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S.T. Game 18. Yanks, Tigers, tie 2-2. Gleyber sent down.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is one reason why I don’t care too much about the final score of spring training games.

Not until say, the last 10 games or so. Maybe less than that.

Giovanny Gallegos gave up a run in the top of the ninth to blow the save as the Yanks tied the Tigers 2-2 on Tuesday.

Come the regular season, Gallegos isn’t pitching the ninth, no offense to him. It’s gonna be Chapman, Betances or Robertson, and the latter two only if Chapman needs a day off.

CC started and pitched well, giving up just one run on a HR by Leonys Martin in 4 IP.

In the bottom of the eighth, Didi tied it with a HR, then Hicks singled, and with one out, Lind walked. Torres walked and Shane Robinson hit into a forceout which put the Yanks up 2-1.

A single, WP and single off Gallegos tied the game for the Tigers in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks had a chance to win it. Jeff Hendrix walked, stole second and went to third on an error but the Yanks could not get him in. (Message to Aaron Boone, squeeze, unlike Girardi, who never did). Jace Peterson and Kyle Higashioka both struck out. Tyler Wade walked and went to second on defensive indifference (Wade being the winning run, the other team isn’t doing THAT in the regular season) but Estevan Florial grounded out.

Gleyber Torres and Kyle Higashioka were reassigned to minor league camp.

The Yanks only got four hits in the game. They struck out 11x.

CC 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gallegos (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

I feel sorry for the Mets’ David Wright, who had another setback. Troubled with back problems the past few years, the great Mets’ 3B should just retire. I admire him trying but really, it’s time to retire.





S.T. Game 15. Stanton HR’s in 10-3 Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Giancarlo Stanton homered today in a 10-3 Yanks’ win over the Mets that made their spring training record 11-4.

The Gardner/Judge/ Stanton 1-2-3 today was a thing of beauty. In the first, Gardner and Judge singled and Stanton was HBP. Brandon Drury singled in one run and Tyler Austin’s force out brought in another.

I am not a big fan of Luis Cessa. Driving home from a 1/2 day of work today, both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio criticized Cessa for nibbling even though he throws 97. Good point. Cessa, it seems, struggles to get hitters out even when he is doing well. It doesn’t come easy. No easy outs. It’s one reason why if the Yanks need an emergency starter, I would rather have Domingo German than Cessa.

Cessa reached his pitch limit before he even pitched two innings. He was pulled with the bases loaded after just 1 1/3 innings pitched.

Then you saw something incredible.

We had not seen David “Houdini” Robertson pitch yet this spring training. Partly because of a touch of food poisoning he got recently. So in his first spring training appearance, “Houdini” comes in with the bases loaded and one out.

He strikes out both batters he faces. Really?

In the third, Gardner singled and Judge doubled. An RBI ground out by Drury made it 3-0 Yanks.

The Mets got a run in the fourth off Betances because Jose Reyes stole second and third off him. When asked in an in-game interview if he would prefer Betances slide-step, manager Aaron Boone said no, he doesn’t want to screw Betances up, but to let Betances concentrate on getting the batter out. But Betances’ slow move to the plate is a concern. He needs to hold runners on better. Boone’s point was to not let them get on base in the first place.

The Yanks got two in the fifth to make it 5-1 on Stanton’s HR.

An RBI single by Reyes in the sixth made it 5-2, and the Yanks got lucky on the play. Tyler Wade dove for the ball and rolled over his wrist. At first, it appeared as if he may have broken or severely sprained it, but he is OK.

The Yankees got two in the bottom of the sixth on a walk to Jace Peterson, a double by Ronald Torreyes, and a 2-run double by Kyle Holder. 7-2 Yanks.

The Mets got a run in the seventh but the Yanks came back with three in the eighth.

Francisco Diaz and Jace Peterson singled. A force out by Abiatal Avelino drove in one run. Holder singled to put runners at first and second. Estevan Florial singled, one runner scored and an error put runners on second and third. Shane Robinson hit a SF to make it 10-3 Yanks.

