 points against the Broncos.
While the game had the return of Saquon Barkley from an ACL tear, you could be forgiven for not noticing him on the field. Barkley was only able to pick up 26 yards on 10 carries, and backup running back Devontae Booker didn’t do much better with 7 yards from 4 carries. In other words, getting Barkley back wasn’t enough to cover over the other problems with the Giants offense.
But what does the running back himself have to say about the performance? Barkley’s confidence in the offense hasn’t changed – but after the game, he stressed the need to capitalize. That’s something the Giants have rarely done on a consistent basis over recent years.
Barkley speaks following season opening loss
“We just got to go out there and capitalize that’s been the thing for the last, what I guess it’s, wow, my fourth year? That’s just what it’s been,” Barkley told reporters. “We have the talent. We have the players. Logan (Ryan) kind of said it after the game, it was a lot of situations that the players, we didn’t capitalize on it. Whatever the call is or whatever, we didn’t capitalize.”
He spoke about the team’s belief in each other, and in their coaches. Barkley blames the offense’s struggles on not putting it all together and coming away with points when there’s a chance to score.
“That’s what we gotta do a better job (of). So when we get down in the red zone then we got down in the lower red zone and the red zone like three times or four times and came away with no points. So, we’ve got to change that.”
Belief is important, but it doesn’t win games on its own. The Giants have come into the last few seasons optimistic, only to end up with the expectations being quickly lowered after poor starts eliminate the team’s chances of winning the division.
While nothing Barkley said is technically wrong, it’s clear that patience is running thin for the same outcomes happening every year. Something will have to change soon. Either the Giants show a large improvement in their early season games, or changes are made at the organizational level.
During Sunday’s game against the New York Mets and the Yankees, we saw a rivalry, a spark that had been missing for a few years between the crosstown rivals. The Subway Series is a thing again, and the Mets took this weekend’s edition two games to one thanks, in large part, to the $341 million man: Francisco Lindor.
The Mets traded for him during the offseason and proceeded to extend him to a record-breaking 10-year, $341 million deal the day before the regular season started. He started slowly, and by May, he was getting booed because of his poor performance.
As he hit three home runs into the New York night on Sunday, the last one to provide the winning run in the 7-6 affair, we got confirmation that the Mets are finally enjoying the benefits of their huge investment.
“This is the Francisco we all expect,” manager Luis Rojas said. “This is the Francisco that Mets fans are going to get for years.”
“I don’t think Mets fans forget things,” Lindor added, “but it definitely probably helped them to start to believe in me a little bit more.”
An early-season spat with teammate Jeff McNeil over rats and raccoons, a forgettable slump, an untimely oblique injury, and a little conflict with fans over booing had marked Lindor’s first season with the Mets. But his performance is finally doing most of the talking.
The Mets are finally reaping the benefits of their investment
Lindor has been back to his former self for a while, but Sunday’s three home runs certainly didn’t hurt his numbers.
The Mets’ shortstop has a .857 OPS since May 29 (.260/.346/.511, 14 home runs, and a 133 wRC+ in 257 PA.) Per Mets’ blogger Tim Ryder, it equates to a 38-homer pace over a full season with an OPS .003 higher than his career-best .854 in 2019.
Rojas said to MLB.com on Sunday that it was “probably his best game of the year,” while Lindor’s longtime teammate in Cleveland, Carlos Carrasco, went even further and stated that it was one of the best games of his career.
“I’ve been booed for a very long time, so it felt good,” Lindor said. “How long I’ve been waiting for that? I don’t know. Every night when we’ve been down by one in the ninth, and I’m supposed to tie it or win the game for the team. Yeah, we all want that moment, because we do it for the fans and we do it for the organization.”
The New York Jets’ makeshift defense, faced with lost pressure and Saturday draft picks in big roles, put out a respectable effort in Week 1.
It wouldn’t have been a New York Jets opener with a reminder that the team often serves as living, gridiron-based proof of the existence of Murphy’s Law. Thus, it was only natural that ex-bastions of New York hope contributed to the team’s Sunday demise.
