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S.T. Game 11. Yanks fall 9-5. Besides Seve, CC to miss start of season too. Would Yanks use “opener”?

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The Yanks lost to the Cardinals, 9-5 today, to drop the spring training record to 5-5-1.

We know that Seve will miss time, and now the Yanks have said that because of the knee surgery and stent put in, that CC will begin the season on the injured list. Remember that once activated, CC has a five-game suspension to serve.

So two of the five starters will NOT be starting the season. As of now, GM Brian Cashman wants to plug from within, meaning no Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez or Edwin Jackson.

Gonzalez has been rumored to be someone the Yanks might consider, but he’d have to agree to a bullpen move once Severino and CC are ready.

I like Loaisiga, and he shows great potential to step in as a spot starter now, and to replace CC in the rotation in 2020, but he is a raw talent. 5 out of his 7 outs today K’s, but gave up 5 Runs in 2 1/3.

With both Severino and CC out, we are looking at Cessa, German and/or Loaisiga filling those two spots unless the Yanks sign someone.

Loaisiga (Johnny Lasagna) had mixed results today. Good: 5 K in 2 1/3 IP. Bad: 5 runs given up.

Austin Romine had a 3-run HR today, Gleyber Torres 2 hits. Prospect Trey Amburgey had 2 RBI.

Loaisiga (L) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR
Harvey (BS) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R , 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coulombe 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Diehl 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR
Reeves 1 2/3 IP, 0 R , 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

With Seve out until maybe late April, and CC out until about that time, could the Yanks, with their strong bullpen, consider an “opener” for a game or two in April?

Steven Wright of Boston drew an 80 game suspension (and would miss the postseason) for HGH ban. Hmm, why would a knuckleballer need HGH?

Jacoby Ellsbury (the Nowhere Man) is expected to join the Yanks in Tampa around March 17.

Hicks is still recovering from back pain.

The Yanks sent Domingo Acevedo down to Trenton, and sent Trevor Stephan and Brady Lail to minor league camp.

 

 

 

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S.T. Game 7. Forget the 8-7 loss. Farquhar an inspiration.

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It’s only spring training, so wins and losses don’t matter so much (personally, I don’t care about wins and losses until the last week. I care that no one gets hurt seriously in these games). The story today was about Danny Farquhar, who although his numbers weren’t good and he took the loss, was an inspiration.

For you see, the fact Farquhar was on the mound at all is amazing. Last April while pitching for the White Sox, he came into the dugout after a relief appearance, suffered a brain aneurysm, and almost died. This near-fatal brain hemorrhage put him in intensive care for two weeks.

He had a rough outing today, giving up 5 runs in just 1/3 of an inning, so you can see it may be a long road back.

But the fact that there IS a road back is special.

The Yanks lost to the Pirates, 8-7, to drop their S.T. record to 3-3-1.

In the first, doubles by Tulo (looking good!) and Andujar plated a run. The Yanks got another in the second on a double by Estevan Florial and a single by Thairo Estrada.

They went up 3-0 in the third when Florial doubled in a run.

The Pirates got one in the third, but the five they got in the fourth off of Farquhar did the Yanks in.

Tulowitzki a double, Bird a double, Florial 2 doubles. Andujar 2 hits, one a double. Ryan Lavarnway 2 RBI. Clint Frazier a double. The Yanks hit 6 doubles.

Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 R, 4 K.
Farquhar (L, BS) 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Hale 1 2/3 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Diehl 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Lail 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Ok, Cessa did well, so has Loaisiga so far. CC is suspended for the first five games of the season, so we’ll see who takes that first start.

S.T. Game 4. Tough day for two prospects in Yanks’ 10-4 loss.

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The Yanks (2-2) lost to Detroit in spring training game #4 in a game called because of rain in the seventh inning. The score was 10-4.

It started out well. The Yanks got four runs in the top of the first, three of them via a HR by Greg Bird. But out of the four hits they got on the day, three were in that first inning.

For minor league prospects Chance Adams and Domingo Acevedo, it was a brutal day. Both of them couldn’t even last an inning, and both gave up 5 runs.