One friend of mine is still critical of Judge batting second because of his 52 HR last year. He would like to drop him down in the lineup. He is critical of the 208 strikeouts last year, too. But a guy batting first or second is a guy you want to have a good OBP. Judge, despite the strikeouts, did lead the AL with 127 walks, so his OBP was excellent, the best in the league. You want good OBP guys in front of Stanton and Sanchez. So Judge does fit the bill there.

The fact that Gardner/Judge/ Stanton makes a pitcher wary of facing BOTH Judge and Stanton right away in the first inning is a valid point.

Earlier, I advocated a Gardner/Judge/Bird/Stanton/Sanchez/Didi first six.

I change my mind. Instead, I would like Gardner/Judge/Stanton/Didi/Sanchez/Bird front six.

I say this for a couple of reasons. One, get both Judge and Stanton up right away in that first inning.

The other? Instead of Bird splitting up the righty bats, use Didi instead. If one is on first base, and Sanchez doubles, who is more likely to score from first on the double, Didi or Bird? That is why, even though unconventional, I would bat Didi cleanup.

Gardner 2 for 3 with a walk, scored 2 runs.
Florial 1 for 1
Judge 2 for 2 with a walk, scored 2 runs. Finally broke out.
Stanton 2-run HR.
Drury 2 RBI.
Kyle Holder 2 for 2 with 2 RBI.

We saw a lot of the bullpen today.

Cessa (W) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K. Really, not good. 3 walks. Nibbling too much. Way off. Four outs. Five base runners. Three by walk.
Robertson (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. See above. Fabulous.
Chapman (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Betances (H) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Warren (H) 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Foley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Yankees’ pitchers combined for 14 K.





S.T. Game 13. Sheffield, LeBlanc blow lead, Yanks lose 7-6. Cuts made.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a couple of cuts after today’s 7-6 loss to the Phillies.

One was to Justus Sheffield, who, although a top prospect, had a tough spring training and a rough day today.

Others were Cale Coshow, Dillon Tate, Ryanel Espinal, Trevor Lane, and Chace Numata.

The Yanks had a 6-1 lead, but between Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc, blew it in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies that dropped their spring training record to 10-3.

Luis Severino looked good, the Phils getting an unearned run in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks scored three runs when with two out, Sanchez walked, Didi hit a 2-run HR, Drury (who made the error on that unearned run) doubled, and Kratz singled him in.

The Yanks got three in the fifth when Hicks walked, Judge reached on an error, and Bird walked to load the bases. Stanton singled in two, and Sanchez singled in another.

Then Sheffield and LeBlanc let the game get away.

Hicks 1 for 1 with 2 walks.
Stanton 2 RBI.
Didi 2 -run HR.
Romine 1 for 1, hitting .692! 
Drury 2 for 3.

Severino 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Sheffield (H) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
LeBlanc (BS, L) 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Apparently Aaron Judge is saying no to the HR derby this year.

Apparently also, the Mets have taken a cheap shot at the Yanks’ Monument Park. This from a team that has 2 WS titles since its inception, none since 1986. A team that runs as if they weren’t a big market but a small market team thanks to Bernie Madoff.

A team that boasts that they don’t retire as many numbers as the Yanks. Well, they CAN’T retire as many because not that many deserve it. Of the five numbers retired by the mets, one never played for them (Jackie Robinson’s #42, retired by all of baseball), two are managers (#14 Gil Hodges and #37 Casey Stengel, and Casey’s teams sucked) and only two are players, #41 Tom Seaver and #31 Mike Piazza. Let’s face it. The Mets’ Monument Park would be a five foot by five foot square right now.

Start by winning WS, Mets. Then you can complain about Monument Park. The dynasty you SHOULD have had in the 1980s and 1990s got pissed away by coke addicts Gooden and Strawberry (who, to be fair, George gave second chances to). Who are you going to put in your own Monument Park, Ed Kranepool? Buddy Harrelson? Please.

