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S.T. Game 31. Yanks win, but concerns about Mitchell, Carter.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat the Rays 7-4 today in spring training action to go to 23-7-1 on the spring, but concerns linger after this game.

Chris Carter, signed for $3.5 MM by the Yanks to be an insurance policy in case Greg Bird struggled, is struggling mightily himself, going 0 for 3 with 3 more strikeouts today (he did walk and score a run). In some 48 spring training at bats, he has struck out 23x and is hitting .128. When Tyler Austin heals and is ready, and if Carter keeps doing this, could Carter face an early release?

Jon Niese was released by the Yanks and has 24-48 hours to decide if he’ll accept a minor league assignment. He likes the Yanks, liked the routine, so it may be that he re-signs and goes to extended spring training.

Besides Carter, the other concern today is that Bryan Mitchell did not step up and claim a starting rotation spot. He struggled, much like Adam Warren did yesterday. This is the time of spring training where you want to see someone step up, be dominant and claim that #4 or #5 starter spot. Wednesday and Thursday, when Severino & Montgomery start in games (I forget in which order; Yanks are off Monday, Tanaka’s last outing before Opening Day is Tuesday), could be huge in determining who gets those spots.

The Yanks scored one in the second on a SF by Ronald Torreyes on a play in which Aaron Judge was thrown out at third.

Mitchell gave back two runs in the top of the third.

The Yanks got three in the third on RBI singles by Hicks, Bird and Romine. 4-2 Yanks.

After the Rays got another run in the fourth off Mitchell, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run HR by Aaron Hicks, who is giving Judge a battle for that RF spot. 6-3 Yanks.

Ruben Tejada homered in the sixth. 7-3 Yanks.

The Rays got the final run of the game in the eighth.

Mitchell (w) 3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K.
Chapman (H) 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Heller (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. My friend Josh really likes him. Could make the team.
Shreve (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Frieri 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Graham (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Hicks 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI. Judge 2 for 3.

S.T. Game 30. Yanks get two in bottom of 9th to win. Rotation battle continues.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees took advantage of a couple of Blue Jays’ errors to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win that raised their spring training record to 22-7-1 (if only they can start the regular season 22-7!).

To me, the story of the game isn’t the win. It is that Adam Warren didn’t pitch well in starting the  game, and thus, the battle for the #4 and #5 starter spots is still wide open.

A few days ago, Luis Cessa was sent to minor league camp.

A #5 starter may not be needed until Game 13 or so. In fact, because of off days, a #4 starter may only be needed once in the first 13 or so games.

So manager Joe Girardi may have extra time to make a decision. With Warren not stepping up today, he may be going back to the swing man role. Spot starter/Long relief.

Which would leave four others for the two spots (unless the Yanks make a trade). Those four are Luis Severino, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell and the surprise, Jordan Montgomery.

Severino I talked about yesterday. Big difference in him between starting and relieving.

Mitchell may have won one of the spots.

Could Montgomery surprisingly win the other?

Toronto got a run in the first and two in the second to go up 3-0, Warren giving up a 2-run HR in the second.

The Yanks got two in the second when Greg Bird continued his phenomenal spring with yet another HR (7) and Austin Romine singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the third on an RBI single by Matt Holliday.

Warren gave up another HR in the fourth and Toronto went up 4-3. The Blue Jays got a run in the seventh off of Jon Niese to make it 5-3.

I like Mason Williams, who is overlooked when talking about Yankees’ outfield prospects. It seems like he is always hurt. He singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh to cut Toronto’s lead to 5-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, Zach Zehner singled and after Wilkin Castillo struck out, Ronald Torreyes reached on an error. Rob Refsnyder flied out but Williams reached on a two-base error that tied the game and put runners on second and third. Pete Kozma singled to win the game.

Opening Day is just over a week away. The first three starters are Tanaka, CC, then Pineda. But who gets #4 and #5? It seems like no one is stepping up to outright claim it.

And that is why Montgomery has a chance.

Warren 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Holder 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Niese 1 IP, 1 r, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Marsh (w) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.


S.T. Game 18. CC roughed up in Yanks’ 10-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia was knocked out of the box in the first inning of the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to Atlanta today. The loss drops the Yanks’ spring training record to 14-4 (I count the win over the Canadian WBC team).

The Yanks were sloppy, making five errors, four by the third basemen—three by Ronald Torreyes, the other by Miguel Andujar, and six of the ten runs they gave up were unearned.

Austin Romine and Jorge Mateo homered for the Yankees, who got only four hits on the day.Kyle Higashioka had a double.

Sabathia (L) 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 earned, 6 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Camarena 2 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
German 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Ramirez 1 IP, 3 R (all unearned) 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.



S.T. Game 17. Tanaka perfect in Yanks’ 7-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka retired all 12 batters he faced, the first 6 by strikeout, as the Yanks beat Detroit today 7-1 to improve their spring training record to 14-3.

