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Game 17. Pineda, Teix stop Mets’ streak. Yanks win 6-1.

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All things must pass, and the Yanks put an end to the Mets 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 win at the Stadium Friday night.

The win was the Yanks fourth in a row, and once again they got great pitching.

Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.86), 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and  1K.

Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR in the first, then added another 2-run HR (7) in the third, shortly after Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first HR of the year, a solo shot. Teix’s 2-HR give him 370 for his career, ironically tying former Met player and manager Gil Hodges on the all-time list.

The win puts the Yanks at 10-7 on the season and is their 7th in their last 8 games.

Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500

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The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *

Game 7. Drew’s PH slam leads Yanks past Orioles, 6-5.

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Stephen Drew hit a PH grand slam, and the Yanks held on to beat the Orioles 6-5 at Baltimore on Monday night.

The win raises the Yanks’ record to 3-4.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the second on a Chris Young HR but Michael Pineda gave up 2 in the bottom of the inning. Mark Teixeira tied the game in the top of the fourth with a HR, his third of the season and #366 of his career.

In the sixth, I got upset at Pineda. With two out, a man on third and a 1-2 count, apparently he tried to get a fastball past Adam Jones. At least it looked like a fastball while I was watching the game on TV. Before the pitch, I was muttering “give him a slider, down and away, and make him fish.” Nope, fastball up and a 2-run HR.

But in the top of the next inning, Drew’s PH grand slam put the Yanks up 6-4. But in the bottom of the inning Pineda got in trouble (I would not have even had him start the inning). Dellin Betances came in and was shaky, one run scored, but he got out of the inning. He was still shaky in the eighth, but Andrew Miller came in and got a five-out save.

Pineda 6 1/3 IP (W) 5 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 9 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Miller (S) 1  2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

 

 

Game 2. 3 in 8th lift Yanks, 4-3.

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Ok, the late inning 3-run rally wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

It’s not like someone hit a 3-run HR in the 8th or there was a lot of hits, but a win is a win.

This looked a lot like last year in so many ways. Last year, Michael Pineda only started 13 games because of suspension and injury, but he had a 1.89 ERA in that time he pitched. He was also only 5-5 despite the ERA due to lack of run support.

Tonight, Pineda got a no-decision despite pitching well.

6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

He left the game losing 2-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks cut the lead to 2-1 on A-B-C baseball. Ellsbury singled, stole second, Gardner grounded out moving up the runner, and Beltran got a SF.

In the top of the 8th, Betances gave up an unearned run due to a Brian McCann throwing error.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the 8th down 3-1. In 16 innings their offense had produced just two runs.

They got 3 in the 8th, which I’ll take, but it is not like anyone raked.

Chris Young (a star of the game) PH for Didi Gregorious and doubled.

Jacoby Ellsbury (another star, 2 for 2, 2 runs scored, 2 walks, a SB) singled Young to third.

Gardner was HBP. Bases loaded and no one out. A run scored on a WP to make it 3-2. Beltran struck out. Teix was intentionally walked to load the bases for an inning-ending DP.

Instead, McCann was HBP to tie the game and Headley singled off the pitcher to make it 4-3, the final score.

After Pineda,

Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances (W) 1 IP, 1 R, unearned. 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In case you missed it, Austin Romine cleared waivers and was optioned to AAA SWB.

 

 

iiS.T. Game 33. Yanks lose to Nats, 8-2.

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CC Sabathia says he is thisclose to being ready. I want to believe him.

He gave up 3 runs in the first inning today, then settled down. Granted, veterans know what they want to work on to prepare themselves for the season. CC is a veteran, and will be 35 in July. He knows what he wants to do.

But …. CC had a mediocre 2013. He missed most of 2014 with a knee operation (he says he feels fine). But he has not been CC since 2012.

His 2015 spring training record?  0-3, 8.10. He, along with guys like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, are my biggest concerns for 2015.

Why? Because I believe these guys are finished. Cooked. I hope I am wrong. 

Really. I hope I am wrong. But here is my challenge to them. PROVE I AM WRONG.

The Yanks lost to Washington today, 8-2.

CC gave up 3 in the first. After a good spring, Andrew Bailey, who I believe will help the Yanks down the road, had a hiccup today. Bailey has been good coming off his injury, but hasn’t gone back-to-back games yet. He is staying in Tampa to build up a bit more.

The pitching line:

CC 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.  0-3, 8.10 this spring, hence my concern.

