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S.T. Game 25. Yanks win, but problems loom.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees’ 9-3 win today that raised their spring record to 19-6 was overshadowed by other concerns.

I don’t like the World Baseball Classic because of its timing. Players should be getting ready and not competing heavily in games in March. The WBC advances the timetable, which is why I am concerned about injuries in March to players going all out when they should be pacing themselves.

The Yanks found out today that Didi Gregorius, who was doing well in the WBC, will probably miss the start of the regular season because of a sore throwing shoulder.

As good as phenom Gleyber Torres has been this spring training, he has never played above High A ball (Tampa) and the Yanks won’t consider jumping him three levels to replace Didi. Instead, it looks as if it would be Tyler Wade at SS until Didi is ready. Wade is versatile, has more experience and has played at a higher level than Torres. It seems either he or Ronald Torreyes will man SS until Didi gets back.Ruben Tejada could be in the mix as well.

A blow and why I don’t like the WBC. As for Wade, all the Yanks want from him is to make the plays, and do the little things. He doesn’t have the power Didi would have. Just make all the plays on D, and do the little things offensively—steal a base, lay down a bunt, move the runner over. Nothing spectacular.

Michael Pineda exasperated us today. One outing after a 15 up, 15 down, 8 strikeout performance, he was knocked out in the second inning. This is why he drives us nuts. So much potential, so little consistency. Just like A.J Burnett.

The Yanks got four in the second. Refsnyder doubled in one, Torreyes singled in one and Gardner singled in two.

Given a 4-0 lead, Pineda drove us nuts again, giving up three runs and not making it out of the second inning. How long do we have to wait for him to realize his potential consistently? Thank goodness it is spring training. Starting pitchers just can’t give back four run leads in the regular season.

The Yanks got two in the fifth on a two-run HR by Matt Holliday.

Gleyber Torres doubled in two in the eighth (and I, like many others, wish this kid would be the one replacing Didi until Didi is ready, but at 20, and no experience above High A, I could see not putting him the major league roster just yet, but yes, we all are impatient for him to arrive).

Dustin Fowler got a SF for the final run.

So a win, but concerns about Didi’s injury and Pineda’s inconsistency.

Two RBI for Gardner, two hits for Bird. Holliday with the 2-run HR. Billy McKinney went 2 for 2.

To me, besides Mitchell, Green has done very well. I would put Mitchell and Green in the rotation, send Severino and Cessa back to AAA and Warren to the bullpen. We’ll see what Girardi does.

Pineda (w) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Graham (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Green (H) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Heller (H) 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

 

S.T. Game 20. Yanks beat Phillies, 3-1. Pineda awesome.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As I wrote before, if Michael Pineda, the big tease, can ever get it together, and get it together consistently…..

Tonight against the Phillies? 15 up, 15 down and 8 strikeouts.

Wow. If we can just see that say, 60% of the regular season.

The Yanks beat the Phils, 3-1, to raise their spring training record to 15-5. Once again, youth was served.

Greg Bird hit a HR. Gary Sanchez drove in a run. Gleyber Torres doubled and scored a run. I still can’t believe this kid is just 20 and headed for AA. Wow.

Sanchez was 2 for 2 with the RBI. He also walked.

Bird was 2 for 3.

Pineda was incredible. Between he, Chapman and Green, they 1-hit the Phillies.

Pineda (w) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Chapman (H) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Green (S) 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K.

A superb outing by all three pitchers. As for Green, another notch in his belt as far as making the team or even beating out Mitchell and Severino for a rotation spot.

Great night.

 

S.T. Game 15. Yanks edge Braves, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze
The Yanks improved their spring record to 12-3 with an 8-7 win over the Braves today. Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR.

Jacoby Ellsbury provided the spark we hope to see from him. 3 for 3, 2 stolen bases.

Tyler Wade had 2 hits, Francisco Diaz 2 RBI. Dustin Fowler a triple, as did Aaron Hicks.

Ruben Tejada had 2 hits and an RBI. Gleyber Torres had an RBI double.

Michael Pineda had a shaky start then settled down.

Pineda 3 IP,2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Shreve (w) 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up HR>
Mantiply 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Gurka 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR.

S.T. Game 10. Pineda shines in Yanks’ 11-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze
Michael Pineda can be so exasperating. With his stuff, he’s such a tease. With his stuff, he should have been much better than 6-12, 4.82 last year.

Yesterday, Pineda showed how good he could be. In his two innings of work, he gave up a single, got an out, and then struck out five straight batters. You wonder if he can ever get it together and be consistent over a full season.

At least it’s a good start to THIS season. Now to be consistent.

The Yanks routed Detroit 11-1 yesterday to go to 8-2 in spring training. Gary Sanchez homered, drove in 3 runs and threw a guy out trying to steal.

Aaron Hicks was 2 for 2 with a walk. He singled, homered, scored 2 and drove in 2.

Donovan Solano drove in 2 runs, as did Rashad Crawford.

Billy McKinney continued his impressive spring with a 2 for 2 day.

Greg Bird was 1 for 1 with 2 walks.

