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Game 11. Yanks embarrassed, 14-1.

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Before the game, a couple of moves. The Yanks brought up OF Shane Robinson and DFA’d Jace Peterson.

They also made a minor league move, trading with the Mets and getting L.J. Mazzilli, Lee’s kid, for OF Kendall Coleman. A righty bat, Mazzilli, 27, has mostly played 2B, and spent most of last year in AA. In 110 games between AA/AAA last year, he hit .254-5-40. He was suspended a few years back for 50 games for a drug violation. Coleman, 22, a lefty hitting OF, has barely made it up to low A Charleston, and has struggled to a .207 average in his minor league career.

The pitching duel was between the CYA runnerup last year, Chris Sale, and Luis Severino, who finished third.

Seve didn’t have it (a friend told me that Rick Sutcliffe on ESPN suggested that Severino was tipping his pitches) and the bullpen was horrible, giving up nine in the sixth, in a 14-1 Yankees’ loss that dropped them under .500 to 5-6 on the season.

Meanwhile, after an Opening Day loss, Boston has won nine in a row and are 4 1/2 up on the Yanks.

An Aaron Judge HR (3) was the only highlight of the night. He had 3 hits. Didi had 2.

After two strikeouts, Giancarlo Stanton had a single and double, hopefully signs he is snapping out of it. One article I read yesterday suggested that Stanton is like Teixeira in that both would always get off to slow starts, then heat up.

But you have to wonder when Gary Sanchez will be dropped in the lineup or when he’ll wake up. Batting fourth or fifth all year, Sanchez is now 2 for 36.

Tyler Wade is only at .136. If Gleyber Torres heats up, you have to wonder if there could be a switch there. Miguel Andujar is struggling at .125. An Andujar error led to six unearned runs. The kid’s aren’t alright.

Too many grand slams given up. I can remember Robertson gave one up in Toronto, Holder in the extra inning loss at home to Baltimore, and now Shreve last night.

Severino (L, 2-1, 3.50) 5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 0 K. 7.11
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Gave up grand slam.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Not much more to say about this game. It was a stinker.

 

 

 

 

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Game 1. What a debut for Stanton in Yanks’ 6-1 win.

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For the first time since 2011, the Yanks won on Opening Day, and what a Yankees’ debut for Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton became the first Yankee to homer twice on Opening Day since Joe Pepitone in 1963.

He became the first Yankee to homer twice in his first game as a Yankee since Roger Maris on Opening Day of 1960.

What the Yanks did in their final exhibition game against the Braves on Monday night carried over to today. Get an early HR to take an early lead. Get another HR to add onto it. Get great starting pitching and a lights out performance from the bullpen.

I’ll take that recipe all year long.

In the first, Gardner reached on an error, and after Judge struck out, Stanton, in his first official AB as a Yankee, hit a 2-run HR.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge walked, and back-to-back doubles by Stanton and Sanchez gave each an RBI and made it 4-0.

Brett Gardner, who was robbed of a couple of hits earlier on well-hit balls, hit a HR in the seventh to make it 5-0 Yankees.

Luis Severino went 5 2/3 and Chad Green 1 1/3 of one-hit ball. So the Yanks had a shutout and a one-hitter going into the bottom of the eighth but Dellin Betances gave up a HR.

In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit his second HR of the game to make it 6-1.

I have to admit, John Sterling’s HR calls for Stanton were horrible. Just say “give that man a Stanton ovation” …..works better than what he used.

The Blue Jays have to be worried about 3B Josh Donaldson’s shoulder. The 2015 MVP made poor throws to first on each play he had today. Very poor throws.

Gardner solo HR, robbed of two hits
Judge 2 hits, single and double, walked, struck out twice
Stanton double, 2 HR, scored 3 runs, drove in 4
Sanchez RBI double
Hicks 2 hits.

The Yanks’ pitchers threw a 2-hitter with 12K.

Severino (win) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 7 K
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Just a reminder that there will be posts on the minor leagues once the minor leaguers start next week, so you can keep up on Torres, Sheffield, McKinney, Adams, Florial and others…

So Aaron Boone wins his MLB debut as a manager…. of course the team made it easy for him….

 

Singleton to retire as Yankees’ broadcaster.

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From his Twitter account:

LOOKOUT! 👀 This will be my final season of calling baseball games. I’ve been playing or talking baseball ever since I was 4 years old. It’s time for this enjoyable ride to end. Thanks fans for allowing me into your homes & businesses. It’s been my pleasure.

Girardi gets new job; QB goes to Yanks & Pecota has projections.

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Joe Girardi will be an in-house commentator for the MLB network.

The Yanks made a deal with Texas to get Russell Wilson for cash considerations. Yes, that Russell Wilson, the QB for the Seattle Seahawks. This is probably for publicity and Wilson may get a ST at bat like Billy Crystal did some years back. Wilson, 29, was drafted by the Rockies and did spend two years in A ball. Most likely he is there to work out, keep in shape, provide some leadership advice (albeit from a different sport) and maybe get in a ST game or two for publicity sake and nothing more.

