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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.


S.T. Game 16. Yanks lose to Toronto, 4-2.


In order for the Yanks to compete this year, CC Sabathia has to get somewhere close to being the old CC Sabathia rather than an old CC Sabathia. He needs to be the pre-2013 CC.

In his first spring start, CC was ok for 1 2/3, but had trouble getting that final out in the second as the Yanks lost 4-2.

Mark Teixiera (who also needs to get back to what he once was) had a solo HR.

Jose Pirela continued to make his statement for making the team by hitting a triple. Chris Young had two hits.

The pitching line:

CC Sabathia 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Dellin Betances 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Kyle Davies 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Domingo German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

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

Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are 9-6-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 15. Eovaldi sharp in Yanks’ 3-2 win.


So far this spring training, I am encouraged by the pitching but have concerns about the offense.

The Yanks won Sunday afternoon over the Phils, 3-2, as Nathan Eovaldi had a strong outing.

In the first, Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored on a SF by Brian McCann.

The Phillies tied it in the seventh, but the Yanks scored two in the bottom of the inning to go up 3-1.

Chase Headley homered to break the tie, and later in the inning Slade Heathcott singled for what would be the deciding run of the game since the Phillies scored in the eighth.

Heathcott, 24, once a top prospect who has struggled with injuries the past few seasons, is having a strong spring training, hitting .500 so far. He missed almost the entire 2014 season, playing just 9 games for AA Trenton. The lefty-hitting CF has minor league stats which make you think he is a Brett Gardner clone.

The Yanks, now 9-5-1 for the spring, have off on Monday. CC Sabathia pitches in a game for the first time on Tuesday.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chase Whitley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. A good outing for Whitley, who is trying to steal that #5 starter spot or make the team as a spot starter/long man.

David Carpenter 1 IP+, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Wilking Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Doing these posts is fun, and a hobby. Sometimes though, it can be work. When hobbies become work, it’s no fun.

Doing the posts could get sporadic soon. My mom needs major surgery in a few weeks and obviously, she comes first. Between my job, her health, and trying to understand how to handle an estate (if the worst happens), I’m pretty busy and stretched out right now.

So if the posts get sporadic in mid-April, you know why.


S.T. Game 12. Yanks 5, Red Sox 3.

Jonathan Galvez had two hits, including a bases-loaded triple, as the Yanks beat Boston Friday night 5-3 in spring training action.

Galvez, 24, a righty bat, has mostly played 2B and SS in his minor league career. He hasn’t hit the majors yet. The utility man has also played some LF, 3B and 1B. Last year for the Padres’ AAA club, he hit .280-10-52. He also has a .280 career minor league batting average.

The Yankees’ other two runs scored on a two-run ground-rule double by OF Mason (Classical Gas) Williams.

2B prospect Rob Refsnyder (.400 this spring) had a hit. It’s his defense (3 errors this spring) that needs work.

The pitching line.

Adam Warren 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

A so-so outing for Warren, who probably is the favorite to land the #5 starting spot after Chris Capuano’s injury.

Chasen Shreve 2 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

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

Brandon Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

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

Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Nice finish by Goody and Lindgren.

CC Sabathia will make his first spring training start on Tuesday.

The Yanks are now 7-4-1 for the spring.

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 85. Roberts leads Yanks to 6- 5 win.

The Yanks got three runs in the first and three in the second and hung on to beat the Twins on the 4th of July, 6-5.

Brian Roberts had four hits, three doubles and a triple.

Unfortunately, the wheels are coming off the wagon right now for Chase Whitley. He lasted just three innings, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K. In his last three starts, Whitley’s ERA has gone from 2.56 to 5.14.

The Yanks pounced right away. Gardner led off the game with a triple, Roberts doubled him home and after an out, Teixeira doubled in Roberts. Teix scored on a SF by Beltran.

After the Twins got one in the bottom of the first, the Yanks got three more in the second. Cervelli doubled, and after an out, scored on a SF by Ryan. Gardner walked, Roberts doubled and Ellsbury singled in two.

David Huff got the win with three perfect innings of relief. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. (3-0, 4.33).

Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.58.

Dellin Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.61.

David Robertson picked up his 20th save, pitching the 9th. Except for two bad outings, he has been good this year. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.73.

An MRI showed significant cartilage damage in CC Sabathia’s knee. He will see Dr. Andrews for consultation and there is a strong probability that CC is done for the year. Should he require microfracture surgery, not only is that a certainty, but CC’s career could be in jeopardy.