A Month of Fundays

A New York Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Rangers and other stuff blog.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Giants Draft Day 1

Here we almost go.  As of right now, the Giants have the #23 pick in the first round of the draft.  My plan is to trade up for McCaffrey or trade down for more picks if McCaffrey goes in the top 10.  I really don't like the OL's that should be there at 23, as they all have developmental issues.  And frankly, I think our best bet if we stay at 23 will be a Linebacker or a DB.  The DB's seem like the strenght of this one, and an Adoree Jackson can play corner and safety, as well as wideout, and returns kicks and punts.  So, probably the second best swiss army knife player, after McCaffrey in the draft.  So let's hope if they stay at 23 they do something like that, and not Garret Bolles, who will make me throw up in my mouth a bit.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Severino Stifles Sox

Wow.  Luis Severino went into the hell hole and pitched 7 innings of shutout ball.  He K'd 6 and only gave up three hits.  He did walk a couple, but they were meaningless as he was in complete control. He's at least our second ace right now and may become our true ace by season's end. It was cold and he was hitting 99.  And the slider was sick and the change had fade.

Oh, and Judge had a big day, hitting a two run jack, then making a circus catch before later walking and singling.  Bird hit a rocket off the wall, but was held to first as it drove judge in for the third and final run.  He also took a walk.

Betances offered another layer of filth over Severino's, but Chapman was off, giving up a run, and facing the go ahead run before K'ing his way out of a full meltdown.

Tanaka against Sale tomorrow.  So I expect Joe will start Carter over Bird...

Giants Draft Tomorrow

Interestingly, since they changed the NFL Draft structure from the classic weekend structure to this Thursday, Friday, Saturday format, I've become less interested in it, and more interested in the MLB and NHL drafts, and frankly also the NBA draft when the Knicks have picks, like they do this year.

Having explained that, my love for the Giants never dims, but I hate having the #23 pick in this particular draft, where I see the talent level being pretty even from pick 15 to the end of round two or middle of round three.

So it's my hope the Giants move the pick: either combining it with their second rounder to go get Christian McCaffrey, who I think is one of the few blue chip players in this draft.  Or using the #23 pick to trade down and collect more picks.  All the presumptive first round OL's are either old but still need development or adequately aged but needing more development.  I'd be more comfortable spending other than first round picks on this group of OL's, and would rather take a Moton, Dawkins or Davenport with an extra pick from a tradedown, rather than take an old man like Bolles at 23.

So, my first choice is to go get McCaffrey, sign Blount and score at will. And my back up choice is to trade down and hit need areas. But there is no way I am picking 23rd, and I hope the Giants are looking at it the same way.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Giants Pick Up Odell's 5th Year Option

The Giants very predictably picked up pro-bowl WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s 5th year option from his rookie contract. There was no need to work on a longer contract, especially after his abysmal performance in the playoffs. Still, he is uber gifted, and should solidify his status as he continues to mature. If the Giants can get back to having a reliably productive running game, Odell will continue to set records and maybe get a ring before they need to make a new deal.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rangers Abide!

Zucc scored two HUGE goals, and Step added an empty netter at 1:17 to give the Rangers a 3-1 win and a 4-2 series win.   Not sure who they are playing next, but they have now won 3 straight playoff games and will have an extra day or two before they go again.  Btw, the young guys like Hayes, Vesey and Buch look like they are getting ready to go off.  Huge win.

This Week on the Blog

Yanks just came back from 3-0 and clobbered the Pirates to win 11-5. Judge is at the top of the post instead of Jerry Reese, who will be drafting for the Giants this coming week, because he just murdered another baseball, and it's out of respect for the dead ball.   Rangers will try to advance in half an hour.  The Giants will keep keying up for the draft, and the Knicks will, probably do some scouting and otherwise chill till the lottery.  Let's take a look.

Giants:  The NFL Draft is this week and I don't think I've ever been less excited about a draft.  It's mostly because the ND OL's that I liked stayed in school and that most of the ones who might be there at 23 are either older than I like them, or more raw than I'd be willing to pick. I'm hoping Christian McCaffery somehow makes it, or that a good LB or edge rusher does.  I want a difference maker in the first, even if we are picking 23rd.  We'll talk more about it this week.

Rangers: The Rangers needs to finish off the Canadians tonight.  In this latest era of goodness but not greatness, the Rangers have played in too many game 7's, and I think they've worn on them. Let's see if they can take the easy way this time.

Yanks: The Yanks are fun again for the first time in some time. That's due in large part to the contributions of Judge, Severino and the kids, but also because vets like Headley, Castro and Ellsbury are playing better than they have as Yankees. Also, subs like Hicks, Toe and Romine are playing really solid or better ball.  And they should get even better, as Didi is already playing in games, and Gary Sanchez will start his rehab this coming week.  Also, Greg Bird must have the loudest .116 average in history. A huge correction is coming.

Knicks: The Knicks didn't lose a coinflip this week.  Instead they lost a ping pong ball concoction that could have easily been fixed with a pin.  Idiotic and the sort of convolution that still makes the NBA hard to trust.  So, right now, the Knicks are picking 7th but could fall as low as #9 or rise into the top 3 in the lottery, where they have had no luck at all since 1985.  That will be later in May.  Before then, Phil Jackson and others should fly to Latvia and get Kristaps back on board. Even picking as low as ninth, it's a deep draft, and with some savvy trades, the Knicks have a chance to really improve this offseason.

So, let's hope the Rangers move on, the Giants crush their draft, and the Yanks keep being fun.  As for the Knicks - let's hope they don't alienate Willy.  Have a great one!  And I'm sure we'll have lots to talk about this week.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rangers Land Bereglazov

The Rangers, on their off day, got even better.  Maybe not this season, but probably next.  They just signed big Russian D Alexei Bereglazov who turned 23 yesterday.  He's listed as 6'4' and 190, and played with Buch on the Russian junior teams. He was a free agent, and once again, the Rangers who have been pick poor for years, were able to make up some of the difference by picking up an early 20s free agent.  Nice work.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mika!!!!

Rangers showed guts tonight by battling back from a 2-1 deficit and taking a 3-2 lead in the series in Montreal, by way of overtime.  I hope they don't show playoff hockey in cardiac care units. It was almost 15 excruciating minutes into the overtime when Mika Zibanejad sealed it for the win.  People have been chirping about our missing Brassard goals this postseason.  And I still can't believe were able to make this deal for Mika, who was a beast all night even before he scored. What a game.  Huge win, now, please finish it in 6.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rangers Tie The Series

Rick Nash was a force and scored the winning goal in the second.  Fortunately, this time the Rangers were able to hold onto a 2-1 lead and tie the series. The refs were horrific and the team will have plenty to send to the league office ahead of game 5. Smith was fouled no less than 3 times in front of linesmen and nothing was called. Fast had the other goal, and he deserved it as he's brought the energy throughout the series. Let's win the next two.  Go Rangers!