After feuding with his sons’ Lithuanian coach, LaVar Ball took his boys and went home. Again. As if this was ever going to end any other way.
After publicly saying Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez didn't belong in last year’s Home Run Derby. Twins Logan Morrison was left out of the derby last year. Morrison added fuel to the Yankees fan hatred by calling them "stupid." He’s been hearing the boo’s during the current series at the stadium. The 30-year-old went into the series struggling and knew he'd be hearing it from the fanbase. He’s 1-for-6 in the this series and continues to struggle this season. He's batting (as of last night) .103 with 16 strikeouts and only one home run. If the trend continues, Morrison will likely be left out of this year's Home Run Derby once again.
Like it or not Matt Harvey was used out of the bullpen for the first time Tuesday night and fell right into deep water. His first real relief appearance came with the Mets and Cardinals tied in the bottom of the fifth inning. Harvey gave up the go-ahead run on a pair of doubles by Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong. Maybe he’s right…he doesn’t belong in the bullpen.
I have to admit Mookie Betts is one of the truly great two-way players in big-league baseball…And getting better. Like, by the day.
Mike Francesa's shocking return to WFAN afternoon drive just four months after his much-celebrated departure (and the 19-month farewell tour that preceded it) is a surprise to all. Other on air personalities will be affected by this ridiculous move that the new upper management thought was a good idea. The idea that he’s coming back to the station that he just retired from is all sorts of awkward for so many reasons. Mike, stay home.
Like I said before, Sonny Gray is way overrated.
I know it’s early but…The Yankees should never split a series with the Marlins and lose 9-1. Was it Bill Parcells that said, you are what your record is?
I know it’s early but…Last night Masahiro Tanaka allowed six earned runs, seven total, in five innings. For the season 6.45 ERA. Surrendered his fifth home run of the early season, for at least one in all four of his starts.
I know it’s early but…Sonny Gray is way overrated. 6.92 ERA. 49-44 lifetime. Gray has yet to emerge as an above-average starter since he arrived in The Bronx.
I know it’s early but…Yanks defense is terrible. Comedy of errors continued in the 2nd inning of last night’s game as Cameron Maybin reached on what was ruled a bunt single despite misplays by both Sanchez and first baseman Tyler Austin. Maybin got to second when Austin let Sanchez’s throw get by him and scored on a hit by Derek Dietrich that Neil Walker couldn’t come up with that also could have been scored an error. Even Didi had one. 16 games, 17 errors. 28th in MLB.
I know it’s early but…Bullpen has been awful. Save percentage only 50%.
I know it’s early but…Gincarlo Stanton .197 BA. 29 strikeouts in 66 at bats. Can’t hit a lick at the stadium. 3 for 35 (.086) with 20 strikeouts. New York’s newest big fish has yet to catch on in the Big Apple.
I know it’s early but…
I have always felt that teams need to play a minimum of 30-35 games before you can get a picture of who they are. After 14 games, the New York Mets are 12-2, yes I said 12-2. That record is the best start in their history. It’s still too early, (with less than 10 percent of season having been played), to draw large-scale conclusions, and I’m sure the Mets, are not going to keep playing at an .857 clip. But this is a surprise.
The question is…why? Answer: Their Noah Syndergaard led starting rotation is healthy, which has always been the differentiating factor for this team. Their veteran lineup boasts experience. Veterans like Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier are off to hot starts. And they have something special going that makes them practically unbeatable at the moment, even if Yoenis Cespedes, the most important hitter in the lineup, is hitting just .190, with 26 strikeouts in 14 games. Just look back to yesterday’s walk off win.
The Mets begin a series against the big, bad Nationals, and have a chance to bury them a little deeper in the standings over the next three nights at Citi Field. They already have a 6 game lead.
Going into the season I thought the Mets would be better than most predicted. I never imagined this kind of hot start. It is obviously still early on with more than 130 games to play, but the Mets with a series win over the Nationals might be looking like the team to beat in the NL East.
The Red Sox outclassed the Yankees in every phase of the game Tuesday night — hitting, pitching, defense, you name it — en route to their ninth straight win. The final score was 14-1. The Yankees have lost six of their last nine games and have looked every as bad as that recent record would suggest the last few days. If only there was a mercy rule.
Early on, Luis Severino had nothing working with his slider. Severino settled down after the second inning and was able to get through five despite the elevated pitch count. His final line: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Then the bullpen took over and things got ugly. The Yankees were down 5-1 going into the sixth and a 5-1 game is far from over at Fenway Park in the sixth inning. Then the bullpen barfed all over it. Tommy Kahnle and Chasen Shreve combined to allow 9 runs — 9 runs! — in that 6th inning. Amazingly, they did it on 3hits. Hah. Ridiculous. One of the 3 was a Mookie Betts grand slam. Met fans celebrated.
The Sox, meanwhile, have won 9 in a row to open up an early 4½-game lead in the AL East.
The little good news was that Stanton only stuck out twice, he did have a single and double. Aaron Judge had three hits for the Yankees, a drive off Sale over the center field wall in the fifth for his third home run of the season, but Gary Sanchez went 0-for-4 and is now in a 1-for-33 slide.
Clearly, the Yankees have a lot of problems right now. They can continue telling themselves it’s still early, but something has to give soon.
The Yankees had had two brutal losses as the big three choked in the worse way possible, and The Rangers finished the season under .500 and out of the playoffs and their coach was fired. It was a bad weekend.
