This was a week of subtractions and additions for the Mets. Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce and Neil Walker were all shipped out of town. With the departure of those veterans, top prospect Dominc Smith was promoted and will see the majority of playing time at first base down the stretch. He joins fellow rookie Amed Rosario on the infield as the two look to become mainstays for years to come.
The Mets had a productive week on the field, winning four out of six games. Texas visited Citi Field for a short two-game set during the week and came away with a split. New York traveled to the friendly confines of Citizen Bank Park for a four-game series to close out the week and took care of business, winning three of four games against the Phillies.
After making his first All-Star Game appearance, Michael Conforto has picked up right where he left off in the second half. He has been moved into the middle of the order and emerged as a cornerstone player. Now that the clubhouse is short on leaders, Conforto is quickly becoming a presence in the locker room.
Matt Harvey is working his way back toward a return, making a rehab appearance this past week. He threw one inning for Brooklyn and is hopeful to be on a big league mound by seasons end.
The Mets begin the Subway Series on Monday. The first two games will be played in the Bronx before returning to Queens for the final two games of the series. From there the Mets will stay put and welcome the Marlins into town.
The Yankees began their week with a three-game series in Toronto. New York dropped the opener before rebounding behind an offensive outburst in the middle game. However, the Blue Jays took the rubber game of the series to put the Yankees further behind the Red Sox in the AL East Standings.
Speaking of the Red Sox, the Yankees closed their week by hosting Boston. Aaron Hicks proved to be the savior in the opener, making a clutch throw in the ninth to gun a runner down at third base to preserve a late lead and start the Yankees off on the right foot. The following day Luis Severino endured one of his worst starts of the season, allowing eight runs in a Yankees' loss. Aroldis Chapman was unable to shut the door on a one-run lead in the series finale as the Red Sox would win the game, and the series, in extra innings.
Starting pitching depth could become a factor in the Yankees postseason berth chances. CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka were both placed on the 10-day disabled list this week. Jordan Montgomery was recalled from Triple-A as the Yankees look to piece together their rotation in the absence of Sabathia and Tanaka. Rookie outfielder Clint Frazier also hit the DL, with Aaron Hicks taking his place on the active roster.
On the bright side, Greg Bird is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week as he works his way back from an ankle injury. He could provide the Yankees with a defensive upgrade at first base and another power bat to add lineup depth down the stretch.
Derek Jeter is returning to baseball. But this time around it will be as an owner. Jeter is part of a group -- which also includes Michael Jordan -- that has a deal in place to purchase the Florida Marlins for $1.2 billion.
This will be rivalry week for the Yankees. They will host the Mets for two games before traveling across town for two more games and then finish their week in Boston.
The Jets defense shined in their preseason opener, recording eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans. Josh McCown started at quarterback and accounted for the game's only touchdown, finding Harone Peake in the end zone. McCown made a splash with the deep ball, connecting with Robby Anderson for a 53-yard pass, the longest gaining play of the night.
Players have continued to praise the work ethic of head coach Todd Bowles during training camp. While expectations might be low from outsiders, Bowles envisions a rebound season from his team.
Buster Skrine believes the secondary will not only be an improvement over last year's but that the group also has the potential to stand out among the league's best. The Jets fired secondary coach Joe Danna after a tough 2016 and replaced him with Dennard Wilson, a former NFL defensive back. Along with Wilson's arrival, the Jets brought in cornerback Morris Claiborne to help sure up the defense.
Gang Green suffered a big blow when Quincy Enunwa went down with a neck injury earlier in the week and he is expected to miss the entire season. Though the loss of Enunwa is huge, the receiving corps is choosing to view this as an opportunity to step up and prove themselves in his absence. Robby Anderson, who saw limited time in his rookie year last season, is now projected to serve as the team's No. 1 receiver.
The Jets will play in Detroit for their next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19.
In their preseason opener, the Giants lost to the Steelers, 20-12. The offense failed to convert in the red zone and was unable to score a touchdown. Josh Johnson and Geno Smith took the majority of snaps at quarterback and both played well as they compete for positioning as the Giants backup.
Eli Manning has grown fond of newly acquired Brandon Marshall quickly during training camp. Manning views Marshall as a "great leader" and a dangerous weapon in red zone situations that he hasn't had since Plaxico Burress. SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano writes that joining a winning culture should help bring the best out of Marshall this season.
Geno Smith, who is hoping to win the battle to become Manning's backup, believes he is still in phase one of his career. He had a disappointing tenure with the Jets and hopes to revive his career with the G-Men.
Following a season in which he finished third for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, Landon Collins wants to take home that prize this season. Collins recorded 125 tackles, five interceptions and four sacks while playing in all 16 games last season.
Although Ereck Flowers is projected to serve as the starting left tackle, it is worth keeping an eye on undrafted rookie Chad Wheeler. He has received increased time with the first team at left tackle and is making a name for himself.
The Giants will travel to the Cleveland Browns for their next preseason game Monday, Aug. 21.
It was a busy week for the Knicks.
Michael Beasley, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum with the Knicks. He is still considered to be a threat on the offensive end and could play a prominent role next season at forward if Carmelo Anthony is traded.
On the Anthony news front, he remains persistent on a trade to the Rockets and the teams have reengaged in discussions.
During an event in Africa on behalf of the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki referred to Kristaps Porzingis as "the real deal." The future Hall of Famer was a childhood hero of Porzingis and the two have spent time working out together this offseason. Porzngis has stated he would like to play the entirety of his career in New York and the Knicks took the first step toward making that happen by picking up his 2018-19 team option.
Following his involvement in a scuffle with MSG security in February, Charles Oakley has agreed to a deal to keep him out of The Garden for one year. If Oakley stays out of trouble for six months, charges for the incident will be dropped and his record will be wiped clean.
Second-round pick Damyean Dotson out of Houston has officially signed with the Knicks. While the terms of the deal were not released, it is believed to be for three years. He averaged 12.1 points per game during Summer League play. Ron Baker was also signed to a new two-year deal that will pay him $8.9 million over that time.
As the Knicks continue to revamp their front office, Craig Robinson was hired this week to serve in an executive role. Robinson is the brother of the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
The Nets will make a trip to Mexico this year, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9, the league announced Wednesday.
The Islanders announced the signing of Stephen Gionta to a one-year, two-way contract. Gionta, 33, played in 26 games for the Islanders last season and totaled six points.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault openly admitted to being harder on JT Miller last season than his teammates. His reasoning being that he sees potential in Miller to grow as a player and is doing what he feels necessary to help bring it out in him. Miller has embraced his coach's approach and attributes his growth to his efforts.
After an offseason that saw a big roster makeover, Ryan McDonagh is excited with where the team is headed. He is looking forward to skating alongside Kevin Shattenkirk next season.
David Villa led the charge for New York City FC in L.A., finding the back of the net in a 2-0 win. The Red Bulls came out on top in a showdown with Orlando City, winning 3-1.
NYCFC returns to action when they host New England on Sunday. The Red Bulls take the field Friday in Portland for their next match.
UConn women's associate head coach Chris Dailey will be honored by the Connecticut Sun with the Margo Dydek Award. Named after the former Sun center, the award is given to an outstanding woman who has distinguished herself while positively impacting the local community. You have to look no further than comments made by Dailey's former players to learn the impact she has made on others throughout her lifetime.
A schedule switch gives UConn the opportunity to avenge one of only two losses in recent years to Stanford in their season opener.