When you have your OWN Ruth’s, Gehrig’s, DiMaggio’s, Mantle’s, Berra’s (not as manager), Jeter…. then say something.

Don’t do it when you traded away Amos Otis, Ken Singleton, Nolan Ryan. Don’t do it when your best are good but not all-time stars.

Make your own dynasty in Queens. Don’t ridicule ours.


S.T. Game 10. Yanks lose 9-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Concern? Or not a concern. Stanton played LF today and messed up a couple of balls there. Now some was because of switching from RF to LF and also because he lost the balls in the sun. Others? Who knows.

But not good.

The Yanks lost to the Rays, 9-1, to drop the spring training record to 8-2.

Between Chad Green’s  pitching and Gary Sanchez throwing out a runner attempting to steal, the first two innings went smoothly.

A couple of errors by Danny Espinosa at 3B led to four unearned runs.

Ronald Torreyes had two hits.

Green 2 IP, 0  R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Chapman (L) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Heller  1 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned) 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Espinal 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 h, 0 w, 1 k.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up a 3-run HR.


SWB staff set. Yanks’ ticket sales WAY up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ AAA affiliate has their coaching staff set for 2018. Major changes.

Manager: Bobby Mitchell
Hitting coach: Phil Plantier
Pitching coach: Tommy Phelps
Bullpen coach: Doug Davis
Defensive coach: Travis Chapman

Mitchell was with the Dodgers and Twins 1980-1983. OF. 202 MLB games. Batted & threw Lefty. .243-3-43. OPS+ 77.

Plantier: OF, Batted L, Threw R. Boston 1990-1992, SD, 1993-1994; Houston 1995; Back to SD 1995. Oakland 1996. San Diego yet again, and St. Louis 1997.

Plantier was 8th in ROY in 1991, hitting .331-11-35, OPS+ 178 in just 53 games with Boston. He hit .240-34-100, OPS+ 122 for the 1993 Padres.  In 610 MLB games, he hit .243 w/91 HR, OPS+ 104. 162 g. average, .243-24-78.

Phelps: Lefty pitcher. FL and Milw. 2003-2005. 75 games, 11 starts. 4-5, 4.34. ERA+ 97.

Davis: C, 3B. From Bloomsburg, PA. 1989 Angels, 1992 Rangers. 7 MLB games. 1 for 13.

Chapman: 3B. 2003 Phillies. 1 at bat.

The addition of Giancarlo Stanton has energized the fan base. Ticket sales are up 550,000 over last year at this time.

From MLBTR.com:

The Yankees have signed right-hander David Hale to a minor league contract, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports (Twitter link).  Hale posted a 3.30 ERA over 87 1/3 IP for the Braves as a reliever and occasional starter in 2014, but his performance suffered after a trade to Colorado that offseason.  The ground-ball specialist struggled to a 6.09 ERA over 78 1/3 IP (mostly as a starter) that year and then tossed only two MLB innings in 2016.  Hale has since pitched in the Orioles’ and Dodgers’ farm systems.



ALCS Game 4. Yanks comeback from down 4-0 evens series, win 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Down 4-0 in the seventh.

Only got one hit in the game.

Facing 3-1 down in the series with Keuchel, their nemesis, going tomorrow.

And the Yankees came back to even the ALCS with a 6-4 win at two games apiece.

In the bottom of the fourth, a strange play. With Judge on first and one out, he was running on the pitch when Sanchez lined out. He was past second base and made it back to first. He was originally out but the challenge ruled him safe. However Judge didn’t touch second on the way back, knew it, and tried to get to second while the Astros were going to appeal. He was thrown out.

It went as a caught stealing, but had the Astros appealed, they would have won the appeal because if you round the bag, you have to touch it again on the way back.

