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S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.


Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Miller 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0k.

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.


S.T. Game 23. Flores’ walkoff HR helps Yanks win 9-8.



Ramon Flores, down to his last strike, hit a 3-Run walkoff HR as the Yanks beat the Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night. The Yanks scored four in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Esmiel Rogers started, and in my opinion, did nothing to lead me to believe he deserves the #5 starting rotation spot over Adam Warren.

Mark Teixeira went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Rogers 3 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, (Rogers’ own error), 5 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Miller 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Jeff Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

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

Three errors tonight, one by Rogers, two by Francisco Arcia. Got to tighten up the D.

The Yanks are now 13-9-1 in spring training.


S.T. Game 20. Yanks get 3 in 9th to win 3-2.


Eddy Rodriguez doubled home two runs with one out in the 9th, went to third on a throwing error on the play, and PR Slade Heathcott scored on Jake Cave’s SF as the Yanks scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to beat Houston 3-2 in Spring Training Action today.

Mark Teixeira was 2 for 3.

Michael Pineda started and was so-so. He’s had a good spring so far. Youngsters like Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren continue to give me no worries should they be called up mid-season.

Andrew Bailey may not make the Opening Day roster, but proves to possibly be a real sleeper later on. It appears the former ace closer may be coming back nicely from the injury that cost him most of 2013 and all of 2014.

Pineda 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 6 K.

Justin Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Andrew Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Bailey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 walks and 2 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks improve their spring record to 12-7-1. Hopefully they’ll be 12-8 or 13-7 after the first 20 games of the REGULAR season.

In other news, former Eagle great Chuck Bednarik, who was born, grew up and who lived in my area, died today at the age of 89. Bednarik was a two-way player, center and linebacker, for the Eagles from 1949-1962, playing on two NFL title teams (1949 and 1960, and the Eagles only have three titles, 1948, 1949 and 1960). A WWII vet, Bednarik was elected to the Pro football HOF in 1967.

S.T. Game 13. Pineda sharp in Yanks’ 4-1 win.

The Yanks had a split-squad today. For the sake of differentiation, the home game today will be S.T. Game #13, and the road game S.T. Game #14.

In the home game, Michael Pineda continued to look very impressive. Hopefully this carries over to the regular season. Pineda is continuing to pick up where he left off last year. Last year, Pineda missed about 60% of the season due to a suspension and to injury, but in 13 starts, went 5-5, 1.89. Often he was the victim of non-support.

Today (Saturday), he pitched three scoreless no-hit innings as the Yanks beat the Tigers 4-1 at GMS.

The Yanks scored in the third on a Didi Gregorious SF. After the Tigers tied the game in the fourth, Mark Teixeira came up with the bases loaded in the sixth. He hit what should have been a DP ball, but after the force, the ball was thrown away and two runs scored.

In the seventh, the Yanks’ final run scored on a balk. Slade Heathcott stole second and third and scored on a balk. Way to put pressure on the pitcher.

Yankees’ pitching held the Tigers to just three hits.

Chase Headley had two hits.

The pitching line:

Pineda 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and  2 K.

Rumbelow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Long 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

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

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.



S.T. Game 7. Yanks edge Nationals, 3-2.

The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 4-2-1 with a 3-2 win over Washington today. (MLB.com, I think, is broadcasting the game at 8 tonight (Sunday)).

A-Rod got his first action in the field, fielding one sharply hit grounder. As he himself stated, don’t expect an Ozzie Smith-type year. Meaning not great fielding or range, just make the routine play. Of course, we don’t expect to see A-Rod at 3B too much this year, mostly at DH. Chase Headley should be the regular 3B, barring injury.  A-Rod did get a Texas-league bloop double in the game, and also struck out.

After Washington scored in the top of the first on a first-pitch-of-the-game HR off of Adam Warren, the Yanks tied it in the fourth on a Brett Gardner single.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a single by Jose Pirela. It is starting to look like Brendan Ryan (abdominal injury) may not be ready for Opening Day, so Pirela and Refsnyder could be battling for a spot on the Opening Day Roster. Neither is the backup SS you would want, but Drew could slide over. The problem is that Drew, like Gregorious, is a lefty hitter. While considered more of a utilty man, and especially at 2B/3B/OF, Pirela, a righty bat, has played most of his minor league games at SS (364 games, as opposed to 300 at 2B), although he really isn’t considered a SS prospect. Still, his versatility (Refsnyder isn’t a SS) and SS experience could help him make the team if Ryan isn’t ready. Pirela was 2 for 3 today.

