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S.T. Game 33. Montgomery and Judge state their cases.

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The case for the #4 and #5 starter just got more interesting, not to mention the RF job.

Jordan Montgomery pitched five strong innings today to further his case to make the starting rotation, giving up just one run in a 3-1 Yankees’ win over Toronto.

Aaron Judge went 2 for 3 with an RBI, is hitting .345 for spring training, and shockingly, may still be sent down to AAA.

The Yanks scored a run in the second when Starlin Castro tripled and Judge singled him home.

Toronto tied it in the fourth.

The Yanks got two in the fifth. Hicks walked and Judge singled. After a double steal, Austin Romine singled in a run. One out later, Brett Gardner singled in another.

I am one among many who are stupefied that the Yanks would go with Hicks in RF over Judge. Hicks may cover a bit more ground and have a better arm, but Judge has hit .345 this spring! If that can’t get you on the team, what will? I understand the Yanks want him playing every day, but I and many Yankees fans I talk to feel that Hicks, after hitting .217 last year, has a LONG way to go to gain our confidence. If this is indeed a youth movement, then why not go with Judge?

If anyone shouldn’t play, it’s Gardner, who’s had a bad spring. If anything, the OF should be Hicks, Ellsbury and Judge based on spring training results.

Needless to say, we want Judge over Hicks.

As for Ellsbury batting fifth, I only think it lasts until Didi is ready. Then Didi #5 and Ellsbury…. 8th? It sure looks that way.

We’ll see what Severino does tomorrow, but Montgomery, despite just six starts in AAA, laid down the gauntlet. Big, lefty, looking good. I’d go with the kid in the rotation.

Montgomery (w) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 4 K.
Heller (Josh’s boy, he loves him) (H) 2 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Shreve (H) 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Graham (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Just two spring training games left. Thurs vs. Phillies with Severino starting, and an exhibition game in Atlanta on Friday at the Braves’ new stadium. Saturday is an off day and the regular season starts Sunday.

The Yanks go to 24-8-1 on the spring.

Random thoughts as we head to Opening Day.

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I don’t mind the Sanchez 2 Bird 3 lineup. Girardi wants to be certain that both get up in the first inning where if they weren’t 2-3 one of them wouldn’t get up in the first in the event of a 1-2-3 inning. Also more at bats for when the lineup turns over.  Basically it’s subbing Bird in the first inning for Ellsbury (as well as splitting lefty/righty hitters).

I do wonder about Ellsbury fifth, and also have to wonder how temporary that would be and how much lower Ellsbury goes down in the lineup.

For don’t you think that when Didi Gregorius is back, that HE will be hitting fifth, not Ellsbury, and that Ellsbury would then be hitting, say, eighth? Especially since Didi had 20 HR last year and was showing power again in the WBC and in spring training before his injury?

Gardner-Sanchez-Bird-Holliday-Didi-Castro-Headley-Ellsbury-Judge/Hicks when Didi gets healthy?

More random thoughts. It depends on how long Tyler Austin takes to heal, but if Chris Carter continues to be a whiff machine, should he be looking over his shoulder when Austin finally is ready to play?

The coaching staff wanted to bring Gleyber Torres north, even though he has never played above AA. Says a lot. The front office wants him to get more experience in the minors, at least in AA before coming up to the majors. Could be bypass AAA altogether? It just shows how fast he is coming.

I also think Gardner and Ellsbury should be looking over their shoulders. Gardner would be the easiest one to move because of Ellsbury’s prohibitive salary. But with both starting to hit the age of 33 and showing some decline, and with some promising outfielders coming (Fowler, Rutherford, Frazier, McKinney, Mason Williams), I wouldn’t be surprised to see one moved.

In fact, Gardner hasn’t had too good of a spring training. If the Yanks wanted to play their best outfield based on spring training results, the argument wouldn’t be over RF (Hicks or Judge) but CENTER field (Gardner or Ellsbury). They would have Hicks in LF and Judge in RF, for both have done better than Gardner or Ellsbury this spring. Just saying.

Jon Niese re-signed with the Yanks after being released the other day. He’ll stay in Tampa in extended spring training to build up more arm strength. A surgery late last year has him behind.

