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S.T. Game 27. Rough audition for Baker in Yanks’ loss, 10-2

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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.

 

S.T. Game 25. Warren appears to win #5 slot, Yanks lose 6-5.

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Adam Warren gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings, and appeared to win the #5 starting pitcher position as the Yanks lost to the Rays 6-5 in Thursday’s spring training action. Didi Gregorious (.308) had two hits and an RBI. Minor league OF Jake Cave continued a good spring (.462) by going 1 for 1 with an RBI. Minor league OF Ramon Flores was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder was 1 for 3 (.323), but made his fifth error of the spring. The pitching line: Warren 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K. Jose Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Chris Martin 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Danny Burawa 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Tyler Webb 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks are 13-11-1 this spring.

S.T. Game 21. Pirela hurt in Yankees’ 6-0 loss to the Mets.

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On the third pitch of the game, CF Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man,  was injured trying to catch a long drive by CF Juan Lagares of the Mets. Pirela hit the wall and went down. Legares wound up with an inside-the-park HR. Pirela was later taken to the hospital in an ambulance and is reported to have suffered a concussion.

Pirela, 25, a righty bat, went 8 for 24 with one double, two triples. and 3 RBI in a short stint with the Yanks at the end of last year. He hit .305-10-60 with 15 SB for AAA SWB.

Although he is a utility man and the Yanks were trying him out in CF today, he had only played six games in CF in his minor league career. He had played 300 games at 2B, 364 at SS. 64 games were in LF, 12 at 3B, 12 at 1B, just 6 in CF and 13 in RF. Perhaps that lack of experience led to him hitting the wall and getting hurt. There is no timetable yet on a return.

So far, I have liked the Yanks’ pitching and have concerns about the offense. I think the bullpen could really be a strength.

But one person I am very concerned about is CC Sabathia. Even before the knee surgery that cost him most of the 2014 season, CC was showing signs of serious slippage. In two spring starts this year, he hasn’t done anything to make me rest easy.

Besides the inside-the-park HR mentioned above, CC gave up two other home runs today. In 4 2/3 spring training innings, he has given up six runs. I know it’s just spring training, but really, right now there is no way I would rank him above Tanaka, Pineda or even Eovaldi right now. I’d say #4… at best, and maybe even #5 behind Warren.

The Yanks’ offense managed just three hits today.

The one plus today was the pitching of Scott Baker, trying to come back from injury himself. Don’t take him out of the mix just yet. However Chasen Shreve may have taken himself out of the bullpen mix.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He gave up 3 HR.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Baker 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He gave up a HR.

The Yanks fall to 12-8-1 for the spring.

 

S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.

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Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.

 

S.T. Game 16. Yanks lose to Toronto, 4-2.

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In order for the Yanks to compete this year, CC Sabathia has to get somewhere close to being the old CC Sabathia rather than an old CC Sabathia. He needs to be the pre-2013 CC.

In his first spring start, CC was ok for 1 2/3, but had trouble getting that final out in the second as the Yanks lost 4-2.

Mark Teixiera (who also needs to get back to what he once was) had a solo HR.

Jose Pirela continued to make his statement for making the team by hitting a triple. Chris Young had two hits.

The pitching line:

CC Sabathia 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Dellin Betances 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Kyle Davies 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Domingo German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Chris Martin 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walk and 3 K.

Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are 9-6-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 14. Yanks fall to Toronto, 1-0.

The Yanks had a split-squad today. For the sake of differentiation, the home game is marked as S.T. Game 13 and this away game is S.T. Game 14.

The Yanks lost the away game to Toronto, 1-0, getting just five hits, one by Paul O’Neill’s nephew, OF Mike O’Neill.

A-Rod was 1 for 3 (single.)

Esmiel Rogers, competing for that #5 starter spot now that Capuano is injured, tossed three shutout innings.

The pitching line:

Rogers 3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Danny Burawa 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Tyler Webb 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Diego Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

The Yanks are 8-5-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 10. Boston beats Yanks 10-6; A-Rod HRs, Capuano hurt.

Well, a projected Yankee starter got hurt and most likely won’t be ready on Opening Day, and it isn’t who you may think.

Tanaka (elbow)? Nope. Pineda (shoulder)? Nope. CC (knee)? Nope.

It’s Capuano, who, two batters into today’s (Wednesday) game vs. Boston, strained a quad muscle.

It opens the door for Adam Warren, Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley, Brian Mitchell or maybe a rehab project like Scott Baker or a prospect like Luis Severino (both doubtful) to be the #5 starter, unless the Yanks make a deal.

Meanwhile the Yanks lost to Boston 10-6, spoiling an A-Rod HR (his first, although it doesn’t count, since 9/20/13). Slade Heathcott also HR’d for the Yanks. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran had RBIs and the red-hot Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man, was two for two.

Rob Refsnyder continued to show he needs work on his defense, making his third error of the spring.

Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Removed after two batters because of the injury.
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Miller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. He gave up a HR.
Bryan Mitchell 2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Not long after Capuano’s injury opened a door for Mitchell, he had a bad outing. Might he have seen opportunity knocking and tried to hard to impress right away?
Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Webb 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Martin 1 IP, 3 R (2 ER) 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.