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State Of The Yankees Week 4: Sweep Of Blue Jays Highlights Week, But Injuries Continue To Take Toll

  By Brad Carroll  
Who knows how good the Yankees would be this season if injuries wasn't the key topic of discussion. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixiera, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, we all know the names of those who have missed the season so far. But the injury bug hasn't stopped, with Francisco Cervelli, Ivan Nova and Kevin Youkilis joining the long list of injured players. Luckily for the Yankees, they keep winning games on the field, putting themselves in perfect position to make a run once the stars return to the lineup.

  Opening Statement  
For the first time since losing their first two series of the season, the Yankees actually faced some adversity again. The Yankees headed into a four-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays having lost three of four games, with both CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte losing in that time. A return trip home, however, did a world of good, as the Yankees went on to sweep four games from the Jays to finish the week with a 15-9 record overall and second place standing in the AL East. But, of course, injuries have taken their toll yet again, putting a dark cloud over what has become an outstanding season on the field. Francisco Cervelli broke his hand and will be out six weeks. Ivan Nova has triceps inflammation and should miss two weeks. Kevin Youkilis has barely played over the past 10 games because of back problems. The first two have already been placed on the disabled list and Youkilis may join them soon. On a positive, Mariano Rivera appears fully back from his season-ending injury a year ago, saving the most games ever (9) during his career in April.

Yankees 3 Up & 3 Down Week 4: Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes Up, Ivan Nova, Francisco Cervelli, Eduardo Nunez Down

  By Brad Carroll  
In a week where the Yankees went 5-2, including a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, it was again injuries that put a damper on the team's winning ways. Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova were the latest victims, with both getting injured in the same game. They join Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira on the disabled list. With that list, it's amazing the team is 15-9 this season. The Up list below is part of the reason for success.

  3 Up  
Mariano Rivera: For all the great seasons the no-doubt Hall of Famer has had for the Yankees, this season, his last, is the one where he's making history. Rivera's nine saves in April are his most ever in the month. It's just another unbelievable stat for the greatest closer of all time. Rivera is 9-for-9 in save opportunities and has a 1.80 ERA on the season. This week, Rivera saved four games, including three against the Toronto Blue Jays. Rivera is simply amazing.

Jets Release QB Tim Tebow

The Jets released Tim Tebow Monday. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The Tim Tebow era with the New York Jets is officially over. The Jets announced Monday they have released the quarterback, ending an unnecessary drama-filled year for both the player and team.

Easily the worst move made by former general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who not surprisingly was fired after this past season, Tebow had no positive effect on the team. He actually was more negative than anything else, although it had nothing to do with Tebow himself, but rather the situation it created.

It was the wrong move and the worst time to trade for Tebow when it went down a year ago. We bashed the move here before and after it was rumored to be happening. Turns out we were right.

State Of The Red Sox Week 4: Another Tremendous Week Has Boston Riding High & In First Place In AL East

  By Matt Straub  
Beating up on the Oakland Athletics, save for one miserable game, and the Houston Astros might not sound like a big deal, but the fact the Boston Red Sox did so, winning six of seven, is the exact recipe for making the postseason. The Red Sox did this week what they have to do this season, win a great majority of games against lesser competition. It's also the perfect time to bank wins before heading into tough stretches. We break down the 6-1 week right here.

  Opening Statement  
Never has it been more true that no news is good news than it is for the Boston Red Sox this week. First, after another week of healing physically and mentally, Boston was ready to turn much of its focus back to baseball. Secondly, the Red Sox were given the opportunity to clean up against a favorable schedule, and Boston avoided facing too much bad news. There was a big blip against Oakland we’ll get to shortly, but then the Red Sox did well in their four exhibitions against a minor league team from Houston. Oops, I’m sorry, it turns out the Astros are actually members of the American League West. You’d never know by watching them. Either way, Boston did what it was supposed to do, go 6-1 in a week set up for just such a run. A sign of a good team is being able to beat the teams you’re supposed to, especially at home, and that’s what the Sox did.

Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 4: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Felix Doubront Are Up, Daniel Bard, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes On Down List

  By Matt Straub  
When you go 6-1, it’s hard to find too many people to put in the “down” category for the week. If that’s the biggest problem I have with this blog, it’s going to be a good season in Boston. Even harder might be singling out three people for the up section since the pitchers and hitters are all clicking.

