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S.T. Game 18. Yanks fall 3-1 to Phils, make more cuts.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a few more cuts today. From MLB.com:

Right-hander Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Albert Abreu and outfielder Estevan Florial were optioned to Double-A Trenton. Right-handers Luis Gil and Luis Medina have been optioned to Class A Advanced Tampa. In addition, right-handers Domingo Acevedo and Alexander Vizcaíno were reassigned to Minor League camp.

I think you may see Kriske sometime this year in the Bronx.

Gary Sanchez is expected to catch Friday after being shut down for a few days with a sore back.

As for the game Monday, the Yanks (10-6-2) lost to the Phils, 3-1. J.A. Happ was solid, giving up one run in four innings on a HR. But Mike King gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth that lost the game.

So far, it’s an encouraging spring from Happ. If he gets back to 2018 or 2016 form, he helps make up for this year’s loss of Severino.

Happ 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  1.38  Gave up a solo HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
King (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86  Gave up 2-run HR.
Holder 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

Just a hunch. I think Loaisiga gets the #5 starter spot (barring injury) and Garcia, Schmidt and King go to AAA. I have no clue as to what the Yankees do with Tropeano. Once Paxton is back, Loaisiga goes to the bullpen. The Yanks probably won’t push Loaisiga, but hope he gives four or five. Now what happens when German is ready is up in the air. For when Paxton does return, you have Cole, Tanaka, Happ, Montgomery and Paxton. Three lefties in the rotation, especially at Yankee Stadium, is a good thing so there is no guarantee that German gets his starting role back.

Of course, much could change with injuries and/or ineffectiveness.

S.T Games 16 & 17. A win and a tie.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks split the squad today (Sunday) and won one game and tied another. They are 10-5-2 in Spring Training.

First, the 1-0 win over the Braves, in which Yankees’ pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout.

Clint Frazier had 2 hits. Chris Iannetta with the RBI.

Concerns: Mike Tauchman .056; Tyler Wade .080

Tanaka 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  2.08
Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.38
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Britton (W, 2-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.25
Acevedo (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Now the tie, 5-5 against the Orioles.

Tommy Milone 3 for 3, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR.

Schmidt 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.57
Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50
Medina (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.25
Lane (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  10.80
Gil (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Vizcaino (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  9.00
Rosa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.00

Recent cuts: C Kellin Deglan and Wynston Sawyer (minor league camp), P Nick Nelson (AAA) and Miguel Yajure (to AA).

 

S.T. Games 8 and 9. Yanks win both Split Squad Games. Gleyber homers. Concerns over Judge?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees improved to 6-2-1 in Spring Training by winning both split squad games today. Both Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery pitched well.

First, the home game, an 8-2 win over the Tigers. Gerrit Cole started this game. Good job. Same goes for the bullpen.

SS Gleyber Torres hit a 3-run HR. DH Chris Iannetta 2 hits. RF Trey Amburgey 2 for 2 w/an RBI. CF Zack Granite 2 RBI.

Pitching line:

Cole 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K   0.00
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  0.00
Ottavino (W, 1-0) 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   0.00
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.50
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Most of the pitchers you would normally see. Maybe Holder is battling Avelin for the last spot in the bullpen along with maybe Ben Heller. If carrying 8 relievers,

Chapman, Britton, Cessa, Green, Ottavino, Kahnle … that is six.

Holder and Avilan make 8. That leaves out Heller, or anyone who loses the #5 rotation slot like Tropeano, Schmidt, Garcia or King. Or even a Kriske, Acevedo, Abreu, etc.

In the away game, the Yanks beat Boston 5-2 and Jordan Montgomery looked good again.

C Erik Kratz had 2 hits and an RBI. RF Clint Frazier had a double and an RBI.

Montgomery 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  0.00
Tropeano 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.79  Hurt his cause, here.
Alvarez (W, 1-0; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Medina (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 k.  0.00
Gil (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.  3.00
Acevedo (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 3 W, 1 K.   0.00

Acevedo walked the bases loaded with no one out in the ninth but got out of it.

