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S.T. Game 11. Yanks fall 9-5. Besides Seve, CC to miss start of season too. Would Yanks use “opener”?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to the Cardinals, 9-5 today, to drop the spring training record to 5-5-1.

We know that Seve will miss time, and now the Yanks have said that because of the knee surgery and stent put in, that CC will begin the season on the injured list. Remember that once activated, CC has a five-game suspension to serve.

So two of the five starters will NOT be starting the season. As of now, GM Brian Cashman wants to plug from within, meaning no Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez or Edwin Jackson.

Gonzalez has been rumored to be someone the Yanks might consider, but he’d have to agree to a bullpen move once Severino and CC are ready.

I like Loaisiga, and he shows great potential to step in as a spot starter now, and to replace CC in the rotation in 2020, but he is a raw talent. 5 out of his 7 outs today K’s, but gave up 5 Runs in 2 1/3.

With both Severino and CC out, we are looking at Cessa, German and/or Loaisiga filling those two spots unless the Yanks sign someone.

Loaisiga (Johnny Lasagna) had mixed results today. Good: 5 K in 2 1/3 IP. Bad: 5 runs given up.

Austin Romine had a 3-run HR today, Gleyber Torres 2 hits. Prospect Trey Amburgey had 2 RBI.

Loaisiga (L) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR
Harvey (BS) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R , 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coulombe 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Diehl 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR
Reeves 1 2/3 IP, 0 R , 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

With Seve out until maybe late April, and CC out until about that time, could the Yanks, with their strong bullpen, consider an “opener” for a game or two in April?

Steven Wright of Boston drew an 80 game suspension (and would miss the postseason) for HGH ban. Hmm, why would a knuckleballer need HGH?

Jacoby Ellsbury (the Nowhere Man) is expected to join the Yanks in Tampa around March 17.

Hicks is still recovering from back pain.

The Yanks sent Domingo Acevedo down to Trenton, and sent Trevor Stephan and Brady Lail to minor league camp.




S.T. Game 18. Yanks, Tigers, tie 2-2. Gleyber sent down.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is one reason why I don’t care too much about the final score of spring training games.

Not until say, the last 10 games or so. Maybe less than that.

Giovanny Gallegos gave up a run in the top of the ninth to blow the save as the Yanks tied the Tigers 2-2 on Tuesday.

Come the regular season, Gallegos isn’t pitching the ninth, no offense to him. It’s gonna be Chapman, Betances or Robertson, and the latter two only if Chapman needs a day off.

CC started and pitched well, giving up just one run on a HR by Leonys Martin in 4 IP.

In the bottom of the eighth, Didi tied it with a HR, then Hicks singled, and with one out, Lind walked. Torres walked and Shane Robinson hit into a forceout which put the Yanks up 2-1.

A single, WP and single off Gallegos tied the game for the Tigers in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks had a chance to win it. Jeff Hendrix walked, stole second and went to third on an error but the Yanks could not get him in. (Message to Aaron Boone, squeeze, unlike Girardi, who never did). Jace Peterson and Kyle Higashioka both struck out. Tyler Wade walked and went to second on defensive indifference (Wade being the winning run, the other team isn’t doing THAT in the regular season) but Estevan Florial grounded out.

Gleyber Torres and Kyle Higashioka were reassigned to minor league camp.

The Yanks only got four hits in the game. They struck out 11x.

CC 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gallegos (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

I feel sorry for the Mets’ David Wright, who had another setback. Troubled with back problems the past few years, the great Mets’ 3B should just retire. I admire him trying but really, it’s time to retire.




WS Game 3. Mets win, 9-3.

Mets’ captain David Wright, who missed most of this year due to spinal stenosis, hit a 2-run HR and drove in 4 runs in the Mets 9-3 win in Game 3 of the World Series last night.

Game 4 is tonight in NY. The Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets, two games to one.

Bud Black is expected to be named the new manager of the Washington Nationals soon.

Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutcheon won the Roberto Clemente Award for community service.

Reyes to Marlins, 6 yr. $106MM

Jose Reyes is no longer a Met. The SS signed with the Marlins, 6 yr. $106MM.

Reyes is a talent, but some recent injuries have me wondering if six years is too much and if Miami overpaid.

The 28 yr. old will supplant Hanley Ramirez at SS for the Marlins, as the Marlins plan to move Ramirez to 3B. Reyes led the NL in B.A. in 2011, hitting .337 (although he backed into it the final day). He led the majors in triples with 16 while going .337-7-44, with 39 SB and an OPS+ of 143. He was an All-Star and finished 11th in MVP voting.

For his career, Reyes is a .292 hitter, OPS+ 106. His 162 g. average is .292-12-65, 57 SB. Four times he has led the majors in triples.

Reyes, however, has missed 25-30 games each of the last two years due to injuries. In 2009, he missed some 120 games due to injury.

Ramirez, meanwhile, had a terrible 2011, missing 60-65 games with injury and hitting just .243-10-45, 20 SB, OPS+ 85. Ramirez, the 2009 batting champ in the NL (.342), was a 30/30 guy in 2008. His 162 g. average is .306-25-83, 41 SB and an OPS+ of 132—numbers the Marlins need him to get back to. Ramirez turns 28 later this month.

With Heath Bell and Reyes, the Marlins are making a splash, and it appears they aren’t done. There could be more “fish in the sea” that they attempt to land.

