Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

The Minors today.

AAA: Chase Whitley (5) and Alfredo Aceves (4) combined on a six-hit shutout as SWB won 5-0. RF Ramon Flores and LF Ronnier Mustelier 2 hits each.

AA: Zach Nuding 2 R in 5 1/3 as Trenton won 9-5. 3b Rob Segedin (3 rbi) and 1b Kyle Roller (2 Rbi) with HR. DH Ben Gamel 3 h, 2 doubles, 2 rbi.

High A: Dan Camarena 1 R in 5 2/3. Tampa pitchers combined for 12 K in a 5-1 win. SS Cito Culver 2 h, 2 rbi. 3 h, rbi 2b Angelo Gumbs.

Low A: Charleston won 9-3. Brady Lail 2 R in 5 IP. 1B Mike Ford and LF Mike O’Neill each with HR, 3 RBI.  18 hits for Charleston.

Game 21. Pineda ejected, Yanks lose 5-1.

The Yanks’ bats were stymied by John Lackey tonight as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-1, but the story of the game was the stupidity of Michael Pineda.

A few weeks ago, cameras caught pine tar on Pineda’s hand. MLB didn’t do anything, but it was basically a warning to Pineda. Don’t do it again.

So tonight, against the SAME TEAM (what, he didn’t think they’d be watching his every move after what happened the last time they met?), he has pine tar on his neck and gets ejected in the second inning.

STUPID.

It’s like speeding past a cop, getting a warning, then speeding on the same street in front of the same cop two weeks later.

Pineda, who was pitching great this year (now we know why), has a long way to go to redeem himself in my eyes, now.

STUPID.

When the Yanks traded for him, he showed up in spring training in 2012 overweight, tried too hard to force velocity and blew out his shoulder.

STUPID.

He missed all of 2012 and 2013. It looked like he was coming back nicely. Maybe not with the same velocity, but he was pitching well. Now we know why.

STUPID.

He faces a possible 10-game suspension—-just at the time when the Yanks lost a rotation member in Ivan Nova, who most likely faces Tommy John surgery (he’s getting a second opinion). Great. Miss two starts while your rotation is already down a member.

Did I mention Pineda is STUPID?

You can’t fix STUPID. Too bad Pineda is 6’7″. You’ll need a stool to stand on to deliver to Pineda what he needs….

a good, swift kick in the ass.   

The Minors today.

AAA:  Swb got a run in the bottom of the 9th to win 6-5. Brian Gordon 5 R, 2 ER in 5 1/3, LF Ramon Flores, 3B Scott Sizemore and CF Adonis Garcia each w/2h, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 4-3. Bryan Mitchell, just up, then down, 5 IP, 1 R. 1B Dan Fiorito 3 RBI.

High A: Tampa lost 2-1. Rafael De Paula 1 R, 2 h, 5 IP.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-5. LF Mike O’Neill 3 h, HR, 2 rbi.

Game 20. Tanaka tames Boston, 9-3.

Tonight it was a Boston “T” party. The T being Tanaka.

The Yanks’ new ace improved to 3-0, 2,15 by pitching 7 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 7 K as the Yanks beat Boston 9-3. He has 35 K in 4 starts, and if I remember correctly, just 2 walks. That is some ratio.

Ellsbury, Jeter and Beltran each had 2 h and 2 RBI. Beltran hit HR #5 (363 career). Jeter’s 2 hits pushed him to 3333 lifetime.

The Yanks banged out 15 hits.

Dellin Betances went 1 2/3, gave up one run.

For the Angels, Albert Pujols became the 26th player to hit 500 HR tonight.

Ivan Nova got evaluated. Surgery recommended.

The minors today.

AAA: Swb lost to LV 4-2. Chris LeRoux 4 R in 4 IP. (0-2, 12.79). Lewis, Tateyama and Montgomery with 5 innings of scoreless relief. All 4 runs against LeRoux in the first.

AA: Trenton won 5-2. Jeremy Bleich 5 1/3, 2 R, both unearned, 2 h. DH Rob Segedin 2 h, 2 rbi. 3B Tyler Austin 2 h, triple, rbi and the same for LF Ben Gamel.

High A:  Tampa won 2-1. Eric Wooten 6 IP, 1 R.  Both RBI by 2B Angelo Gumbs. 2 h each for CF Jake Cave and DH Dante Bichette, Jr.

Low A:  Charleston scored 3 in the top of the 9th to win 4-1. Luis Severino no runs in 5 2/3, 8 K. C  Eduardo De Oleo HR, 2 RBI. DH Aaron Judge 2 for 2, 2 walks.

The minors today.

AAA: SWB  lost to LV 9-4. Caleb Cotham 5 R, 4 ER in 4 1/3, David Herndon 3 R in 1 IP. LF Zoilo Almonte 2 rbi.

AA, High A and Low A were all off for Easter Sunday. Happy Easter.

Game 19. Yanks win in 12, 5-1.

