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S.T. Game 20. The Kraken gets Cracking. 5 RBI as Yanks win 9-5.

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After yesterday’s bad game, Chance Adams was sent down.

If the Yanks get an AL MVP this year, don’t be surprised if it isn’t Judge or Stanton. Sanchez has been great this spring and don’t count him out.

Sanchez had a 3-run HR and 2-run double today and that helped the Yanks to a 9-5 win over Pittsburgh. It put the Yanks’ spring training record at 12-7-1.

Both Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances were off, both giving up 2-run HRs.

In the top of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a two-run HR to Ex-Yank, Francisco Cervelli.

Aaron Judge doubled in a run in the bottom of the first to cut it to 2-1.

The Pirates got a run in the top of the third to make it 3-1, but in the bottom of that inning, Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, to make it 4-3 Yankees.

The Yanks got four in the fourth to stretch it to 8-3. Bird walked and with one out, Wade walked. Gardner reached on a error to load the bases and Judge walked to force in a run. Stanton grounded out to place a run and then Sanchez doubled in two.

Jose Osuna hit a 2-run HR in the sixth for Pittsburgh to make it 8-5, but in the eighth, Tyler Austin hit a solo HR for the final tally of 9-5.

If I were to guess the 25 man roster on Opening Day right now, it would be:

Sanchez, Romine, Stanton, Bird, Walker, Torreyes, Didi, Wade, Drury, Gardner, Hicks, Judge, and Austin. That is 13.

12  pitchers, which are: Severino, Tanaka, Gray, CC, Montgomery, Warren, Green, Kahnle, Shreve, Robertson, Chapman, and Betances.

I believe that Ellsbury, now with only two weeks until Opening Day, won’t be ready and the Yanks will put him on the DL to start the season. Clint Frazier could be headed to the 60 day DL because he is not coming along from his concussion.

So, I believe:

C: Sanchez and Romine
INF: Bird, Wade, Walker , Didi, Drury, Torreyes, and Austin (as backup to Bird)
OF: Stanton, Gardner, Hicks, Judge

Once Ellsbury is ready, the Yanks have to decide between Wade and Austin. Since Wade is more versatile, and Walker is being groomed to not only play 2B but 3b and 1B,  I think then Austin would be the one sent down.

Wade made a couple good defensive plays today. Even if he is the Opening Day starter at 2B, Torres may be ready in a few months. The Yanks envision Wade as a “Ben Zobrist” type. Capable of filling in at any of five positions based on need. Good speed, great range and as long as he can hit .260, steal 20 bases and flash that defensive speed, valuable.

Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances had tough days today.

Gray (W) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 Walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kahnle (H), 1 1/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  1 W, 2 K.
Heller (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Judge 2 for 2, scored 2. Drove in 2. Walked 2x.
Sanchez double, HR, 5 RBI
Austin solo HR.


S.T. Game 16. Didi and Judge HR, but Montgomery struggles in 7-5 loss.

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Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge homered, but the Yanks (11-5) lost their spring training game to Miami 7-5 on Sunday.

Jordan Montgomery, recently confirmed as the #5 starter, started and struggled.

He gave up a triple to ex-Yankee Starlin Castro with two out in the first but got out of it, but gave up a 2-run double with two out in the second to Miguel Rojas.

In the third, with one out, he gave up a walk and a single. Brady Lail replaced him and gave up a 3-run HR to Brian Anderson to put the Marlins up 5-0.

The Yanks got two in the fourth when Bird and Sanchez singled and both moved up on a passed ball. Didi grounded out to score one runner and move the other up and Miguel Andujar hit a SF to score the other.

Sanchez, by the way, looks really good in spring training so far, offensively AND defensively.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a 2-run HR to Cameron Maybin in the fifth to put Miami up 7-2. This also happened with two out. With two out, Anderson doubled and Maybin hit his HR. I think it’s safe to say that LeBlanc will NOT be beating out Chasen Shreve for the second lefty in the bullpen spot behind closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Yanks got two in the top of the sixth. Sanchez reached on an error, was PR for by Kyle Higashioka, and Didi hit a 2-run HR. Miguel Andujar almost went back to back, hitting a triple off the fence, but was stranded at third.

Judge hit a mammoth shot in the seventh for the final score of 7-5.

Judge solo HR.
Didi 2-run HR, 3 RBI
Andujar triple, RBI. He’s going to make it tough to send him down.

Montgomery (L) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

For Miami, Castro had that triple, and ex-Yankee Garrett Cooper had 3 hits.

Meanwhile, Clint Frazier is still having trouble with that concussion.



S.T. Game 8. Austin’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 5-4 win.

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Sorry for the late report. High winds in the northeast have knocked out power off and on.

As for Friday’s game, there is something about getting someone who may take your job that puts a bug up your butt and makes you work harder, and in the case of a couple of Yankees, better.

We’ve seen what Miguel Andujar has done since the Yankees traded for Brandon Drury.

Yesterday the Yanks signed Adam Lind to a minor league contract to have insurance for Greg Bird. Tyler Austin responded by hitting a 2-run walk off HR in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yanks a 5-4 win and better their record to 7-1 in this exhibition season.

