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S.T. Game 27. Rough audition for Baker in Yanks’ loss, 10-2


These games of spring training are so important for players on the bubble.

Scott Baker, in competition with Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley and Bryan Mitchell to make the team (probably as the long man since it appears that Adam Warren has claimed the #5 starter spot), had a rough outing today, giving up five runs in the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to the Orioles.

2 IP, 5 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 3 K.

Jacob Lindgren followed Baker. Lindgren, last year’s first round pick by the Yankees, has progressed nicely so far, but still probably needs more minor league seasoning. He only has 19 minor league games under his belt, and 24 2/3 IP. He did go 2-1, 2.19 with 48 K in that timeframe though. I could see him helping out if not later this year, then definitely in 2016.

1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Andrew Bailey could be a sleeper this year. Bailey, a 2x All-Star, is trying to come back from injury. So far, so good for Bailey.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walks and 0 K.

Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Dellin Betances is a concern right now. He gave up a run for his fifth consecutive spring training outing. We still have a little over a week to straighten him out, but right now he isn’t the Betances of 2014.

Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Chris Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

The Yanks only got three hits in the game. Both runs were on solo HR, one by Stephen Drew, and the other by Alex Rodriguez, who has looked better this spring than expected.

CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and results were mixed. I have a lot of concerns about CC, who hasn’t been his old self since 2012. He missed most of 2014 with a knee injury and didn’t have a good 2013. Is he done? What can we expect? He says he feels good, but the results haven’t been there yet. It’s only spring training, but when someone is coming off injury and/or bad seasons, the red flags go up when that person struggles the following spring.

SS Didi Gregorious dove for a ball and sprained his wrist. He stayed in the game but was taken out early as a precaution. Gregorious’ D has drawn raves so far, and the main concern, his hitting, has been OK so far. Hopefully it isn’t major, but he was sent for precautionary X-rays.


S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.


Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Miller 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0k.

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.


S.T. Game 23. Flores’ walkoff HR helps Yanks win 9-8.



Ramon Flores, down to his last strike, hit a 3-Run walkoff HR as the Yanks beat the Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night. The Yanks scored four in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Esmiel Rogers started, and in my opinion, did nothing to lead me to believe he deserves the #5 starting rotation spot over Adam Warren.

Mark Teixeira went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Rogers 3 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, (Rogers’ own error), 5 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Miller 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Jeff Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Diego Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Three errors tonight, one by Rogers, two by Francisco Arcia. Got to tighten up the D.

The Yanks are now 13-9-1 in spring training.


S.T. Game 16. Yanks lose to Toronto, 4-2.


In order for the Yanks to compete this year, CC Sabathia has to get somewhere close to being the old CC Sabathia rather than an old CC Sabathia. He needs to be the pre-2013 CC.

In his first spring start, CC was ok for 1 2/3, but had trouble getting that final out in the second as the Yanks lost 4-2.

Mark Teixiera (who also needs to get back to what he once was) had a solo HR.

Jose Pirela continued to make his statement for making the team by hitting a triple. Chris Young had two hits.

The pitching line:

CC Sabathia 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Dellin Betances 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Kyle Davies 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Domingo German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Chris Martin 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walk and 3 K.

Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are 9-6-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 13. Pineda sharp in Yanks’ 4-1 win.

The Yanks had a split-squad today. For the sake of differentiation, the home game today will be S.T. Game #13, and the road game S.T. Game #14.

In the home game, Michael Pineda continued to look very impressive. Hopefully this carries over to the regular season. Pineda is continuing to pick up where he left off last year. Last year, Pineda missed about 60% of the season due to a suspension and to injury, but in 13 starts, went 5-5, 1.89. Often he was the victim of non-support.

Today (Saturday), he pitched three scoreless no-hit innings as the Yanks beat the Tigers 4-1 at GMS.

The Yanks scored in the third on a Didi Gregorious SF. After the Tigers tied the game in the fourth, Mark Teixeira came up with the bases loaded in the sixth. He hit what should have been a DP ball, but after the force, the ball was thrown away and two runs scored.

In the seventh, the Yanks’ final run scored on a balk. Slade Heathcott stole second and third and scored on a balk. Way to put pressure on the pitcher.

Yankees’ pitching held the Tigers to just three hits.

Chase Headley had two hits.

The pitching line:

Pineda 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and  2 K.

Rumbelow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Long 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

S.T. Game 10. Boston beats Yanks 10-6; A-Rod HRs, Capuano hurt.

Well, a projected Yankee starter got hurt and most likely won’t be ready on Opening Day, and it isn’t who you may think.

Tanaka (elbow)? Nope. Pineda (shoulder)? Nope. CC (knee)? Nope.

It’s Capuano, who, two batters into today’s (Wednesday) game vs. Boston, strained a quad muscle.

It opens the door for Adam Warren, Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley, Brian Mitchell or maybe a rehab project like Scott Baker or a prospect like Luis Severino (both doubtful) to be the #5 starter, unless the Yanks make a deal.