The next two days are huge in filling out the rotation. Jordan Montgomery starts today vs. Toronto and Luis Severino starts tomorrow vs. the Phillies. It will be very interesting to see how they do and if their performances make them or break them as far as being in the rotation. The Yanks won’t need a fifth starter until April 16.

Pete Kozma (good field/can’t hit water if he fell out of a boat) may make the team with Didi out, then get DFA’d when Didi is ready.  I’d like to see Tyler Wade there instead of Kozma, though.

UPDATE: Wade and Kyle Higashioka were sent down to minor league camp last night.

We’ll see what happens. A lot of decisions on the 25 man roster have to be made in the next few days. The season starts Sunday.

S.T. Game 29. Severino’s performance raises questions in Yanks’ 3-2 win.

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Sorry for the late report, I was dead tired when I got home last night and even though I wanted to catch UCLA-Kentucky basketball, I fell asleep and didn’t go anywhere or meet friends at a club or do anything last night.

The Yanks scored two in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Phillies Friday, 3-2, to raise their spring training record to 21-7-1.

The main thing for me about this game is the role of Luis Severino. Severino is just 23, so it’s a bit early to decide starter or reliever for him, but the Yankees have to be wondering.

Last year, 11 games as a starter: 0-8, 8.50.
Last year, 11 games as a reliever: 3-0, 0.39.

This spring, Severino has been inconsistent as a starter, and that is one reason why the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation are still up for grabs, and why Jordan Montgomery is a surprise contender for one of those spots.

Now even though Severino has been inconsistent as a starter this spring, he was once again lights out in relief yesterday. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 strikeouts.9 Up, 9 Down.

At some point, you have to wonder about his role. The numbers aren’t lying. If Severino wants to start, his numbers as a starter have to start becoming more like his numbers as a reliever.

There has been a drastic difference between the two. The numbers don’t lie.

CC Sabathia started the game and was in and out of trouble. He gave up just 2 runs in 5 1/3 but was in and out of trouble. He did minimize the damage, and Aaron Judge helped by throwing out a runner at the plate. Chase Headley also helped on a forceout at the plate. The Phillies got both of their runs in the second.

The Yanks got a run in the third on a Brett Gardner RBI single.

In the ninth, the minor leaguers won it for the Yanks. Abiatal Avelino singled to start the inning. Wilkin Castillo doubled to tie the game, and after two out, Trey Amburgey singled to win it.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1 HBP.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Severino (w) 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 5 K.

S.T. Game 25. Yanks win, but problems loom.

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The Yankees’ 9-3 win today that raised their spring record to 19-6 was overshadowed by other concerns.

I don’t like the World Baseball Classic because of its timing. Players should be getting ready and not competing heavily in games in March. The WBC advances the timetable, which is why I am concerned about injuries in March to players going all out when they should be pacing themselves.

The Yanks found out today that Didi Gregorius, who was doing well in the WBC, will probably miss the start of the regular season because of a sore throwing shoulder.

As good as phenom Gleyber Torres has been this spring training, he has never played above High A ball (Tampa) and the Yanks won’t consider jumping him three levels to replace Didi. Instead, it looks as if it would be Tyler Wade at SS until Didi is ready. Wade is versatile, has more experience and has played at a higher level than Torres. It seems either he or Ronald Torreyes will man SS until Didi gets back.Ruben Tejada could be in the mix as well.

A blow and why I don’t like the WBC. As for Wade, all the Yanks want from him is to make the plays, and do the little things. He doesn’t have the power Didi would have. Just make all the plays on D, and do the little things offensively—steal a base, lay down a bunt, move the runner over. Nothing spectacular.

Michael Pineda exasperated us today. One outing after a 15 up, 15 down, 8 strikeout performance, he was knocked out in the second inning. This is why he drives us nuts. So much potential, so little consistency. Just like A.J Burnett.

The Yanks got four in the second. Refsnyder doubled in one, Torreyes singled in one and Gardner singled in two.

Given a 4-0 lead, Pineda drove us nuts again, giving up three runs and not making it out of the second inning. How long do we have to wait for him to realize his potential consistently? Thank goodness it is spring training. Starting pitchers just can’t give back four run leads in the regular season.

The Yanks got two in the fifth on a two-run HR by Matt Holliday.

Gleyber Torres doubled in two in the eighth (and I, like many others, wish this kid would be the one replacing Didi until Didi is ready, but at 20, and no experience above High A, I could see not putting him the major league roster just yet, but yes, we all are impatient for him to arrive).

Dustin Fowler got a SF for the final run.

So a win, but concerns about Didi’s injury and Pineda’s inconsistency.

Two RBI for Gardner, two hits for Bird. Holliday with the 2-run HR. Billy McKinney went 2 for 2.

To me, besides Mitchell, Green has done very well. I would put Mitchell and Green in the rotation, send Severino and Cessa back to AAA and Warren to the bullpen. We’ll see what Girardi does.

Pineda (w) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Graham (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Green (H) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Heller (H) 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

 

S.T. Game 15. Yanks edge Braves, 8-7.

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The Yanks improved their spring record to 12-3 with an 8-7 win over the Braves today. Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR.

Jacoby Ellsbury provided the spark we hope to see from him. 3 for 3, 2 stolen bases.

Tyler Wade had 2 hits, Francisco Diaz 2 RBI. Dustin Fowler a triple, as did Aaron Hicks.

Ruben Tejada had 2 hits and an RBI. Gleyber Torres had an RBI double.

Michael Pineda had a shaky start then settled down.

Pineda 3 IP,2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Shreve (w) 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up HR>
Mantiply 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Gurka 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR.

S.T. Games 5 & 6. Yanks sweep.

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The Yanks split their squad today, one playing a game at home, one on the road.

For the sake of this report, S.T. Game 5 will be the home game, S.T. game 6 the road one.

The Yanks won both games. The home game 9-5 and the road game 5-4.

In the home game, Masahiro Tanaka was sharp in his two innings of work. Gary Sanchez (2 hits, 2 RBI), Chris Carter and Thairo Estrada homered, and for Estrada, he homered for the second consecutive day.

Brett Gardner had two hits, Clint Frazier a hit and 2 RBI. Chase Headley had 2 hits and an RBI.

Tanaka 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Layne (w) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Heller (H) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

In the road game, Greg Bird hit 2 HR. and drove in 3 runs. One HR was pulled down the RF line, the other went the other way to LCF. Kyle Higashioka had 2 hits.

Top prospect Gleyber Torres singled, walked, scored a run and drove in a run.

He also made an error.

Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Wotherspoon 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Adams 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Sheffield (BS, W) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up HR.
Gurka (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Ramirez (S) 2 IP, 1 r, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K.

Adams, 22, was 13-1, 2.33 for A+/AA last year. Sheffield, 20, was 10-6, 3.09 at the same levels.

Game 161. Yanks rally for 7-3 win.

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Today is the final game of the season for the Yankees. They are 84-77 after yesterday’s come-from-behind, 7-3 win over Baltimore.

There are three playoff spots still to be decided, and five teams fighting for those spots, so  the possibility of a 163rd game is very real.

Unfortunately the Yanks have already been eliminated, so today is it for this year.

Eventually, the Yanks have to figure out what to do with Luis Severino. It is in their best interest that he develop into a good starter, but his splits this year make you wonder.

As a starter: 0-8, 8.50
As a reliever: 3-0, 0.39

He started yesterday, and gave up 3 runs in just 3 2/3 IP.

After the Orioles scored two off Severino in the third, and another in the fourth on Manny Machado’s 37th HR, the Yanks went to work, scoring one run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and putting the game away with four in the eighth.

In the fifth, Mark Teixeira (whose last game will be today) singled, Chase Headley walked, and Austin Romine grounded into a forceout at third. Tyler Austin singled in a run to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, with two out, Billy Butler and Rob Refsnyder singled, and Headley doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Austin tied the game with his fifth HR of the year. All of his homers have been at home, and all by going the other way to right field.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out. Headley doubled and Romine singled in two runs. After Austin struck out, Ronald Torreyes walked. Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Severino 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.83
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.05
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Clippard (w, 4-6, 3.57 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.08

I’ve seen reports that at the trade deadline, the Yanks were looking at Joe Panik from the Giants as compensation. It didn’t happen, and you wonder what the Yanks would have done with Castro if it did. Move him to 3B? What then with Headley?

As far as WAR (wins above replacement) this year, the Yanks’ best player in 2016 has been Masahiro Tanaka.