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S.T. Game 10. Yanks win but now have worries about Severino.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat the Braves 5-1 today to go to 5-4-1 on the spring but the game is of secondary importance.

In the game, Aaron Judge had a double and a 3-run HR.

But Luis Severino was supposed to start and did not, because of problems with his throwing shoulder. An MRI showed inflammation in the rotator cuff, (thankfully nothing worse) and Seve will be shut down for two weeks, given an injection, and also anti-inflammatory medication.

It also means that he is 99.9999999999% out as far as starting Opening Day.

Worrisome news, indeed. Thank goodness not worse, but the concern is there.

If the news WAS worse, Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez are free agents but you know the asking price would then go up.

Tarpley 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Happ  (w) 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W. 0 K.
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

CC Sabathia will be working for ESPN as his final year progresses. Expect to see some reports from him on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight.

Former Yanks’ broadcaster Al Leiter will be working in the Mets’ front office. ESPN announcer Jessica Mendoza will also be a special advisor for the Mets as well as keeping her Sunday night baseball gig.


S.T. Game 5. Infielders carry Yanks to 8-6 win. Harper signs with Phillies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat the Pirates, 8-6 to improve their spring training record to 3-2.

The good: Infielders carried the day. Troy Tulowitzki (steal? If he is close to what he used to be, it’s a steal getting him) homered again, a 3-run shot in the bottom of the first. Tyler Wade had a solo HR.  L.J. Mazzilli, Lee’s son, broke up a 5-5 tie with a 2-run double. Greg Bird had two hits. Thairo Estrada, who lost most of the 2018 season after getting shot in the hip on a burglary attempt, had two hits.

Zach Britton and Jonathan Holder did well.

The not so good: J.A. Happ and Adam Ottavino struggled.

Happ 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Ottavino (BS) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Cortes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Holder (w) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Rosa (S) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Bryce Harper finally signed with the Phillies for 13 years (no opt-out, has a no trade clause) and $330 million.

The Phillies have done nicely this offseason, getting McCutchen, Harper, Segura, D-Rob, and Realmuto. I live near Philadelphia, so the Phils’ fans are chirping, as is the Philly media.

But I do wonder about this regarding the Phillies….

Yes, Aaron Nola is good (17-6, 2.37 last year, 3rd in CYA, 13th for MVP, All-Star) and Jake Arrietta (10-11, 3.96) is a former CYA winner, but even with what appears to be a very good lineup now, their 3-4-5 starters look like

Nick Pivetta, 26, 7-14, 4.77 in 2018. Career 15-24, 5.33
Vince Velasquez, 26, 9-12, 4.85 in 2018. Career 20-26, 4.60
Zach Eflin, 25 soon, 11-8, 4.36 last year, Career 15-18, 5.10.

I don’t mean to rain on Philly’s parade, but despite the additions they made, they’ll need to improve considerably on what they get from their 3-4-5 starters.

As Yankees fans, that wouldn’t be acceptable on our end now, would it?

S.T. Game 1. Yanks lose, 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got off to a 3-0 lead on Boston but lost 8-5 in their first spring training game this season.

The good:

Aaron Hicks had an RBI double.

Gleyber Torres homered.

Greg Bird was 2 for 2 with an opposite field double and a single to right.

Clint Frazier smoked a single up the middle and hit a long fly to right caught on the warning track.

Ryan McBroom hit a HR.

Tyler Wade had a double, as did Trey Amburgey.

The not so good:

A lot of pitchers the Yanks used in the game are pitchers that, quite frankly, we don’t want to see on the mound for the Yankees at any time this year.

They were pitchers destined for AAA or pitchers that are not so hot trying to stay in the majors by latching on to the Yanks or are pitching for the Yanks hoping to latch on to another club by pitching well now and having another club pick them up.

Cortes (L) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Hutchinson 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 3-run HR.
Coulombe 1 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Brothers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K
Harvey 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Diehl 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Cortes has 4 games of MLB experience, 0-0, 7.71. 24, LHP,  AAA bound where in 35 games (25 starts) he is 9-10, 2.93.

Hutchinson is a guy the Yanks are looking at but a guy you wonder why they are even looking at him. A DFA candidate. The first four batters he faced today were a double, HR, single and walk. In 2018, 5 starts and 11 relief appearances for the Phillies and Texas. 2-2, 6.75. 32-23, 5.10 in his career. Hoping to just latch on to a team …. anywhere. As I mentioned, a DFA candidate hoping to (if he doesn’t make the Yanks) show himself off to someone else. He didn’t do that today.

Coulombe was 1-1, 4.56 for the Rockies in 2018, 6-4, 4.27 in his MLB career. Another marginal major leaguer like Hutchinson hoping to get a crack at the majors, maybe go to AAA with the Yanks or prove himself to another team. Another DFA candidate.

