Category Archives: Offseason Moves

Game 145. Yanks edge Rays, 3-2.

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Joe Girardi has turned into Captain Hook, whether his starters like it or not. He has “flipped the page”. Whereas earlier this year, he may have stuck with a starter, now with a playoff spot on the line, he’ll go to his bullpen much quicker, the starter’s feelings be damned for the sake of the team and getting that W.

We saw it earlier this week when he pulled CC in the middle of the fifth up 5-1 when he brought in David Robertson.

Today we saw it with two outs in the fifth when he yanked Jaime Garcia for Chad Green.

They are moves worthy of Casey and Billy. Aggressive, bold and gutsy, the starter’s feelings be damned. It doesn’t matter what pitcher gets the W, as long as it’s a W and not an L. Garcia didn’t like being pulled one out away from qualifying for a win, but it is what it is. Don’t like it? Garcia is a free agent at the end of the year. Don’t like buying into TEAM right now? Leave.  It’s not like he’s been Sandy Koufax or Clayton Kershaw since he was traded for. Besides, right now, Chad Green is such an unhittable weapon.

Girardi couldn’t do this earlier in the year, or he would burn out the bullpen. Now? No holds barred.

Besides Garcia, Betances got a quick hook when he ran into trouble and got pulled for Chapman.

Simple concept. Does well, leave him in. Struggles? Pull him.

The Yanks beat the Rays, 3-2 today, scoring all three runs in the top of the second.

Castro and Ellsbury singled. Todd Frazier singled in a run. After an out and a walk that loaded the bases, Gardner singled in two.

The Rays got a HR in the third off Garcia and scored another in the eighth. With Boston losing tonight, the 79-66 Yanks are three back of the division lead (and to avoid the sudden death wild card game) with 17 games left.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits.
Castro 2 hits.
Ellsbury 2 hits.

Garcia 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.35
Green (W, 5-0, 1.96) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.62
Betances (H, 18) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.09
Chapman (S, 18) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.71

Otani, the Japanese hitter/pitcher will be posted at the end of the year. The Yanks have interest.

Magic numbers for the Yanks making a wild card spot and for top wild card are less than 20.

 

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S.T. Game 34. Yanks blow out Phillies, 14-1. 25 man roster set.

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On a day when the Opening Day Roster of 25 men was set, the Yanks scored 9 in the top of the first and cruised to a 14-1 win over the Phillies.

Before the game started, Aaron Judge was anointed the RF, Luis Severino the #4 starter, Pete Kozma the backup infielder, Bryan Mitchell to the Bp.

Now if Mitchell is only there until a 5th starter is needed, that I do not know. But it appears that he is in the BP and the #5 starter spot is between Green and Montgomery, neither being needed until April 16. Which is why Montgomery is going to AAA and Green AA, both pitching on the same day, aligned for April 16. Mano a mano. Best pitcher gets the April 16 assignment.

So Aaron Judge is the RF. Luis Severino the #4 starter…

and the 25 man roster for Sunday, Opening Day,  is:

Sanchez and Romine.

Holliday, Bird, Carter,  Castro, Kozma, Torreyes and Headley.

Gardner, Ellsbury, Judge &  Hicks.

Tanaka, CC, Pineda, Severino.

Chapman, Betances, Clippard, Layne, Shreve, Warren and Mitchell, along with Holder.

My friend Josh doesn’t like Holder over Heller.

Now if Montgomery or Green is named the #5 starter on April 16, who goes? Shreve? Holder?

I wasn’t too sure about Shreve. Kozma is there until Didi gets back.

I’m a little worried about CC. He didn’t have a good spring, nor did Gardner or Carter. We’ll see.

Severino had a shaky first today, but calmed down thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Yanks got nine in the first on a RBI single by Judge, Torreyes singled in two, Refsnyder singled in two, Ellsbury singled in one, and Sanchez capped things with a 3-run HR.

Torreyes hit a 2-run HR in the second.

In the sixth, Chris Carter doubled in a run and prospect Rashad Crawford hit a 2-run HR.

Severino (w) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 4 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Marsh 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Frare 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Ellsbury had 2 hits and an RBI. Sanchez the 3-run HR. Torreyes 2 hits, inc. the HR, 4 RBI. Crawford the 2-run HR, and Refsnyder 2 rbi.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring record at 25-8-1. They have an exhibition game today at the Braves’ new field in Atlanta (Michael Pineda starting). They are off Saturday and the regular season starts in Tampa against the Rays on Sunday with Tanaka on the mound.

 

Yanks name Judge RF, Severino #4 and send down Refsnyder.

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According to the blog River Avenue Blues and some other sources, the Yanks have made a couple of decisions.

Aaron Judge has won the RF job, and Aaron Hicks will be the fourth OF.

Rob Refsnyder has been sent down to AAA. Pete Kozma will be the utility infielder, with Ronald Torreyes manning SS until Didi Gregorius returns.

Luis Severino has been named the #4 starter. #5 is still up in the air between Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell and Jordan Montgomery. The Yanks won’t need Severino until the home opener April 10 and the #5 until April 16th.

Remember that next week I’ll resume postings for not only the major league games but for the minor leaguers too, that way you can keep track of the prospects like Gleyber Torres.

S.T. Game 33. Montgomery and Judge state their cases.

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The case for the #4 and #5 starter just got more interesting, not to mention the RF job.

Jordan Montgomery pitched five strong innings today to further his case to make the starting rotation, giving up just one run in a 3-1 Yankees’ win over Toronto.

Aaron Judge went 2 for 3 with an RBI, is hitting .345 for spring training, and shockingly, may still be sent down to AAA.

