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Yanks/Pirates S.T. game rained out.

The Yanks and Pirates were rained out of their scheduled spring training game today.

S.T. Game 9. Yanks edge Phils, 4-3. Another good outing for Tanaka.

Masahiro Tanaka went 3 IP, 1 R on 2 H as the Yanks edged the Phils 4-3 in spring training today. Tanaka pitched 2 2/3 scoreless before giving up a HR to the Phils’ Freddy Galvis. In 3 IP, Tanaka gave up 1 R on 2 H.

So far, Tanaka has given up 1 R on 4 H in 5 IP.

Derek Jeter got two hits today. He went into today’s game 0 for 9 with 3 GIDP.

The Yanks are now 5-4 this spring.

Ramon Flores had a solo HR and a SF. Adonis Garcia had an RBI, as did Jose Pirela.

Bruce Billings gave up 2 R (both HR) in two innings.  Chris LeRoux, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis (1 1/3) and Mark Montgomery combined for four innings of scoreless ball.

After starting S.T. 0 for 10 with 3 GIDP, Derek Jeter got two hits, one a double.

Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano got their first spring action, each going 0 for 3. Soriano’s were all strikeouts.

Yangervis Solarte kept up his amazing spring training, going 1 for 1 with a walk. He is now 9 for 13 this spring.

Kelly Johnson had two hits.  

Kuroda starts tomorrow, scheduled for 3 and Pineda is scheduled to throw 3 innings of relief.   






Waiting for the WS

Boston closed out Detroit in Game Six on Saturday night, and as I write this on Monday morning, we await the start of the World Series on Wed. night.

St. Louis at Boston.

The two teams have faced each other three times in WS history. The Cardinals won in 7 in 1946 (Enos Slaughter’s “mad dash” home) and also in 7 in 1967 (Bob Gibson CG victories in Games 1-4-7), while Boston broke its 86-year championship drought by sweeping the Cards in 2004.

When I think of 1967, I only wonder what Tony C. could have meant to Boston in that World Series. Conigliaro, just 22, was the youngest AL hitter to 100 HR. In 1965, at age 20, he led the AL in HR with 32. On 8/18/67, the 22-year-old Tony C. was hit in the face by a pitch. It shattered his cheekbone, dislocated his jaw and caused severe retinal damage. Conigliaro missed the rest of the season, the World Series, and all of 1968. He came back to have decent years in 1969 & 1970 but vision problems caused him to retire halfway through a poor 1971.

He attempted a comeback in 1975 but it didn’t last long. In the early 1980′s, a heart attack and stroke put him into a coma. He lived in a vegetative state until dying far too young at age 45 in 1990.

Looking at 2014. Final part, the OF.

In the last part of looking at 2014, we look at the outfield.

A lot will depend on Curtis Granderson. Granderson is a free agent and the Yanks will probably give him the $14.1 MM qualifying offer. The question is, will he take it to restore his free agent value? Granderson hit just .229-7-15, OPS+ 97 in 61 games. He went on the DL twice with broken bones caused by HBP.

You have to look at his power compared to the rest of the outfield. Yes, he strikes out too much (69x in 61 g) and his batting average is becoming alarmingly low. But he did hit 41 HR in 2011 and 43 in 2012. If he leaves, that would leave just Soriano with any power. If the Yanks could talk Granderson into accepting the qualifying offer to restore his value, and play him in RF, they would be better off in 2014.

Alfonso Soriano almost carried the Yanks into the playoffs in 2013. He was energized once he  joined the Yanks, hitting .256-17-50, OPS+ 129 in 58 games (.255-34-101 overall, OPS+ 112, 18 SB). But Soriano turns 38 in January, and yes, he strikes out a lot (which could be a problem next year if Soriano, Granderson and Reynolds are all in the lineup. You could have three guys with 150+ strikeouts).

