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Yanks scheduled to open in D.C. against defending Champ Nationals

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The schedule hasn’t been finalized and approved but the schedule being proposed has the Yankees opening the season on National TV on Thursday night, July 23 vs. the defending World Series Champion Washington Nationals down in D.C.

There won’t be fans, but it’ll be interesting if, to kick off the season and to send a message to the sports world regarding getting things back to normal, President Trump throws out the first pitch.

How long pitchers will be able to go after resuming pitching schedules we’ll have to see. Instead of the usual six week spring training, this “summer retraining” will only be three weeks.

Nonetheless, Opening Day should see a great pitching matchup for at least a few innings of Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer. Even if it’s not Scherzer, WS MVP Stephen Strasburg.


How can a guy with a .197 career batting average so far in his MLB career be someone who may turn out to be very valuable? Such may be the case for Tyler Wade.

Wade is still only 25 and still trying to establish himself as a major league player. But he does have speed and is very versatile. With this new extra inning rule for this year, where you start the inning with a runner on second base, expect Wade to be used as a pinch-runner if the Yanks go into extra innings. And if a) the Yanks are on the road or b) whether the Yanks score his run or not, the game continues on further, Wade can play six different positions so he can pinch-run for a bunch of different players and he can then take the field in a variety of different positions.

 

 

60 game season?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I haven’t written much because there really has been nothing to write about, and I want to write about facts—what will happen—as opposed to rumors.

Now it looks as if a brief summer “retraining” may start around July 1—a 3 week long “summer retraining” if you will— and a 60 game season could begin around July 20 to 24 and run through Sept. 27.

There isn’t much room for any rainouts.

I wonder if it’s worth it. I love baseball, but a 60 game season? Yuk. What kind of schedule would it be? Who would you play and who wouldn’t you be playing?

There would be no expanded playoffs. As for where games are played at and if there will be any fans, who knows yet.

I was hoping for at least a half a season, 80 games. 60 games to me, isn’t worth it.

Now here is something to think about…. with a 60 game season, there won’t be as much wear and tear on pitcher’s arms. Do you go to a 4 man rotation? With the Yankees’ stacked bullpen, and with expanded rosters, Gerrit Cole can pitch more games, be limited to say, six innings per start, and then let the bullpen take over. Even at 15 starts in a 60 game season, six innings per start only gives him 90 innings for the season, as opposed to the 212 1/3 (not including the postseason) he threw last year. Would you do it? Would Boone?

 

S.T. Game 19. Late HR beats Yanks, 4-2. Sanchez has the flu.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First a sore back, now the flu, will keep Gary Sanchez down a while.

Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery both pitched well, but a 2-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Ben Heller beat the Yanks (10-7-2) 4-2.

Concerns: The Yanks really haven’t hit yet. Also, Gleyber Torres made his fifth error of the spring.

Good points: Pitching. Kyle Higashioka hit a HR, his 3rd of spring training.

Cole 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.00
Otero 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.86
Montgomery 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.   4.09
Heller (L, 0-1) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  27.00  Gave up a 2-run HR.
Wivinis 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

 

An Aside: Last I saw, Didi Gregorius was 0 for 22 for the Phils so far this spring.

S. T. Game 13. Yanks lose 15-11. Ugly pitching line. Give up 9 HR.

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Ugh. Thank goodness this was a S.T. Game and not a regular season game because the pitching line is ugly.

The Yanks gave up 9 HR today. 4 by ace Gerrit Cole. Another 4 by Jordan Montgomery, the #4 starter.

The Yanks (8-4-1) lost 15-11.

Miguel Andujar was at 1B. Got 2 RBI, got made an error and was not comfortable there defensively.

Kyle Higashioka had 2 HR, 3 RBI.

Ezequial Duran had 2 RBI.

Roselle Herrera, who may beat out Tyler Wade for the last spot on the team, had two hits and scored three runs.

Thairo Estrada 2 RBI

But the pitching line is brutal. I don’t know if a wind was blowing out or what. If so, it better have been a tornado.

Cole 2 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 4 HR   9.53
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.60
Montgomery (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR.  6.43.
Cessa 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K.    4.76.

 

15 R, 17 H, 9 HR.  YUK.

 

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

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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 3. Yanks tie 3-3. Cole and Montgomery solid.

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The Yankees (0-2-1) are still looking for their first spring training game win this year but Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery were both solid in a 3-3 tie vs. the Pirates.

Montgomery missed most of 2018 and 2019 with TJ surgery.

1B Brandon Wagner, who spent 2019 mostly at AA, drove in 2 runs.

Pittsburgh scored one run on a PB by Yanks’ C Erik Kratz. Kratz himself scored on a WP by Pittsburgh, as pitchers and catchers are not quite in sync yet, and pitchers seem to be ahead of the hitters right now, too, as the Yankees pitchers struck out 14.

Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  0.00
Montgomery 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Otero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Gil 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  9.00
Medina 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Rosa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K.  0.00
Otto (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  9.00

 

 

S.T. Game 2. Andujar HRs, but Yanks lose 9-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (0-2) lost to Tampa Bay 9-7 in their S.T. game today.

Good news: Miguel Andujar homered. Jonathan Loaisiga had a 1-2-3 inning. He is competing for the #5 starter job or a spot starter/long relief position.

There weren’t too many “major leaguers” who played. It was mostly minor leaguers. The only possible MLB players were Tyler Wade, Andujar, Luke Voit, maybe Thairo Estrada or David Hale, and that’s about it.

