The Yanks (14-11-2 in Spring training) lost Sunday to the Phillies, 6-2.
Thairo Estrada had a solo Hr.
Tyler Wade had two hits.
I haven’t been a big Luis Cessa fan, and he did struggle today.
The Yanks announced the rotation for the first six games of the regular season. Cole, then Kluber, then German, Montgomery, Cole, then Taillon.
Kluber (L) 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. Control off. Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. Cessa 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. Medina 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Tomorrow is the last Spring Training game. Regular season starts Thursday, April 1. It will be cold, temps at Yankee Stadium expected at 43 as a high.
UPDATE: This isn’t good. And bothersome. Sanchez hit .186 in 2018 and .147 last year. That hot start by Gary Sanchez this spring training is looking more distant by the day. After Sanchez struck out in all three plate appearances, he’s now in a 4-for-30 slump and has whiffed 15 times during that stretch.
Ford yesterday had a performance that basically said, “hey, don’t forget about me”, especially if Bruce doesn’t cut it.
Ford had a great 2019 for the Yankees, hitting 12 HR in just 143 at bats, and having an OPS+ of 136. His 2020 was lousy, as he hit just .135 in 74 at bats, OPS+ just 38. So which Mike Ford is it? Probably somewhere in between.
Yesterday Ford went 4 for 4 with a solo HR.
On top of that, Gleyber Torres went 3 for 3 with a double, two home runs, and 3 RBI in the Yanks’ (14-10-2 in spring training) 5-1 win over Toronto on Saturday.
Estevan Florial had 2 hits and an RBI.
A couple of cuts: Robinson Chirinos, who has a fractured wrist from a HBP a few weeks ago, and Derek Dietrich.
Chacin 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. L. Garcia 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Barraclough 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. Lyons 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
This was a covid-shortened, 8 inning game. 7 1/2 because the Yanks didn’t have to bat in the bottom of the eighth.
Spring training games are different, because closers like Chapman don’t close. They are there to get their work in, and often pitch in the fourth or fifth inning of spring training games, then leave. As long as they got their work in.
Which means often spring training games are decided by people who won’t make the team but will be going to AAA, AA or lower once spring training is over.
Such was the case today, when Nick Goody couldn’t hold a 5-2 Yankees (13-7-2 in spring training) eighth inning lead in a game that finished in a 5-5 tie.
Mike Tauchman had two hits, including a HR leading off the game.
Greg Allen and Chris Gittens hit back-to-back HR for the Yankees in the eighth inning. Allen had 2 RBI in the game.
Tyler Wade added two hits.
Kluber 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 W, 4 K. Nelson (BS) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. L. Garcia (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Goody (BS) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR (3-run HR). 1 HBP. Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP.
The bats seem to be in a bit of a slump lately. I like the pitching, with one exception. With Zack Britton out, Justin Wilson needs to step up, and he’s had a bad spring so far. Last night he gave up a 2-run HR to our old buddy, ex-Yankee Didi Gregorius.
Taillon (L) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Needs to go deeper and soon. Opening Day not far away. Green 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP. O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Wilson 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up the HR to Didi, didn’t get anyone out. Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. Lyons 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
On another note (NBA), Lakers legend from the 1960s Elgin Baylor (retired #22) passed away, age 86. RIP.
UPDATE: Wilson complained of shoulder tightness and will be getting an MRI today. So the Yanks could have two lefty relievers on the DL come Opening Day (Britton and Wilson) and if so, we may see both Luetge AND Lyons on the team Opening Day.
There were fifteen walks in the game, and Yankees’ pitchers gave up nine of those. They also had 2 WP, and a HBP—all in the ninth inning, as well as a missed catch error on a ball thrown back to the pitcher by the catcher that let a run score. Embarrassing.
Aaron Hicks doubled for the Yanks, leading to a SF by Luke Voit for their only run.
Starter Deivi Garcia walked four in his three innings of work, including three in the first to load the bases, but didn’t give up any runs.
Not so with Kyle Barraclough in the ninth.
Ex-Yankee Ivan Nova started for the Phils, giving up 1 run in three innings. The Phils didn’t get a hit until ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes singled leading off the eighth.
D. Garcia 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 W, 2 K. Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. O’Day (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Wilson (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. L. Garcia (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Barraclough (L; BS) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1 WP. McClain 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP.
The Yanks sent four down to the minors yesterday. Mike Ford (which could mean Jay Bruce makes the team?), Thairo Estrada (meaning Tyler Wade makes the team?) , Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske.