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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.

S.T. Game 23. Did Nova lose out on rotation bid?

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I can’t read Joe Girardi’s mind, but it just may be that Ivan Nova lost his bid for the starting rotation with his performance today. He gave up three HR in his 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up six runs (five earned). By contrast, CC Sabathia gave up 2 R in 5 IP on Thursday.

It was probably a tough row to hoe for Nova to beat out CC (who makes $25MM) for the rotation, but those numbers today didn’t help.

The Yanks blew Friday’s spring training game v. Baltimore because of bad bullpen and bad defense and lost 11-10.

The Yanks gave up 5 HR today.

Chris Dinorfia had a 3-run HR for the Yanks. Brett Gardner and Cesar Puello had two hits each, as did Jake Skole.

Up 8-7 going into the bottom of the 9th, Nick Rumbelow gave up a HR to the first batter he faced to tie the game. This has not been a good camp for Rumbelow.

The Yanks did get two runs in the top of the tenth, then blew it, thanks to two errors at 3B by Rob Refsnyder. A throwing error and a fielding error put two on with no one out. A walk and two singles won the game for Baltimore.

Pitching line:

Nova 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H , 3 walks and 5 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Gave up HR.
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Rumbelow Gave up HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walk and 0 K.
Tracy (L) 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

The minors. Severino shines again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Luis Severino was great in an 8-1 SWB win today. He went 5 IP, gave up 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 4 K and the 21 year old is 5-0, 1.79 in AAA. Overall this year, AA/AAA, he is 7-2, 2.45. DH Greg Bird had 2 h, a HR, and 4 RBI. 1B Kyle Roller had 3 H, 2 doubles, rbi. Also with 3 hits was CF Ben Gamel. Two others had two hits.

Please, Yanks, do NOT give up Severino in any deal.

AA:   Trenton won 2-1. Matt Tracy 1 r in 6 IP, a scoreless IP for rehabbing Andrew Bailey. SS Brendan Ryan (also rehabbing) an 0 for 3 with an RBI.  2B Tony Renda 2 hits.

High A: Tampa won 3-2 in 10. CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, rbi.

A: Charleston got pasted, 12-2.

The Futures Game was held today. AA C Gary Sanchez played for the World team and AAA OF Aaron Judge for the US team. The US team won 10-1.

From Bryan Hoch at MLB.Com:

Judge, rated by MLB.com as the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts as the designated hitter in a 10-1 victory for the U.S. team.

Sanchez, the Yanks’ No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com, went 1-for-2 with a double.

Severino would be the Yanks #1 prospect.

Game 15. 13-4 rout of Tigers puts Yanks over. 500

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After a 3-6 start, the Yanks have won five out of six to put themselves over .500 at 8-7 with a 13-4 rout of the Tigers tonight in a game played in snow showers. Yup, April 22 and snow showers in Detroit.

The Yanks scored six in the first but Adam Warren was shaky early, giving up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In that top of the first, the big blow was a bases-clearing 3-run double by Gregorio Petit.

Warren hurt himself by walking four in that first inning.

The Yanks got two in the second on back-to-back triples by Beltran and Headley.

In the fourth, Didi Gregorious got his first extra-base it of the season, doubling in two.

Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR (5, 368 career) later on,Young capped the scoring.

Warren (W, 1-1, 5.40) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks (all in the 1st), 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 5.40
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.   1.59

The Yanks banged out 15 hits. Chris Young had 3. Teix and Petit each had 3 RBI.

Matt Tracy, who was DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut then claimed by the Marlins, was DFA’d by the Marlins and claimed by the Yanks who sent him back to SWB. That MLB debut is the only game he has pitched in all season.

Game 11. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 9-0 win.

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Since Masahiro Tanaka has rehabbed the elbow instead of having Tommy John surgery, there are concerns about the elbow. How would it limit him? Will it blow out? The first two starts of the year did little to alleviate those concerns, but Tanaka looked ace-like Saturday night in the Yanks’ 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

This was the Tanaka we saw last year before he injured his elbow with the partially torn UCL. Dominant.