Alain Vigneault had to have felt the heat. After the Rangers were embarrassed in their regular season finale in Philadelphia, Vigneault supposedly gave a post-game speech about how good of a job the coaching staff had done for the team, and how it was one of the organization’s strongest assets moving forward. Vigneault was fired only hours after the 5-0 loss. That speech was the last thing he did as a member of the Ranger coaching staff. As much as their disappointing season was on the players, it was also on the coach, who in the five years he spent on Broadway he never did end up finding a single thing to blame himself for. That’s why he deserved to get the hook.
Vigneault presided over two of the most exciting years of Rangers hockey since the 90’s, and for that Ranger fans should be thankful. In 4 of his 5 years here, the Rangers were a solid playoff team, a really Stanly Cup contender, then this year…Thud.
During his time here, Vigneault displayed an inability to consistently nurture young talent. In the salary cap constrained NHL world, getting contributions from young players with small salaries is paramount. He failed to do that. Same as his time in Vancouver. Good Luck Alain, your gonna need it.
The Yankees, hmmm. You can’t lose 3 of 4 to the Orioles, now matter how many games into the season. Injuries, an underachieving bullpen and almost nothing from two of the three superstars have the Bombers (who didn’t hit a bomb yesterday) at 5-5, and heading to Boston.
Yesterday was a Very Bad Loss. A Very Bad Loss that started out very well, actually. The Yankees turned a 5-0 first inning lead into an 8-7 loss in 12 innings against the Orioles. They were up 5-0 and they knocked Baltimore’s starter out in the first inning, yet somehow they were still out-pitched and out-hit. A well-deserved loss, this was.
Then there is Giancarlo Stanton who is in such in a bad place right now. He went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in this game and 3-for-28 (.107) with 16 strikeouts on the homestand. With one swing, Giancarlo could have won over the boo birds. His last strike out ended yesterday’s game. He even saw the O's intentionally walk Aaron Judge to get to him on Sunday. Bad, bad.
Lets hope he doesn’t turn into another Bobby Bonilla, who was so freaked out over getting booed as a highly paid Mets free agent that he resorted to using earplugs and never came close to living up to expectations. Let's hope.
Yes. It was a bad weekend.
The Devils are one win away from a playoff berth thanks to Taylor Hall and his 93 points. Those 93 points are 42 points ahead of Nico Hischier, who ranks second on the Devils with 51 points. That gap is the largest among the top two scorers on an NHL team this season. Talk about carrying a team.
Reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton is already a persona non grata in the Bronx as Yankees fans reacted to the slugger’s five-strikeout day against the Rays with a chorus of boos. Stanton, a four-time All-Star who led the league in homers and R.B.I. last season, was New York’s high-profile signing of the offseason. But in true Yankees fashion, the new arrival took less than one home game for the fans to turn on him like the listless, ungrateful a-holes they can often be.
The much talked about Odell Beckham isn’t yet as much of a headache for the Giants as he is for all the other teams in the NFL who have to cover him. But he is getting there, as fast as he can go, which means as fast as a streak of light. Problem is, will they be able to get him on the field this season, or will the headaches continue.
In a game loaded with playoff and seeding implications, Predators-Panthers had an ending that should terrify everyone that a rough goaltender interference call could fuck over any team at any time. Isn’t hockey great?!
If David Price, who backed Chris Sale’s six shutout innings on Opening Day with seven shutout innings of his own last Friday night, is going to pitch like this again, Red Sox vs. Yankees really is going to be big fun this season.
Matt Harvey allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings, leading the Mets to a 2-0 victory over the Phillies at Citi Field. If that was the real Matt Harvey, the Mets are going to be better than anyone ever imagined.
What have we learned after a little less than one week into the season?
That it isn't enough time to judge whether a team will be a boom or a bust, and performances in the opening series -- good or bad -- probably tell us very little about how a season is going to go for most teams. But here are some observations about the Yankees. Yes, I know, It’s only 4 games…
A four-game series split with the Blue Jays to open the season didn't reveal much about how the Yanks' season will go, but it gives us something to talk about. Manager Aaron Boone had his first controversy when his decision to intentionally walk Josh Donaldson backfired, and Aaron Judge also gained some attention simply by not hitting enough. The presumption is that over the course of the season, Boone will make sound decisions, and Judge will hit, a lot.
New manager Boone has some lessons to take away from his first real games in the dugout. I’m still scratching my head wondering why in the 3rd game of the season Boone, decided he didn’t want Bret Gardner to play 4 days in a row on turf. Really?? 3 games in??
Then there is the Rock Star bullpen, that hasn’t shown much. Here are the combined bullpen numbers through four games: 13.1 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 5 BB, 18 K, 4 HR. Yikes. Only three relievers in the eight-man bullpen have yet to be charged with a run: Chad Green (still awesome), Jonathan Holder (allowed an inherited runner to score), and Chasen Shreve (hasn’t pitched yet). David Robertson has already allowed as many runs this year (four in two innings) as he did with the Yankees after the trade last year (four in 35 innings). Not great. David Robertson is an unbelievably talented reliever, but even he can have on bad inning, and as we saw Sunday, his bad inning cost the Yankees a win.
Oh and there’s Dellin Betances who looks just like he looked at the end of last season. Not so good.
It’s not all bad news of course. We got excellent starts from Severino and Tanaka, and there’s Brandon Drury who is off to a nice little start, eh? He’s gone 5-for-13 (.385) with three walks and 2 strikeouts in the four games, plus he’s had a couple big two-out hits. There was the homer against Marcus Stroman of course, and before that he banged an opposite field double against Aaron Sanchez that was this close to being a three-run homer.
Ok, we’ve been snowed out and it’s supposed to rain today. Lets hope they get this one in as it’s opening day at the Stadium. Yes, I know, It’s only 4 games…
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