Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The New York Yankees continue to add players as they near the magic 189

The New York Yankees continue to add players as they near the magic 189

The New York Yankees added switch-hitting second baseman Brian Roberts on Tuesday and left handed reliever Matt Thornton. These were two low cost guys that have been good in the past. Thornton is replacing Boone Logan who got way too much for the Yankees. Thornton signed a two-year deal for about seven million. If he is used as strictly a lefty-to-lefty guy he can be good. He still throws hard although he used to throw a lot harder.

Brian Roberts has played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles so the Yankees and their fans know him well. He hasn’t really had a good season since 2009 and has been hampered by injuries. He is a low cost high reward type guy. His deal is for one year and two million with incentives. Roberts has been an all-star twice. He plays good defense. He used to steal some bases and have some pop. The Yankees are hoping he stays healthy can gets back to his old form or at least close to it. You can’t fault them for trying. If it doesn’t work out like Kevin Youkilis last year then he is gone after the year and if it does you can always resign him.

Roberts is 36 years old and was an all-star in 2005 and 2007. He has played 13 seasons in the major leagues. In 2009 he hit 283 with 16 homeruns and 79 RBI and led the big leagues with 56 doubles. He started with his injury issues the following year though and hasn’t been the same. Roberts last season batted 249 with eight homeruns and 39 RBI. He played in 77 games, which was his highest total in the last four years.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The New York Giants are shutout at home by the Seattle Seahawks

The New York Giants are shutout at home by the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. The final score was 23-0 and the game took place at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. This whole Giants season has been a disaster but this was an awful performance especially by the offense.

Eli Manning set the franchise record for most interceptions in one season and he threw five in this game. The Giants offense in the first seven possessions had four punts and three interceptions. They had a total of 54 yards and two first downs in the first half. Eli Manning was under siege most of the day but he still has to get some blame. He finished the day 18-31 for 156 yards and the five interceptions. The Giants allowed four sacks and rushed for only 25 yards on 14 attempts. The offensive line is in shambles and the Giants are going to have to address that. Manning doesn’t get a total pass for this season but he has no running game, no offensive line and receivers who haven’t been on the same page as him the whole season. The offense has been a total mess all season.

The Giants defense did put up a fight especially considering that the offense didn’t help them at all and they were facing a really good team. Marshawn Lynch was limited to 47 yards on 16 attempts. He did receive six passes for 73 yards. The Giants did have three sacks and the Seahawks converted only three third downs.

Steve Weatherford had a good day averaging 47.5 yards per punt. He had eight kicks and put two inside the 20-yard line. The safety Ryan Mundy had six tackles and a sack in his first start since week seven. Antrel Rolle had an interception for his sixth of the season. Cullen Jenkins had a good game with three tackles two QB hits and a shared sack.

The Giants have two games left, in Detroit next week and then they finish at home against the Washington Redskins. They have nothing left to play for other then pride. It will be interesting to see if any coaching changes are made. I think the head coach has earned the right to stay to he is ready to leave. If they were going to fire him they will make it a very nice thing with him leaving and I am pretty sure he will want to come back for at least another year. I think the fall guy will be Kevin Gilbride the offensive coordinator. Jerry Reese the GM is under fire also but they aren’t going to make a change there yet. They will give him a little time especially after winning the two super bowls.


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