I don’t mean to be rough on Hutchinson or Coulombe, but remember last year when infielder Danny Espinosa, the former Nationals infielder, was in camp and was let go after just a couple of weeks? That is what I am thinking of Hutchinson and Coulombe. In for a look-see, but won’t be there long.

Coshow was lousy at AAA SWB last year, 1-4, 4.95.

Brothers pitched in just one MLB game last year. He was with Colorado 2011-2015 and with the Braves in 2017. 20-14, 3.79 in his MLB career.    

Harvey and Diehl are both AA or AAA bound.

The Yanks and Bosox didn’t use too many players today that would be considered for the MLB roster.

For the Yanks, it was Torres, Hicks, Andujar, Bird (maybe, he has to beat out Voit) and perhaps Frazier as far as guys you consider major leaguers.

None of the pitchers.

The Yanks face Tampa Bay at home tomorrow. 1 PM, MLB.




Yankees’ Spring Training games start today.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees open their spring training schedule with a game on the road against the defending WS Champion Red Sox.

The game will be on the MLB network at 1 PM.

Nestor Cortes starts for the Yankees. Cortes, a 24 y.o. LHP, was in the Yanks’ farm system for years before being claimed by Baltimore in the Rule 5 draft before the 2018 season. He was returned to the Yanks after going 0-0, 7.71 in four games of relief for the Orioles.

As a spot starter/reliever, he went 7-4, 2.06 in three levels (A+/AA/AAA) in 2017 in the Yanks’ farm system. (13 starts, 17 relief outings).

After being returned to the Yanks in 2018, Cortes went 6-6, 3.68 at AAA SWB last year (18 starts, 6 relief appearances). You can probably expect Cortes to start the season at AAA.

Clint Frazier is expected to start today in LF.

Former 1960s pitcher Joe Gibbon (LHP) passed away at the age of 83. Gibbon pitched for the Pirates (1960-1965), Giants (1966-1969), Pirates again (1969-1970), Reds (1971-1972) and Astros (1972). He won a WS ring as a rookie with the 1960 Pirates and besides pitching in the 1960 WS, pitched in the 1970 NLCS for the Pirates.

A spot starter/reliever, Gibbon was 61-65, 3.52 in his career, ERA+ 102. His average 162 g. season would be 16 starts, 36 relief appearances, 8-8, 3.52.

He went 0-0, 8.10 in the postseason. Mickey Mantle’s HR off of him in Game 2 was a shot, clearing the 15 ft. high wall at the 436 ft. marker just to the right of dead center field, and was estimated to travel 478 feet (per the book Explosion by Mark Gallagher). It was the first ball hit by a righty hitter to clear the fence at that spot.

Minor League Report. SWB loses Game 2. International League finals series tied at 1 game apiece.



SWB lost Game 2 of the Governor’s Cup, the International League Finals, by a score of 5-2. The series is tied at a game apiece.

3B Gio Urshela 2 doubles.
1B Mike Ford a 2-run HR.

Cortes (L) 6 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up HR.
It was ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder with the 2-run HR off of Cortes in the first.

Lail 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.



Minor League Report. SWB one-hits LV, up 2 games to 0. Trenton down 0-2.


AAA: SWB beat LV 3-0 on a one-hitter to take a 2 games to none lead in the best-of-five divisional round. Lehigh Valley’s only hit came with one out in the eighth inning.

LF Mark Payton 3 hits. C Wilkin Castillo solo HR.

Cortes (W) 8 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Adams (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton lost to New Hampshire 10-4 and are down 2 games to none in their best-of-five divisional series. 2B Gosuke Katoh solo HR. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. RF Dom Thompson-Williams 2-run HR. DH Jorge Saez 2 hits.

N. Green (L) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Diehl 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Foley 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Hodson 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Kamplain 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.


Minor League Report. SWB playoff hopes take hit with 3-0 loss.


AAA: SWB (71-65) lost 3-0 as their playoff hopes took a hit with the loss. They have a .522 winning pct. and are in 2nd place in the International League North. Over in the West, Toledo leads with a .526 winning pct., and both Columbus and Indianapolis are both at .522. So basically, with two games left in the season, there is a 3-way tie for the wild card spot.

DH Mark Payton 2 hits.

Cortes (L, 6-6, 3.71) 5 Ip, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. gave up 1 HR.  to Rafael Devers, rehabbing for Boston.
Coshow 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.95
Adams 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.82
Lail 1 iP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.48

AA: Trenton (77-61) won 3-0 over Reading.  1B Gosuke Katoh 2 RBI.  DH Jorge Saez solo HR.  2 hits, LF Trey Amburgey.

Stephan 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K.  4.54
Kamplain (W, 1-1, 7.20) 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Tampa (70-66) won 2-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. 3B Daniel Barrios solo HR.

Sanmartin (W, 2-0, 0.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Ort (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.   6.04
Zurak (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.32

Low A: Charleston (62-72) lost 8-0.

Martinez (L, 0-4, 6.48) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
DeCarr 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.50
Higgins 2 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 k.  2.65