This has been a strange free agent off-season. I mean, Lind is forced to accept a minor league deal? It has an opt-out at the end of spring training, so Lind may not be here long. But if anything happens to Bird or Austin between now and then…. Lind, 34, is a lefty hitter who, in a platoon role with Washington last year, hit .303-14- 59, OPS+ 123. He has hit 20 or more HR in six different seasons, and in 2009 had a .305-35-114, OPS+ 141 season for Toronto, for whom he has spent most of his MLB career. His 162 game average is .272-24-87, OPS+ 112. A professional hitter who has exactly 200 HR in his career. You think someone would have picked him up by now.

The only thing about Lind is his splits, and why he platooned last year. A .288 hitter vs. righties, just .217 against lefties in his career. Primarily a 1B or DH, he can play LF, but it isn’t advised.

Speaking of LF, manager Aaron Boone stated that Jacoby Ellsbury would get some playing time there (a nice decision if Gardner is hurt or needs a day, because you are getting the same type of player there), but Ellsbury then strained an oblique so he’s out for a while.

Clint Frazier is still having problems after getting that concussion a week ago.

As for the game, you don’t know what to make of Masahiro Tanaka. He had a bad outing yesterday, but you don’t know how spring training carries over to the regular season. In 2016, Tanaka had a rough spring training, but a 14-4, 3.07 regular season. Last spring, he only gave up one run all spring training long, but then struggled most of the year to a 13-12, 4.74 year before his great postseason. So who knows? Anyway, he couldn’t make it through two innings and gave up four runs.

Down 4-0 early, the Yanks got two in the fourth on a double by the red-hot Andujar, and another in the fifth on an RBI single by Didi Gregorius, who went 3 for 3.

Austin then hit his two-run walkoff HR in the ninth for the 5-4 win. Tyler Wade got the inning going by beating out a bunt. Nice to see.

Giancarlo Stanton had two doubles.

Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson had a pinch-hit appearance, and struck out. He did take a couple good rips, though.

Jordan Montgomery had a nice outing.

Tanaka 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up HR to top Atlanta prospect, maybe the best young prospect in the game today.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Montgomery 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.



S.T. Game 4. Andujar’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 4-3 win; Frazier out with concussion.

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Cody Carroll gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the ninth when the Yanks were one strike away from winning, but Miguel Andujar hit a two-out, two-strike HR in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Yanks, 4-3, over the Phillies.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 4-0.

After Sonny Gray pitched two scoreless innings, the Phils got a run in the third off of Yanks’ prospect Chance Adams. Maybe Adams needs to work on his move, because the Phils stole two bases off him that inning. Gary Sanchez did pick a runner off of second to bail out Adams. Sanchez had a double in the game.

The Yanks’ Ben Heller hit a batter with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Phils up 2-0.

The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when, with two out, Brandon Drury walked, Billy McKinney reached on an error, and Tyler Wade singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With two out, Drury tripled and Andujar doubled him home.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the eighth. With one out, Erik Kratz and Tyler Austin both walked and Jorge Saez singled in a run, with Austin being thrown out at the plate.

That set the stage for the ninth, with Scott Kingery tying it up for the Phils with his HR, only to see Andujar win the game for the Yanks with his walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth.

It wasn’t a good night for Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out all three times up.

Andujar was 2 for 2, double, HR, 2 RBI.

Gray 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Adams 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. HBP.
Keller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll (W) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

OF Clint Frazier will be out of action a couple of days. He sustained a concussion on Saturday (S.T. Game #2) in making a catch in the outfield where he bumped his head against the LF fence.

Toddfather to Mets; Yanks finalize coaching staff.

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To no one’s great surprise, NJ native Todd Frazier stayed home, but made the crosstown trek from the Bronx to Queens, signing a 2-yr., $17MM deal with the Mets.

The Mets need 3b help, since it appears increasingly likely that David Wright will not play again.

No offense to Wright, a great player who has spinal stenosis, but it’s time to call it a day.

The Yanks could have squeezed in the $8.5MM/per, but most likely could only offer 1 yr. A multi-year deal for the Toddfather doesn’t work because:

  1. Miguel Andujar may be ready at the major league minimum, and if he is, he helps the Yanks re-set the bar on the luxury tax. They really want under the cap.
  2. If Andujar is ready, great. If not, Manny Machado becomes a free agent next year. One reason not to sign the Toddfather to a multi-yr. deal. Why do that when Machado is available next year?
  3. If Andujar has a great rookie year, you can just keep and control Andujar, not worry about Machado and focus elsewhere.
  4. If Andujar has a great rookie year and you want Machado anyway, Andujar has increased his trade value, which even now is high because other teams are asking about him and the Yanks have him off the table.
  5.  If Andujar struggles, you may be able to get someone (Machado even?) at the trade deadline this year.

So the Yanks best option may be just to do what they are doing now, which appears (it isn’t official yet) to just hand the 3B job to Andujar (Torreyes, Torres, Wade and Estrada are still in the mix).

As for Frazier, MLBTR had him projected as 3 yr./$33MM so he’s getting less than that. They did have the right team (Mets) projected.

