Ben Ben Tuesday: Danger Signs in Yankee Land, Mets Crumbling, Giants OL Improvement


WHITE PLAINS, NY – Oh man, I spaced on my column. I’ll blame it on my twin babies and a hockey game last night. A rough 5-1 loss, for those keeping track at home. Anyway, let me bang something out with the forethought of Trump firing a key official. The top story on SportsCenter is ManBun Crushing the Wizards, but I’ll stick with more familiar territory. We saw some Danger Signs in Yankeeland, Mets Crumbling Like Feta Cheese and the Giants Trying To Build a Functional Line.

In Yankee land, the warts might be pushing their way through the cover up. We knew they had a rock solid pen, but didn’t have much depth in the rotation. CC Sabathia looked like he had figured out how to pitch without his heat early on, but he’s been getting shelled lately. Luis Severino looked good early, but he’s having trouble getting deep into games and may have a skill set better suited for relief. Big Mike Pinieda has looked good at times, but we’ve seen this movie before. Hiro Tanaka got roughed up by Houston and continues to prove he’s not an ace. Jordan Montgomery has looked promising, but there will be growing pains.

Not THAT Joe Girardi!

Now that Arnoldis Chapman is out, the pen gets shorter. Dellin Betances steps into the closer role and they’ll need bigger outs from Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren. With the starters regularly going, teams will get into the soft underbelly of their middle relievers and it could mean trouble. Joe Girardi has been a master at getting the most out of his pens, but he’ll have his work cut out for him if the starters keep giving the pen four innings. The Astros are feisty, but we saw some of what we were worried about heading into the season.

The Mets on the other hand, lost their fifth straight. They are also sans closer and took a beating in Milwaukee. Has Collins been sacked yet? Let’s get Trump in there to clean house. He’ll be out of a job soon.

GO… Croatia???

Word out of Giant camp is that Bobby Hart and Ereck Flowers and looking lean and motivated. Before you laugh, remember that Flowers is 22 years old and could just be coming out of college now. Hart was a guy they drafted as project and could be finding his way. What, it could happen. Ex-Giant David Diehl thinks they could surprise.

The Giants are about a 20-1 shot to win the Super Bowl. Doesn’t that feel like a decent dart throw for a few bucks? They should have a championship caliber defense and Landon Collins is only gonna get better. They got Eli some new weapons, the only question is up front and in the running game.

But two years ago the Giants scored a ton of points with basically this same line. They added help on the periphery with Rhett Ellison and Brandon Marshall. They’re pretty solid the middle with Pugh, Richburg, and Jerry/Fluker. If the tackles step up and the offense returns to form, this team could be legit. That schedule is rough though.

That’s it for me. Come back tomorrow for Angry Ward and the Temple of Doom… Follow us on Twitter at @benwhit, @MeetTheMatts, @Matt_McCarthy00, Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest “rounders” games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby.

  • AngryWard

    Yanks are in first place and the O’s are in a tailspin, so I wouldn’t worry too much just yet. Houston is a very good team, as evidenced by them currently running away with the AL West. The Mets, on the other hand, are a mess right now. Not sure who wrote about this last week, but they can’t expect to win with guys like Granderson and Reyes hitting absolutely nothing. I mean, find a place for Wheeler in the everyday lineup if you have to. Last night aside, Conforto has been the one glimmer of hope. If they can find a way to tread water until they get Cespedes back they… ah, who am I kidding?

    • benwhit

      Im not panicked yet. Like I say d, warning signs tho.

      Yeah I meant to mention Conforto. Also putting Grandy to pasture. Sadly, guy is class.

      • You Suck

        Nothing is worse then a Yankee fan crying when his team is in first.

    • Cam_James

      I’ll take the credit for bashing Grand daddy and Reyes. Mets have quality on the farm. The only reason not to call kids up would be that young Dominican stars have about a 1 in 3 chance of dying in their first visit back to the island right now. Rip Tavares and Ventura.

      Give Grandy an honorable Viking funeral in the sound and give Reyes the good fellas treatment and dump him in the east river.

      • Uh… From DAY ONE we’ve called Jayson Granderson out on the worst #Mets pickup since Curtis Bay.

    • Didn’t your Mariners beat Clancy’s A’s last night? Too bad about the King Felix thing, though.

      • AngryWard

        They did. King Felix will be back at some point… though by then Seattle will be 20 back. Though still ahead of the A’s.

  • vinny from brooklyn

    wheeler looked good. haha

  • Buddy Diaz

    Other than Jeter night the weekend went as close to awful as you can get. I agree with Ben about the warning signs, they were there before the season started and they popped up again this weekend. Pitching was so bad it was sad!

    Who would thought that Michael Pineda would be our best pitcher? Other than that our pitchers were throwing up meatballs to the Astros!

  • Junoir Blaber

    the Giants will be mediocre like last year

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