CC Sabathia says he is thisclose to being ready. I want to believe him.
He gave up 3 runs in the first inning today, then settled down. Granted, veterans know what they want to work on to prepare themselves for the season. CC is a veteran, and will be 35 in July. He knows what he wants to do.
But …. CC had a mediocre 2013. He missed most of 2014 with a knee operation (he says he feels fine). But he has not been CC since 2012.
His 2015 spring training record? 0-3, 8.10. He, along with guys like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, are my biggest concerns for 2015.
Why? Because I believe these guys are finished. Cooked. I hope I am wrong.
Really. I hope I am wrong. But here is my challenge to them. PROVE I AM WRONG.
The Yanks lost to Washington today, 8-2.
CC gave up 3 in the first. After a good spring, Andrew Bailey, who I believe will help the Yanks down the road, had a hiccup today. Bailey has been good coming off his injury, but hasn’t gone back-to-back games yet. He is staying in Tampa to build up a bit more.
The pitching line:
CC 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 0-3, 8.10 this spring, hence my concern.
Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Andrew Bailey, 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Nick Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Danny Burawa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Cesar Vargas 1 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Brett Gardner, besides CC, worries me. Gardner hit just .161 this spring and struck out something like 15x in 40 at bats.
McCann only hit .227 this spring after .232 last season.
Headley was 2 for 2 with an RBI. .321 this spring, and has been the best regular by far.
Rob Refsnyder was 1 for 1 with an RBI today. .372 average, but six errors this spring. The former OF (converted to 2B) can hit, but the defense needs improving. Still….
Girardi was very impressed with some youngsters who may not contribute now but in the future (I, personally, am looking at 2020 as a big year for the Yankees)… Greg Bird at 1B, Gary Sanchez C, Rob Refsnyder at 2B, Slade Heathcott in the OF (replacing Brett Gardner? They are similar type players), Luis Severino in the rotation, and Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren in the bullpen. Not to mention Jose Pirela as a utility man. They are all very close. Then again, Chase Whitley had a good spring, as well as prospect Jaron Long.
But they are the future. The present means the Yanks may be looking at a .500 season. The NY Post predicted 78-84, the first losing season since 1992. Las Vegas has an over-under line at .500.
Worries: Tanaka’s elbow. CC. The offense, esp. if Beltran/Teix are 3-4.
I believe Pineda will have a great year and that Gregorious, if he just hits .260, will be an exciting player.
I believe the next Yankees good run will NOT happen until A-Rod, Beltran, Teix, CC are gone. It won’t happen until (we hope) Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Refsnyder, Heathcott, Williams (Mason), Severino, Lindgren, Rumbelow, Jaron Long, etc. establish themselves, which won’t be for a while. I am looking at 2020.
What I am saying is this… the next Yankees era of brilliance (and we hope it is soon) will happen with a NEW CORE OF PLAYERS.
The Yanks are 16-16-1 for the spring. They are now out of FL, and will play the Nationals Saturday in Washington in an exhibition game. They are then off on Easter Sunday.
The season starts Monday afternoon at the Stadium. Tanaka vs. the Blue Jays.