Yankees Armed And Ready For Game 5

Photo: NorthJersey.com
By Rich Bauer
As the Yankees prepare for this evening’s battle royale, winner take all, against the Cleveland Indians, keep this in mind- all members of the bullpen are ready to go. That includes Dellin Betances, whose arm might be ready but how about his psyche? This should allow CC Sabathia to get out there and throw as hard and as long as he can with some smarts of course.
The relievers have 11 K’s and are pitching to a 2.63 ERA this postseason. Not bad at all for 24 innings of work.
I think the Yankees line up becomes stronger and more versatile when opposing pitchers also have to worry about Greg Bird. He has had a tough year dealing with his injuries, but I am glad to see him contributing this postseason.
Photo: Sportsnet
A Bombers win puts them in the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2012, and considering home teams are just 6-14 in Division Series Game 5 scenarios over the past 15 seasons, I like their chances.
The Yankees winning Monday night and the Red Sox losing earlier in the day added to the jubilation for Yankee fans. Anytime the Yankees win and the Sox lose, it’s a great day (especially in October). John Farrell, sorry to see you go!
I suggested in a previous post that you should watch out for the Monmouth University Hawks football team. Well, they are in first place in their conference with a 5-1 record. Senior safety, Mike Basile, from Brick, NJ, is the school’s All-Time Leader in tackles, and is about to shatter the conference record for solo tackles in a career. Keep an eye on this guy as he might be following in the footsteps of Miles Austin and Chris Hogan, past Hawks to play in the NFL.
Photo: Monmouth University Hawks
By the way when was the last time anyone could say that Rutgers football was 5-1 and vying for a league championship?
Speaking of Rutgers, did you see that one of their top 2018 basketball recruits has already decommitted? Point guard, Mac McClung from Gate City, VA, was on campus September 30 for the start of basketball practice and the MidKnight Madness event. It also happens to be the same day he stood on the sideline watching the Ohio State Buckeyes annihilate the Scarlet Knights, 56-0. I’m sure that did not help.
Photo: Kingsport Times-News
I guess the trip didn’t go well and bet it didn’t help that he was on the field for the Knights vs Buckeyes football game.
Till next time I wish you and yours nothing but the best in the world of sports…Cheers

Yankees Redemption Lies In The Bronx

feature photo: NY Daily News

by : Rich Bauer

The Yankees excruciating extra-inning loss to the Indians in Cleveland Friday was everything that baseball should be in October. Excitement, drama and filled with plenty of pressure and second guessing.

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Yankees Can Still Win Despite Last Night’s Loss

Trevor Bauer photo: SI.com

Off The Cuff

By Rich Bauer

Consider this, the Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees in the playoffs in 1997, then again in 2007. Aaron Judge was 15 years old then and Gary Sanchez was just 14 years of age in ’07. The only current homegrown Yankee close to being on the roster back then is Brett Gardner who made his MLB debut a year later in 2008. It is 10 years later and Yankee fans are hoping for a different outcome in 2017.

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Jets Make Strong Statement On And Off The Field

By Rich Bauer

The NY Jets players and ownership stood up on Sunday and made some very clear statements on and off the field.

First, the guys who dress and get paid to play on Sundays are going to give it their all. They are thinking wins, not lottery picks. Coach Todd Bowles emphasized in his post-game press conference, “the team’s goal is to win enough games to get to the Super Bowl. That is their motivation.” Bold statement. He went on to say he has never discussed “an us against the world (fans & media insinuated) motivation” and he does not plan on doing so.

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Bauer’s Bytes-Jets Defense Deserves All The Blame

By Rich Bauer

Jets Coach Todd Bowles comments after his team’s 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders this weekend were right on. Especially when he said, “We were in the game. We had a fighting chance. We can’t afford–we’re not good enough–to correct our mistakes and win the game. We can’t afford to give away games and give away plays and try to make up for them.”

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Bauer’s Bytes

Off The Cuff

Photo: MLB.com

By Rich Bauer

Luis Severino, who has (5) double digit strikeout starts this year, and (15) starts of one run allowed, is my choice to be named the Yankee’s ace come pennant and playoff time. Severino has the 3rd lowest ERA (2.96) in the AL behind Corey Kluber (my vote for the Cy Young award), and Chris Sale.

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Bauer’s Bytes

Off the Cuff

Photo: NY Post

By Rich Bauer

I must admit I have never been a big Chase Headley fan, but I have to give him plenty of credit of late.

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Bauer’s Bytes

Off The Cuff…

Photo: Business Insider

By Rich Bauer

I thought the Yankees-Tigers brawl was more entertaining than the McGregor-Mayweather fight.

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Bauer’s Bytes

Jets Fan For Life

By Rich Bauer

Forty five years ago, in 1972, I attended my first Jets game at Shea Stadium. What a thrill! And I have been a big Jets fan ever since. Posters of Joe Namath and pictures of George Sauer and Don Maynard could be found in my bedroom as a young teenager.

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The Giants May Have Another Victor Cruz on Their Hands

By Rich Bauer

courtesy: espn.com

The first time I met Andrew Turzilli, the New York Giants recent wide receiver free agent signee, was in the fall of 2003. We met at the St. Anthony’s Parish Center in Butler, NJ. I was the CYO Coordinator and basketball coach and “A.T.” was there to sign up and tryout for the middle school basketball team.

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