Vidal Nuno got an emergency start because of the rainout and DH this week, and with Ivan Nova’s injury and Nuno’s own performance today, may stay in the rotation. We’ll see.

But no one can argue with his 5 IP, 0 R, 3 h, 2 walk and 6 k performance.

Brett Gardner drove in a run in the fourth with a double, but Tampa Bay tied it in the seventh on an unearned run. The teams battled into the twelfth.

Dean Anna drew a 2-out bases-loaded walk to break the tie, and the singles by Carlos Beltran (for 2 runs) and Alfonso Soriano (for one) gave the Yanks a 5-1 victory.

David Phelps threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, Matt Thornton faced two batters and gave up the unearned run. Adam Warren went  1 2/3 scoreless, and Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne, who got the win, went 2 scoreless each.

The Yanks are off Monday, and face Boston Tue-Thurs. up in Fenway.  The Yanks are now 11-8.

Game 19. Moves and lineup.

From Mark Feinsand ‏@FeinsandNYDN · Twitter Mark Teixeira activated; Preston Claiborne & Bryan Mitchell recalled; Ivan Nova on 15-day DL; Scott Sizemore to Triple-A; Matt Daley DFA.

Nova has a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow. Expect him to be out quite a while.

I’d have kept Sizemore up and gotten rid of Roberts.

 

Todays lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF (leads AL in G, BA, SB and CS)
Derek Jeter SS (3330 career h)
Carlos Beltran RF (362 career HR)
Alfonso Soriano DH (410 career HR)
Mark Teixeira 1B (341 career HR)
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

LHP Vidal Nuno

Yanks 10-8, tied for 1st in A.L. East. They are 2 games better than their Pythagorean record of 8-10 (based on runs scored vs. runs allowed).

Still too early for stats.

 

The Minors.

AAA: SWB won 4-3, beating LV. Bruce Billings 7 IP, 2 R.  2b Jose Pirela and 1B Russ Canzler 2 h each.

AA:  Trenton lost 10-6. DH Ben Gamel 2h, 2 rbi for C Gary Sanchez.

High A: Tampa split a DH/ won 10-4 but a bad outing for Banuelos, 2/3 IP, 4 R. C Pete O’Brien double, 2 solo HR. If the Yanks are to make a deal, expect a C to be dealt. McCann has a long-term deal, then you have Cervelli (who I would deal once he gets healthy), Romine, Murphy, Sanchez and O’Brien. You can clear up the logjam and get help elsewhere by dealing someone here.  ‘

They lost the other game 9-1. ‘

Low A: Charleston split a DH. Lost 3-2.  Caleb Smith 0 R, 2 h in  5 2/3.  Both teams only had 3 hits in the game.

Won the other game 8-4. Paul O’Neill’s nephew, Mike, Triple, HR and 3 RBI (CF).

Game 18. Yanks hammered, 16-1.

Over the course of 162 games, you will win a game like this, and lose one. The Yanks were hammered 16-1 tonight. It was so bad that Dean Anna pitched (which I agree with. Once you are down that badly, why waste your bullpen? At that point it doesn’t matter if you lose 10-1 or 16-1).

The bigger concern here is Ivan Nova. He had a good spring training, but since the season started has not been good. 2-2, 8.27. Yuk. He’s lucky he is 2-2. He has so much more talent than to be that right now. But if he loses his starting position, who takes over? Phelps? Warren? Nuno (starting Sunday)? Gordon, Aceves? Billings? Who?

Nova went 4+, gave up 8 r and 4 HR. His inconsistency is baffling. Here is a guy who in 2011 went 16-4, 3.70, then he follows it up with 12-8, 5.02.

Last year he had a rough beginning, great end. 9-6, 3.10. Now? 2-2, 8.27.

Just like A.J. Burnett. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and you don’t know which one will show.

Is he the guy who went 25-10, with an ERA in the mid-3′s, or the 14-10 pitcher with an ERA of over 6 who is lucky to be 14-10 during that span? And if he needs to be replaced, who replaces him?

The frustrating thing is the inconsistency. We’ve seen when he is good. But when can he be good most of the time?

Meanwhile, Tony Pena noted an elbow issue with Nova. MRI being done. Bryan Mitchell called up. Looks like Nova will be DL”d.

After Nova, Matt Daley, just called up from SWB came in and gave up a grand slam. He went 1 1/3, 6 R, 4 ER. Dellin Betances went 1 2/3 scoreless but Dean Anna (yes, the backup IF) gave up 2 R in 1 IP as Girardi wanted to save the bullpen.

Once again, the Trop (I hate that dump. Dome, AstroTurf and the roof rings in-play) is a House of Horrors for the yanks. 27 runs given up in the last two games. Bullpen exposed.

Nuno tomorrow. Hopefully he gives 5 solid innings. The bullpen needs it.

The offense had just three hits and one run tonight. So it’s not like they would have salvaged a good pitching effort anyway.

But concerns over Nova.