Pecota came out with their projections for 2018. They have the Yanks winning the AL East with 96 wins. Boston and Tampa Bay both make the postseason as wild cards. The Yanks’ 96 wins are 3rd in the AL behind Houston and Cleveland. We’ll see. As far as individual players are concerned, they may be selling some guys a bit short. They have (not listing all, and some batting averages seem a bit low):

Sanchez .269-34-97
Bird .246-28-86
Torres .233-12-47
Andujar .254-12-41
Judge .247-37-94
Stanton .259-41-16
Gardner .251-13-59
Hicks .236-12-49
Didi .262-19-75
Torreyes .265-7-39

As mentioned, some averages seem low by a lot of points. Watch out for Bird. I think the 28/86 seems good, but if he stays healthy, I think a lot of people are overlooking him.

Hopefully Judge and Stanton hit way more HR than projected. Maybe 10 more each.

As for pitchers:

Tanaka 14-8, 4.09
Severino 15-6, 3.22
Gray 13-8, 3.98
Montgomery 10-8, 4.62
CC 11-9, 4.85
Chapman 3-2, 40 saves, 2.09
Betances 4-3, 2.07 5 saves
Robertson 3-2 2.75 5 saves
Green 3-2, 3.05
Kahnle 3-2, 3.00
Warren 2-2, 4.32
Shreve 1-1, 4.20
Gallegos 1-1, 3.91
Heller 1-1, 3.89
Holder 1-1, 4.27
German 2-2, 4.19
Cessa 4-3,4.68
Acevedo 2-2, 5.39
Sheffield 2-2, 5.29
Adams 2-2, 4.69

We will see who meets expectations & who doesn’t.

Pitchers and catchers report next Tuesday, first workout next Wednesday. Can’t wait!

A-Rod is Boone’s replacement in ESPN booth.

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In the off-season of 2003-2004, Aaron Boone played basketball (thus violating his contract) and tore his ACL, forcing him to miss the 2004 season.

To replace him, the Yankees traded for A-Rod.

Fast forward fourteen years. Boone leaves the ESPN broadcasting booth to become the manager of the Yankees.

And his replacement on the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts is…. A-Rod.

A-Rod will also keep his recent gig of working for Fox in the postseason.

As Yogi said, deja vu all over again.

Now as far as A-Rod replacing Boone somewhere else ….. nah, that couldn’t happen, could it?

A-Rod to replace Boone as ESPN broadcaster.

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In the 2003-2004 off season, Aaron Boone played basketball, tore up his ACL,  thus violating his contract, and rendered himself out for 2004.

To replace him, the Yankees traded for A-rod.

So what now? Boone leaves the ESPN broadcasting booth for the Yankees’ managerial job and who replaces Boone in that ESPN booth?

A-Rod.

He will continue to be with Fox’ Sports postseason team but will continue to be with ESPN on Sunday night.

 

 

 

Yanks prospects, and HOF to announce more inductees Wednesday.

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Baseball America listed their top 100 prospects list and Yankee fans who have been treated to young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino should be happy and anxious for more young players on the come.

Six Yankees’ prospects are part of that top 100.

Since Clint Frazier spent some time in the majors last year, he isn’t even listed.

The six are:

#6 INF Gleyber Torres who, if he doesn’t break camp as the Yanks’ 2B, should be called up very early this season for just that purpose.

#38. OF Estevan Florial, who will probably start at High-A Tampa.

#41. LHP Starter Justus Sheffield, probably ticketed for AAA SWB.

#59. 3B Miguel Andujar who could be the Opening Day 3B.

#77. RHP Albert Abreu who will probably start at AA or AAA.

#81. RHP Chance Adams. Probably AAA bound.

Three former Yankees’ prospects made the list as well. These are prospects traded for Sonny Gray and Giancarlo Stanton.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will announce who the BBWAA has selected as their HOF inductees for this year. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were selected via committee.

So far, with some polling done, it appears these players will get in, having met 75% of the vote:

Chipper Jones
Jim Thome
Vladimir Guerrero
Edgar Martinez
Trevor Hoffman

Close (over 60%) are

Mike Mussina (tracking around 72%)
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, each around 66%
Curt Schilling, around 60%

Some views of mine: Disappointed in the possible steroid users getting more votes.

And hope Mussina makes it, especially since, as I noted before, you had jerks like the one guy from Cleveland who ONLY voted for two former Indian players (Thome and Omar Vizquel) and no one else.

Cross off a possible landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury. Although Ellsbury has a no-trade clause, there was hope among Yankees fans that Ellsbury may waive it if dealt to SF, who trains in Arizona and who isn’t far from Oregon, where Ellsbury is from. Of course, how much the Yanks would have to eat as far as that contract is concerned is another matter. Besides, who wants him? And Ellsbury doesn’t want to go anywhere, even if right now he is a 5th OF.

But there was talk of SF, who needed outfielders. Instead SF traded for Andrew McCutchen and today signed Austin Jackson as a free agent. Interesting they went for A-Jax, because Lorenzo Cain is still available.