Gary Sanchez had a 2-run HR and an RBI single, Matt Holliday a 3-Run HR and prospect Gleyber Torres a solo HR.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits, and Austin Romine, Greg Bird and prospect Miguel Andujar all doubled.

Bryan Mitchell pitched four strong innings. I think he’ll get one of the two rotation spots up for grabs, and I think Adam Warren is too valuable as a long man to make the rotation. That leaves the remaining rotation spot for up grabs among Luis Severino (who hasn’t pitched well enough to claim it yet), Chad Green and Luis Cessa. We’ll see if my hunch is correct.

Tanaka (w) 4 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 7 K.
Mitchell (h) 4 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Graham 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

S.T. Game 11. Yanks edge Pirates, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t know why anyone tries to run on Gary Sanchez. It seems every game he is playing this spring training, he is throwing out one or two runners. He threw two more out today. What’s that 5 or 6 in spring training this year so far? It’s just 11 games, and he hasn’t even played in each one of them.

Austin Romine also gunned out a runner trying to steal.

The Yanks edged Pittsburgh, 3-2, to improve to 9-2 in the exhibition season. Masahiro Tanaka pitched three scoreless innings.

Matt Holliday had two doubles and Gleyber Torres tripled.

Pete Kozma went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

In the fourth, Holliday doubled, and Chris Carter got an infield single, Holliday moving up on an error. Aaron Judge walked and Holliday scored on a WP.

After the Pirates tied it in the top of the seventh, the Yanks went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh when Ji-Man Choi was HBP and Wilkin Castillo ran for him. Kozma singled and then a WP and error enabled Castillo to score.

In the eighth, the Yanks went up 3-1 on singles by Sanchez, Clint Frazier and Kozma.

The Pirates got an unearned run in the top of the ninth because of a three-base error by Dustin Fowler.

Tanaka 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 4 K.
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Chapman (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Clippard (H) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 1 K.
Adams (BS, W) 1 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Cessa (S) 2 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

UPDATE: To be fair to Fowler, Clint Frazier went for a diving catch which forced the three-base error charged to Fowler.

Also, reports are that Rob Refsnyder is on the trading block.

S.T. Game 7. Mitchell, Ellsbury lead Yanks to 8-7 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I kind of wish these games counted.

After 7 spring training games, the Yanks have a 6-1 record, and the only loss was when they tied the game in the top of the 9th only to lose it in the bottom of the 9th.

This evening, Bryan Mitchell (competing for a starting spot) pitched three scoreless, hitless innings and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and homered to lead the Yanks to an 8-7 win. They had an 8-0 lead after six and hung on.

Starlin Castro had 2 hits and an RBI but made one of the Yanks’ three errors, the other two coming by Donovan Solano.

Austin Romine had two hits and Gleyber Torres, the top prospect, had a hit. Torres didn’t start the game but is now 4 for 5 for the spring.

Mitchell (W) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Montgomery 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Feyereisen 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR, back to back. A 3-run shot (2 runs charged to Montgomery) and a solo one.
Hissong (H) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up a 2-run HR.
Camarena (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.

I see more trouble for Met David Wright. I think it may be time for him to retire.

Game 161. Yanks rally for 7-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Today is the final game of the season for the Yankees. They are 84-77 after yesterday’s come-from-behind, 7-3 win over Baltimore.

There are three playoff spots still to be decided, and five teams fighting for those spots, so  the possibility of a 163rd game is very real.

Unfortunately the Yanks have already been eliminated, so today is it for this year.

Eventually, the Yanks have to figure out what to do with Luis Severino. It is in their best interest that he develop into a good starter, but his splits this year make you wonder.

As a starter: 0-8, 8.50
As a reliever: 3-0, 0.39

He started yesterday, and gave up 3 runs in just 3 2/3 IP.

After the Orioles scored two off Severino in the third, and another in the fourth on Manny Machado’s 37th HR, the Yanks went to work, scoring one run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and putting the game away with four in the eighth.

In the fifth, Mark Teixeira (whose last game will be today) singled, Chase Headley walked, and Austin Romine grounded into a forceout at third. Tyler Austin singled in a run to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, with two out, Billy Butler and Rob Refsnyder singled, and Headley doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Austin tied the game with his fifth HR of the year. All of his homers have been at home, and all by going the other way to right field.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out. Headley doubled and Romine singled in two runs. After Austin struck out, Ronald Torreyes walked. Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Severino 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.83
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.05
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Clippard (w, 4-6, 3.57 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.08

I’ve seen reports that at the trade deadline, the Yanks were looking at Joe Panik from the Giants as compensation. It didn’t happen, and you wonder what the Yanks would have done with Castro if it did. Move him to 3B? What then with Headley?

As far as WAR (wins above replacement) this year, the Yanks’ best player in 2016 has been Masahiro Tanaka.