Gardner was the second-best position player on the team, behind Cano, until Soriano came back to the Yanks. He showed surprising power (8 HR and a league-leading 10 triples) while hitting .273-8-52, OPS+ 108. The SB were down. You expected 40+ steals and not just 24. He led the team in striking out (127x).

Ichiro turns 40 next week and should not be an everyday player anymore. His D is still good and he can steal bases, but the .319 lifetime hitter only hit .262 last year (.262-7-35, 20 SB, OPS+ 75). Look at that OPS+ again. He’s not the Ichiro of .330, 40 SB anymore but a shell of that. He should be platooned in 2014, be used as a bench player, def. specialist, pinch-runner, and certainly not, at age 40, play in anything close to the 150 games he played in this year. Of course, this year was by necessity due to injury. But still…

I wish Vernon Wells would NOT be on the Yanks in 2014. He’ll be 35 soon, and hit .233-11-50, OPS+ 72 (lower than Ichiro) in 2013 for the Yanks. Even worse, he hit .199-1-27 in 92 games after May 15th. A total bust, but Good Lord, he was still batting fifth in the lineup from May 15th on. He should have been cut.

Zoilo Almonte, 24, should get more playing time as a backup outfielder. The switch-hitter hit .236-1-9 in 106 at bats (OPS+ just 59) but he is young and may have a future, unlike Ichiro. Will Ichiro’s 2014 be his swan song?

You wonder what free agents could arrive here and if someone like Tyler Austin or Ronnier Mustelier (who could also play 3B) could be a late-season call-up…. or some other minor leaguer like a Mason Williams or Slade Heathcott.

For now, it looks like Granderson (if he comes back—the White Sox would like to sign him), Gardner, Soriano, Ichiro and Wells. I’d rather Almonte than Wells.

But if Granderson is lost, you can see the lack of power other than the aging Soriano.

I’d love for the Yanks to sign Pierzynski to a one-year deal to let Romine, Murphy and Sanchez develop at catcher. I’d like Cano and Granderson back and I don’t expect A-Rod to play (PED suspension), so re-sign Reynolds. If that happened, this would not be too bad, although the age would show a little and there may be a lot of striking out:

Gardner CF
Jeter DH (turns 40 in June)
Cano 2B
Soriano LF (38)
Teixeira 1B (34)
Granderson RF
Reynolds 3B
Pierzynski C (37)
Nunez SS

It’s a much better lineup, with much more pop, than we saw for most of 2013.

Game 159. Yanks lose 4-0 in Mo’s home farewell.

The score doesn’t matter, except maybe to Ivan Nova, since the Yanks were eliminated from playoff contention already.

Nova pitched well, 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 5 K but the Yanks’ offense apparently decided to shut it down for the season a week before the season officially ends. The offense got just 3 hits tonight in losing 4-0.

Nova ends the year at 9-6, 3.10.

Cano, who apparently wants 10 years and $305 MM, went 0 for 3.

Dellin Betances came in for the 8th and continued to unimpress. 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 h, 1 walk and a K. 20.25.

Then came the special moment. Mo in his last home game. He came in with two on and one out in the 8th and got a fly out and a comebacker to the mound.

In the 9th he got another comebacker to the mound, and then the last batter he would ever face at Yankee Stadium came to the plate.

Yunel Escobar popped up to Robbie Cano for out #2.

Whereupon Mo was pulled from the game—-not by Girardi, but by long-time teammates Andy Pettitte (who made the move) and Derek Jeter.

Upon hugging Pettitte, Mo lost it.

That is when it hit him. That THIS was the last time he’d pitch at home, in the pinstripes. That his home career was over.

And he started crying. As did many of us Yankees fans who have loved him all these years.

The Babe Ruth of closers. It’ll never be the same and no one can ever replace him.

He may pitch in another game this weekend. I hope not.

But maybe he plays CF for one inning out in Houston.

I hope he doesn’t have to run up that damned hill.

