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


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.

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 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 8. Yanks edge Rays 4-3.

Today was a very interesting day as the Yanks beat the Rays 4-3 to improve their spring training record to 5-2-1. First off, let’s start with the lineup, since it looked like an Opening Day lineup. The only problem is 8-9-1-2 are all lefty, which could create matchup problems. Ellsbury CF (L) Gardner LF (L) Beltran RF (S) Teixeira 1B (S) McCann C (L) Headley 3b (S) A-Rod DH (R) Drew 2B  (L) Gregorious SS (L) Pineda was the starter. The Yanks scored two in the second on an A-Rod single and a Gregorious groundout. Slade Heathcott drove in the third Yankees run with a single in the seventh, and he scored on a Greg Bird (.500) double. A-Rod was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Heathcott is 4 for 5 for the spring. It is interesting. Most scouts are higher on Pirela than Refsnyder. Refsnyder went 1 for 2 today (.500 for the spring) but scouts have questions on Refsnyder’s D (2 errors so far) while they like Pirela’s versatility. These same scouts are not sold on Stephen Drew at 2B. The pitching line. Both Pineda and Eovaldi looked good. Pineda 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Eovaldi 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K. David Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Diego Moreno 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Martin is opening some eyes. Andrew Bailey looks good. This relief corps could be very good and have a lot of depth. Outside of Moreno, the pitching did well today. 12 K. Meanwhile, A-Rod has lots of praise for Judge and Bird.

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.





Game 162. Yanks win season/Jeter’s finale, 9-5.

The Yankees got off to a 9-0 lead and held on to win the season finale—also the last game of Derek Jeter’s career—9-5 on Sunday.

With the win, the Yankees ended the season at 84-78 and all alone in second place in the AL East (Toronto lost to Baltimore in their season finale and finished 83-79). The Yankees finished 12 back of Baltimore in the division, and 4 out of the final wild card spot.

In 2013, the Yanks finished tied for 3rd, but with 85 wins. So this year they finished better in the division, but with one less win. It was their worst record since 1992.

With the offseason moves (and lots of spending) on Ellsbury, McCann, Beltran, Tanaka, as well as the returns of Jeter and Teixeira, it was a disappointing season after a hopeful offseason.

Derek Jeter got an RBI infield single on a Baltimore chop in his last at bat to retire with 3465 hits (sixth all-time) and a .310 lifetime batting average. It was his 50th RBI of the season. He had lined to SS in the first. He was pinch-run for after his hit and finished his final game 1 for 2. His final season: .256-4-50 with 10 SB in 12 attempts. OPS+ 75.

The Yanks got four in the third on a two-run triple by Ichiro, Jeter’s single, and a SF by Teixeira.

They got five in the seventh on a two-run double by Jose Pirela, single by John Ryan Murphy, double by Austin Romine and single by Chase Headley.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was cruising. After he was pulled, the bullpen made things a bit sloppy by giving up five to Boston in the bottom of the seventh.

Pineda had an ERA of 1.89 this year. Too bad he only started 13 games and the Yanks didn’t give him much run support.

Pineda (W, 5-5, 1.89) 6 1/3, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 10 K.

Rogers 1/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K. Overall ERA 5.72.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.97.

Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.38.

The postseason now begins for 10 teams. In the AL Oakland (who barely held on to make the postseason) will be at KC for the wild-card playoff game, winner gets the Angels. The other ALDS has Detroit vs. Baltimore.

In the NL, SF will be at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game with the winner getting Washington. The other NLDS will be the Cardinals vs. the Dodgers.