After rolling over a Blue Jays team that looked completely lost on Tuesday night, the Yankees found themselves somewhere they hadn’t been since Sept. 2: in sole possession of second place in the AL East.
Though it’s not where they expected to be at this point of the season, it looks a lot better than where they were just a week ago, when they were fighting for their playoff lives.
With their 20-6 romp over Toronto in The Bronx, the Yankees have now won six straight and moved half a game ahead of the Blue Jays, leaving them trailing just the front-running Rays in the division.
In the first of seven games remaining between the two teams, the Yankees hit six homers and scored their most runs in a game since Aug. 30, 2015, when they scored 20 against Atlanta.
They also scored seven runs in the second, five in the third and four more in the fourth — batting around each inning — to blow the game open, as Deivi Garcia won again in his fourth start.
The 21-year-old right-hander wasn’t as dominant as he was in his previous outing against the Blue Jays last Wednesday in Buffalo, when he gave up two runs in seven innings. But he was plenty good enough to beat Toronto on Tuesday.
Garcia, who threw 95 pitches in each of his previous two starts, allowed three runs — including the two homers — in seven innings. He threw 88 pitches and struck out six.
Garcia allowed a solo shot to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the second that put the Blue Jays up, 1-0. That score didn’t last long.
In the bottom of the inning, Gio Urshela, in his first game back from a bone spur in his right elbow, doubled to left with one out. Clint Frazier followed with a routine fly ball to right that was dropped by Derek Fisher — his first of several miscues of the night.
Urshela moved to third, but Frazier — not running — only got to first, so when Brett Gardner followed with a single off the wall in right — again misplayed by Fisher — Frazier had to stop at second.
Tyler Wade drove him in with a single to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
DJ LeMahieu, who had five RBIs on the night, slapped a single through the vacant right side of the infield to score Gardner and then Luke Voit slammed a three-run shot into the bleachers in left to make it 6-1. It was his first of two home runs, giving him an MLB-high 18 on the season.
Aaron Hicks then ended Taijuan Walker’s night with a homer into the second deck in right.
Walker’s replacement, Shun Yamaguchi may have been worse, as he walked the first three batters in the third and then hit the next two to force in a pair of runs before LeMahieu hit a three-run double to extend to a 12-1 lead.
Garcia gave up a second home run in the fourth, this time a two-run homer to Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but the Yankees added more runs in the fourth, highlighted by a three-run blast from Sanchez.
The final blow came from LeMahieu, who homered off infielder Santiago Espinal in the eighth, as the Yankees ended up scoring a season-high 20 runs, after the Mets beat Toronto 18-1 on Friday.
Fantasy Injury Updates: Chris Carson, Dallas Goedert, Jared Cook impact Week 4 waiver wire pickups
After losing Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, and Raheem Mostert in Week 2, among others, fantasy football owners were happy to see fewer injuries to the RB position in Week 3. Still, a couple of important players went down in Chris Carson and Tarik Cohen and a couple of key starters/streamers at the tight end position went down. That could thin out our Week 4 TE rankings and cause a frenzy for some waiver wire pickups to replace Carson and Cohen. As such, injury updates at these positions will still be important to watch even if there aren’t as many to keep track of this time around.
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WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Chris Carson injury update
Carson left the Seahawks’ win over the Cowboys after being rolled over by Trysten Hill on a tackle late in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field with an apparent knee injury and didn’t return to action.
Though Carson’s injury looked bad, it isn’t expected to be significant, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. And NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Carson has a knee sprain and should be back on the field shortly pending the results of a Monday MRI.
Obviously, the news sounds good for Carson, but it’s still possible that he could miss some time depending on the severity of the injury. If that happens, Carson’s top backup, Carlos Hyde, will jump into the lead back role and could be a strong RB2 bordering on an RB1 against the Dolphins in Week 4. Travis Homer would also get some work as the top backup to Hyde and could have some PPR flex appeal.
For those wondering about Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ 2018 first-round pick is still recovering from an ACL tear and is on the PUP list. He won’t be able to return until the Seahawks’ Week 8 game against the Cardinals, at the earliest. As such, Carson’s injury won’t impact him unless it’s a longer-term problem than initially expected.
WEEK 4 WAIVER WIRE: Top pickups
Dallas Goedert injury news
In the first quarter of the Eagles’ tie against the Bengals, Goedert suffered an ankle injury and limped to the locker room. He was quickly declared out for the game and it seems likely that he will miss time with the injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
If Goedert does miss some action, that will be a boon to No. 1 tight end Zach Ertz, who had been competing for targets with Goedert. Ertz saw 10 passes go his way against the Bengals and caught seven of them for 70 yards. He should be a sure-fire top-10 TE as long as Goedert is out. Greg Ward would also get a stock up as the team’s slot receiver, as he’ll be able to work the middle of the field and see extra targets with Goedert out.
WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Will Jared Cook play in Week 4?
Cook suffered an ankle injury against the Packers on Sunday Night Football and limped into the locker room during the first half. At this time, there’s no update on the pass-catcher’s status, but it’s possible that he could miss some time with the injury.
If Cook is out, Adam Trautman, Josh Hill, and Taysom Hill will combine to replace him at the tight end position. The committee approach would render the Saints’ TE spot mostly irrelevant for fantasy purposes, but targets could get funneled to other middle-of-the-field options like Alvin Kamara out of the backfield.
We’ll soon see if Cook’s injury will keep him sidelined but if it does, the thin ranks of the tight end position will only get thinner.