  3 Up  
David Ortiz: This one’s easy. In the eight games since he came back from his foot problems, Big Papi is hitting .516 and has driven in 11. Even scarier for the rest of the division, he says he doesn’t feel 100 percent yet. I want to say he needs to walk more, but if he’s going to hit more than .500, he doesn’t need to get any free passes. He’s earning more than enough.

State Of The Mets Week 4: Walk-Off Grand Slam A Moment To Remember, But That Was Only Positive For Mets

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Mets have handed back all the momentum they had after starting the season with a 7-4 record. Since then, the Mets have gone 3-8 to drop to 10-12 on the year. They've lost three straight games and an offense that was playing so well in the early going has gone completely in the tank, averaging just 2.8 runs per game over the past week. Even Matt Harvey couldn't get a win. It wasn't all bad, however, as a walk-off grand slam was a moment to remember. But that was about the only positive coming from the week that was.

  Opening Statement  
One might believe a walk-off grand slam would provide momentum for a team in desperate need of some positive vibes this season. But the New York Mets couldn't take advantage of a huge victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday, when Jordany Valdespin hit a game-winning slam to grab a thrilling 7-3 win. They answered that magical moment with three straight losses, one to the Dodgers and then the first two games against the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. They scored just six total runs in those three games, getting shut out by Kyle Kendrick along the way. The Mets have gone from a team on the rise early to one that has fallen two games below .500 in short order. No offensive player had a stretch to talk about, as even the grand slam by Valdespin was his only hit of the week. The pitching staff was better, but the bottom line says the Mets won two of six games this week, have lost four of their last five, and eight of their last 11 overall. There's still a long way to go, and the Mets are just 4.5 games out of first place in the NL East, but more weeks like this won't help if the they want to make the postseason.

Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 4: Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner Are Up, Duda, Davis, Byrd Down

  By Brad Carroll  
If it wasn't for a walk-off grand slam by Jordany Valdespin to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, this week would have been a complete disaster for the New York Mets. They won two games, lost four, and did next to nothing on offense, besides that game-winning home run. So, not surprisingly, our 3 Up list includes all pitchers and our 3 Down goes with the hitters.

  3 Up  
Matt Harvey: The phenom pitcher had the worst performance of the season by far, but if allowing three runs on four hits and striking out seven over six innings is bad, Harvey will run away with the Cy Young award. Harvey got a no-decision in his much-hyped start against the Dodgers Wednesday, failing to improve to 5-0 on the season. His ERA jumped from 0.93 to 1.56 after a game in which the Mets won in dramatic fashion, with that  walk-off grand slam by Jordany Valdespin. Despite not getting the victory, the Harvey hype machine is still rightfully in full effect.

Jets Draft Quarterback Geno Smith, Guard Brian Winters In Third, And Trade For Saints RB Chris Ivory

Geno Smith is the newest Jets quarterback. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Jets made the biggest splash on Day 2 of the NFL Draft, selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the 39th overall selection. We had a gut feeling the Jets would go with the Mountaineers quarterback earlier in the day, and general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan made that a reality Friday.

Smith was the top rated quarterback in the draft, so getting him in the second round typically would be a steal of epic proportions. But this was a weak draft class at the position, so the move will either be a tremendous hit or colossal failure. The Jets ended up choosing him over Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib and Southern Cal's Matt Barkley.

Jets Hit With Dee Milliner Pick, Miss With Sheldon Richardson At No. 13, And We Look Ahead To Day Two

Sheldon Richardson is the newest New York Jet. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
It took the New York Jets less than an hour to ruin any good will they developed with fans after picking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth pick of the first round. With their second pick, the Jets could have gone in any number of ways. But as is the case with this historically bad organization in the draft, the Jets went in the completely wrong direction. Again.

With so many holes to fill, offensive guard, wide receiver, safety, a pass rushing linebacker, the Jets went ahead and drafted a defensive tackle. Worse yet, they drafted a defensive tackle that many so-called experts had as the third best player at that position. Typical Jets.

2013 NFL Draft First Round Live Results & Analysis, Fisher Goes No. 1

  By GameDay Staff  
Follow the NFL Draft right here with immediate reaction and analysis of every pick during Thursday night's first round. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock, with Central Michigan's Eric Fisher the slight favorite over Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel to go No. 1 overall. From there, it's anyone's guess. The New York Jets draft No. 9 and No. 13 overall, while the New York Giants pick No. 19.

No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs
The Pick: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Analysis: The Chiefs have play-makers on offense, but they need someone to block QB Alex Smith's blind-spot, and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher will take over that role. Fisher comes from a mid-sized school, so this is a chance. But Chiefs start the Andy Reid Era off right with a player who should be there for at least a decade.