Meanwhile the Yanks lost to Boston 10-6, spoiling an A-Rod HR (his first, although it doesn’t count, since 9/20/13). Slade Heathcott also HR’d for the Yanks. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran had RBIs and the red-hot Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man, was two for two.

Rob Refsnyder continued to show he needs work on his defense, making his third error of the spring.

Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Removed after two batters because of the injury.
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Miller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. He gave up a HR.
Bryan Mitchell 2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Not long after Capuano’s injury opened a door for Mitchell, he had a bad outing. Might he have seen opportunity knocking and tried to hard to impress right away?
Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Webb 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Martin 1 IP, 3 R (2 ER) 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.



S.T. Game 7. Yanks edge Nationals, 3-2.

The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 4-2-1 with a 3-2 win over Washington today. (MLB.com, I think, is broadcasting the game at 8 tonight (Sunday)).

A-Rod got his first action in the field, fielding one sharply hit grounder. As he himself stated, don’t expect an Ozzie Smith-type year. Meaning not great fielding or range, just make the routine play. Of course, we don’t expect to see A-Rod at 3B too much this year, mostly at DH. Chase Headley should be the regular 3B, barring injury.  A-Rod did get a Texas-league bloop double in the game, and also struck out.

After Washington scored in the top of the first on a first-pitch-of-the-game HR off of Adam Warren, the Yanks tied it in the fourth on a Brett Gardner single.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a single by Jose Pirela. It is starting to look like Brendan Ryan (abdominal injury) may not be ready for Opening Day, so Pirela and Refsnyder could be battling for a spot on the Opening Day Roster. Neither is the backup SS you would want, but Drew could slide over. The problem is that Drew, like Gregorious, is a lefty hitter. While considered more of a utilty man, and especially at 2B/3B/OF, Pirela, a righty bat, has played most of his minor league games at SS (364 games, as opposed to 300 at 2B), although he really isn’t considered a SS prospect. Still, his versatility (Refsnyder isn’t a SS) and SS experience could help him make the team if Ryan isn’t ready. Pirela was 2 for 3 today.

The Nationals tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Yanks pushed ahead the winning run in the eighth on a single by infielder Cole Figueroa. Figueroa has played 2B/SS/3B in his minor league career. He is a lefty bat, however. He is 10 for 43 in his MLB career, 0 HR, 6 RBI, all with Tampa Bay last year. Nick Noonan is also a possibility as a backup infielder, but he also is a lefty hitter (.219-0-5 in 105 AB with SF last year). He has mostly 2B/SS experience.

I don’t know who the prospects would be, but a report on MLB Trade Rumors says that the Yankees have put together the best package as far as trying to lure Cole Hamels away from the Phillies. No word on what prospects would be given up for Hamels. The Red Sox were seeking a top catching prospect that Boston didn’t want to give up, so you wonder if the Phils would want a Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy as part of the package. The Phils would love to dump Ryan Howard and his salary (could they be interested in Greg Bird?). Chase Utley isn’t getting younger and if the Phils want to dump him to anyone (of course, we have to consider no-trade clauses here) they could be interested in a Refsnyder. MLBTR reports that in addition to the prospects, the Phils would want the other team to pick up ALL of Hamels’ salary. That, to me, is unrealistic for the 31 year old Hamels, who is due $23.5 MM through 2018 with a big 2019 option. Could or would Hamels fit in with the Yanks? Of course. A very good lefty, and could you imagine a rotation of Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi (with Nova in reserve)? Pushing Capuano out and replacing him with Hamels? With Luis Severino in reserve? Actually, I don’t think Severino would be in reserve. I think the Phils would insist on Severino as part of the package. But that rotation, if healthy, could be one good rotation. Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi. With Nova in reserve. R-L-R-L-R.

Hamels, 108-83, 3.27, has been the victim of poor run support in Philadelphia. His ERA+ is 125, but his 162 g. average is 13-10, 3.27. With a 3.27 career ERA, you’d expect better. He was both the NLCS and WS MVP in 2008. To show how little run support he got, last year he was just 9-9 despite an ERA of 2.46. Despite that, he finished 6th in the NL CYA voting.

As for getting Hamels, I have mixed emotions. I need to see how much the Yanks would have to give up and how much salary they would have to take on.

But maybe Texas now goes full bore for Hamels because it appears as if Yu Darvish will be out for the year due to probably needing Tommy John surgery.

Not only that, but apparently Cliff Lee’s elbow is barking again. Not good news for the Phils, who want to dump aging players that are making too much money (sound familiar, Yankees fans?) but are finding it tough to find takers and who are probably asking for too much of a return.

Good news regarding the question marks of Tanaka, Pineda and CC. All are progressing nicely (fingers crossed) and all should see spring training action soon. None of the three is reporting any concerns on recent injuries (Tanaka elbow, Pineda shoulder and CC knee).

The pitching line today.

Adam Warren 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. His first pitch was hit for a HR.
Adam Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Luis Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED) 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K. The Yanks’ top pitching prospect was hitting 96/97 today.
Jeff Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 k.
Wilkin Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

One reason I don’t put too much credence in games this early—Adam Miller will not be pitching in the 4th inning in the regular season this year, nor will Dellin Betances be pitching in the 5th.