Adams 1/3 IP (L), 5 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 
Lail 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Acevedo 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 HBP, 0 K. Gave up grand slam.
Hutchison 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Brothers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Adams, 24, RHP, was great in 2016 and 2017, but took a big step backward in 2018 and more so today. In 2016, he was 13-1, 2.33 between A+ and AA, and in 2017 went 15-5, 2.45 between AA/AAA. But last year he was 4-5, 4.78 at AAA and 0-1, 7.04 in three MLB games. Today didn’t help. He’s AAA bound, but needs to regain that 2016 and 2017 form and rebound from last year.

Acevedo, who’ll be 25 soon, a RHP, was 3-3, 2.99 last year, mostly at AA Trenton. We’ll have to see if he is ticketed for AAA or AA.

 

S.T. Game 2. Loaisiga, Wade and Voit spark Yanks to 8-5 win.

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No offense to guys trying to make the team or even to stay in the majors or even AAA like a Nestor Cortes (who took the loss yesterday), Drew Hutchinson or Danny Colombe, but I was more interested in two pitchers who pitched TODAY.

One was Jonathan Loaisiga, who started a few games for the Yanks in 2018 and who I was very impressed with. Loaisiga is probably their sixth starter right now, someone to be used in case of injury/emergency, and someone who is being groomed now to take CC’s spot in the rotation in 2020.

Loaisiga pitched two no-run, no-hit innings today. Just what I wanted to see.

The other guy I was interested in was Stephen Tarpley, who came up at the end of 2018 and who posted a 3.00 ERA after a successful minor league season. He had a nice inning of work today as well.

Other pitchers I didn’t concern myself too much with. Call me when the regulars pitch.

As for position players, a GREAT day for Tyler Wade and for Luke Voit.

So far, the first base battle is interesting. Bird had a double and single yesterday. Today, Voit rose to the challenge with a RBI single and a 3-run HR.

As for Wade, a double yesterday, and 3 hits today, including two doubles. He has not hit a lick in 2017 or 2018 for the Yankees but the Yanks are still high on him with his speed, versatility and his lefty bat. He needs to prove himself this year, however, since time is running out.

Matt Lipka also had a 2-run HR for the Yanks today.

Hale was with the Yanks last year, released, went to the Twins, released, back to the Yanks, I think went to Korea ….bounced around a a lot.

Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  (W)
Hale 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 w,. 3 K.
Stephan 2/3 Ip, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Alvarez  2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  (was in low A Charleston in 2018)
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Trevor Stephan was terrible, giving up 3 HR and not even lasting an inning. Brady Lail gave up a HR too.

But I was most interested in Loaisiga (who we nicknamed Johnny Lasagna last year) and Tarpley.

And those guys succeeded.

Not everyone makes the team, and some guys you just know are years away.

It’s why I target certain players in spring training to see how they do and the most important ones, Loaisiga, Tarpley, Wade, Voit, all passed with flying colors today.

 

 

Minor League Report. SWB loses final game of AAA Championship, 6-2.

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SWB lost the final game of the International League Series (the Governor’s Cup) by a score of 6-2 . Durham wins the Governor’s Cup, 3 games to 2.

Ironically, after the game, the Yanks’ brought up to the big club the two pitchers who lost the game===Domingo German and Justus Sheffield.

3B Gio Ushela 2 hits.
DH Mike Ford a 2-run HR.

SWB struck out 14x. Both here, and at the major league level, guys have to make more contact and not just worry about hitting HR.

German (L)  2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W,  2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Sheffield 1 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Rosa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 0 R,  2 H,  1 W, 4 K.
Diehl 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

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

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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 loses, Trenton eliminated.

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AAA: SWB got 15 hits, but couldn’t finish off Lehigh Valley and lost 3-2 in 13 innings. SWB still leads the series 2 games to 1. SS Rey Navarro had 4 hits, a solo HR, and both RBI. 3B Gio Urshela had 2 hits, 1B Ryan McBroom had 3.

Bollinger 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Kontos (BS) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up a 2-run HR.
Coshow 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Sosebee 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Lail (L) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton lost 5-1 and were swept out of the playoffs, losing 3 games to none in the divisional round.

Nelson (L) 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Wivinis 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Reeves 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.