It was a scoreless game, with only one hit for either side, when the Astros scored three in the top of the sixth. A walk, a catcher’s interference call on Romine, catching today with Sanchez DHing, and then after Sonny Gray was removed for David Robertson, a walk. Bases loaded, no one out. A strikeout, but then a bases-clearing double by Yuri Gurriel of Houston made it 3-0. Gurriel was thown out trying to take an extra base, and Robertson then got a ground out to get out of the inning.

In the seventh, Chad Green replaced Robertson. After a strikeout, he gave up a double. Ex-Yankee Brian McCann hit one to Castro, and he flubbed it for his second error of the game and the Yanks’ third total (the catcher’s interference on Romine being the other one). 4-0 Houston. Green got a dp to get out of the inning.

So…. bottom of the seventh, down 4-0. Staring at a 3 games to 1 deficit with Keuchel going tomorrow, and the Yanks came back.

Judge got it started with a HR, and after that, Didi tripled and scored on a SF by Sanchez.

To the eighth, and Todd Frazier leads it off with a single. Then, some luck. PH Headley (for Romine, Sanchez went in to catch, DH lost) singled Frazier to third, but Headley fell trying for a double. The Astros had him dead to rights. But in trying to get Headley out at first, Headley took off for second and beat the throw. It was challenged by Houston, but upheld. Second and third, no one out, down 4-2.

Gardner grounded out to second, scoring one run and moving Headley to third. Ellsbury pinch-ran.

Judge doubled in the tying run, and Didi was walked.

Sanchez then hit a GW 2-run double. Bird walked to load the bases but a force at the plate and ground out kept it at 6-4.

Chapman came in for the ninth and closed the game out. 6-4 Yankees.

The Yanks won despite making 3 errors. They held the Astros to just 3 hits.

Judge 2 hits, HR, double, 2 RBI. Scored 2 runs.
Didi 2 hits, scored twice.
Sanchez 3 RBI.
Bird walked 3x
Frazier 2 hits.
Big PH single by Headley.

Gray 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (WIN) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (SAVE) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

In the NLDS, the Dodgers got a walk-off 3-run HR from Justin Turner on Sunday to go up 2 games to none. In Game 3 Tuesday night, they won 6-1 to go up 3 games to none, and could sweep the defending champion Cubs tonight.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 10-1.

Yankees prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 5, 2 RBI, scored one run.
LF Billy McKinney 1 for 5, double, RBI, scored 2 runs.
Starting pitcher Albert Abreu 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K.   

ALCS Game 2. Yanks clipped by Astros in 9th 2-1. In 0-2 Hole.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Correa drove in Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth to win Game 2 of the ALCS, 2-1 for Houston over the Yankees.

Houston now leads the series two games to none.

Correa and Altuve each had two hits, accounting for four of Houston’s five.

Correa’s HR in the fourth gave the Astros a 1-0 lead. It was ruled no fan interference on the play as a youngster almost pulled a “Jeffrey Maier.”

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier. Frazier’s ground-rule double was odd in that it stuck in the fence.

In the ninth, Altuve singled and Correa doubled him home. The throw beat Altuve, but catcher Gary Sanchez could not catch it cleanly and Altuve scored.

The Yanks only had five hits in the game, as Justin Verlander got a CG win with 13 K.

Severino 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K,
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (Loss) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Joe Espada is having a bad couple of games as the Yankees’ third base coach. Bird thrown out at the plate in Game 1, and in Game 2, Brett Gardner was thrown out at third trying for a triple.

One thing about Aaron Judge batting second: He does draw lots of walks, so his OBP is good (although right now he is slumping badly with many strikeouts), but with Judge up, Gardner doesn’t run because he doesn’t want to get thrown out at second with Judge up. A double-edged sword. You got the homers and walks with Judge #2, but at the expense of a Gardner SB?

Game 3 is in the Bronx on Monday night.

In the NLCS, the Dodgers took Game 1 from the Cubs, 5-2.

In the Arizona Fall League,  Scottsdale lost 11-1. Yankee SS prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4. DH Thairo Estrada was 2 for 4 with the RBI. Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning, walking one batter.