Quarterback Sam Darnold and receiver Robby Anderson served ice cold revenge on a sweltering late summer afternoon, accounting for all but three tallies of a 16-point quarter that made up the majority of the Jets’ 19-14 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. Darnold, Gang Green’s most recent false prophet under center, ended the frame with a five-yard scoring run with 35 seconds remaining after previously tossing a 57-yard six-pointer to Anderson, a rare source of green metropolitan offensive power during the prior decade, one who claimed that the Jets were making him “(lose) his love” for football.
Anderson’s lucrative grab was his only catch of the afternoon, but Darnold tallied 234 aerial yards in the first half…needing only a single game to eclipse his highest such tally in New York. He and Darnold’s collaborative heroics provided fresh material for a football landscape that finds the slightest Jets mistakes to be a guaranteed punchline. The coming week will undoubtedly be filled with thoughtpieces and hypotheticals from both fans and commentators alike about whether the Jets made the right decision in letting Darnold and Anderson move on. Those theories will be callously pushed forth by Zach Wilson’s rollercoaster afternoon (20-of-37, 258 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception) partly brought upon by a porous offensive line effort that led to six sacks and “a little whiplash” for the second overall pick of April’s draft.
But despite the endless “what if?”-based questions that Sunday produced, the Jets earned an undeniable victory: putting forth a strong defensive effort that can’t be erased by two entries in the scoring summary.
Youth in revolt on offense generated enough hype to mask the Jets’ defensive inefficiencies, ones that were the unavoidable consequence of having so much to work on after last year’s garish campaign gave the Jets so much to work on that it was guaranteed some roster area was going to be neglected. Even the quickest look at the depth chart would yield the area most affected: having spent most of the offseason transactional periods trying to surround their new quarterback with a potent welcome wagon and pressure artists with experience in the 4-3, the cornerback depth chart became a hodgepodge of young journeymen and acquisitions made during Saturday of draft weekend.
The football gods indulged in their beloved tradition of toying with the Jets, centering their cruel divine intervention on defense. Two of the high-profile defensive additions (Jarrad Davis and Carl Lawson) were bitten by the injury bug, the latter’s ailment erasing his 2021 season entirely. Qunnien Williams, fresh off a breakout campaign, missed nearly all of the offseason preparation after hurting his foot during a workout at the team’s Florham Park facility.
Suddenly, the issues in the secondary couldn’t be ignored: the franchise-tagged Marcus Maye was/is believed to be capable of holding down the fort at safety but the headliner at corner was 2020 fifth-rounder Bryce Hall, he of eight NFL games that showed promise but didn’t turn him into a seasoned professional veteran. Rutgers-based project Bless Austin was projected to be the man next to Hall as he entered his third season but the Jets bid him farewell less than two weeks before Sunday’s kickoff. The Queens native has already been scooped up by Seattle, creating a reunion with Jamal Adams.
Austin’s position on the depth chart was literally left blank on the depth chart shown on the team’s official website. Three names currently sit in the spot, all of them chosen on the most recent Saturday of draft weekend. Sixth-round choice Brandin Echols was there alongside undrafted Isaiah Dunn while fifth-rounder Jason Pinnock was inactive. It was part of defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich referred to as a “committee“-like approach to Sunday’s contest.
Such struggles set a dangerous stage: Carolina was already welcoming back two four-digit yardage receivers (Anderson and D.J. Moore) and was also anticipating the return of Christian McCaffrey after an injury-plagued 2020. Much like how Wilson was blessed with a better cabinet than anything the Jets had to offer in the last three seasons, Darnold was also provided his best arsenal after three years in offensive purgatory in New York. To put things in perspective: out of the 45 touchdowns Darnold threw over the past three seasons as a Jet, 26 were bestowed to receivers that are already no longer employed by the Jets. Now, he had a chance to work with potent weapons rather than aerial washouts.
Yet, the Jets defense held strong for as long as they could. Two plays will define their afternoon…and, perhaps, their season, in the eyes of the common fan, but it’s not fair to deny what this fledgling unit was able to accomplish in Charlotte.
There were countless opportunities for the Jets to break on Sunday: Carolina shook off Matt Ammendola’s unexpected punting heroics to drive into the Jets’ red zone, but the defense forced them into a situation that to an aborted Darnold fumble that gave New York the ball back. When the offense failed to take advantage of the opportunity (Wilson’s first professional interception to Shaq Thompson), they cracked down in the red zone, forcing Darnold into a pair of incompletions that yielded a mere field goal. Darnold’s history and the late scores could’ve blown the game open, but they never allowed the deficit to balloon past two possessions. The makeshift secondary did its job in its professional debut.