NEW Jets 2013 7-Round Mock Draft With Video Highlights Of Each Player; Jets Go Jones, Warmack In Round 1

  By Craig Carroll  

Here is our updated New York Jets 2013 mock draft, where we break down the choices the Jets should make in the NFL Draft later this week. This new mock includes the draft pick the Jets acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the Darrelle Revis trade, No. 13 overall.

Round 1, Pick No. 9 Overall
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
New mock, but same first round draft pick, as we stick by our evaluation that Jones is flat-out the best player in the entire draft. Jones (6-2, 245 pounds) is able to slip to No. 9 due to injury concerns and a poor showing at his pro day. But tell me this, with 26 sacks in two seasons as the most dominate defensive player in college football, do you believe those concerns should outweigh what he's shown on the field? We don't.


State Of The Yankees Week 3: High Expectations Are Back After Yankees Put Together Another Winning Week

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Yankees have come a long way since a rocky start to the season, when they lost two of three games to both the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. In a three-week span, the Yankees have gone from a team that many thought would finish in last place, to one that is 10-7 overall and just 1.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Big expectations are back in the Bronx, just like they should be.

  Opening Statement  
Since starting the season 1-4 and sending warning signs to a fan base that this could be a very long year, the Yankees have come storming back, alleviating those fears as a make-shift team has come together quickly. The Yankees have gone 9-3 since the bad start, winning each series in that time, against the Indians, Orioles, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays. This week the team went 4-2, against Arizona and Toronto, which easily could have been 6-0 if the bullpen was able to hold a pair of late leads. That bullpen, mainly David Phelps and David Robertson, is the only thing that has gone wrong with the team at the moment. Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia continue to shine, Mariano Rivera is still perfect in save opportunities and the offense, thought to be the worst Yankees lineup in more than a decade, has done more than its share to carry the team. The new hitters, Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youkilis and Lyle Overbay, have all had big seasons so far. Best yet, Robinson Cano, the key to success this season, is having an MVP-type start.

Yankees 3 Up & 3 Down Week 3: Hiroki Kuroda, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner Up, Eduardo Nunez, David Phelps, David Robertson Down

  By Brad Carroll  
You know a team is doing well when you have trouble coming up with three players who under-performed during a week. That's exactly the kind of week the New York Yankees had. The team went 4-2 and has won seven of their last 10 games. The team is hitting and the starting pitching has been outstanding. In both losses, the bullpen ended up blowing leads, so that's a hint of what's to come in the Down section. But, first, a lot of bright spots from a winning week.

  3 Up  
Hiroki Kuroda: After a pair of poor starts to begin the season, Kuroda has been great in his two starts since. Against Baltimore last week, Kuroda pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits to pick up the victory. Saturday, Kuroda was stellar again, allowing just one run on three hits in 7.1 innings. Unfortunately for him, in the latter, David Robertson came in and blew the lead and Kuroda got a no-decision in an eventual victory. Kuroda is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA, picking up right where he left off from a tremendous season a year ago.

State Of The Red Sox Week 3: Baseball Helps Boston Heal After Marathon Bombings Shook The City This Week

  By Matt Straub  
This State of the Red Sox edition is going to be unlike any I’ve ever written for this site or anyone else for that matter. I’m not just a Red Sox fan and self-professed expert on the team, but I also lived in Boston for five years and left a piece of my heart there. Watching the events of this week from Connecticut was especially tough for me.

But, as many of the readers on this site who are either New Yorkers themselves or follow New York sports will know much better than I, baseball can help a region get through difficult times.

I was at Sunday’s first game of a split doubleheader needed because Friday’s game was canceled because Boston was in a lockdown (did you ever in your life think you’d read those words?) and I got to experience the first day in which things started to feel slightly normal again.

Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 3: Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes & All Those Who Responded To Boston Marathon Bombings Shine

  By Matt Straub  
In this latest edition of our Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down column, we’re going to look at who had the most to do with a seven-game winning streak and who was most responsible for the team’s two losses Sunday. With the Sox still sitting at 12-6, there isn’t much to pick on in terms of on-field performance, so the Down will just be reflective of what should just be a bad day at the office.

Before we begin, however, let me just say quickly that the important 3 Up in Boston this week goes as follows: the police, the first responders and the volunteers and every day people who jumped into the carnage last Monday to try and help. We’re going to talk about baseball in a second, but I can’t do so without first mentioning folks like the ones who ripped off their own clothes and made tourniquets or the people who gathered together to pull away the fence to get to Marathon bombing victims.