More concerns about Aaron Judge and that shoulder. Could the Yanks start the season w/out German, Severino, Judge, Stanton and Hicks?

Thank goodness for depth.

 

 

S.T. Game 4. Yanks win game 4-1, but find out Seve done for year, needs TJ surgery.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (1-2-1) won their first spring training game on Tuesday, but suffered a much greater loss.

Luis Severino, who missed almost all of 2019 with shoulder issues (save for three games at the end of the season and two postseason starts), will need Tommy John surgery. This will force him to miss all of 2020 and a good portion of 2021.

For 2017 and 2018, Seve averaged 16-7, 3.18. Now just about nothing last year and now nothing at all this year.

We’ll get to how that affects the rotation in a bit.

As for the game today, the Yanks won 4-1 over Toronto.

The bats still haven’t come alive, as the Yanks struck out 17x. The pitchers did strike out 13. The hitters are behind the pitchers right now.

DH Chris Iannetta had two hits, one a double, and scored a run. OF Rosell Herrera had 2 RBI.

Aaron Judge is expected to be ready to go in the middle of next week (Shoulder).

Pitching line:

Tropeano 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Avilan (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Lyons (H, 1 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Kriske (W, 1-0; BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50    Gave up solo HR.
Acevedo (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K  0.00
Keller (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K  0.00
Alvarez (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Tropeano (12-14, 4.51 MLB career) has an outside shot at the #5 spot in the rotation, along with others I will list.

As of now, the rotation is

Cole
Tanaka
Happ
Montgomery
Take your pick: Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia.

The early part of the Yanks’ schedule isn’t too bad. Good.

Hopefully when Paxton and German come back in May and June things straighten out a bit. Hopefully Paxton is OK physically and German both physically but also mentally and emotionally from that domestic abuse incident.

When they come back, barring more injuries (please, no) then

Cole
Paxton
Tanaka
Happ
Montgomery OR German

Now that isn’t too bad, even WITH the loss of Severino. Not as good, obviously, but until then,

someone from that group of Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia has to just hold the fort for two months.

We will see who does.

 

 

 

 

S.T. Game 1: Happ looks great, but Yanks fall, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First things first. As far as spring training results go, I don’t care until about March 17 or so.

Most early S.T. games are decided late by players who will be in the minors, sometimes AA or lower, so there is that.

I do care about injuries. Making sure your top players don’t get hurt in these games. And in that regard, news about Aaron Judge’s aching shoulder are encouraging.

Already we know about German’s suspension. Paxton being out. The uncertainty of Severino. Hicks out until June. We don’t need more.

The Yanks only got three hits today—all by minor leaguers—in a 2-1 loss to Toronto.

There was some good in this.

J.A. Happ pitched two perfect innings. Six up, six down. Happ had a poor 2019 (12-8, 4.91) but was 7-0, 2.69 after the Yanks traded for him in 2018, a season in which he went 17-6, 3.65 between Toronto and the Yanks. He went 20-4, 3.18 for Toronto in 2016.

Happ, 37, needs to step up with German, Paxton and probably Severino out. Today was a good starting point.

The Yanks’ only run came on a bottom of the ninth HR by Chris Gittens. Gittens will probably start the year at AAA SWB. He isn’t young, 26. He hit .281-23-77 at AA last year.

Another hit, a double, came off the bat of Ben Ruta. Ruta, an OF, turns 26 in June. He’ll probably be at AAA too. He hit .260-8-55 with 25 SB at AA Trenton last year. So far in the minors he has shown a decent BA (.271) but no power, but good speed.

The game ended with the Yanks having the tying run on second and the winning run on first.

Pitching line:

Happ 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
King 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Tropeano (L) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00
Avilan 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   13.50
Ort 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.00
Acevedo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Ok, something on some other guys. Tropeano, 29, RHP, has pitched in the majors for Houston and the Angels. 39 starts and  3 relief appearances, so he is competing for a 5 spot or spot starter/long relief role, probably against Cessa. MLB career: 12-14, ERA 4.51. ERA+ 90.

