Steve’s New York Hot Sports Takes – 8/28/17

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Hey all – Steve here.

I feel like we don’t talk enough about New York sports around here. Sure, we aren’t technically based out of New York, but there are New York sports fans all over the place and we are going to start speaking about them! I may not necessarily like all of them, but here we will be talking Mets, Yankees, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders and Devils! Now, I haven’t kept up with hockey for ages, but I will do my best to bring you the latest news and hot takes for the coolest game on Earth (not tonight, but later on in the history of this column).

If youse gots a problem wit anyadat den just fugetaboutit! Let’s go!

You all know the Mets hold a huge part of my heart – sometimes they hold it hostage depending on when you ask me. The Mets have used 27 different pitchers this season (tied for ninth-most in MLB), 12 different starting pitchers (tied for fifth) and 26 different position players (tied for second). Only two of New York’s starters from Opening Day are on the roster and healthy. I know you all might be saying I am firing up the excuse machine, but come on already with this nonsense. The roster has seen a huge overhaul this season due to injury or trade. Take a look at the opening day lineup and where they all are now:

At 57-73, they continue to flounder in 4th place in the NL East in a season where they were projected to get to the postseason for the 3rd straight year. This is by no means a rebuild, but simply a re-tool. They have the young guys in place as planned and money to spend on the outfielder (Jay Bruce) they need in the off-season.

Oh and one note about their upcoming series against the Astros – due to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the series will be move to Tampa which will be the new home of the Astros for at least the next 6 games. We wish nothing but the best for all of our friends in the areas impacted by that horrific storm.

Just as you all know how the Mets have a huge part of my heart, you also know that whatever blackness there is inside my heart is due to the Yankees. That’s besides the point, though. I am here to discuss news and whatever. So, let’s just get passed this Yankee nonsense. They have climbed right back into the race in the AL East and now are just 2.5 games behind the suddenly cold Red Sox. They are doing it all in spite of their ice cold rookie sensation, Aaron Judge. Tonight in a big series opener against the Indians, he is riding the bench. That is probably best for any rookie that is in a deep slump and especially so if he is playing in New York. The other big story in tonight’s game (currently 1-0 Indians in the 3rd) will be how Luis Severino’s ability to hold up against often lights out Corey Kluber.

There is only minor news to report from the Giants after their preseason victory over the Jets. Several guys missed practice today including Eli Apple and Odell Beckham who is still nursing his ankle issue that he has had since the Browns game. Dirty preseason hit if I ever saw one. Come on man. In other Giants news, DE Owa Odighizuwa has been suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. When will they learn? In March, he said he needed some time away from the game. Well, he has it now, right? He can return 10/2 in time for the 10/8 game against the Chargers.

The Giants (and all of their fans) remain optimistic that Odell can start on Week 1 in Dallas.

The Giants have 4 representatives in the Top 100 players that the big 4 letter word sports company compiled earlier today. Their representatives are Odell Beckham (9), Landon Collins (29), Olivier Vernon (61), Janoris Jenkins (65) and Jason Pierre-Paul (74).

Listen, we all know it is likely to be a long season over in Jets-country. There is usually a “but” after a sentence like that, but I will spare all you Jet fans of any “butt” jokes. Yeah, I went there. When you have Josh McCown at the helm of the offense, it is tough to have a good outlook on the season. Also, when your head coach has this response to a question posed regarding them finding a franchise quarterback, you just have to scratch your head:

“That’s kind of a strange question,” he said. “If you go 16-0, you have a franchise quarterback. If you don’t, I guess you don’t.”

The Jets might just be on the clock in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Jets did have one lone representative on the Top 100 players that the big 4 letter sports company compiled earlier today and that was Leonard Williams at number 51. How nice.

Ugh, my Knicks. I guess the best hope for the team is if Dolan ever decides to sell the team. There is at least one person interested in buying the team and that is the daughter of one of the owners of the Bucks.

Mallory Edens, the daughter of Bucks co-owner Wes Edens and a New Yorker, told TMZ she sees herself as a future NYK owner. “I wanna buy the Knicks one day,” Edens said. “We’ll see how that works out.”

One can only hope. I mean, this is a team that just had its president, Steve Mills writing a blong on MSG’s website about his vision for the team and did not mention Carmelo Anthony’s name once. I understand if there are trade rumors swirling all over about him, but you still have to mention the mans name. We shall see if there is any decent news surrounding the team in the weeks leading up to the opening of training camp, but don’t hold your breath about it.

There isn’t much news on the Nets these days (or any day for that matter). The only thing that can be said about them is that they will be hosting several games in Mexico City in December against the Thunder and Heat.

Wrap-Up

That is all for the inaugural edition of Steve’s New York Hot Sports Takes! I hope you enjoyed your stay and I will talk to you all next time! Damn, I could use a nice slice of pizza from Originals on Avenue L in Brooklyn.