Jets Trade Darrelle Revis To Buccaneers, Receive Just Two Draft Picks In Embarrassingly Bad Deal

Darrelle Revis has been traded to the Buccaneers. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
It's official. The New York Jets have traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Revis has already signed a six-year deal worth $96 million. Revis gets $16 million a year for each year of the deal, with no guaranteed money. The Jets, in return, get Tampa Bay's first round draft pick this year and either a third or fourth round pick next year. If Revis is on the Buccaneers on the third day of the 2014 league year, the Jets get a third rounder.

The Jets actually get less in the form of draft picks that was originally though, as a first, third and fifth was being discussed. So, the Jets settled for just two picks, and not even in the same draft. It's almost unfathomable the Jets agreed to such a bad deal. The Jets got taken advantage of by the Tampa Bay front office, there's no other way to say it.

State Of The Mets Week 3: Matt Harvey Continues To Shine, But Rest Of Team Needs To Step Up As Well

  By Brad Carroll  
There's no telling what New York Mets fans would be saying this week if Matt Harvey wasn't on the team. The Mets phenom pitcher has everyone excited, and rightfully so, but the bottom line is the team went 1-4 this week to ruin a great start to the season. The Mets are 8-8 and in third place in the NL East.

  Opening Statement  
There's not much good to say about a team that wins just one game out of five in a week. The Mets lost all three games to the Colorado Rockies in the snow to begin the week. Then, after getting what should have been a huge momentum-builder, a 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals with Harvey looking like a guaranteed Cy Young winner, the Mets gave away any kind of positive vibes they built up immediately. That night the Mets blew a chance to take the first two games from the Nationals, blowing a 5-3 lead in an eventual 7-6 defeat. It didn't help that they allowed Bryce Harper to beat them, as he hit two home runs in the game. The Mets offense was thought to be the major concern this season, but scoring 28 runs in five games, as they did this week, should be a recipe for success. The pitching staff, however, has let them down, minus Harvey, of course, allowing 36 runs in that time. Harvey could win 30 games this year, but if the rest of the staff doesn't pitch well, the Mets will be going nowhere.

Mets 3 Up & 3 Down After Week 3: Matt Harvey, David Wright, Lucas Duda Are Up, Josh Edgin, Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner Down

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Mets took a big step back this week after a strong start to the season, going 1-4 to drop to 8-8 overall. On the bright side, there was Mets phenom Matt Harvey out-dueling Stephen Strasburg Friday night. It makes for an uneven 3 Up & 3 Down edition this week. Agree, disagree or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  3 Up  
Matt Harvey: He's been simply fantastic so far this season, but it was his performance against Strasburg and the Washington Nationals Friday night that made everyone take notice. On the biggest stage of his young career, Harvey was tremendous, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out seven in the Mets 7-1 victory. On the season Harvey is 4-0 with an 0.93 ERA. He's first in the National League in wins, innings pitched and WHIP (0.66) and second in strikeouts and ERA. In four starts, he's allowed three runs and 10 hits.

Jets Set To Trade Darrelle Revis To Buccaneers, Here's Five Reasons Why Jets Fans Should Be Worried

Darrelle Revis is likely headed to Tampa Bay. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

The New York Jets are on the verge of trading their best player to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as cornerback Darrelle Revis could switch teams within the next 24 hours. The move should scream to all Jets fans the team is more concerned with money than winning. Here's five reasons why this trade is a horrible decision and fans should be worried about the team's direction.

1. Money > Winning
Trading Revis is all about money, plain and simple. The star cornerback is looking for a new contract that would pay him in the neighborhood of $15 million a year, a lot of money no doubt. But the Jets haven't even tried to negotiate with Revis. If you can't make a deal that works for both sides, fine. But not even trying? That's just stupidity and not the way to run an NFL franchise. The Buccaneers will have no problem finding a way to pay Revis. The difference? Tampa Bay wants to win, the Jets want to save money. That direction should scare every single Jets fan out there. The team has already made it known they aren't going to pay anyone this offseason, watching player after player leave, so this isn't an isolated incident. The bottom line is this trade isn't about rebuilding, it's just being cheap.

