With all of the #Yankees injuries, #NYJets QB Sam Darnold has shown up at Yankee Stadium ready to help the team. The New York Jets have asked that Darnold not pitch more than one inning today for the Yankees, as they'll soon need him back! ? pic.twitter.com/G9WshiAsh4
— Bruce Verlato (@BruceVerlato) April 3, 2019
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was in the Bronx on Wednesday and the New York Yankees presented Darnold with pinstripes of his own.
The New York Yankees are looking for anyone to save the day. Maybe Sam Darnold can go out and throw an inning or two in the pinstripes. The New York Jets quarterback was given a jersey from the Yanks prior to the game on Wednesday.
Darnold is entering his second season in the NLF and many believe the beleaguered Jets have finally found their franchise quarterback. His 17 touchdowns to 15 interceptions last season isn’t great, but his finish to the season was a tour de force.
In his last four games of the season, Darnold threw six touchdowns to just one interception. Perhaps with a new coaching staff and some All-Pro talent around him, he’ll take that next step to superstardom. There is a lot to be excited about for Jets fans.
Conversely, things are not going so well for the Bronx Bombers at the moment. The Yankees are currently dealing with a slew of injuries. The team’s injury report resembles that of a team in the NFL, not the MLB. Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks, and CC Sabathia are all suffering from various ailments.
Right now, the most important players on the Yankees are their depth pieces like Mike Tauchman, Tyler Wade, and Clint Frazier. They must be ready to fill in and produce. Of course, it’s impossible to expect these guys to replicate the production of Stanton, Gregorius, or any of the other names mentioned. But they need to hold down the fort until reinforcements arrive.
The Yankees are employing a “next man up” mentality that football teams often talk about. The Yankees are stumbling out of the gate early, but there’s still time to turn things around.
Much like Darnold is the face of the Jets, Aaron Judge represents the Yankees. The right fielder needs to lift up his teammates until the Yanks can regain their health.