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Knicks, Rangers, Nets are making this season to believe

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The last time a New York pro team lost at Madison Square Garden, Mets fans were in a panic after the loss of Jacob DeGrom; The Yankees hoped Aaron Judge would accept A contract worth about $300 million While hopes are starting to wane. The Jets were leading 7-4 and heading for what appeared to be a guaranteed tiebreaker spot.

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A lot has happened since December 3, and almost all of it has been (sorry, Jets fans) cheering Big Apple sports. This holiday season, it’s a fun time to appreciate what you’ve got: a bunch of good sports-related teams—including the two on Broadway, which might be the most surprising.

The Knicks and Rangers haven’t lost a home game — or a game at all — since Dec. 3, when the park hosted a park featuring Embarrassing loss Knicks against the Mavericks, their fourth straight home defeat, and the Rangers’ embarrassing loss to the Giants Blackhawkstheir fifth loss in six games.

After those valleys, New York sports may be at their peak. The Knicks and Rangers won seven consecutive games simultaneously for the first time ever, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last time both teams won six in a row at the same time occurred during the 1993-1994 season, when they each made a trip to the Finals (a better trip for the Rangers than the Knicks).

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Julius Randle averaged nearly 27 points per game during the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak.
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The Knicks turned corner as Julius Randle played his magic in the 2020-21 season, RJ Barrett turned out to be his best, offensively himself, and Jalen Brunson emerged as a starting point guard he’s lacked in decades. Tom Thibodeau ignored resumes and contracts, Seats two veterans Who has earned the third most (Evan Fournier) and fifth most (Derek Rose) money on the team this season.

Instead, the head coach trusted me Defensive toughness From Quentin Grimes and Deuce McBride, who chased down wingers and bouncers in a way Thiobodeau would appreciate. In their first 23 games, the Knicks have never had an opponent less than 100 points. During the seven-game winning streak, the opponents averaged 98.3 points.

The Rangers, whose streak has been tied for the second time since the 2015-16 season, are suddenly playing as a full team. The children’s line is growing rapidly, with Alexis Lafrenière, Filip Chytil, and Kaapo Kakko (although Chytil suffers from Upper body injury in their last win). Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox play like the stars. Igor Shesterkin plays like a Vezina Prize winner.

on Sunday, They put the landing Against the Black Hawks – the same team that beat them back on December 3 – in Statement 7-1, they won at the United Center. New York’s rise has coincided with Chicago’s decline: The Blackhawks haven’t won in the past two-and-a-half weeks, and the Knicks have beaten the Bulls twice in the span.

Goaltender Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers runs away from the puck as Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers checks Sam Laverty #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period on December 18, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
After a slow start to the season, Igor Shesterkin has recently been playing like the Vezina Trophy winner he was last year.
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Teams in Midtown were the hottest this cold month, but every home team offered reasons for hope. The Nets look practical and dominant, with a record 10 wins in 11 games to climb to fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Durant He might be the best player in the NBAKyrie Irving has played a A month’s worth of exciting basketball Without much argument, it is described as progress.

Devils and Islanders in a playoff. St. John’s (11-1) men’s hoops are just behind No. 2 Yukon in the Big East. Rutgers (7-4) indeed Knock out a ranked opponent And the Another must hit.

The Mets and Yankees are fighting for the back page of The Post seemingly every day by adding star after star. Among the top 17 free agents, By John Heyman reviewNew York teams signed seven (including Judge, who returned to the Yankees, and Justin Verlander, who traded DeGrom to the Mets). According to Spottrack, the highest projected baseball salaries for the upcoming season belong to Steve Cohen and Hal Steinbrenner, respectively. Together, they’ve shelled out about $975 million to liberate customers this season, just a few palliatives shy of a billion.

The Giants and Jets — 2-7-1 total since Week 11 — have been down on the money, but still had meaningful games in December with important shots somewhere in the postseason. Compared to the past half-decade of NFL football in the area, New York fans will take it as they approach Christmas.

Kayvon Thibodeaux (5) celebrates with his teammates after being bagged and touchdown stripped.
Despite a tough encounter in recent weeks, Kaifon Thibodeau and the Giants are still in the midst of a playoff race few of them expected.
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In New York, this is the most windy time of the year. Enjoy it – as the Knicks and Rangers have shown time and time again, it doesn’t always last long.

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pitch perfect

in a The official mets introductionKodai Senga was asked what pitch would make him so interesting to watch.

How do you know that interesting forkball ghost?

“Practice,” the Japanese pitcher said in English and with a smile on Monday.

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The Mets welcomed Singa, the 29-year-old who they signed to a five-year deal, at a ceremony at Citi Field. There are few guarantees when importing Nippon Professional Baseball players, but with uniqueness, which Senga offers, often comes effectiveness. The Mets have assembled a pitching staff with unique and elite potential.

Senga can touch 100 mph with his fastball, which is encouraging but not necessarily special. More noteworthy is the Ghost forkball, which gets its nickname because it disappears.

The Senga forkball essentially acts as a softer divider and looks just like a fastball – until it disappears and sinks outside the strike zone. The pitch doesn’t generate much spin, which helps it sink more than the average split-finger.

Forkball is rarely seen in MLB. If her dominance translates to the majors, she will join a rotation full of dominant singles.

The Savant Baseball Club invented a statistic for evaluating the success of pitches called “Run the value,” which essentially measures how effective each presentation is. Elite stadiums have been collected.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning in Game Five of the 2022 World Series.
With an unmatched four-seam fastball, it’s no wonder Justin Verlander is still winning Cy Young Awards at the age of 39.
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• Four-seamer Justin Verlander was the best quarterback in baseball last season.

• Edwin Diaz’s slider was the third-best slider in baseball last season.

• Max Scherzer’s slider was the fifth best in baseball last season.

• Four-seater Jose Quintana was the 11th-best homer in baseball last season.

• Carlos Carrasco’s changeup was the 21st among the best in baseball last season.

Certainly, the Mets will take balanced arsenals with several performances to turn out hitters. But sometimes, a dominant pitch is all a pitcher needs. Where will you fit the Singa Fork Ball?

Reason cannot always be paramount

The Jets don’t know who their quarterback will be against the Jaguars on Thursday.

Will he be the franchise’s designated quarterback, who handed the keys when placed second in 2021, or appears to be the most unlucky quarterback in the league?

Mike White #5 of the New York Jets warms up before the NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.
Mike White has shown he can lead the Jets to the winning spot, but his season is on hold until doctors clear him to play again.
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In Monday’s practice, Coach Robert Salih did not name his starting quarterback, though he would likely start Mike White in place of Zach Wilson if White is healthy enough to play. white Can’t find a doctor who would be allowed to play with his rib injury on Sunday, and Wilson once again took control of the team in a 20-17 loss to the Lions.

White, a Cowboys fifth-round draft pick in 2018, has been frequently waived and quartered on practice squads throughout his career. He found his way onto the Jets and got up last year, finally got his chance and ran with it Amazing win over the Bengals. The next week he was injured his right forearm. Two weeks later, he was out of a job as Wilson returned.

This season, White waited his turn again and I captured it againHowever, the Bears went on to win in Week 12. Two weeks later, the Bills defense They dried his ribs With a few crushing blows, his future is unclear again.

The Jets’ immediate and future quarterback is also unclear. White’s ability, intelligence, and toughness shine, but his body lets him down.

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