The Yanks scored a run in the second when Starlin Castro tripled and Judge singled him home.

Toronto tied it in the fourth.

The Yanks got two in the fifth. Hicks walked and Judge singled. After a double steal, Austin Romine singled in a run. One out later, Brett Gardner singled in another.

I am one among many who are stupefied that the Yanks would go with Hicks in RF over Judge. Hicks may cover a bit more ground and have a better arm, but Judge has hit .345 this spring! If that can’t get you on the team, what will? I understand the Yanks want him playing every day, but I and many Yankees fans I talk to feel that Hicks, after hitting .217 last year, has a LONG way to go to gain our confidence. If this is indeed a youth movement, then why not go with Judge?

If anyone shouldn’t play, it’s Gardner, who’s had a bad spring. If anything, the OF should be Hicks, Ellsbury and Judge based on spring training results.

Needless to say, we want Judge over Hicks.

As for Ellsbury batting fifth, I only think it lasts until Didi is ready. Then Didi #5 and Ellsbury…. 8th? It sure looks that way.

We’ll see what Severino does tomorrow, but Montgomery, despite just six starts in AAA, laid down the gauntlet. Big, lefty, looking good. I’d go with the kid in the rotation.

Montgomery (w) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 4 K.
Heller (Josh’s boy, he loves him) (H) 2 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Shreve (H) 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Graham (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Just two spring training games left. Thurs vs. Phillies with Severino starting, and an exhibition game in Atlanta on Friday at the Braves’ new stadium. Saturday is an off day and the regular season starts Sunday.

The Yanks go to 24-8-1 on the spring.

S.T. Game 32. Yanks reveal lineup in 6-3 loss?

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Masahiro Tanaka finally gave up a spring training run as the Yanks lost to the Tigers in spring training action today, 6-3.

Tanaka was still sharp however, despite taking the loss. He went 5 innings, and of the two runs he gave up, 1 was unearned.

Of note was the Yankees’ lineup, which Joe Girardi said could be the Opening Day lineup. It featured Gary Sanchez hitting second, Jacoby Ellsbury fifth (!) and Aaron Hicks 8th and in RF. (I would prefer Judge, myself). Ronald Torreyes would be the SS, batting 9th.

Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that Adam Warren is heading to the bullpen, leaving four candidates for the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation—Severino, Mitchell, Green and Montgomery.

The Tigers scored two in the top of the first, with help by two errors, one by Bird and another by Sanchez.

Ellsbury got an RBI groundout in the first.

Dellin Betances gave up a 2-run HR in the sixth. 4-1 Tigers.

The Yanks got two in the seventh to cut it to 4-3. Judge hit a solo HR. Tyler Wade singled and went to third on a two-base error and scored on a SF by Rob Refsnyder.

Apparently the Rays were interested in trading for Refsnyder earlier this week, but instead they made a deal with the White Sox for Peter Bourjos.

Ernesto Frieri gave up a 2-run HR in the eighth for the final score of 6-3 Tigers.

The Yanks are apparently going to try out Johnny Barbato as a starter at AAA SWB.

Tanaka (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 walks, 6 K. Looks ready to go Opening Day (Sunday).
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR. Struck out the side but the 2-run HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Frieri 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up a 2-run HR.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k.

Torres wins award, Yanks cut 3.

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The Yanks were off as far as playing today, but some Yankees news.

Gleyber Torres won the Jack Dawson award as the best rookie in camp.

The Yanks cut 3. Ruben Tejada, the former Met, Donovan Solano, and Wilkin Castillo.

S.T. Game 30. Yanks get two in bottom of 9th to win. Rotation battle continues.

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The Yankees took advantage of a couple of Blue Jays’ errors to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win that raised their spring training record to 22-7-1 (if only they can start the regular season 22-7!).

To me, the story of the game isn’t the win. It is that Adam Warren didn’t pitch well in starting the  game, and thus, the battle for the #4 and #5 starter spots is still wide open.

A few days ago, Luis Cessa was sent to minor league camp.

A #5 starter may not be needed until Game 13 or so. In fact, because of off days, a #4 starter may only be needed once in the first 13 or so games.

So manager Joe Girardi may have extra time to make a decision. With Warren not stepping up today, he may be going back to the swing man role. Spot starter/Long relief.

Which would leave four others for the two spots (unless the Yanks make a trade). Those four are Luis Severino, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell and the surprise, Jordan Montgomery.

Severino I talked about yesterday. Big difference in him between starting and relieving.

Mitchell may have won one of the spots.

Could Montgomery surprisingly win the other?

Toronto got a run in the first and two in the second to go up 3-0, Warren giving up a 2-run HR in the second.

The Yanks got two in the second when Greg Bird continued his phenomenal spring with yet another HR (7) and Austin Romine singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the third on an RBI single by Matt Holliday.

Warren gave up another HR in the fourth and Toronto went up 4-3. The Blue Jays got a run in the seventh off of Jon Niese to make it 5-3.

I like Mason Williams, who is overlooked when talking about Yankees’ outfield prospects. It seems like he is always hurt. He singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh to cut Toronto’s lead to 5-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, Zach Zehner singled and after Wilkin Castillo struck out, Ronald Torreyes reached on an error. Rob Refsnyder flied out but Williams reached on a two-base error that tied the game and put runners on second and third. Pete Kozma singled to win the game.

Opening Day is just over a week away. The first three starters are Tanaka, CC, then Pineda. But who gets #4 and #5? It seems like no one is stepping up to outright claim it.

And that is why Montgomery has a chance.

Warren 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Holder 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Niese 1 IP, 1 r, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Marsh (w) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.