Tanaka (2-1, 3.94) went 7, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Despite the final score, for much of the game, he had to be dominant.

Brian McCann (3 for 4) broke open a scoreless duel with a 2-run triple in the sixth, and the Yanks broke open the game with a 7-run seventh, capped by Chris Young’s grand slam, his third HR of the season.

David Carpenter pitched the eighth, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brandon Pinder closed it out. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Matt Tracy, DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins.

 

 

Game 6. More like it! 7 run first helps Yanks to 14-4 win.

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Going into this game, the Yanks had a batting average of .193. If you believe in the law of averages, even with a bad hitting team you knew that had to improve sometime.

The Yanks scored 7 in the first inning, and except for one inning with 2 WP and an error, there was much improvement over the first five games. There may still be concern over Tanaka, but except for one bad inning, he was ok. The jury is still out on him.

In the first, Ellsbury walked and Gardner singled him to third. Beltran forced the runner but a run scored. Teixeira walked and the Yanks got a break when an error loaded the bases. A-Rod cleared them with a double to make it 4-0. That hit (#2945) drove Alex’s RBI total to 1974. He would add another later in the game to make it 1975. Baseball Reference lists only three players (Aaron, Ruth and Anson) with 2000.

After A-Rod’s bases-clearing 3-run double, Headley hit a 2-Run HR and Stephen Drew made it back-to-back with a HR of his own.

Boston came back with three in the fourth. Tanaka threw two WP and there was an error. Sloppy. That needs to improve but with the seven-run first, it didn’t hurt too much.

A 2-run single by Gardner and SF by Teix in the bottom of the fourth made it 10-4.

Hanley Ramirez homered off Tanaka in the top of the fifth to make it 10-5. You have to wonder…. in the first two games this year, Tanaka was ok for two innings, then faded. Is that the elbow? Ok the first time around but not the second? Time will tell.

The Yanks got three in the sixth on an A-Rod bases-loaded walk, a Headley single and a Drew SF to go up 13-5.

Brian McCann ended the scoring with a solo HR in the 8th.

Gardner, 2 h, 2 RBI. 4 RBI for A-Rod. Headley 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 RBI for Drew. Hopefully this wakes the offense up.

Tanaka (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 4 K. ERA still 7. Two outings, 4 and 5 IP, 8 R, 7 ER in 9 IP. The jury is still out.

Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K>

Davies 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ‘

Moves: After the 19 inning game, Chasen Shreve was sent down. He can’t be brought back for 10 days. When he was sent down, Matt Tracy came up and made his MLB debut. Baseball can be cruel sometimes. The Yanks DFA’d Tracy today and gave Kyle Davies (who pitched tonight, see above) a MLB contract. If Davies’ name sounds familiar, it should. He is the guy who gave up A-Rod’s 500th HR.

Game 5. Yanks fall to 1-4 with an 8-4 loss.

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If Billy Martin were running the team right now, there might be a team meeting with the food tray being toppled over. If George Steinbrenner were the owner, someone may already be getting fired (hey, he fired Yogi when Yogi was 6-10 early in the 1985 season).

Yes, we are only five games into the season, but not only are the Yankees 1-4, it’s how they are 1-4 that is disturbing. For it’s one thing to play well and lose and know that you are playing well and things will straighten themselves out soon. It’s another to lose and look really bad in doing so.

That is what a team batting average of .193 (OPS+ 81, 19% below league average) and eight errors in five games (not counting two passed balls by backup C John Ryan Murphy) will do for you. Make you look really bad.

Throw in the fact that three Yankees have been picked off so far and that they are 1 for 4 in SB this year. Throw in also that two balls were hit yesterday that should have been caught (Gardner, Jones) and were ruled doubles. Throw in again some plays were there were no errors made but mental errors (Didi Gregorious) and you have a team that is really out of sync and playing badly right now.

Thank goodness there are 157 games left and plenty of time to turn it around. But it may NOT be too early for a team meeting. This can’t continue.

