My personal feeling is that the ace of this team is Luis Severino, even though the kid has just eleven MLB starts under his belt.
Severino reinforced my feeling with a solid perfomance today, but he took the loss as the Yanks lost to the Marlins 2-1. It was the last spring training game of the year. The Yanks open the season on Monday at Yankee Stadium vs. the Astros. It’ll be a rematch of the wild card game which the Yanks lost 3-0 last year. Keuchel vs. Tanaka.
One run that Severino gave up was unearned. The bullpen was solid, and that included Miller, who pitched for the first time since getting that chip fracture in his right (non-throwing) wrist a few days ago.
Kirby Yates got the final spot on the roster, replacing the injured Bryan Mitchell.
The Yanks’ offense has to pick it up, however. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a HR, but the Yanks did nothing after that. Ellsbury had two of the Yanks’ four hits.
Yankee pitchers held the Marlins to three hits, but an error by Didi Gregorius cost the Yanks the game.
Severino (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 walk and 6 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 1 HBP
Miller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Yates 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 1 K.
Barbato 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
The Yanks ended spring training at 14-16-2. Now we start the season, and everyone is 0-0.
Of course, we won’t see Chapman until May.
The 25 men going north:
C: McCann, Romine;
INF: Teixeira, Castro, Ackley, Gregorius, Headley, Torreyes
OF: Ellsbury, Gardner, Beltran, Hicks
SP: Severino, Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, CC
RP: Nova, Cessa, Yates, Barbato, Shreve, Betances, Miller
The bullpen will be interesting with Cessa, Yates and Barbato. How will they do?