King got in one game at the end of the year for the Yanks last year after being injured most of the year. 2 IP, 1 R, unearned. He had a great 2018 in the minors, going 11-5, 1.79 from High A to AAA. He’ll be 25 in May. He is fighting for the #5 starter job, probably will go to AAA but I think you WILL see him sometime this season.

The last person to discuss, and don’t disregard him, is Brooks Kriske. This is a guy I feel you WILL see this year. Between High A and AA last year, the RHP went 3-3, 2.08 with 12 saves and 80K in 60.2 IP. Someone to keep an eye on.

 

Game 130. Yanks doom Dodgers 10-2 behind 5 HR (2 by Didi) and Paxton.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (84-46) snapped their four-game losing streak by hitting five HR and by getting a much needed great pitching performance by James Paxton in beating the Dodgers 10-2 Friday night.

The win maintains the 8-game lead over the Rays in the AL East, and the magic # for clinching the division is now 25.

The win also keeps the Yanks one game ahead of Houston for best record in the AL, and one game behind the Dodgers for the best record in the majors.

Paxton had a 1-2-3 first inning. A good sign considering how badly he has struggled in the first inning all season.

The Yanks wasted a chance in the second inning when they had runners on second and third with no one out but couldn’t score. I was concerned here because in that situation, two fast guys, Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin, didn’t try to squeeze bunt a run home, and the guy hitting behind THEM was the pitcher (no DH in NL Park). Gardner flied out, not deep enough to bring in Didi, and Maybin and Paxton (Paxton unsurprisingly) struck out.

Against a guy in Ryu who came in with a 1.64 ERA, I was worried.

Not to worry, the Yanks then went bombs away.

They started things off in the third inning with two homers. With one out, Aaron Judge hit #14, and one out later, Gary Sanchez hit #29.

For Sanchez, career HR #100. He became the fastest catcher to hit 100 HR, and the second fastest guy EVER (in regards to how many games it took to get there) to hit 100, behind only the Phillies’ Ryan Howard.

Paxton gave up a run in the bottom of the third. 2-1 Yanks.

But the Yanks got five in the fifth. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a single, and Judge singled. After Gleyber Torres grounded out, moving up both runners, Sanchez was intentionally walked. Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam to make it 6-1 (12). Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner then hit back-to-back doubles to make it 7-1.

Torres homered (32) in the sixth to make it 8-1.

The Dodgers scored in the seventh to cut it to 8-2.

In the eighth, PH Mike Ford singled, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a single by Judge. 9-2.

Didi homered again, his second of the game and 13th of the season, in the top of the ninth for the final score of 10-2.

The Yanks had 16 hits in the game.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .332
Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (14)
Torres solo HR (32)
Gregorius 2 HR (14) Grand Slam and solo HR. 5 RBI.
Urshela 2 hits, .337
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Paxton (W, 10-6, 4.43) 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 11 K.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.81
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.  4.39

Some notes: after a couple of subpar starting pitching outings, you wonder about the rotation in the playoffs and who the “ace” could be. If Paxton keeps this up (5-0 in August), maybe the Yanks have found one. Hopefully German (16-3) keeps it up. You don’t know what, if anything, Severino can give. Tanaka and CC have been inconsistent, and Happ has been horrible.

Seeing Paxton step up tonight was a good sign.

Also, Didi. His adjusted OPS was a tick below league average coming into the game, but what is really amazing is how he has been after missing the first 61 games of the season. In just 57 games, he has 13 HR and 44 RBI. That is one hell of a pace. Over 162 games, that would give him some 37 HR and 125-130 RBI. Fabulous.

Finally, the Yanks made a move, getting Cory Gearrin off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners. This is an under the radar move that could be big. Gearrin, 33, RHP, has been in the majors 2011-2013 with Atlanta, then he missed all of 2014 and most of 2015. He was with the Giants 2015-2018, Texas 2018, the A’s 2018 and the Mariners this year.

