The Mets started their week off on a high note, taking the first two games against the Giants to secure their fourth straight series victory. However, things took a turn for the worst Wednesday. In a matinee affair to close out their series against the Giants, Jeurys Familia entered with a one-run lead in the ninth inning and allowed four runs as he recorded his first blown save of the season in a 6-5 loss.
Frustrations only grew Thursday when it was reported that Familia was dealing with an arterial clot and would undergo surgery the following day that will cause him to miss several months, and possibly the remainder of the season. The Familia news is just the latest sour note for the Mets in what has been an injury-riddled season thus far, writes Adam Rubin
On a more positive note, the team received good news on Yoenis Cespedes as he is nearing a return from his hamstring injury.
After serving his three-game suspension for violating team rules, Matt Harvey returned to the mound Friday against the Brewers as the Mets began a series in Milwaukee. His issues with command continued as he walked five and surrendered five runs over 5+ innings in a 7-4 loss. Lucas Duda returned from injury Friday and the team received some uplifting news from sidelined pitchers Steven Matz and Seth Lugo who began throwing over the weekend.
New York didn't fare much better over the weekend in Milwaukee, dropping Saturday and Sunday's content to be swept away by the Brewers. Michael Conforto finished a single shy of the cycle in the series finale as the Mets held a commanding six-run lead in the sixth inning. The Brewers would proceed to score 10 runs in their final three at-bats to shock the Mets in an 11-9 loss to end the week on a sour note.
The Mets travel to Arizona for three games this week before returning home to play the Angels next weekend.
The Yankees continue to hold one of the best records in baseball. MLB Insiders believe this Yankee team will be in contention for the long haul, rather than drifting away as the season progresses.
New York extended their winning streak to five Monday by defeating the Reds, 10-4, in Cincinnati. That streak would be snapped the following day when CC Sabathia threw his fourth consecutive rough start. Although Sabathia has struggled of late, expect the Yankees to be patient with the team's former ace, writes Chris Carelli.
Greg Bird, who has not played since May 1, remains uncertain when he will return to the field as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.
The Yankees returned home for a four-game series against the Astros in the Bronx on Thursday. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a thorn in the Yankees' side, keeping their bats quiet over six innings in a 3-2 loss in the opener. New York's fortunes remained much of the same as they went down silently in a 5-1 loss Friday.
After a rainout Saturday, the Yankees concluded their week with a doubleheader Sunday against the Astros. They won Game 1, 11-6, as Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner all hit home runs. However, an eight-run first inning off Masahiro Tanaka was too much for the Yankees to overcome in Game 2. They mustered a ninth-inning comeback, but it was too little, too late as they lost, 10-7, to drop the game and the series to the Astros.
All eyes were on Derek Jeter on Sunday as he was immortalized by the Yankees in Monument Park and his No. 2 was retired. Jeter thanked the franchise, fans and the city of New York in advance of the occasion.
The Bombers hit the road for a series in Kansas City and Tampa Bay this week.
Jets receiver Robby Anderson was arrested at a music festival in Florida on Sunday night after he allegedly shoved a police officer while resisting arrest. Anderson, who turns 24 on Tuesday, caught 42 passes for 587 yards and two touchdowns as he showed signs of promise in his rookie season.
Ralph Vacchiano writes that new assistants Kevin Greene (linebackers) and John Morton (offensive coordinator) are already setting a different tone on both sides of the ball.
Legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath said the Jets have got to work their way back to earning respect around the league. Namath doesn't feel the team should look towards tanking for a better draft pick next season and that the team's intentions should always be to win the game at hand. He would also add that he would like to see Christian Hackenberg emerge as the starting quarterback next season.
After drafting tight end Evan Engram in the first round, the Giants view him as a dangerous weapon, a big target, and a player who they envisioned running deep routes up the middle of the field. Speaking of tight ends, Mark Herzlich is giving up his No. 94 after playing linebacker for the past six seasons as he tries to make the transition into becoming a tight end. He will wear No. 44 as he needed a legally eligible number in order to play the position.
Co-owner John Mara said he is looking forward to seeing third-round pick QB Davis Webb step onto the field for the first time, but would not commit to him to being Eli Manning's heir apparent given the team's commitment to the two-time Super Bowl champion.
After ending his season on a sour note by skipping an exit interview with team officials, head coach Jeff Hornacek has no doubt that Kristaps Porzingis will remain with the Knicks next season.
Former Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said an ultimatum from Carmelo Anthony led to his resignation from the Knicks in 2012. D'Antoni claims that Carmelo and he had conflicting views on his style of play that ultimately led to his departure.
In parts of four seasons, he had a record of 121-167 in New York.
The Nets reportedly were one of ten teams to watch 18-year-old NBA prospect Hamidou Diallo work out. After playing a year in junior college, Diallo had committed to play for Kentucky next season before announcing that he would enter the NBA Draft.
The Rangers season came to an end with a 4-2 loss against the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ottawa jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead at Madison Square Garden and never looked back. SNY.tv's Adam Rotter wonders if big changes are in store for the Rangers this offseason.
It was announced earlier in the week that the Rangers will play the Sabres at Citi Field on Jan. 1, 2018 as part of the Winter Classic series.
On Thursday, the Islanders agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with goalie Linus Soderstrom. The 20-year-old Swedish native was drafted in the fourth round by the Islanders in 2014 and held a 2.11 GAA in the 2017 Swedish Hockey League Championship.
In part one of a four-part series, Andy Graziano of Islanders Point Blank speculates potential trade targets this offseason. Matt Duchene and Evander Kane are the subjects of this issue.
Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL next season, and the Devils have given him and his agent permission to seek a deal with other teams.
New Jersey still holds the forward's rights as Kovalchuk left the NHL in the middle of his contract with the Devils after the 2012-13 season.
New York City FC hit the road to take on FC Dallas on Sunday night and played to a 1-1 tie. The Red Bulls returned home on a sour note with a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said he will be guiding the Orange for "five or six more years" on Friday at the program's annual 'Cuse Awards earlier this week.
Boeheim was expected to retire following the 2017-18 campaign, but his right-hand assistant and 'Cuse's head-coach-in-waiting, Mike Hopkins, departed to take an opening at Washington.
Boeheim guided Syracuse to the Final Four two years ago -- where they lost to the Tar Heels of North Carolina -- but the program failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.