New York Jets 2013 Schedule,
With Breakdowns and Predictions

  By Brad Carroll  
When breaking down the 2013 New York Jets schedule, I feel like doing two versions - one with Darrelle Revis on the roster and another without him. Let's face it, with Revis on the roster, the Jets have a legitimate chance at grabbing one of the final wild card spots. Without him, well, there won't be much hope for Gang Green. Still, for now anyway, Revis is a Jet, so we'll go into this hoping it stays that way.

Week 1: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
The NFL schedule makers are practically laughing at the Jets by scheduling this game to open the new season. The Buccaneers are the one known team interested in trading for Revis, and the Jets appear willing to deal. So, it's either Revis covering Vincent Jackson, or Revis covering Santonio Holmes. Either way, the Jets start strong and get a big home win.

New York Giants 2013 Schedule,
With Breakdowns And Predictions

  By Brad Carroll  
The 2013 New York Giants schedule features the Manning Bowl in Week 2 and a host of high-profile night games as well. In addition to the much-hyped Giants and Broncos matchup, Big Blue plays five games in prime time, including the Sunday Night Football season opener against the Cowboys. Here is the full breakdown of the schedule with our picks.

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m. (Sunday Night)
The Giants are 4-0 in the Cowboys' new stadium, with Eli Manning playing some of his best football in those games. Cowboys QB Tony Romo will play his first game after signing a new contract, so it'll be interesting to see how he responds. We'll go with the Cowboys to finally defend their home turf and hand the Giants an opening loss.

State Of The Yankees Week 2: Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda Have Yankees Back In Hunt

  By Brad Carroll  
Admittedly, we were a little concerned when the New York Yankees opened the season with two series losses to the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Winning one of out of every three games would make a very long season for Yankees fans. But the Yankees turned a corner in Week 2, winning four of five games, and five of six overall, to move over .500 and within a game of first place in the AL East.

  Opening Statement  
With two straight postponements in the middle of the week, the Yankees played just five games, winning four. On the surface, not playing those two games hurt the team, as there was no reason to believe the Yankees wouldn't complete the sweep over a Cleveland Indians team they had manhandled in the first two games of the four-game set. But it also meant the team gained another two games later in the season as they wait for Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to return from injury. On the field, the Yankees are clicking, with Robinson Cano carrying the offense, an absolute must this season, and CC Sabathia being the ace the team needs every time he steps onto the mound. Cano was 11-for-22 this week with four doubles, three home runs and eight RBI. He's not the only one who had a big week on offense, as Francisco Cervelli, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Brett Gardner all batted .350 or higher. The Yankees had a combined ERA of 2.17 on the mound for the week, with every single bullpen member not allowing a run, except for Shawn Kelley, who was tagged for three in 1.1 innings. Sabathia allowed one run in eight innings, Andy Pettitte allowed one run in five innings and Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs in 14.1 innings. Those three starters went 4-0 this week. It wasn't all good though, as Phil Hughes was roughed up in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, allowing five runs and three home runs in three innings. Still, if the Yankees are going to win four out of every five games, they will win the AL East going away.

State Of The Red Sox Week 2: Clay Buchholz Flirts With No-Hitter And Red Sox Sit In First Place In AL East

  By Matt Straub  
The Boston Red Sox have kept fans believing for at least another week that a postseason berth isn't out of the realm of possibility. The Red Sox went 3-2 this week to improve to 7-4 overall, good enough for first place in the AL East. On top of that, pitcher Clay Buchholz flirted with his second career no-hitter Sunday. We have all that and more in our State of the Red Sox column.

  Opening Statement  
Ok, so it might have been a little much to ask the Boston Red Sox to win 100-plus games this season. Perhaps the 4-2 start to the season was a little bit of fool’s gold. But in some ways, this week’s 3-2 run was more important, and likely more impressive. The Red Sox, after all, met adversity for the first time this season and answered the challenge with two big, bounce back wins. Yes, some flaws emerged this week, but so did a resilience every good baseball team needs to get through 162 games over six months. What also emerged is a reason to believe the 2013 Red Sox have a pitching staff ready to carry this team through hard times and yet another reason for Red Sox Nation to start to believe again.

Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 2: Clay Buchholz, Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia Are Up, Joel Hanrahan, Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew Down

  By Matt Straub  
The Red Sox bounced back from a couple of tough losses with two important victories over Tampa Bay this weekend to right the ship and keep the good vibes going for yet another week. Boston’s starting pitching was brilliant, but some other parts of the team fell back a bit, helping cause the Red Sox to lose a little bit of their roll from the first week of the season. Let’s look at who’s helped keep the train moving and who has caused some of the hints at regression so far.