It came out today that Voit’s injury that sabotaged the second half of 2019 for him was worse than thought. He basically ripped everything. 3 ligaments on both sides of his groin had to be repaired in the off season. In the first half of last year, he had 17 HR and 50 RBI. Do the math. 34 and 100.

He feels fine now. Good sign. Even lost a little weight to make him a little more flexible. But that injury wasn’t just a sports hernia. It explains the big drop off in the second half.

Two hits for Chris Gittens today after he homered yesterday.

Estrada with a hit and an RBI.

Two hits and 2 RBI for OF Trey Amburgey. I like this kid. Righty hitter, 25. Hit .274-22-62 for AAA SWB last year. But no room for him at MLB level right now.

Pitching line:

Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K   0.00  Nice
Hale 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.  40.50   Not so hot.
Lyons 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Threw a WP that let a run in. 0.00
Schmidt 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00  A top prospect.
Nelson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K.   0.00
Yajure 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   0.00
Vizcaino (H,1) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  18.00
Abreu (H,1)  1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  9.00
Lane (L; BS) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.  27.00
Reeves 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00

C Wynston Sawyer, who spent last year (43 Games) with the Twins AAA team, made two errors, I didn’t see the one, but the other was quite embarrassing.

Gerrit Cole will pitch tomorrow (Monday) night.

Cole’s first S.T. game to be Monday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gerrit Cole’s first spring training game is set to be Monday, as the Yanks’ line up their new ace to open the season in Baltimore on March 26.

The spring training game—-the second at home for the Yanks at their S.T. home in Tampa—will be against the team Cole broke into the majors with, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As for Saturday and the Yanks’ S.T. opener at home vs. Toronto, the starter will be J.A. Happ.

As for Aaron Judge’s sore shoulder, if it were the regular season, he’d be playing, but there is no use in taking unnecessary risks in spring training.

With Andy Pettitte in camp as an adviser, and currently working with Masahiro Tanaka on a cutter, you have to wonder if pitching coach could be in Andy’s future?

The luxury tax; the logo; one more year?

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From MLBTR.com:

The luxury tax bills for the Red Sox, Cubs and Yankees – the three teams that exceeded the $206MM threshold in 2019 – are now public knowledge. The Red Sox owe $13.4MM, the Cubs will pay $7.6MM and the Yankees must surrender $6.7MM, according to Ronald Blum of The Associated Press. As far as actual payrolls go, Boston checked in at $228MM, the Yankees put a $226MM roster on the field and the Cubs spent $220MM, Blum notes.

Neither the Red Sox nor the Cubs made the playoffs in 2019 despite their elite-level spending, while the Yankees lost to the Astros in the ALCS. Now, with the exception of the Yankees (who’ve already made history this offseason with the nine-year, $324MM contract they awarded right-hander Gerrit Cole), those clubs look as if they’re in salary-cutting mode. The tax limit will climb to $208MM next season, and the Yankees will blow past it in the wake of the Cole signing. Moreover, there’s a decent chance the Yankees will outspend the $208MM mark by $40MM or more, which would lead to a 42.5 percent overage tax next year and would cause their highest draft pick to drop 10 spots.

It seems the Red Sox and Cubs would like to avoid the tax, but it remains to be seen whether either will pull off that feat. As things stand, next year’s Red Sox are projected to go beyond $208MM by almost $30MM, while the Cubs will do so by about $6MM, per Jason Martinez of Roster Resource.

It will be easier for Boston and Chicago to duck the tax 12 months from now if they sell off an expensive star or two, which seems possible. The clubs have former MVPs (outfielder Mookie Betts for the Red Sox and third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant for the Cubs) who have come up in trade rumors. Betts and Bryant aside, there are other well-compensated potential trade chips in both cases. Left-hander David Price and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. come to the fore for the Red Sox, while righty Yu Darvish and first baseman Anthony Rizzo join Bryant among high-priced Cubs who may not be untouchable.


You may have noticed the Nike logo on the Yankees’ uniform Gerrit Cole was wearing yesterday at his press conference. I’m not too happy about it, but according to the NY Post,

the reason the swoosh is now located on the front of the Yankees’ uniform is because of MLB wanting to appeal to younger consumers and, not for nothing, a 10-year deal that was valued at, according to sources, more than $1 billion among MLB, Nike and Fanatics.

Money doesn’t only talk, it screams.


Another thing about the Cole signing. It hurts the team that knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs in three of the past five years. You improve yourself, hurt them.

The deal could be even longer and more expensive. There is an avenue in which Cole’s contract would become a 10-year deal for $360 million. If Cole opts out after five years, the Yankees may void the opt out and extend the contract one more year for $36 million, The Post confirmed.

 

Yanks introduce Cole; DFA Adams; Numbers Game.

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The Yankees had their introductory press conference for Gerrit Cole today. Cole will don #45, and Luke Voit, who had the number, will switch to #59.

Voit explains that his brother was a captain on the Army football team recently, and wore #59, so…

To make room on the 40-man roster for Cole, Chance Adams was DFA’d. Adams, a top minor league prospect a few years ago, has regressed. He was 0-1, 7.04 in 7 2/3 IP for the Yanks in 2018 and 1-1, 8.53 in 25 1/3 IP in 2019. Total Yankees’ career: 1-2, 8.18, ERA+55 in 33 innings. He’s 25, so still young, but we’ll see what his future holds.