Pressure was understandably at a premium with Lawson missing for the year, but it came at the most opportune time. Faced with a two-yard third down, John Franklin-Myers broke through for a big sack that provided the best start possible for the second half. It was a 30-minute stretch that saw Carolina run only nine plays past the Jets’ 35, including none in the third quarter. Darnold threw for only 45 yards in the second half, 17 coming on a single throw to Ian Thomas on a drive that led to a mere punt. Carolina’s most lucrative drives came through strong starting field position: another drive that ended in a field goal began at their won 37 while two final runs from McCaffrey after an onside kick helped the Panthers seal the deal.
The Jets (0-1) were eventually done in by typical antics from McCaffrey, who sent a dire warning to the rest of the league through 187 yards of offense in his anticipated return. But there was no denying the strides the Jets made under Ulbrich and head coach Robert Saleh, he of San Franciso’s defensive prowess over the past four seasons. Last year proved he’s more than capable of adapting to tough situations brought about by medical issues. He picked up where he left off against the Panthers, even if the proof didn’t linger on the scoreboard.
“We had a great red zone stand where we got the takeaway. In the second half, I thought they came out and stood up to the challenge,” Saleh said of the defensive effort per team contributor Randy Lange. “The challenge at halftime was just keep getting our offense the ball, keep giving them opportunities and they’ll flip it. I thought the guys showed resolve. I thought (Ulbrich) did a great job with his halftime adjustments. And I thought the offense responded and made a game out of it.”
Linebacker C.J. Mosley is used to victorious defensive efforts, having worked with Baltimore’s strong units during the latter parts of the last decade. Mosley was granted captaincy honors by his teammates, bestowed the task of leading this brave new defense into the future. Despite some late cramping issues, Mosley finished Sunday’s contest with four tackles.
Sunday provided a major personal victory for Mosley, who finished a Jets game for the first time in his three years under contract. But he was prouder of the victories earned as a unit, ones that could potentially change opinions on the Jets’ defense moving forward.
“I loved every second of it,” Mosley said in Lange’s report. “I was just happy to be out there, happy to have that ‘C’ on my chest, happy to be out there leading the defense, happy to be running around doing what I love. It wasn’t the results that we wanted as a unit or as a defense, but it was the first game, we’ve got a lot to improve and we’ve got to get ready for next week.”
The Jets’ revamped defense will make its East Rutherford debut next weekend against the New England Patriots (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
So far, we can firmly say that the New York Yankees have had the luxury to enjoy a relatively healthy season from their star player, Aaron Judge. He has taken part in 129 games and is already up to 552 plate appearances. He has missed some contests here and there, in part because the organization has made it a priority to keep him in one piece.
However, the fact that Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone had to remove his star outfielder in the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Mets raises concerns in the entire organization. Judge was taken out with what was described as “dizziness,” per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
Judge seems to be feeling better already, but the Yankees will monitor his status ahead of Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
“I just spoke with him and he’s doing pretty good, so hopefully we’ll be in a good spot for [Monday],” Boone said.
The Yankees need their star to keep pushing for the postseason
Boone explained that Judge, who is carrying the Yankees offensively with a .293/.377/.535 line, 32 home runs, and 79 RBI, started experiencing the aforementioned dizziness during his first at-bat of the game, against Mets’ starter Carlos Carrasco. In fact, he received medical attention.
“After the first pitch of his first at-bat, he just got a little bit dizzy,” Boone said. “It lasted for a little bit.”
After striking out twice against Carrasco, the Yankees took him out in the third frame and replaced him with Brett Gardner in center.
Judge was the Yankees’ hero on Saturday’s 8-7 victory against their crosstown rivals, smashing two home runs.
Hopefully he can return to the field as soon as today and keep building on an impressive campaign fueled by improved health and durability. The Yankees, currently out of a postseason spot after Sunday’s loss, need his contributions to stay afloat and keep fighting.
The New York Yankees lost to the Mets on Sunday in a thriller that nearly resulted in a brawl between the two teams. The Yankees called upon Clarke Schmidt to start the game with multiple pitchers struggling to stay healthy as the end of the season nears.
