And just like that, we're done with the first of many full weeks of baseball on 2018. The Mets lost their first game of the week to the Astros, but they received a great sign in the form of a healthy Noah Syndergaard, who routinely hit 100 mph with his fastball in two scoreless innings. Steven Matz followed Tuesday with one of two poor starts he'd make this week. He couldn't get out of the first inning Sunday.
But there was better news elsewhere in the rotation. Matt Harvey threw two scoreless innings and Zack Wheeler allowed one run in Wednesday's win while Jason Vargas and Seth Lugo pitched well Thursday. Syndergaard's second start went similarly well to his first, albeit with slightly less velocity. Finally, working his way through lower back stiffness, Jacob deGrom threw a bullpen session Sunday and is slated for a simulated game on Tuesday.
While deGrom works his way back, other Mets went down with injuries this week. New reliever Anthony Swarzak left Tuesday's loss with a strained left calf. Amed Rosario has some left knee irritation and was removed from Saturday's game as a precaution. Dominic Smith jogged and went through drills in getting through a strained right quad injury.
On the transaction front, the Mets signed former Athletics and Rangers pitcher A.J. Griffin to a minor league deal while former New York first baseman Lucas Duda found a home in Kansas City on a one-year deal.
He wasn't the only first baseman signed this week as Adam Lind inked a minor league deal with the Yankees. The deal contains an opt-out before the end of Spring Training. The Bombers had success on the diamond, going 5-2 this week. Those wins included walk-off home runs by Tyler Austin and Miguel Andujar, the latter who was on fire with four home runs so far this spring. However, his hitting didn't quite rub off on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who hit six homers in batting practice but struck out in his lone spring AB. Aroldis Chapman couldn't find his command in his spring debut.
On the injury front, Clint Frazier is progressing after missing time with a concussion while Jacoby Ellsbury is out with an oblique injury.
The Jets are reportedly a finalist for their top target, quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will not agree to terms during the upcoming two-day negotiating period. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported that the team fears they may lose out on him to the Vikings. If that happens, they could move on former Viking Teddy Bridgewater. The Jets made a big yet anticipated move by releasing Muhammad Wilkerson this week. Meanwhile, linebacker Dylan Donahue was arrested for a DWI.
Big Blue is set to move cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to safety in this upcoming season. Head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman reiterated this week that cornerback Eli Apple will receive a 'clean slate deal'. On the other side of the ball, Shurmur said he's unsure if star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be ready for camp. Beckham is reportedly seeking a $20 million-a-year deal and is rehabbing a fractured ankle. Gettleman and Shurmur said they think highly of backup QB Davis Webb amid rumors the team may choose a QB with the No. 2 overall pick.
Both New York teams could pick a quarterback early in the draft and ESPN's Trent Dilfer said UCLA's Josh Rosen would fit in NYC. Wyoming product Josh Allen showed off his arm at the Combine. USC's Sam Darnold and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield could work in NY as well. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley has also been connected to both teams.
The Knicks lost all three games they played this week, two by blowout and one on a late three-pointer. The defending champion Warriors dropped the Knicks at the Garden on Tuesday, prompting an incredulous response from Jon Stewart courtside. They began a trip out west with a blowout loss to the Clippers before the Kings topped them just before the buzzer Sunday.
The Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's return against the Bulls on Monday. However, they proceeded to suffer three straight heartbreaking road losses to the Cavaliers, Kings and Clippers, the middle of which went to overtime.
The Rangers fire sale continued with captain Ryan McDonagh and J.T Miller going to Tampa Bay for three players and two draft picks. That reunites old linemates McDonagh and Dan Girardi. McDonagh had a heartfelt thank you to New York and the fanbase. The team also dealt Ryan Graves to Colorado. On the ice, the team swept Western Canada. The Blueshirts beat the Canucks and Flames behind back-to-back 50 save games from Henrik Lundqivst and then beat the Oilers on Saturday.
The Islanders had a modest deadline day, acquiring Chris Wagner from Ducks. They struggled to three straight losses, back-to-back defeats vs. the Canadiens before dropping an overtime decision against the Penguins.
The Devils geared up for the stretch by trading for Pat Maroon from Oilers. Taylor Hall upped his impressive point streak to 25 games, but the Devils mustered just one win this week. They beat the Penguins before losing to the Panthers, Hurricanes and Golden Knights.
UConn women's basketball finished regular season undefeated by beating USF on Monday and closed the week by beating Tulane in the AAC Tournament quarterfinals. The Huskies also swept most of AAC awards with Katie Lou Samuelson winning Player of the Year while Kia Nurse and Azura Stevens were named Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, respectively. Jamal Adams led the men past Temple on Wednesday, but they were tripped up by No. 25 Houston in their regular season finale.
Syracuse closed its regular season with an upset of No. 18 Clemson. Rutgers beat Minnesota and stunned Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament before meeting its end against No. 8 Purdue in a hard-fought quarterfinal.