  3 Up  
Clay Buchholz: Yes, he nearly threw another no-hitter Sunday, but this award is about more than a good game. Buchholz has been dominant this year, putting up video game-like numbers. He has allowed one run in three starts, totaling 22 innings, striking out 23 and walking only 10. But his growth is beyond the numbers. He seems to be transforming into the kind of mature veteran capable of leading a pitching staff. No longer a kid, the Red Sox need Buchholz to become a leader and someone who can carry the franchise through this rebuilding phase and into what it hopes is the next big run.

Yankees 3 Up & 3 Down Week 2: Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda Are Up, Phil Hughes, Shawn Kelley, Andy Pettitte Down

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Yankees' start to the season didn't alleviate any fears the team could be in trouble this season, with a 2-4 record and a pair of series losses to the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. But the team did a 180 this week, as the Yankees went 4-1 and have won five of six games overall. It's still early in the year, but this edition of 3 Up & 3 Down is a whole lot brighter than last week's.

  3 Up  
Robinson Cano: It's not surprising Cano's hot streak at the plate has coincided with the Yankees putting together a stretch of winning baseball. Cano is the one player who can make or break the Yankees season, and he's finally starting to play like an MVP candidate. Before going 0-for-3 in a 3-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles Sunday night, Cano had a five-game hit streak, going 12-for-24 with four doubles, three home runs and eight RBI. He broke out in the two games against the Cleveland Indians, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, two RBI and four runs scored in the opener, and then 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI in the second game. If Cano continues at this pace, the Yankees will be right there challenging for a world championship once again at season's end.

State Of The Mets Week 2: Matt Harvey, John Buck, Daniel Murphy, David Wright Have Mets Riding High

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Mets have already given fans plenty of reasons to cheer this season, the latest coming with Matt Harvey flirting with a no-hitter Saturday. We break down that moment and the rest of the week in our State of the Mets column. As always, comments below with your own thoughts on you favorite (or least favorite) team.

  Opening Statement  
Everyone knew the potential Matt Harvey had coming into this season and beyond. But even the biggest Mets fans couldn't have predicted what Harvey would do to start the year. With three starts under his belt, Harvey is 3-0 with an 0.82 ERA. He's allowed just two runs in 22 innings. He's allowed six hits and has struck out 25 batters. And he was at his best Saturday against the Minnesota Twins, coming within seven outs of recording the second no-hitter in Mets history. There's a long way to go not only this season, but in Harvey's career, but he couldn't be off to a better start. Harvey's success isn't the only thing going in favor of the Mets. The Mets are 7-4 on the year and are in second place in the NL East, three games behind the Atlanta Braves, who are 10-1. John Buck and Daniel Murphy have combined for 30 RBI, David Wright is starting to heat up at the plate and the Mets have won three out of the four series so far this season. The Mets go for the sweep of the Twins Sunday afternoon.

Mets 3 Up & 3 Down After Week 2: Matt Harvey, John Buck, Daniel Murphy Are Up, Ike Davis, Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner Are Down

  By Brad Carroll   
The New York Mets are off to a strong start, with a 7-4 record and second-place standing in the NL East. Matt Harvey is pitching at Cy Young level, the offense is actually hitting and Mets fans everywhere have reason to be proud of their team's effort so far. It all makes for a fun 3 Up & 3 Down edition this week. Agree, disagree or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  3 Up  
Matt Harvey: This season couldn't have gotten off to a better start for the Mets phenom pitcher. Harvey has pitched three times this season, for a total of 22 innings, and has allowed just two earned runs. That's right, two runs. He's 3-0 with an 0.82 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP. And, oh yeah, there was his start Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before a two-out home run by Justin Morneau ruined his bid for history. In his two starts this week, Harvey allowed one run on three hits in beating the Philadelphia Phillies, and allowed two hits and one run over eight innings in the win over the Twins. He struck out 15 combined in those two starts. Harvey could be in the midst of a very special season for the Mets.

Jets 2013 Seven-Round Mock Draft With Video Highlights Of Each Player; Jarvis Jones Should Be Jets' First Pick

  By Craig Carroll  

Here is our New York Jets 2013 mock draft, where we break down the choices the Jets should make in the NFL Draft later this month. We will do a second mock if/when the team decides to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis. But for now, this is the exact direction the Jets should go in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Round 1, Pick No. 9 Overall
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones, at 6-2 and 245 pounds, plain and simple, is the best player in this draft and would be an easy top five choice if it wasn't for a spinal injury concern and a poor 40 time at his pro day. But I put the most stake into what you have done on the field and Jones dominated, making him a clear choice to be the 9th overall pick by the New York Jets.


