These games of spring training are so important for players on the bubble.
Scott Baker, in competition with Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley and Bryan Mitchell to make the team (probably as the long man since it appears that Adam Warren has claimed the #5 starter spot), had a rough outing today, giving up five runs in the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to the Orioles.
2 IP, 5 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 3 K.
Jacob Lindgren followed Baker. Lindgren, last year’s first round pick by the Yankees, has progressed nicely so far, but still probably needs more minor league seasoning. He only has 19 minor league games under his belt, and 24 2/3 IP. He did go 2-1, 2.19 with 48 K in that timeframe though. I could see him helping out if not later this year, then definitely in 2016.
1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Andrew Bailey could be a sleeper this year. Bailey, a 2x All-Star, is trying to come back from injury. So far, so good for Bailey.
1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Dellin Betances is a concern right now. He gave up a run for his fifth consecutive spring training outing. We still have a little over a week to straighten him out, but right now he isn’t the Betances of 2014.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Justin Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Chris Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
The Yanks only got three hits in the game. Both runs were on solo HR, one by Stephen Drew, and the other by Alex Rodriguez, who has looked better this spring than expected.
CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and results were mixed. I have a lot of concerns about CC, who hasn’t been his old self since 2012. He missed most of 2014 with a knee injury and didn’t have a good 2013. Is he done? What can we expect? He says he feels good, but the results haven’t been there yet. It’s only spring training, but when someone is coming off injury and/or bad seasons, the red flags go up when that person struggles the following spring.
SS Didi Gregorious dove for a ball and sprained his wrist. He stayed in the game but was taken out early as a precaution. Gregorious’ D has drawn raves so far, and the main concern, his hitting, has been OK so far. Hopefully it isn’t major, but he was sent for precautionary X-rays.