What’s Ahead for Sagging Yankees, Red-Hot Top of NL West?
THE BASEBALL WEEK AHEAD –
CAN YANKEES GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER
AFTER LOST WEEK ON THE LEFT COAST
AND WILL NL WEST ELITE KEEP PLAYING .600+ BALL? …
THE NBA DRAFT UPDATES:
IS PHILLY MAKING HUGE MISTAKE
BY TRADING UP FOR THE #1 PICK?
Say it ain’t so, Joe (as in Girardi)!
The New York Yankees skipper was absolutely flummoxed following his team’s 4-3 Father’s Day loss in Oakland – it marked the Bombers’ sixth consecutive loss on the West Coast trip with four of the setbacks by a single run and it dropped the swooning Yankees to 38-29 on the year.
So much for breaking any franchise single-season wins record, eh?
The Yankees could point to any number of factors as to why they lost the last two games of the three-game set in Anaheim to start last week and then that four-game broom job at the hands of the born-again Oakland A’s but better believe that the absence of injured OF Aaron Hicks (left leg tightness/missed last three games) and the fact that NYY’s bullpen didn’t exactly thrive at crunch time all conspired to make this latest road trip a true flop.
Can the Yankees turn the proverbial beat around when they return home starting Tuesday night with back-to-back three-game sets versus the Los Angeles Angels and then the Texas Rangers?
Well, the Yanks’ lead in the somewhat Jekyll and Hyde American League East had been trimmed to a mere half-game over the Boston Red Sox while heading into last night’s Sox vs. Houston Astros tilt on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and suddenly Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Toronto – not exactly consistent teams in the bigs this year – were all getting a little closer to the Bronx boys in the standings.
Keep in mind the Yankees’ current six-game losing streak sported these wagering lines (as they pertained to the Yanks) and game results:
DATE RESULT PRICE
6-13 ANGELS 3-2 (11 inn) - 122
6-14 ANGELS 7-5 - 150
6-15 A’s 8-7 (10 inn) - 102
6-16 A’s 7-6 - 124
6-17 A’s 5-2 - 122
6-18 A’s 4-3 - 142
Geez, the Yankees’ six-game losing skid out West cost $100 per-play wagers a whopping $762 … so Girardi’s guys have plenty to make up for this home stand but do keep in mind RF Aaron Judge (.335 batting average with 23 HR and 52 RBI and a.704 slugging percentage) and mates are a silly 22-9 at home in 2017.
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In other MLB News & Notes …
C’mon, this is getting downright crazy with what the top dogs in the National League West are accomplishing these days:
The new week begins with the standings looking like this:
TEAM W L .PCT GB
Colorado 46-26 .639 ---
Arizona 44-26 .629 1
LA Dodgers 44-26 .629 1
So, the three best winning percentages in all the senior circuit belongs to the top three teams in the NL West and – how about this – none of the above lost a single game this past weekend as Colorado swept San Francisco four straight as part of the Rockies’ current five-game winning streak; Arizona snagged three in a row during the weekend in Philadelphia and the Diamondbacks sport a sizzling 7-game winning streak; and the Dodgers swiped three in a row in Cincinnati to give ‘em a three-game winning streak.
The itinerary for the week:
Colorado – 3 games at home versus Arizona followed by a 3-game weekend set at the Dodgers … wow, that’s juicy stuff for a Rockies’ team that is 24-11 when playing fellow divisional foes. Let’s see if closer Greg Holland (24 saves in 25 opportunities) can stay hotter than the weather while facing some major challenges.
Arizona – There’s 3 games in Colorado followed by a 4-game wraparound weekend set against those same/sorry Philadelphia Phillies. One big question with the here-and-now D-Backs is will opposing pitchers give 1B Paul Goldschmidt anything good to hit? “Goldy” has 3 dingers, 3 doubles, 10 RBI and a .429 batting average during his current six-game hitting streak.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Seven home games in seven days for Dave Roberts’ squad beginning with a four-game set against the beleaguered New York Mets starting Monday night followed by that above-mentioned three-game weekend set versus the Rockies. Yes, two starts here for LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.23 ERA and 105-to-16 K-to-BB ratio) who goes against the Mets as a 3-to-1 betting favorite here on this Monday, then a start versus Colorado either Saturday or Sunday.
NBA DRAFT REPORT
Okay, so “our bad”:
In our weekend edition of Jim Sez we blabbered about how a potential Boston/Philadelphia trade of first-round draft picks was a “less than 10 percent chance” of happening and look what took place!
The Philly 76ers indeed swapped first-round draft picks with the once-rival Celtics and also will part with either a first-round pick in 2018 or in 2019 all for the right to snag Washington G Markelle Fultz … big mistake!
Not only don’t we like dealing away future “number ones” but Fultz doesn’t grade out higher than a couple of other sure-shot high first-round draft picks (his UW Huskies team won just nine games last year!) and so why didn’t Philly just sit tight and take what’s left from the all-star lot of Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Josh Jackson (Kansas) or De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky)? We would have!
In fact, our Jim Sez power ratings for the top five players in this draft goes like this:
#1 – De’Aaron Fox; #2 – Jayson Tatum (Duke); #3 Josh Jackson; #4 – Fultz; and #5 Lonzo Ball.
Hey, it’s quite possible that the Sixers are not through playing “let’s make a deal” as C Jahlil Okafor could get moved (along with another warm body or two) with Cleveland and San Antonio said to be interested. Stay tuned.
NOTE: We’ll have our NBA Mock Draft in Thursday’s column … plus much more draft notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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