After the Yankees posted two runs in the top of the first inning, Schmidt proceeded to give up three runs over the next two innings, thanks to a Francisco Lindor three-run homer in a second. Lindor hit three homers on the evening, taunting the Yankees as he rounded the bases, which sparked a reaction from Stanton, as he launched a 443-foot blast in the seventh inning, giving Lindor some of his own medicine as he rounded second base.
Both teams proceeded to charge the field, but luckily there were no significant extracurricular activities. I don’t think Lindor wants to take on Stanton in a 1V1 fight.
However, the Yankees cannot be dropping games at this point, as they currently sit in fourth place in the American League standings and are one game out of the Wild Card, with the Toronto Blue Jays taking the top spot.
Good news and bad news for the Yankees:
There is a bit of good news for the Yankees, who posted six runs and showed some of their offensive firepower in the loss. They will take on a struggling Minnesota Twins team in a one-game series due to a make-up game from August 22. After Minnesota, the Yankees have a much-needed three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles and three-game series against the Cleveland Indians, two teams who they are capable of sweeping and getting themselves back in the win column.
The schedule set itself up nicely for a winning streak, but given how the Yankees are performing lately, we shouldn’t assume anything. Toronto, on the other hand, will take on the Tampa Bay Rays six times over the next nine games, offering the Yankees a great opportunity to retake the top spot in the WC. On the other hand, the Red Sox will travel to Seattle, another team that has had a solid season with a 76-66 record.
Given how Toronto is playing right now, the Yankees’ best bet is to overcome Boston in the Wild Card, but they still need to prove consistency in their starting rotation.
The Bombers with feature Luis Gil on the mound against Minnesota, and after his first tough outing of the season against Toronto, he will be looking to rebound in a positive fashion.
With week one of the 2021 NFL regular season officially in the books, it’s time to recap how the Chicago Bears and their NFC North counterparts performed.
1) Chicago Bears
Well, the Bears lost to the Los Angeles Rams and are now 1-3 in season openers under head coach Matt Nagy. The Bears did too little too late and struggled to limit big plays, allowing Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense to score points. Chicago did look solid in the running game, where David Montgomery had a 41-yard run on the first possession of the game.
Bears QB Andy Dalton was efficient throughout the evening and while Justin Fields did see some action, Chicago’s first drive ended in a redzone interception. The Bears also failed to convert on fourth down, going 0-for-4, a stat that Nagy will likely want to forget. Chicago ran 69 plays and had the ball for nearly 35 minutes but still failed to score in both the first and fourth quarter.
It’s a long season and with 16 more games to go, the Bears have an opportunity to turn this ship around. Nobody in Chicago is panicking just yet but the Bears did flash some positives in week 1.
2) Green Bay Packers
Um, what just happened. The Packers playing the New Orleans Saints was America’s Game of the Week but it looked more like a Super Bowl contender (New Orleans) playing against a team that’s heading towards a full-scale rebuild Green Bay struggled all afternoon. The offense couldn’t move the ball and the defense couldn’t come up with any stops.
The bigger issue here is the play of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tossed two interceptions, zero touchdowns, and had just 15 completions. This could be rust that Rodgers is shaking off after being absent from the Packers offseason programs but reporting to training camp on time. Or it could be that Rodgers’ absence has led to trust issues among players, the coaching staff, and front office.
It’s only week 1 but the Packers’ performance isn’t encouraging. Time for head coach Matt LaFleur and the coaching staff to reflect hard about what just happened.
3) Minnesota Vikings
One minute it seems like the Vikings are ready to win, the next minute, Mike Zimmer’s squad looks like a young team that’s learning how to play football. The Vikings are all over the place, it’s that simple. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow sliced up the Vikings defense all afternoon, winning by three scores at one point.
Minnesota also had 12 penalties on the afternoon. Wide receiver Adam Thielen had two touchdowns but the quarterback Kirk Cousins was unable to capitalize in key situations, once again proving that the Vikings need to get better at the quarterback position if a deep run in the playoffs is to be made.
4) Detroit Lions
Despite being down by 21 points at halftime, give the Lions credit. Head coach Dan Campbell, who’s been made fun of by NFC North fans this offseason for his passion and enthusiasm coached hard on Sunday afternoon. Detroit battled back in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points, losing by eight just points.