Tarik Cohen injury update
Late in the Bears’ comeback win over the Falcons, Cohen suffered a knee injury on a punt return. He couldn’t put much pressure on his leg at all and limped off the field. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the fear is that Cohen tore his ACL. He’ll have tests to confirm the injury but he is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
With Cohen sidelined, David Montgomery’s workload should increase, as the second-year back will likely handle more of the work on passing downs. Converted WR Cordarrelle Patterson may take over some of those snaps as well given his elusiveness, but since he’s only WR-eligible in most fantasy formats, he’s just a middling flex without a volume of touches.
The only other running back on the Bears roster at the moment is Ryan Nall. It remains to be seen how he’ll work into the rotation, but he’s at least a name to know and a player to watch moving forward.
Sean Payton admits surprising ‘truth’ behind Saints’ poor start
The New Orleans Saints lost back-to-back games for the first time since an 0-2 start in 2017 after falling 37-30 to the Green Back Packers on Sunday night.
Following the loss at the Superdome, which dropped the Saints to 1-2, head coach Sean Payton laid out the truth regarding his team’s sluggish start to the 2020 season.
“It’s been a while since we felt that, but three years ago, we were 0-2. A little bit of a gut check, and yet we aren’t playing well enough. Let’s not fool ourselves,” Payton told reporters. “We’re making too many mistakes. We aren’t playing disciplined enough on both sides of the ball. That’s really just the truth.
“You’re frustrated as a coach because that starts with us. We have to do a better job. We have to get ready to play a better game against Detroit [on the road next week].”
Running back Alvin Kamara put in a valiant effort with a career-high 139 receiving yards on 13 catches, for a total of 197 yards from scrimmages with two touchdowns. New Orleans had given up only two passes of more than 30 yards all season before Sunday, when Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard pulled down a 48-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter before he broke open for a 72-yarder three plays into the second half on third-and-10.
The game got away from the Saints early in the fourth quarter when, with the score 27-27, backup quarterback and gadget player Taysom Hill fumbled away the ball on a quarterback keeper. The Packers turned that into a field goal and followed up with a touchdown on their ensuing drive to take a 10-point lead with two minutes left.
“Talent really doesn’t get you much in this league on paper — especially when you’re as undisciplined as we’ve been playing, mainly on defense,” said veteran safety Malcom Jenkins, who returned to the Saints in free agency this year. “Whether it’s been penalties, assignments here or there. … It’s early in the season, and those are things we can correct, but we gotta do it if we want to be the team we set out to be.
“For me personally, I feel like that was what I was brought here to do. So up to this point, I feel like I’ve been failing in that regard. But I think it’s definitely something, between myself and other team leaders on defense, [we] can get fixed.”
Remembering the time Lamar Jackson leaped over a Syracuse defender in college
The loudest collective gasp I’ve ever heard came courtesy of a Louisville quarterback by the name of Lamar Jackson. He’d just leaped over an entire human.
It was Sept. 9, 2016, in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse was hosting the Cardinals and Jackson, who before that game hadn’t been in much conversation about the best players in college football. I was a student at SU at the time, sitting in the student section aligned with one of the 20-yard lines. I didn’t know Jackson much more than the rest of the country did. All it took was one half to change that.
Lamar Jackson’s Syracuse leap
Louisville already led 28-7 when the Cardinals lined up on first-and-goal just inside the Syracuse 10-yard line. Jackson ran a familiar read option play with his running back, Jeremy Smith, who didn’t get the handoff and was blown up by an SU lineman. Jackson took off in a race for the left pylon, but his path appeared to be blocked by Syracuse defensive back, Cordell Hudson. Hudson went low, and Jackson rose up.
I was at the opposite end of the field, about 80 yards away. That didn’t take away any of the majesty of what Jackson had just done. Jackson flew over Hudson and landed on his feet before having a pretty smooth final few steps to the end zone. The gasp took place in that middling moment, as Jackson hung in the air. He’d already taken all the energy out of the Dome with a big early lead. But for one moment, Syracuse fans were just fans of the most impressive athletic feat to take place in an SU football game in a long time.
That was Jackson’s fourth rushing touchdown of the game – he’d already scored from 72, 13 and seven yards on runs. That all came after Jackson threw a 72-yard touchdown over the top to James Quick on Louisville’s opening drive. Within less than five minutes, Louisville led 21-0, and that Jackson leaping touchdown put the Cardinals up 35-7 in a first half that didn’t even feel that close.
The week before, Jackson had thrown six touchdowns against Charlotte, but it was his monster game against Syracuse — 411 passing yards, 199 rushing yards and five total touchdowns — that began the true Heisman Watch in Louisville.
Lamar Jackson’s Heisman season
After Jackson lit up Syracuse, he didn’t slow down. The next week, he ran for 146 yards and four more touchdowns on the ground in a win over Florida State. Two weeks later, he ran for another 162 yards and two touchdowns in a highly anticipated matchup with Clemson.
The highlights didn’t stop coming, either. He threw for more than 300 yards against North Carolina State and Virginia. He continued breaking the century mark on the ground, against Duke, Boston College, Wake Forest and Kentucky.
By the end of the season, Jackson was lifting the Heisman Trophy. He finished the year with 3543 passing yards and 30 touchdowns to go with 1571 rushing yards and 21 more touchdowns. The Cardinals finished 9-4.
A year later, Jackson finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting as Baker Mayfield took home the award. The Ravens picked Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in 2018, and the rest is pretty much history. And while by no means did Jackson’s career begin on that September night in Syracuse, his first true Heisman moment was one that made the whole Carrier Dome gasp collectively and still blows my mind four years later.
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