Today was supposed to be one of the best sports days of the year: Opening Day. We all know that we won’t be getting any baseball to watch for quite some time, as the date for the MLB season is still to be determined due to coronavirus (COVID-19). I know we are all bummed about the delayed start to the MLB season, so I wanted to give readers something to get excited about and get you all ready for the season.
I am going to predict how I believe the American League is going to look like at the end of the season, including how I think the playoffs will go. Of course, my predictions are based on a full, 162 game season, but here is how I think the division will pan out.
The Nets stayed hot, the Islanders lost again and two New York baseball stars are out indefinitely. New York sports definitely packed a punch yesterday.
New York Yankees star catcher Gary Sanchez will miss more time on the field during spring training. Sanchez already missed Sunday’s game due to tightness and soreness in his back, but he was expected to take place in on-field batting practice today. Instead, he was a no-show at his session due to a fever, causing him to see a doctor.
Last night was a bit slow in the realm of New York sports, I won't lie. Since we aren't in the heart of baseball season yet, and both the Nets and Knicks had the night off, there wasn't much action. Still, we prevail, thanks largely in part to a thrilling shootout win by the Buffalo Sabres.
The Yankees have signed Gerrit Cole to a 9-year, $324 million deal, first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Cole’s contract breaks the record for largest annual value for a pitcher set by David Price in 2015 and largest total value for a pitcher set by Stephen Strasburg earlier this week.
Although it looks like the New York Yankees are running away with the division, they have a lot of games left against the not quite dead yet Boston Red Sox and of course the Rays who are not going anywhere. When the postseason starts the regular season no longer matters, which is why the New York Yankees need to drive their opponents into the ground and add a few more pieces to their 2019 success story.
After being rained out on Monday night, the New York Mets and New York Yankees split a doubleheader on Tuesday, with the Yankees taking game one and the Mets claiming game two in the Bronx.
So the Yankees have lost a game. You mean they are not going to go 162-0? If you pay attention to Yankee Twitter you would have thought the Bombers got eliminated yesterday afternoon.
With the final out recorded at first base in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday night, the 2018 Yankee season has come to an end. Yankee fans look at success differently than other fan bases. To Yankee fans if you don't at least get to the World Series then the season has been a failure. I will dispute that sentiment as we look forward to 2019.
With the regular season entering it's final week and the Yankees heading off to Tampa and Boston, it's time to look at what should happen in the wildcard game.