Monday, April 14, 2014

Yankees injuries catching up

                                            New York Yankees win 3 out of 4 but LOSE
                                                  By, Nick Morgasen

The New York Yankees managed to beat Red Sox in an impressive 3 out of 4 games. For the most part the pitching in this series was pretty good. Ivan Nova pitched a great game going 7 1/3 innings giving up only 2 runs which was better then his first two starts. The bullpen was great the rest of the game. You had Hiroki Kuroda pitched not great, but still effective. McCann saved the game by hitting his first two home runs of the season. I don't understand why people panicked because it was only a matter of time before he was going to get hot with the bat. The one game that the Yankees lost in their series with the Red Sox was the game pitched by C.C. Sabathia and everybody is trying to write him off. I'M SICK OF HEARING THIS!!!!!!!!! Give the guy a chance he is readjusting to weight loss and knee surgery in the off season. I know he is only throwing 89-90 mph, but stop getting on the guy it has only been 3 starts. If your writing somebody off this early in the season you should just write the whole team off for the rest of the season. If your doing this you are looking at the glass half empty. C.C. made one mistake giving up a home run to Gomes in the 6th, but otherwise he pitched very well. The skeptics need to take a chill pill and give him a chance and if he is pitching bad after 10 starts then we can have a different discussion. The last starter to look at in this series was Michael Pineda who came off a lost season from multiple injuries. He has looked impressive so far as all his pitches are working and he is getting strikeouts and ground balls. He is going to be a huge factor in this Yankees rotation, but the key factor is going to be his health. If he can stay healthy then they have a potential 3rd starter in the 5th spot. So there were some other issues that happened in this series that caused a lot of shocked eyes. We saw instant replay used twice in this series. We saw Joe Girardi challenge a call on a ground ball hit by Fransisco Cervelli with runners on first and third and one out. First base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out and as he went past first base he injured his hamstring. They went to replay and they ruled he was safe because the ball wasn't all the way in the glove and it looked like it was the right call, but it was very close. John Farrell came out and argued the call, but what is ironic is that he got into an argument with Davidson right after the instant replay was reviewed. It made Farrell look like a jerk, but I understand why he was upset because he had a call go against him earlier in the series where the replay people got it wrong and MLB admitted they were wrong. MLB needs to fine tune their replay system so they don't have this mess anymore. Back to the Yankees, so they lost Cervelli to a grade two hamstring, Derek Jeter had sour quads so he couldn't go and Brian Roberts is out due to a soar back so they have a lot of injuries now. The injuries got so bad that Carlos Beltran had to play FIRST BASE!!!!!!! Thank GOD he didn't get hurt playing out of position. Since no one is running away with division hopefully we can work on just getting healthy and getting the team back to full strength. We got good news that David Robertson their closer and Mark Teixeria (the new Mark Prior) will be back by the time their 15 day stint on the DL ends. The Yankees have better pitching and offense and the strength of the team the bullpen is weaker then the past two years as long as we stay consistent and not overwork people we should be fine. Also, I'm going to put good money on this year saying the Red Sox won't repeat because the odds of winning back to back world series' is very small.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Knicks Are A Disgrace

                                                            The Undoing of the Knicks
                                                                  By, Nick Morgasen

Congratulations New York Knicks on a disgraceful season this years as you will now have the summer off watching the playoffs from home. This has been a complete drop off from 54 wins to the mid 30's. They had huge expectations from James Dolan as it was a championship or bust season. You had Carmelo Anthony going into a contract year so you would think he is motivated to lead this Knicks team to the playoffs and possibly a title. Also, they were preparing to cut payroll to get ready for the 2015 free agency class. I don't know if the second time is the charm because the last time they cut payroll for free agency they struck out on every free agent possible including Lebron James laughing at this Knicks team basically saying, ya right!!!! I'm not going to say the Knicks completely struck out, they got Amare Stoudemire (LOL)!!!! He played better down the stretch, but come on he isn't going to carry this dysfunctional team. Another big problem now that J.R. Smith has his contract he wasn't going to try all season he is just going to untie people's shoelaces on the foul line or play with Vince Carter's headband. This team is going to need a lot of help in the future, but wait, THAT'S RIGHT THEY DON'T HAVE A PICK UNTIL 2018!!!!!!!!! Also the pick they would have had this year was part of the Carmelo trade with Denver. So much for take advantage of one of the best Draft classes in a long time!!!! It will also be interesting to see with Phil Jackson at the helm what major decisions he is going to make. Who is going to be the next head coach of the Knicks because it will most likely not be Mike Woodson. We are hearing rumors already of Steve Kerr being the next coach. Next, will Phil be able to get Carmelo to resign with the Knicks. A lot of people are saying if he signs with Knicks it will be only because the team can offer him the most money of any team. Disappointing season for the NY Knicks and if you disagree hit us up on Twitter @intheclutch881 and we will discuss the Knicks and we will talk about the playoff bound Brooklyn Nets. That's all for now this is a rebuilding team that will need at least 3 to 4 years if not all power to them.