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Game 25. Vintage CC. Yanks blank O’s, 7-0.

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CC Sabathia turned back the clock and the Yanks blanked Baltimore 7-0 Wednesday night.

For the first time in three years, CC went seven scoreless innings.

Prior to the game, A-Rod was put on the DL (hamstring) and reliever James Pazos was brought up.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 3 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 SB. Mark Teixeira drew three walks and Brian McCann drove in 3 runs.

Sabathia (w, 2-2, 3.81) 7 IP, 0 r, 6 H, 2 walks, and 6 K.
Yates 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 3.00
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.92.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.82

Game 20. Yanks fall, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the bullpen the Yanks have, and with Chapman on his way, the Yanks have to find ways to win these games.

The Yanks lost 3-2 Wednesday night. They are now 8-12.

Castro singled in a run in the second, but Texas got one in the second and another in the third off of CC.

A-Rod, who went 3 for 3, tied the game in the fourth with his 3rd HR of the year, and #690 career.

But CC gave up a run in the sixth and that was that.

Sabathia (L, 1-2, 5.06) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Barbato 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.  2.53
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.52

Game 15. Ellsbury steals home in Yankees’ win

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Jacoby Ellsbury stole home as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay Friday night 6-3.

The Rays got two in the top of the second off of CC, but Brian McCann’s 2-run HR (3) in the bottom of the inning tied it up.

After Tampa Bay got a run in the fourth, the Yanks tied it up in the fifth. Ellsbury and Gregorius singled, and both moved up on a balk. On a 3-2 pitch, Ellsbury took off. The pitch was high, thus ball four on Gardner, and Ellsbury slid under the tag for a steal of home and the tying run.

McCann singled in a run in the sixth to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Ellsbury doubled in two in the eighth to give the Yanks insurance runs.

CC only went 4 2/3, but the bullpen pitched 4 1/3 no-hit innings.

Maybe that exciting gamble by Ellsbury will get the Yanks (6-9) going.

Sabathia 4 2/3, 3 R, 9 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 5.28
Nova (w; 1-0, 4.32) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Betances (Hold, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 0.00
Miller (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00

 

Game 10. Yanks lose 4th straight, 3-2.

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For the second game in a row, the Yankees went 0 for 12 with RISP. As a result, they lost to Seattle 3-2. The loss, the Yanks’ fourth in a row, dropped them to 4-6.

While it is too early to panic, perhaps a couple changes should be made to shake things up a bit. Starlin Castro, who was 3 for 5 today and is hitting .342, and Carlos Beltran, who drove in both Yankees runs with a double and a HR, and who is at .351 after a 4-hit day today, are the Yankees hottest hitters right now. Meanwhile, the usual #3 and #4 hitters, A-Rod and Teixeira, are at .100 and .200 right now. A-Rod is now 3 for 30 and was 0 for 5 today with three strikeouts.

Maybe put Castro and Beltran 3-4, drop Teix to 5, split Teix and Alex with McCann 6 and A-Rod 7 until things change and someone else gets hot or goes cold? But for now, why not get your hottest hitters 3 and 4? That would be Castro and Beltran.

Gardner is showing signs of snapping out of it with two hits today, but Ellsbury is at .209.

Also, Headley is at.154 and made an error today. In limited time, Ronald Torreyes is 6 for 9. Torreyes doesn’t have the power Headley does, but right now, the Yanks need to do the little things and not wait for the HR. Steal, hit and run, move runners up. Anything to keep from those 0 for 12 with RISP games like last night and today.

In the third, Teix walked and Beltran doubled him home to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Seattle scored all their runs in the fifth. CC gave up a HR to Leonys Martin which tied the game. Then, with two out and a man on first, Jacoby Ellsbury was caught napping a bit. Katel Marte was running on the pitch when Robbie Cano singled, and he scored all the way from first….shades of Enos Slaughter’s mad dash in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. Cano went to second on the throw and scored on a double by Nelson Cruz.

Beltran’s third HR of the year, #395 career, made it 3-2 in the seventh, but that was it.

Sabathia (L, 1-1, 5.06) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K,. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.. 0.00

The bullpen of Barbato (so far, a rookie revelation), Shreve, Betances and Miller have been good, and that should improve once Chapman joins the team.

The starters have to do better, though. Through two turns around, the only starter with an ERA less than 5.00 is Tanaka at 3.38.

It’s early. Too soon to panic, but not too soon for a couple tweaks after a 4-6 start.

UPDATE: Girardi has made some moves today, Sunday. Beltran moves up to 3. A-Rod dropped to 6th. Teix stays at 4, McCann 5. Castro is 7th (wish he were higher) and Torreyes is at 3B, batting 9th. So some tweaking I suggested is in play today, Sunday for Game 11.

Game 5. Yanks tame Tigers, 8-4.

