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Game 13. Yanks waste good CC effort, 2-1.


Since Game 4 of the 2012 ALCS, the Yanks’ last postseason game, CC Sabathia has gone 17-20 with an ERA of 5.00. Ugh. A below average 2013 followed by the same in 2014 before his knee surgery. Then 0-2 this year heading into tonight’s start. Numbers that suggested more a #5 starter than anything higher.

Tonight, for the first time in a LONG time, CC looked like CC again. Unfortunately, he got NO run support as the Yanks lost 2-1 to Detroit to drop the Yanks’ record to 6-7, and it was an ex-Yankee who played a bit part in that loss.

The only game in 2014 that matches tonight’s game for CC came on 4/17 when he pitched 7, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 walks and 6 K against the Rays. Before that, you have to go back to 9-20-13 vs. SF, 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.

Tonight, 8 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K. But CC falls to 0-3, 4.35.

But the only Yankees’ run came on a 2nd inning HR by Teix. #4 on the year, 367 of his career. The only switch-hitters with more HR? Mantle 536, Murray 504, Chipper 468, Beltran 373.

Teix’s HR came in the 2nd and held up until the 7th, when CC gave up 2 runs. I thought Didi should have come up with a couple of plays at SS that inning, but he didn’t and that was the game.

In the top of the 8th, the Yanks had 1st & 3rd, one out and Ellsbury up.  In came our old buddy Joba, and he induced Ellsbury into a GIDP.


Game 8. O’s edge Yanks, 4-3


Until he shows me that he can dominate, I’ll have worries about CC Sabathia. Tonight he was… meh. So-So. He dropped to 0-2, 5.68 by giving up 4 runs in 7 innings in a 4-3 Yankees’ loss.

Sabathia 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 7 K
Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Of course, CC wasn’t helped. The Yanks tallied a run in the sixth on a double by Teixeira to cut the deficit to 3-1.

In the eighth, a run scored on an RBI groundout by Beltran and another on a 2-base error.

The loss drops the Yanks to 3-5.

Game 3. Yanks fall to Jays, 6-3.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg CC Sabathia gave up 4 runs in the second inning, and it proved too much for the Yanks to overcome as they lost to Toronto 6-3 on Thursday night. The only highlight for the Yanks was when A-Rod and Teixeira each homered in the sixth inning. For A-Rod, HR #655* put him 5 behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. Teix’s HR was #364 of his career. The Yanks wasted a golden opportunity in the fourth when they had 2nd and 3rd, no one out, and did not score. Backup C John Ryan Murphy had 2 hits. CC went 5 2/3, 5 R, 4 ER,  8 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Rogers 2 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

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


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 27. Rough audition for Baker in Yanks’ loss, 10-2


These games of spring training are so important for players on the bubble.

Scott Baker, in competition with Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley and Bryan Mitchell to make the team (probably as the long man since it appears that Adam Warren has claimed the #5 starter spot), had a rough outing today, giving up five runs in the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to the Orioles.

2 IP, 5 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 3 K.

Jacob Lindgren followed Baker. Lindgren, last year’s first round pick by the Yankees, has progressed nicely so far, but still probably needs more minor league seasoning. He only has 19 minor league games under his belt, and 24 2/3 IP. He did go 2-1, 2.19 with 48 K in that timeframe though. I could see him helping out if not later this year, then definitely in 2016.

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

Andrew Bailey could be a sleeper this year. Bailey, a 2x All-Star, is trying to come back from injury. So far, so good for Bailey.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walks and 0 K.

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

Dellin Betances is a concern right now. He gave up a run for his fifth consecutive spring training outing. We still have a little over a week to straighten him out, but right now he isn’t the Betances of 2014.

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

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

Chris Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

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

The Yanks only got three hits in the game. Both runs were on solo HR, one by Stephen Drew, and the other by Alex Rodriguez, who has looked better this spring than expected.

CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and results were mixed. I have a lot of concerns about CC, who hasn’t been his old self since 2012. He missed most of 2014 with a knee injury and didn’t have a good 2013. Is he done? What can we expect? He says he feels good, but the results haven’t been there yet. It’s only spring training, but when someone is coming off injury and/or bad seasons, the red flags go up when that person struggles the following spring.

SS Didi Gregorious dove for a ball and sprained his wrist. He stayed in the game but was taken out early as a precaution. Gregorious’ D has drawn raves so far, and the main concern, his hitting, has been OK so far. Hopefully it isn’t major, but he was sent for precautionary X-rays.


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 21. Pirela hurt in Yankees’ 6-0 loss to the Mets.



On the third pitch of the game, CF Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man,  was injured trying to catch a long drive by CF Juan Lagares of the Mets. Pirela hit the wall and went down. Legares wound up with an inside-the-park HR. Pirela was later taken to the hospital in an ambulance and is reported to have suffered a concussion.

Pirela, 25, a righty bat, went 8 for 24 with one double, two triples. and 3 RBI in a short stint with the Yanks at the end of last year. He hit .305-10-60 with 15 SB for AAA SWB.

Although he is a utility man and the Yanks were trying him out in CF today, he had only played six games in CF in his minor league career. He had played 300 games at 2B, 364 at SS. 64 games were in LF, 12 at 3B, 12 at 1B, just 6 in CF and 13 in RF. Perhaps that lack of experience led to him hitting the wall and getting hurt. There is no timetable yet on a return.

So far, I have liked the Yanks’ pitching and have concerns about the offense. I think the bullpen could really be a strength.

But one person I am very concerned about is CC Sabathia. Even before the knee surgery that cost him most of the 2014 season, CC was showing signs of serious slippage. In two spring starts this year, he hasn’t done anything to make me rest easy.

Besides the inside-the-park HR mentioned above, CC gave up two other home runs today. In 4 2/3 spring training innings, he has given up six runs. I know it’s just spring training, but really, right now there is no way I would rank him above Tanaka, Pineda or even Eovaldi right now. I’d say #4… at best, and maybe even #5 behind Warren.

The Yanks’ offense managed just three hits today.

The one plus today was the pitching of Scott Baker, trying to come back from injury himself. Don’t take him out of the mix just yet. However Chasen Shreve may have taken himself out of the bullpen mix.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He gave up 3 HR.

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

Baker 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He gave up a HR.

The Yanks fall to 12-8-1 for the spring.