Running backs Jamal Williams and D’Andre Swift combined for 16 receptions, averaging 7.5 yards per reception. Up next for the Lions is the division rival Green Bay Packers, meaning that some NFC North team will be in the win column next week. By the way, credit to quarterback Jared Goff, who was traded to the Lions this offseason for tossing three touchdowns in his Lions debut while posting a passer rating of 92.6.
The New York Yankees entered last night’s rubber game with the Mets hoping to win the game and take the series after losing their last four series. It was not to be as they lost 7-6. The Yankees are now 3-12 in their last 15 games and have fallen out of a wild card berth.
Clarke Schmidt to the rescue
With Gerrit Cole’s start date pushed back after leaving a game against the Blue Jays with a strained left hamstring, the Yankees had no one to start last night’s game at Citi Field. So the Yankees called up Clarke Schmidt, who had been rehabbing with the Rail Riders.
Schmidt had started 7 games in the minor leagues en route to his return. He was 0-1 with a 2.96 ERA. With the Yankees short on dependable pitchers, they were hopeful he could give them three or four innings. He was not stretched out, pitching a total of 27.1 innings. In his last four games at Scranton, he had 20 strikeouts over 15 innings of work.
He gave the Yankees more than they could have hoped for; he threw 90 pitches into the fifth inning, giving up two earned runs. But he was victimized by errors causing him to give up 5 runs. Chad Green took the loss in the game as he allowed Franciso Lindor’s third homer of the night in the eighth inning.
The dizzy New York Yankees
Dizziness reared its ugly head again for the Yankees last night. Aaron Judge appeared to get something in his eyes requiring the trainer to add drops to his eyes. After his second at-bat, he felt dizzy and was removed from the game. This is not the first time a Yankee has felt dizzy. Clint Frazier dealt with it and vertigo, allowing him to only play in 66 games this season.
After the game manager, Aaron Boone said of Judge. “I didn’t want him to be in a position where he put himself in danger, hopefully, it’s something that subsides here over the next little bit, and get him back in there tomorrow.” In the same conversation, he indicated that Clint Frazier would not return to the team this season. These problems that Frazier has been enduring may reach back to his concussion. So there is some conversation that suggests that he may never play again.
Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton homer
It is always said that when the New York Yankees hit home runs, they win games. Normally when you hit two home runs in a game, the likelihood hood with three RBIs, you are on your way to a win. Both Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton homered in the game. But this was not the Yankee’s night. Francisco Lindor had a career night hitting three home runs for the first time in his career, driving in five runs.
Gleyber Torres led the New York Yankees in 2019 with 38 home runs but in this and last season, he seemed to have lost his power stroke. With his two-run homer last night the Yankees are hopeful that is behind him, and can again contribute.
The Yankees may get some pitching help
In the very long rehab of starting pitcher Luis Severino he may be becoming close to a return to the team, it may not be in time for the regular season, but he could be used out of the bullpen when and if the Yankees get to the postseason. After several setbacks, Severino is scheduled to throw another bullpen session today as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. He was working off the mound last week and will throw against hitters during his expected session today.
Starter Domingo German may also soon become available. He will have a rehab assignment on Tuesday. He has been away from the club since July 31st with shoulder inflammation.
The Yankees fight to stay in Wild Card contention
With the loss, last night, the New York Yankees fell out of the wild card berths. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox are tied for the first spot in the one-game playoff that is the wild card game.
Here is how it’s shaping up after the Yankees owned that first game spot for almost six weeks before their slide. The Tampa Bay Rays lead the AL East ten games over the Yankees. In the Central, the White Sox owns the division, and in the West, it’s the Houston Astros.
With only 19 games left to the season, the Yankees are now one game out of the wild card looking in. Right behind them are the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners that are 3 games out. The Yankees can no longer hope to win the division, but according to how they play, they still can regain a wild card berth if they start winning again. If not they will fall further out of contention and have their worst season under manager Aaron Boone.
Note: Today was supposed to be a day off for the Yankees, but due to a rainout they will play a makeup game with the Minnesota Twins. Luis Gil will be on the mound for the Yankees and John Gant for the Twins. The game will be at 2:05 pm EDT at Yankee Stadium and will be broadcast on the YES Network and Bally Sports North.