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Jacoby Ellsbury hit a bases-loaded triple, and CC Sabathia became the first Yankees starter to go six innings as the Yanks beat Detroit 8-4 on Saturday.

A-Rod got the scoring started with his first HR of the year, #688 career, in the first. The Yanks got an RBI single by Didi Gregorius in the second.

In the fourth, Didi’s SF and Ellsbury’s triple made it 6-0 Yanks.

CC retired the first nine in a row, but ran into control problems in the fourth, walking three, and that helped lead to two Detroit runs that inning.

The Yanks bounced back in the fifth on a 2-run HR by Carlos Beltran, his second of the season and #394 of his career.

Detroit got two in the seventh to cut it to 8-4 but the Yanks used Betances and Miller to finish off the Tigers.

Backup infielder Ronald Torreyes had three hits for the Yanks. Castro, McCann and Gardner each had two.

With Greg Bird out for the year, and Dustin Ackley presently the backup at 1B for Mark Teixeira, the Yanks are about to sign Nick Swisher to a minor league deal. It’s a “just in case” move. Swish has far more experience at 1B than Ackley does. Ackley had some problems there on Friday.

Swish’s last two years haven’t gone well for him. He’s had knee surgery and may not be fit to play the OF too much longer, as he did with the Yanks from 2009-2012. He does have the experience at 1B and is a switch-hitter.

Swisher, 35, hit just .208-8-42, OPS+ 70 in 2014 for Cleveland in 97 games. Last year, in 76 games, he hit .196-6-25 for Cleveland and Atlanta, OPS+ 75.

He averaged .268-26-87 in his four years with the Yanks, and was an All-Star in 2010.

There are reports that the deal will have an opt-out clause in case Swisher isn’t with the Yanks on or before June 15.

As I mentioned, a “just in case” move, in case anything happens to Teixeira, who has had trouble the past few years with injuries.

Sabathia (w, 1-0) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 3 K. 4.50
Yates 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.   5.40
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00

S.T. Game 31. Miller cleared, CC #5 starter, and Yanks win 3-2.

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I don’t know how he is going to do it, but Andrew Miller has been cleared to pitch despite a chip fracture in his right (non-pitching) wrist. You wonder how it may affect his fielding. To me, not so much balls hit up the middle or bunts, but how about the 3-6-1 DP??

As expected, CC Sabathia was named the #5 starter over Ivan Nova. I think the salary issue had a lot to do with it. How many teams have a middle reliever/spot starter earning $25MM? (But then, look at Boston. They gave a big contract to 3B Pedro Sandoval, and in year 2 of that huge deal, Kung Fu Panda is on the bench).

The Yankees only got three hits in their exhibition game in Miami against Don Mattingly’s Marlins tonight, but two of them were HRs, and it was enough for a 3-2 win.

Brett Gardner homered in the fourth to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Marlins got one in the sixth and another in the eighth, but Lane Adams 2-run HR in the top of the ninth made the Yanks winners.

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 4 walks and 3 K. Battled. Got 16 outs, but 11 baserunners.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Cessa(w) 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Goody. (S) 1 IP,  0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

So now that Miller is cleared, let’s look at the 25 man roster for Opening Day.

C McCann and Romine
Infield Teixeira, Castro, Gregorius, Headley, Ackley, Torreyes
DH A-Rod
OF Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Hicks

 

Rotation: Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, Severino, CC

Bullpen: Nova, Cessa, Barbato, Shreve, Betances, Miller.

 

One more BP spot needs to be filled. Who gets the final spot? Yates? Chapman gets that spot once the suspension is over.

 

 

S.T. Games 29/30. Yanks lose 2. Mitchell out 3 months.

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On a day when the Yanks found out Bryan Mitchell has a broken toe with Grade 3 turf toe, may need surgery and be out three months, they lost both exhibition games as the squad was split.

In one game, Michael Pineda gave up 4 HR (albeit, a strong wind was blowing out) as the Yanks lost 9-1 to St. Louis.

Pineda (L) 5  IP, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR
Pinder 1 1/3 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Tracy 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

They lost the other game 10-6 to Detroit. They are 13-15-2 for the spring.

Castro 2 hits. Romine 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI. Mateo 2 RBI. Parmalee 2 hits, rbi.

Green (L) 4 1/3, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Webb 2 1/3, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Mullee 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.

Rough day for the pitchers.

Johnny Barbato and Luis Cessa made the bullpen. They were to make it before Miller and Mitchell got hurt. Miller wants to pitch through the injury to his non-throwing hand. We’ll see. But a sub must be found for Mitchell….and maybe Miller, too.

Romine is the backup catcher, Torreyes the backup IF.

The fifth starter hasn’t been named yet between CC and Nova.

Barbato won the J.P. Dawson award as best rookie in camp.