The Yanks not only lost to Boston 8-4 on Saturday, but looked bad in doing so. The two balls that should have been caught by Gardner and Jones, for one thing. A-Rod played 1B for the first time in his career, made one error and looked, let’s say, uncomfortable over there. Definitely not smooth (which was to be expected) but awkward. Gregorious held the ball on a relay while a Boston runner was rounding third and scoring (mental error). Earlier in the week, Gregorious made a couple boneheaded plays as a baserunner. He has to be a more savvy player than he has shown so far.

Seven innings into the game, the Yanks had just one hit. They had just five for the game. Only a late Chris Young 3-run HR made the score semi-respectable.

Teams that don’t hit (.193) look really bad and boring. Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

Beltran is 2 for 20. Drew 2 for 17, Gregorious 2 for 15, Teix has 2 HR but is 3 for 16. Headley had the clutch HR but is 3 for 22, and so on and so forth (I won’t list them all). You can make the case that A-Rod (5 for 18, 2944 career hits now) has been their best regular hitter.

With a lineup like that, as was mentioned on the FoxSports1 telecast, there isn’t much room for error. They can’t afford to make errors, and they have made eight (along with two passed balls and two wild pitches) so far. The team is slow in the middle of the lineup, where you have Beltran, Teix, McCann and A-Rod. As mentioned on the telecast, they are a station to station team, don’t bunt, don’t hit-and-run, don’t steal bases (outside of Ellsbury and Gardner, but are as a team 1 of 4 so far this year). The commentators (and I am NOT a Joe Buck fan) were right in implying that this is a team that waits for the HR, and that HR is to come from aging players who the team hopes can find the fountain of youth for one final, good season.

Hopefully things change soon. The team needs an injection of youth badly but the Yanks’ hands are tied. What do you do when you have these players—CC, Teixeira, A-Rod, Beltran—all of whom will be 35 or older before season’s end—making around $90MM between the four of them and you can’t trade them (either no one will pick up the $$, you’d have to eat a lot of it and/or there are no trade clauses) and you don’t want to eat the money by releasing them? Then throw in Tanaka’s ($25MM) possible problem with his elbow (diminishing his effectiveness) and that fact that so far, 31 yr. old Brian McCann, earning what $15MM/yr.? has underperformed?

As mentioned, as a diehard Yankees’ fan, I hope things turn around soon. This is not to be negative, just a reflection of how things have gone this week. When you hold a mirror up to something that looks terrible, it looks…..terrible. All Yankees fans have to be disappointed at how this season has started.

The pitching has an ERA of 3.44 and an ERA+ of 115 (eight of the 29 runs given up so far have been unearned). That is really pretty good. The bullpen has looked like a strength. Warren (pitching line to come in a moment) wasn’t that bad yesterday, although he had a bit of trouble putting people away, but it is hard to pitch with no margin of error because a) you are getting no run support and/or b) your defense is letting you down.

Warren 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 K. Not a bad outing. Only his 4th MLB start.

Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Martin 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Here is where the game got away.

Matt Tracy (MLB Debut) 2 IP, 3 runs (all unearned), 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Four of the eight runs the Yanks gave up were unearned. Combine that with a .193 team batting average and, well, you get the picture.

Tonight’s ESPN game will be interesting to watch. Will the bats finally wake up? How will Tanaka do? Hall of Famer and MLB network commentator Pedro Martinez estimates Tanaka at 65% due to his elbow issue. If the Yanks are really struggling in June and have fallen way out of the race (let’s hope that isn’t the case) does Tanaka bite the bullet and get the Tommy John surgery that would cost him the rest of 2015 and all of 2016? Will Tanaka be pitching at 2/3 effectiveness all year? Will the elbow give at some point?

Will the Yanks start hitting and tightening up their defense? Will they turn to the kids sooner than expected? Will the kids be rushed?

Right now, there are a lot of questions. There is only one solution.

They have to start playing better, starting now. Granted it’s just five games, but so far, it hasn’t been acceptable. It’s one thing to play well and have some tough losses.

It’s another to have a week like this one has been.

Get back to .500 and go from there.

So wake up and Let’s Go, Yankees!