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 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.