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

Andrew Bailey, 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Nick Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

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

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brett Gardner, besides CC, worries me. Gardner hit just .161 this spring and struck out something like 15x in 40 at bats.

McCann only hit .227 this spring after .232 last season.

Headley was 2 for 2 with an RBI. .321 this spring, and has been the best regular by far.

Rob  Refsnyder was 1 for 1 with an RBI today. .372 average, but six errors this spring. The former OF (converted to 2B) can hit, but the defense needs improving. Still….

Girardi was very impressed with some youngsters who may not  contribute now but in the future (I, personally, am looking at 2020 as a big year for the Yankees)… Greg Bird at 1B, Gary Sanchez C, Rob Refsnyder at 2B, Slade Heathcott in the OF (replacing Brett Gardner? They are similar type players), Luis Severino in the rotation, and Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren in the bullpen. Not to mention Jose Pirela as a utility man. They are all very close. Then again, Chase Whitley had a good spring, as well as prospect Jaron Long.

But they are the future. The present means the Yanks may be looking at a .500 season. The NY Post predicted 78-84, the first losing season since 1992. Las Vegas has an over-under line at .500.

My thoughts.

Worries: Tanaka’s elbow. CC. The offense, esp. if Beltran/Teix are 3-4.

I believe Pineda will have a great year and that Gregorious, if he just hits .260, will be an exciting player.

I believe the next Yankees good run will NOT happen until A-Rod, Beltran, Teix, CC are gone. It won’t happen until (we hope) Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Refsnyder, Heathcott, Williams (Mason), Severino, Lindgren, Rumbelow, Jaron Long, etc. establish themselves, which won’t be for a while. I am looking at 2020.

What I am saying is this… the next Yankees era of brilliance (and we hope it is soon) will happen with a NEW CORE OF PLAYERS.

The Yanks are 16-16-1 for the spring. They are now out of FL, and will play the Nationals Saturday in Washington in an exhibition game. They are then off on Easter Sunday.

The season starts Monday afternoon at the Stadium. Tanaka vs. the Blue Jays.

S.T. Game 31. Pineda sharp again in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

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The Yanks had a split squad on Thursday, so for the sake of clarity, the home game will be S.T. Game 31 and the road game S.T. Game 32.

In the home game, Michael Pineda continued his great spring with another strong effort in a 6-2 Yankees’ win.

The pitching line:

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 6 K.

Andrew Miller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

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

David Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Austin Romine had 2 hits as he tries to make the team as the backup catcher or improve himself for trade bait. He is out of options.

OF prospect Aaron Judge, ticketed for AA Trenton, had 2 RBI.

Garrett Jones had two hits, as did Stephen Drew.

Chris Young had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, getting 2 hits and an RBI.

Refsnyder is heading down to AAA to work on his defense. He’s hit well this spring but has made six errors.

Chase Whitley had a good spring, but, probably in an effort to keep his innings up and Whitley sharp in the event of needing an extra starter, will begin the year at AAA. Should the Yanks need sixth starter for a day to give the rotation an extra day of rest, it appears that Whitley would be the guy.

Making the team for now are relievers Chason Shreve (giving the Yanks a third lefty out of the bullpen along with Miller and Justin Wilson) and Chris Martin.

The only spot not settled is backup catcher.

The 25-man Opening Day Roster looks like this, barring a last minute injury.

C: McCann
Backup C: Murphy or Romine.

Infield: Teixeira, Drew, Gregorious, Headley, Gregorio Petit.

1B/Corner OF backup/DH: Jones.

DH/3b /1B: A-Rod

OF: Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Young

Rotation: Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Eovaldi, Warren.

Bullpen: Rogers, Shreve, Martin, Carpenter, Wilson, Betances, Miller.

S.T. Game 26. Yanks set first 4 rotation spots, crush Phils 10-0.

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Masahiro Tanaka will be the Yankees Opening Day Starter on April 6, and then he will be followed by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. The fifth starter hasn’t been named yet, but all indications point to Adam Warren.

Meanwhile, in a game called in the sixth inning because of rain, the Yanks crushed the Phils 10-0 Friday.

Once again, Michael Pineda looked great, going 5 innings, 0 R, 5 hits, 0 walks and 5 K.

Stephen Drew was 3 for 3 for 2 RBI, Chris Young drove in two runs, Tyler Austin had a bases-loaded and clearing double, and Brendan Ryan went 2 for 3.

The win put the Yanks at 14-11-1 for the spring.