Pineda (w) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 5 K.
Betances (h) 1 IP, 0 r, 1 h, 1 walk, 0 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Heller 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

It’s time for Pineda to earn his money.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Next Wednesday, January 18, Michael Pineda turns 28. He got an early birthday present when his salary got bumped up from $4.3 million last year  to $7.4 million this year.

You can say he didn’t earn it. In 2016, he was 6-12 with a 4.82 ERA. ERA+ 90. The year before, 12-10, 4.37. ERA+ 93. An average ERA+ is 100. So in the last two seasons, 18-22, 4.60, ERA+ 91. An average of 9-11 a year. Or….. Below average.

And…..that’s one hefty raise for only six wins and an ERA of almost five.

With the Yankees’ rotation being very shaky behind Tanaka (and Pineda being a big part of that), it’s time for Pineda to earn his money. If the Yankees are going to compete in 2017, Pineda must stop being an enigma and start to realize and show the talent he has.

With Pineda it doesn’t seem to be about the arm, but what’s between his ears. (The Pine-tar on the neck, for instance?).

He’s won 10  or more games in a season just once. He is 32-37, 3.99 in his career, ERA+ 101.

He’s a free agent after the 2017 season. It’s time for him to earn his keep. Not just for the 2017 Yankees, but for his own pocketbook for 2018 and beyond.

Game 160. Yanks lose, 8-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There isn’t much to write about regarding this one. On a lousy weather night for a game, the Yanks only got one run on three hits and lost to Baltimore 8-1.

Michael Pineda was victimized by the HR ball again as Baltimore got 2 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth. The Orioles belted 3 HR in that fifth inning, two off Pineda.

While we root for the Yanks to have success, every year there are players that make you shake your head.

For me, that is Pineda right now. So much talent and potential, so little results.

Sterling and Waldman were mentioning his lack of results on the radio last night.

One thing is for sure, the Yanks need to upgrade their starting pitching for 2017. How, is a good question. The free agent market for starters is weak. It’d have to be via trade, and that will make this off-season very interesting.

The Yanks could go after Chapman on the free agent market. He won’t come cheap. Then they can move Betances to the 8th, and Warren and Clippard can move up, to the sixth and seventh.

But they really need some young pitchers to develop, especially starters.

Green? Cessa? Mitchell? A rookie like Enns, Adams, both high up in the system? How far away are Justus Sheffield and James Kaprielian?

They also need power in the outfield, which is why Gardner or Ellsbury may be dealt. You can’t have three outfielders out there where none can hit 15 HR. The Yanks are finding out that they can have either Gardy or Ells, but not both.

It’ll be an interesting off-season for Brian Cashman.

Pineda (L, 6-12, 4.82) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Pazos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 13.50
Swarzak 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K.5.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.18
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.43

Game 155. Yanks lose again, a MLB tragedy, and a golfing legend passes.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before I get to the Yankees’ game, I need to mention a few other things.

First, a tragedy. Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez was one of a few people killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. He was just 24. There were rumors that 4 teams, including the Yankees, were looking to trade for him in the off season. Fernandez was 16-8, 2.86 this season with 253 K. He was 38-17 in his short career with an ERA of 2.58. He already was one of the best starting pitchers in the game. He was the 2013 NL ROY, and already a 2x All Star. Who knows what more he could have done over the next 13 years or so.

Secondly, golfing legend Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87. My mom knew his wife. I think she went to school with Palmer’s future wife when both were about 14, 15 or so. It’s sad when a true humble gentleman like Palmer goes. Too many athletes today are narcissistic, self-centered brats. RIP to both Fernandez and Arnie.

As for the Yanks, they battled back to tie and take the lead in the top of the ninth, only to blow it in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3. The loss drops them to 79-76 with 7 games left.

No need to post an elimination number from the playoffs. It’s just a matter of time. They are 3-11 in their last 14 games.

Jose Bautista homered in the 4th to put Toronto up 1-0. Didi Gregorius tied it in the 7th with a HR (19).

In the bottom of the eighth, Toronto scored off Betances to go up 2-1.

That inning showed once again, one of two faults that Betances, as good as he is, has. One, he doesn’t hold runners on well. A big (6’8″) man with a deliberate motion and long stride to the plate, it’s easy to steal off of him. He also does not field his position well, especially with throws to the bases. This includes pickoffs.

The Yanks battled back and took the lead in the top of the ninth. Teix singled and was PR for. PH Butler singled and was PR for.  Headley grounded out, moving both runners up. Mason Williams singled in a run. Ronald Torreyes hit a SF.

Betances (who I wrote recently as being out of gas) walked the lead off hitter to lead off the bottom of the 9th. Clippard came in, and it’s been a bad week for him.   He gave up a single. 1st and 3rd, none out. A bunt single, and an error, tied the game and put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Clippard got a strikeout, then loaded the bases with an intentional walk to set up a DP. No DP. Edwin Encaracion singled to win the game.

Pineda 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 walks, 7 K. 4.78 Gave UP 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.79 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 3.00
Clippard (BS, 3; L, 3-6, 3.73) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1K.

 

As for my football team today (not to mention my alma mater yesterday), ouch. Between the Yanks, those two football teams, and some personal things, what a lousy week.