The Nationals tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Yanks pushed ahead the winning run in the eighth on a single by infielder Cole Figueroa. Figueroa has played 2B/SS/3B in his minor league career. He is a lefty bat, however. He is 10 for 43 in his MLB career, 0 HR, 6 RBI, all with Tampa Bay last year. Nick Noonan is also a possibility as a backup infielder, but he also is a lefty hitter (.219-0-5 in 105 AB with SF last year). He has mostly 2B/SS experience.

I don’t know who the prospects would be, but a report on MLB Trade Rumors says that the Yankees have put together the best package as far as trying to lure Cole Hamels away from the Phillies. No word on what prospects would be given up for Hamels. The Red Sox were seeking a top catching prospect that Boston didn’t want to give up, so you wonder if the Phils would want a Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy as part of the package. The Phils would love to dump Ryan Howard and his salary (could they be interested in Greg Bird?). Chase Utley isn’t getting younger and if the Phils want to dump him to anyone (of course, we have to consider no-trade clauses here) they could be interested in a Refsnyder. MLBTR reports that in addition to the prospects, the Phils would want the other team to pick up ALL of Hamels’ salary. That, to me, is unrealistic for the 31 year old Hamels, who is due $23.5 MM through 2018 with a big 2019 option. Could or would Hamels fit in with the Yanks? Of course. A very good lefty, and could you imagine a rotation of Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi (with Nova in reserve)? Pushing Capuano out and replacing him with Hamels? With Luis Severino in reserve? Actually, I don’t think Severino would be in reserve. I think the Phils would insist on Severino as part of the package. But that rotation, if healthy, could be one good rotation. Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi. With Nova in reserve. R-L-R-L-R.

Hamels, 108-83, 3.27, has been the victim of poor run support in Philadelphia. His ERA+ is 125, but his 162 g. average is 13-10, 3.27. With a 3.27 career ERA, you’d expect better. He was both the NLCS and WS MVP in 2008. To show how little run support he got, last year he was just 9-9 despite an ERA of 2.46. Despite that, he finished 6th in the NL CYA voting.

As for getting Hamels, I have mixed emotions. I need to see how much the Yanks would have to give up and how much salary they would have to take on.

But maybe Texas now goes full bore for Hamels because it appears as if Yu Darvish will be out for the year due to probably needing Tommy John surgery.

Not only that, but apparently Cliff Lee’s elbow is barking again. Not good news for the Phils, who want to dump aging players that are making too much money (sound familiar, Yankees fans?) but are finding it tough to find takers and who are probably asking for too much of a return.

Good news regarding the question marks of Tanaka, Pineda and CC. All are progressing nicely (fingers crossed) and all should see spring training action soon. None of the three is reporting any concerns on recent injuries (Tanaka elbow, Pineda shoulder and CC knee).

The pitching line today.

Adam Warren 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. His first pitch was hit for a HR.
Adam Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Luis Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED) 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K. The Yanks’ top pitching prospect was hitting 96/97 today.
Jeff Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 k.
Wilkin Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

One reason I don’t put too much credence in games this early—Adam Miller will not be pitching in the 4th inning in the regular season this year, nor will Dellin Betances be pitching in the 5th.





S.T. Game 2. Yanks fall to Phils, 3-1.

Let’s just hope it isn’t, as Yogi said, “Deja Vu all over again.”

As we know, the Yankees offense struggled in both 2013 and 2014. Today, at home at GMS field in Tampa, the Yanks lost to the Phils 3-1 in their spring home opener, 3-1. Once again (as we saw in the past two years) decent pitching, no offense.

Granted it’s early in the spring. Hopefully it isn’t an omen or reminder of things to come.

The infield, catcher and DH were the supposed “starters” for 2015, the outfield wasn’t. Still, the only “regular” to record a hit was… wait for it…

A-Rod. In his first at bat. A single. He grounded into a force his second time up, and walked his third time up.

It’s early. Much too soon for panic. But it seemed so familiar to what we’ve seen in 2013 and 2014.

As for the pitching line…

Eovaldi (picked up from the Marlins in the Prado/Phelps deal)
2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 IK. Supposedly, he hit 97-98 today. The velocity isn’t a problem with him. It’s the difference between being a thrower as opposed to being a pitcher.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Kyle Davies 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 k.

Danny Burawa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 walks, 1 K.

Jeff Pazos 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Wilken Rodriguez 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Tyler Webb 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.