State Of The Yankees 1: Yankees Open Season With Two Series Losses, No Offense & Lots Of Pitching Concerns

  By Brad Carroll  

The New York Yankees' start to the season may not be what everyone hoped for, but at least we're back in full force with our weekly State of the Yankees feature. Each and every Monday afternoon, we'll break down the week that was for the Bronx Bombers. As always, comment below with your thoughts.

  Opening Statement  
For the first time in two decades, the Yankees actually living up to expectations has been a bad thing. Unlike previous years, where it was World Series or bust, this new version of the Bronx Bombers has limited to no expectations of making a run at a postseason berth, let alone a world title. With that, the fact the 2013 squad has jumped out to a 2-4 start shouldn't surprise anyone. Still, even with low expectations, these are the Yankees, and winning one out of every three games just won't cut it. So, what's gone wrong so far? The Yankees have gotten just two strong starts from the pitching staff, with Andy Pettitte winning the series finale against Boston Thursday and CC Sabathia getting a win in his second start, against Detroit Sunday. The rest has been terrible, including Sabathia's first start of the year last Monday. The offense hasn't done much either, scoring 24 runs in six games. That includes a 7-0 win over Detroit Sunday. Robinson Cano (.130), Ichiro Suzuki (.111) and Brett Gardner (.160) have combined for just nine hits. We've written it time and time again leading into this season, if Cano doesn't hit, the Yankees aren't going anywhere. On the bright side, newcomers Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells have all had strong starts. It's still way too early to judge the season, but the Yankees could use a series win or two soon or they could drop back in the AL East race real quick.

Ireland, Spain To Play International Friendly At Yankee Stadium This June

  By Brad Carroll  
Fans of both Ireland and Spain soccer in the Tri-State area will get a special treat come June when the two national soccer clubs play each other in an international friendly at Yankee Stadium. Spain is the reigning World Cup and Euro champions, while Ireland may have more fans for this game in New York than they would in their home country.

Kickoff is 8 p.m. in the Bronx on June 11. Tickets are on sale April 10 at 10 a.m.

Yankee Stadium will also host a match between English Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester City on May 25 at 5 p.m.

Yankees 3 Up & 3 Down After Week 1: Kevin Youkilis, CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte Start Strong, Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Nova Down

  By Brad Carroll  
Welcome to the first edition of our New York Yankees 3 Up and 3 Down feature. Each and every Monday afternoon we'll break down the best and worst performances during that specific week. Agree, disagree or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  3 Up  
Kevin Youkilis: It's going to take a lot for Yankees fans to get behind Kevin Youkilis. For years, he was Public Enemy No. 1 with the Red Sox. But if Youkilis continues to produce at the plate, as he's done so far this young season, he might win over fans quickly. Youkilis is the team's best offensive player right now, which admittedly isn't saying much for a team that has struggled to score runs in a 2-4 start to the year. Youkilis, however, is doing his part. He's batting .409 with four doubles, a home run and four RBI in 22 at-bats. He's carrying the Yankees offense right now, which the Yankees desperately need, with Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list. Youkilis has a hit in every game this season, and has two in half of the six games. If only he had some help.

State Of The Red Sox 1: Season's Start Couldn't Have Gone Much Better For Red Sox Nation, Giving Early Hope

  By Matt Straub  
If you read my Red Sox season preview, you know I wasn’t very high on Boston’s chances of getting back in the playoff mix. I listed seven things that had to happen in order for the Red Sox to contend in 2013. It’s very, very early, but things look like they might be coming together. We haven’t seen all seven keys yet, but it’s already clear these are not your 2012 Red Sox.

  Opening Statement  
In a year in which a nice start was essential to begin to wash away the stink of 2012, the first road trip of the season couldn’t have gone much better. The Sox took two of three against a Yankees team I still believe will be better than people think, then took the rubber game of a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays, who are many people’s pick to win the division. All totaled, Boston comes home for Monday’s Fenway opener at 4-2, a far cry from the last two seasons, which they started 1-7 and 1-5. We’ll get into the particulars in a minute, but the big key so far has been the attitude. This team seems to enjoy each other and the game itself, which is a total turnaround from last year’s obvious misery on the field and in the clubhouse.

Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down After Week 1: Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Iglesias Are Up, Jackie Bradley Jr, Mike Napoli, Ryan Dempster Are Not

  By Matt Straub  
Finding three players to pick in our 3 Up and 3 Down feature was difficult, which is good news for the Red Sox. A 4-2 start presented plenty of highlights and very few problems. There was good pitching for much of the week and several players got off to good starts at the plate. Finding three players to single out for three Up was hard also because so many players performed well. If I have this much trouble with this post all season, the Red Sox are going to be alive in September.

  3 Up  
Jon Lester: Two starts, two wins. That’s as good as you can be in the season’s first week. His inning count was a bit low in the opener against the New York Yankees, which is always his biggest problem, but he allowed just two runs, walking two and fanning seven in the win over five innings. If he can keep the other team off the scoreboard and hand things off to Boston’s deep bullpen, the Red Sox will overlook a couple of short outings. More impressively, he dominated a potent Toronto Blue Jays lineup over seven strong innings in his next start. His strikeout to walk ratio is 13/2.

WrestleMania 29 Results & Live Blog: Undertaker Vs CM Punk, The Rock Vs John Cena, Triple H Vs Brock Lesnar

John Cena with WWE title. (@WWE Twitter)
  By Brad Carroll  
WrestleMania 29 is live from MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. tonight and we'll be along for the ride here at GameDay. We will be live blogging with our thoughts throughout the event, with the focus on the bigger matches on the card, including the Undertaker vs. CM Punk, WWE champion The Rock vs. John Cena and Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar. We'll even follow The Miz, a friend of GameDay, going for the intercontinental championship in the pre-show event.

We've been to a ton of football games at the new stadium in Jersey, so it'll be interesting to see how the stadium transforms into a wrestling venue, besides the already leaked set by Vince McMahon this week on Twitter. Comment below with your thoughts on the show.

Jack Hoffman, Battling Brain Cancer, Scores On 69-Yard TD Run During Nebraska Football Spring Game


State Of The Mets 1: Mets Off To Solid Start This Season, With Pitching And Offense Leading Way To 3-2 Record

  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Mets are back on the field as baseball season has finally returned from a long hibernation. It also means we here at GameDay are back again with our weekly State of the Mets columns. Each and every Saturday night we'll break down the best and worst of the week that was for the boys in Queens. As always, comments below with your own thoughts on you favorite (or least favorite) team.

  Opening Statement  
The New York Mets raced out of the gate to start the 2013 season, doing it both at the plate and from the mound. Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey did their part in pitching to victories in the first two games of the season against the San Diego Padres. But it really was the offense where the team shined. It's well known the team doesn't have an imposing lineup this season, and runs might be hard to come by, but the Mets managed to accomplish a feat only done twice before in team history. With the Mets winning 11-2 and 8-4, it was the third time in history the team started a season by scoring 8+ runs in each game. The other two years were in 1969 and 1979. The good fortune didn't continue, however, as two losses followed, including a one-run showing in the series finale against San Diego. After dropping the series opener to Miami the Mets came back and won Saturday afternoon, 7-3. In five games, the Mets scored 32 runs, which if they keep up that over six runs a game pace, they'll win a lot of games this year, especially if the team pitches the way many believe they can. In addition to Niese and Harvey, Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee pitched well, allowing just one run each. Both took losses, however. On offense, John Buck has been a find so far, batting .421 with two homers and nine RBI. David Wright has started strong, hitting .333. The competition hasn't exactly been world title contenders, but winning two of three each time out (the Mets can do that by beating Miami Sunday) is how you make the postseason. So far, so good.

Mets 3 Up & 3 Down After Week 1: Matt Harvey, Jonathon Niese, John Buck Are Up, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, LaTroy Hawkins Start Down

  By Brad Carroll  

Welcome to the first edition of our New York Mets 3 Up and 3 Down feature. Each and every Saturday night we'll break down the best and worst performances during that specific week. Agree, disagree or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  3 Up  
Matt Harvey: Mets fans should be excited about the phenom pitcher's start to the season. Harvey allowed just one hit in seven innings of shutout ball against the Padres. He struck out 10 and allowed just two walks in picking up the victory. Yes, the Padres are terrible and have a lineup that won't scare anyone. But a big part of baseball is beating the teams you're supposed to beat. Harvey and the Mets did that last Wednesday. Harvey was 3-5 last year with a 2.73 ERA in 10 starts. This year he's off to an even better start, which must continue if the Mets want to make a push for the postseason. "He pitched an absolutely - under the circumstances - an unbelievable game," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Harvey pitching in the frigid weather. "The fact that he commanded his stuff as well as he did was impressive."