I also hope he catches an out.

God Bless You Mo, it’s time for me to get another hankie.

It’s rare when I cry when a player retires. I remember doing it at seven when the Mick hung them up.

I’m doing it now.

For the record, Matt Daley came in for Mo. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and a K.

And a moment Matt Daley can always tell his children, grandchildren and (hopefully) great-grandchildren about.

I pray that I can be in Cooperstown in 2019 when Mo gives his induction speech.

Game 85. Lineup, stats and comments.

Happy 4th of July.

The Yankees have an afternoon game today as it is getaway day. Unfortunately, with this lineup, I don’t see many fireworks today. Ugh. I hope Phelps is on and my fears are unfounded.

Phelps probably has a chip on his shoulder after his last poor outing (9 runs in less than 3 IP).

For one thing, Gardner has a day off. For another, a 7-8-9 of Cruz, Gonzalez and Romine—all under .200 and two with NEGATIVE OPS+ marks—should worry anyone.

The Yanks are 45-39, 3rd in the A.L. East and six games out of first. They are 2 1/2 back of Baltimore for the 2nd wild-card slot. Their OPS+ is 86 and their ERA+ is 107. 100 is average and the higher the better. Their record is four games better than their expected (Pythagorean) record.

BA/HR/RBI  SB/total attempts   OPS+
Comments in italic, team leader in bold and significantly subpar in bold italic.

Ichiro CF .274-5-19   12/15   87
Almonte LF .304-1-7  3/3   116         46 MLB AB
Cano 2B .299-20-56  5/5  148        why pitch to him?
Hafner DH .220-12-36  2/2  100      last 31 games: .162-4-12
Wells RF .228-10-31  4/7  72            last 38 games: .147-0-8
Overbay 1B .237-9-35  0/0  89      last 20 games: .200-1-6
Cruz SS  .124-1-6  0/0  (-5)   Overall 121 at bats. Yes, MINUS five.
                                                          As Yankee, 1 game and 0 for 3.
Gonzalez 3B .200-0-3  0/0  20           5 for 25
Romine C  .145-0-2  1/1 (-4)           Yes, MINUS Four. 9 for 62. You can see my concerns about today’s lineup.  

Phelps RHP 5-5, 4.95   ERA+ 83

Game 44. Rained out.

Today’s Yankee game was rained out. No makeup date scheduled yet.

Game 30. The lineup.

Yanks 18-11, 2nd, 1 1/2 GB of Boston in AL East. Two games better than their Pythagorean record. OPS+ 106, ERA+ 107 (100 is average).

BA/HR/RBI  SB/Total Att.   OPS+  and  Comments 

1. Gardner CF .265-3-13  4/6   98
2. Cano 2B .319-8-18  1/1  159   Yanks have HOFers Lazzeri and Gordon at the position, and Randolph was good, but is Cano the best they’ve ever had at 2B (Soriano only there 3 years). Leads 2013 Yanks in BA, HR, RBI
162 g. average .309-24-96, OPS+ 124.
3. Wells LF .284-6-13  2/2  126
4. Hafner DH .286-6-18  1/1   164
5. Suzuki RF .266-1-5  2/3  78  Ichiro 5th again. Sigh.  
6. Nix 3B .239-1-6  0/0  59   Nix 6th. Another sigh.  
7. Overbay 1B .253-5-13  0/0  109
8. Nunez SS .203-0-4  2/3  57   Nuney needs to get going.
9. Stewart C .275-2-4  1/1  100

Pettitte LHP  3-2, 3.86  ERA+ 106

Pettitte is looking for career win #249, which would tie him with HOFer Vic Willis on the all-time list.

Yankees off today.

The Yanks are off today. I’ll check on the minors late this evening.

Yanks PPD again.

So now the Yanks and Indians will have to find two games to reschedule in Cleveland, for they were ppd. again tonight.

Now for the Orioles.