He was 0-2, 3.92 for the Mariners this year, and has a MLB record of 12-11, 3.59, ERA+ 116. Not too bad.

To make room for Gearrin on the 40-man roster, the Yankees released minor league pitcher Domingo Acevedo.

Cashman has stocked up on relief pitchers lately. Gearrin, David Hernandez, Ryan Dull, and Tyler Lyons all have been signed.

My thought on those signings is this: When rosters expand, a few of those guys may be brought up. Why? To keep the innings down on the “Big 4” of Kahnle, Ottavino, Britton and Chapman. Not to mention Chad Green or Luis Cessa.

Others, like Deivi Garcia and Dellin Betances, may be able to do that too. Maybe even David Hale if he comes off the IL, just like Betances.

How many of these guys will be on the expanded roster, who knows. But they may be looking at these guys for an expanded bullpen roster in September to keep those major guys I mentioned fresh for October.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (59-43) won 8-2. 2B Tyler Wade 2 hits, RBI (.309). CF/LF Clint Frazier 2 hits. DH Ryan McBroom (.313-18-42) solo HR. RF Zach Zehner 3 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 solo HR.

Koerner (W, 4-1, 3.69) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR
Acevedo (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.56
Feyereisen (S, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.  2.54

AA: Trenton (54-45) won 6-3. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. LF Ben Ruta 2-run HR. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR.

Keller (W, 2-1, 2.78) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Lane (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.95
Kriske (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.59

High A: Tampa (44-57) lost 7-3. They only got five hits and made three errors.

Low A: Charleston (50-53) lost 4-3 in 10 innings. LF Canaan Smith (.313) 2 hits, RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (55-40) won 3-1. LF Clint Frazier 2 hits. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Camarena (W, 4-4, 5.56) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Acevedo (H, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.75    (AA/AAA 7-1, 3.86)
Tarpley (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.07

AA: Trenton (50-41) won 4-2. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, Solo HR. Promoted from High A to AA on July 3.

Albert Abreu (W, 5-7, 3.72) 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Danny Alvarez (S, 12) 2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.70

High A: Tampa (40-53) lost 4-2. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits, RBI. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (48-48) lost 4-1. RF Josh Stowers 2 hits. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits.

Minor League Report. Trenton throws a combined no-hitter.

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AAA: SWB (44-30) lost 8-6. CF Mike Tauchman 2 hits, RBI. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Erik Kratz 2 hits, solo HR. Randall Delgado a no-decision, 6 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.

AA: Trenton (42-32) won 7-0 on a combined no-hitter.

SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, RBI. DH Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR.

Deivi Garcia (W, 4-2, 2.68 at AA, 20 yrs. old) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 9 K.
Acevedo 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.86
Danny Alvarez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.81.

In his last two starts, Garcia has pitched 11 innings and has given up just one hit, walked 3 and has struck out 24.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (38-37) lost 12-3. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits. RF Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits.

 

 

Minor League Report. Lost Sunday for all.

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AAA: SWB (21-18) lost 4-3. C Ryan Lavarnway 2 hits, RBI. 3B Breyvic Valera 2-run HR. Starter Dan Camarena 3 R, in 6 IP. Game called in the 8th.

AA: Trenton (23-16) lost 7-1. LF Zach Zehner 2 of the 4 hits, solo HR. 1B Brandon Wagner the other 2 hits. Starter Albert Abreu 2 R in 5 2/3 (L) then the bullpen let things get away.  Domingo Acevedo 3 R in 2 1/3 IP (2 HR), Trevor Lane 2 R, in 2/3 IP. (4 walks)

High A: Tampa (17-25) lost 5-4 in 10 innings. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Angel Aguilar 2 hits. 3B Wendell Rijo 2 hits. LF Tyler Hill solo HR.  3 of the 5 runs given up were unearned.

Low A: Charleston (23-20) lost 8-5 in 12 innings. CF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits, RBI. C Mickey Gasper 2 RBI. 3B Ricky Surum 2 hits, RBI. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits. Starter Roansy Contreras 3 R, 7 IP.