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Game 10. A-Rod sparks Yanks with 2 HR, 2 behind Mays. 5-4.

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Ok, I’ll admit it. If you told me three months ago that a soon-to-be 40-year-old, who didn’t play last year, and who only played in 44 games in 2013, would be the Yanks’ best hitter right now, 10 games into the season, I’d have thought you would be nuts.

But it’s a credit to A-Rod, and an indictment to the rest of the lineup if you will, that such is true.

After tonight, you wonder if he’ll be tested again after tonight’s game. I mean, a 477′ HR?

I hope he learned his lesson and is on the up and up. However, based on his past, I can fully understand those that may be skeptical. Heck, part of me is skeptical. I mean, it’s like a spouse who cheated on you. Do you really trust that spouse to be faithful again? There will be doubts.

Alex hit 2 HR tonight, raising his career total to 658*, two behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. The first HR was a 477 foot bomb. He had three hits, 2 HR and drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 5-4 victory. What happens when he gets two more HR? Who knows if the Yanks will cough up that bonus $$$$ or fight it.

A-Rod’s bomb (3) and a Stephen Drew HR (3) gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Funny, but Drew has five hits this year (5 for 30), is under .200 at .167, but 3 of those 5 hits are HR.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Adam Warren lost it, giving up back-to-back HR, a three-run and a solo shot, to put the Yanks into a 4-2 hole.

Credit to the bullpen for shutting out the Rays the rest of the way.

A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the game (4), a 2-run shot in the sixth, tied it up, then his RBI single in the 8th (after a Beltran single and a SB by PR Gardner)  proved to be the game winner.

He had three of the Yanks’ five hits and drove in 4 of their 5 runs.

Warren 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

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

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances (W, 2-0) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Miller (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

The win puts the Yanks at 4-6.

 

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!

S.T. Game 25. Warren appears to win #5 slot, Yanks lose 6-5.

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Adam Warren gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings, and appeared to win the #5 starting pitcher position as the Yanks lost to the Rays 6-5 in Thursday’s spring training action. Didi Gregorious (.308) had two hits and an RBI. Minor league OF Jake Cave continued a good spring (.462) by going 1 for 1 with an RBI. Minor league OF Ramon Flores was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder was 1 for 3 (.323), but made his fifth error of the spring. The pitching line: Warren 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K. Jose Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Chris Martin 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Danny Burawa 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Tyler Webb 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks are 13-11-1 this spring.

S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.

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Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

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

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

S.T. Game 1. Yanks tie Phils, 5-5

Aaron Judge, a top Yankees’ OF prospect, hit a 3-run HR in the 9th to salvage a 5-5 tie for the Yanks with the Phils in their spring training opener.

Judge, a 6’7″ RF, is hoped to be the RF of the future. He’ll turn 23 in April and will most likely start this year at AA Trenton.  Last year, in 131 games split between low and high A, he hit .308-17-78 and drew 89 walks.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off and Brett Gardner batted second in what could be a hint of the Yankees leadoff order this year. They were the only two starters to see action. Backups Chris Young and Garrett Jones played, but the rest were prospects.

The Yanks scored a run in the first on a Jose Pirela single. They didn’t score again until the 9th when Jake Cave singled in a run before Judge’s HR.

Minor league OF prospect Slade Heathcott went 2 for 2. 1B prospect Greg Bird, a potential replacement at 1B for Teixeira in a couple of years, went 2 for 3.

The pitching line:

Adam Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K
Luis Severino 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Severino is a top pitching prospect. He had a great first inning, 1-2-3 with 2 K before faltering in his second inning of work. He is just 21 years old.

Diego Moreno 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Nick Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Goody is a RHP, 23. In 52 minor league games, he has 101 K in just 66 1/3 IP.

Jacob Lindgren 2/3 IP, 2 unearned runs (Pirela and Refsnyder made errors in this game), 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Lindgren is a 22 yr. old lefty reliever who struck out 48 in 24 1/3 IP in the minors after he was drafted by the Yanks last year.

Branden Pinder, 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 1 K. RHP, 26.

Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2K.

Shreve was a pickup in the Banuelos deal. LHP, relief, 24. 12 1/3 IP for the Braves last year, gave up 1 run, struck out 15.