The Yanks formalized their coaching staff today. Joining manager Aaron Boone are Josh Bard bench coach, Phil Nevin 3B, Larry Rothschild Pitching coach, Marcus Thames hitting coach w/P.J. Pilletere asst., Reggie Willets 1B/OF, Harkey BP coach, Jason Brown catching coach, Carlos Mendoza Quality Control/Infield, Radley Haddad coaching asst./Bullpen c, Brett Weber Coaching asst/instant replay coordinator.

The way some cities “celebrate” championships are disgusting. I could NEVER root for a Philadelphia team, although I live about 60 miles from Philly. Some fans, including friends and relatives, are OK obviously. But some Philly fans are, to put it mildly, boorish. Celebrate, but celebrate in a civilized fashion.

Yanks sign lefty to minor league deal.

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From MLBTR.com (edited):

The Yankees have agreed to a minor-league deal with lefty Wade LeBlanc, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to MLB Spring Training and an opt-out opportunity just before the start of the season, per Crasnick, who notes that the deal comes with a potential $1MM base rate of pay in the Majors. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale adds that LeBlanc also has an opt-out on June 15 and would earn a monthly salary of $32K in the minors. …

LeBlanc, 33, engineered a return to the majors after spending a season in Japan in 2015. …  After spending some time as a swingman for the Mariners in 2016, he landed with the Pirates and threw well enough to earn a major-league contract in the following offseason.

Things didn’t go quite as hoped in 2017, as LeBlanc managed only a 4.50 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in his 68 innings in Pittsburgh. …

As has long been the case, LeBlanc was much more effective last year against righties than when pitching against same-handed batters. It seems he’ll join a camp battle to earn a place as a long man for the Yankees.

The only lefty other than Chapman was Chasen Shreve, so LeBlanc gives Shreve some competition. LeBlanc, 33, was 5-2, 4.50, ERA+ 96 with a save for Pittsburgh last year. For his career, he is 30-35, 4.40, ERA+ 88. He has started 79 games, and relieved in 97.

He actually pitched in one game for the Yanks in 2014. If you remember that, you are better than me.

Also from MLBTR.com:

The Yankees were reportedly willing to part with outfield prospect Clint Frazier in a trade for then-Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole earlier this offseason, but no deal come together between the teams. Although Pittsburgh ended up trading Cole to Houston on Saturday for a four-player package, the Pirates valued Frazier over everyone they got back from the Astros, according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic. However, the Pirates liked the package they got from the Astros better than the offers the Yankees made, including a final pitch from the Bombers that consisted of three prospects, per Bowden (Twitter link).

Quantity over Quality.

Also, it’s reported that the Yanks offered Frazier or Adams, but not both.

And, it’s also reported that Miguel Andujar was a deal-breaker. No surprise since Frazier is blocked by other outfielders, but Andujar really isn’t blocked by any other 3B right now, and Andujar is off the table.

Also interesting is that Adams may be available in the right deal, but Justus Sheffield is off the table (as are Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial). As for Thairo Estrada, it probably depends on the right deal.



The other #9s. Infield options.

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#9, as we know, is retired for Roger Maris.

But with this new year of 2018, it marks the 40th anniversary of the Yanks’ great comeback in 1978.

One key member of that team was Graig Nettles. Who can forget his defensive wizardry in Game 3 of that 1978 WS that turned the series around? Nettles was on 5 division winners, 4 pennant winners and 2 World Championships with the Yankees from 1973-1983. He led the AL in HR with 32 in 1976, led the Yankees in WAR (Wins above Replacement) in both 1976 and 1977, was a 5x All Star in his 11 years with the Yanks, and finished in the top 10 for AL MVP in 1977 and 1978.

Isn’t it about time Nettles, 73, was honored with a plaque in Monument Park?

And while they are at it, another player who wore #9, Hank Bauer, who played for the Yankees from 1948-1959, could be honored with a plaque as well for his WS record 17 game hitting streak. Bauer died in 2007. It’s 60 years since that streak ended in 1958.

1938, 1958, 1978, 1998… lets’ hope the Yanks 20 year streak of WS titles continues…

I am not saying co-retire the number 9, as the Yanks did with #8 (Dickey and Berra), but shouldn’t Nettles and Bauer have plaques? In the case of Nettles, especially, it is long overdue.

The Yanks may or may not be looking into additional infield help. Apparently they are talking with Ji-Man Choi about him returning to AAA SWB as insurance for a possible injury to Greg Bird. Choi was 4 for 15 for the Yanks in 2017, hitting 2 HR.

Todd Frazier and Eduardo Nunez are still on the free agent market and the Yanks could have interest in one or the other. Of course the market for them has to drop or the Yanks need to unload some $alary (Ellsbury, for example). But Richard Neer (spelling?) of WFAN suggests that the Yanks should just go with the rookies, Miguel Andujar at 3B and Gleyber Torres at 2B and see how they do and then make a move, if needed, at the trade deadline of 2018.

Will the Yanks get a veteran infielder, or will they go with two rookies to start the season? We’ll see.

So far the free agent and trade market has been glacially slow.