The Phils, meanwhile, looked to strengthen their bench with the acquisition of Laynce Nix. Nix, 31, hit .250-16-44, OPS+ 103 for the Nats in 2011. For his career, the OF/PH is a .244 hitter, OPS+ 85. His 162 g. ave. is .244-17-60.

The Mets struggled to go 77-85 last year, and now have lost Capuano and Reyes. You wonder if they’ll go into full-fledged rebuilding mode and dump David Wright. They are stuck with that awful Jason Bay contract. Not only that, but Johan Santana missed all of 2011 except for two minor league games late in the year, and who knows how good his return will be?

As for Jimmy Rollins, the other top all-star SS out there, as Buster Olney of ESPN reports, the Brewers are the main competition to the Phils bringing Rollins back.

…but as for the Marlins, they aren’t done. They look like (with a new Stadium, a new name [Miami instead of Florida] and a new manager [Ozzie Guillen]) the Yankees right now. Bell, Reyes, and rumors have them targeting Pujols or even Buehrle.

Reyes AND Pujols? And more?

Football: PSU’s fallout continues as they drop to the Ticket City Bowl, 1/2/12 in Dallas vs. Houston. Other, more prestigious bowls passed up 9-3 PSU (due to the scandal) for teams 7-5 and 6-6 that PSU beat this year. Still, it’s a nice matchup for the bowl, as PSU will take on 12-1 Houston.

But Alabama winds up with a “mulligan.” Despite losing 9-6 earlier this year to LSU, the Crimson Tide gets a rematch in the National Championship game. I can’t say I’m happy about that. They had their shot…and at home, too. Okla. St. probably deserves it more.

Huh? Questions about the Lineup’s picks again…this time at 3B and next week—SS.

No, the lineup did choose the right guy for #1 at 3B–A-Rod.

It’s the four below him I question. They did pick Graig Nettles and Red Rolfe as I thought they should. It’s the other two I question.

Howard Johnson for the Mets? I wondered about that one myself and was tempted. I chose David Wright, however.

HoJo was with the Mets from 1985-1993. He hit 192 HR as a Met, but had just a .251 BA with them. 124 OPS+. His career 162 g. average was .249-24-80, OPS+ 117. Average not hot, but good OPS+. Good speed, too, as he went 30-30 three times for the Mets (1987, 1989 and 1991) and led the NL in HR in 1991 with 38. He also led the league in RBI that year. His OPS+ numbers with the Mets? 94, 118, 133, 124, 169, 106, 145, 91, 98.  10th in MVP voting in 1987, 5th in 1989 and 1991. Didn’t think the numbers were that good, do you? Four times did Johnson steal 30 or more. After turning 30, however, Johnson’s numbers dropped like a rock in water. 1987-1991 superb, but his numbers before and after weren’t. His postseason numbers make A-Rod’s previous struggles pale in comparison. 1 for 26 in the postseason. Not the greatest glove.

Wright had a tough year in adjusting to Citi Field. Just 10 HR last year. He has a long way to go, as he has only had five full seasons as a Met. In those years however, Wright has had two 30 HR seasons, one a 30/30, to HoJo’s three. His 162 g. average to date is .308-27-107, OPS+ 136. He has won two GG (two more than HoJo) and has finished in the top 10 for MVP voting 3x (same as HoJo). Maybe the panel didn’t feel like Wright has done enough yet to put him over HoJo. I disagree.

As for the other spot, Clete Boyer was selected. I was tempted to put Frank Baker there, but Home Run Baker’s dead ball era HOF stats were best with the Philadelphia A’s, not with the Yankees.

But here is my biggest gripe with the Lineup. How can they put Gary Carter—who only had two really good years in NY, and who was selected over Dickey and Munson—on the all-time NY team for catchers, but not put Wade Boggs on for 3B?

Yes, I know Boggs had his best years in Boston. But if you choose Carter over Dickey and Munson, how do you not then choose Boggs over Boyer?

Yes, I know Boyer had the better glove. He also couldn’t hit.

Boyer hit .241 as a Yankee, .242 in his career. His 162 g. average was .242-15-61, OPS+ just 87. A lot of Gold Gloves he could have won, he didn’t because of Brooks Robinson. Boyer was a full-time player from 1960-1966 with the Yankees. He hit .224 in 1961, .218 in 1964.

Boggs was with the Yankees for just five years, but hit .292 or better in each of those years. The .292 was the only year under .300. As a Yankee, Boggs hit .313. His 162 g. average for his career was .328-8-67 and his great eye for a walk led to a career OPS+ of 130 (111 as a Yankee). Over 3000 hits in his career. A HOF. Not the fielder Boyer was, but still 2 GG.

The OPS+ numbers for Boggs as a Yankee weren’t as good as in Boston, 104, 141, 119, 98 and 102, but they were still better than Boyer’s.

But I repeat…how can Carter (see a previous post on that) get on over Dickey and Munson when Carter had only two good NY years, but Boggs lose out to Boyer?

Next week? The SS. We know who’ll be #1…and he wears #2 (Jeter). One #1 will wind up one of the runnerups (Pee Wee Reese) along with Rizzuto. Who’ll be the other two?

UPDATE: Already I see a HUGE problem with the SS picks. No, not with Jeter, Scooter or Pee Wee, but with the other choices. I mean, WHERE IS ALVIN DARK? He is not even one of the choices that you can select….but Kevin Elster is? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Elster: .228 career hitter, OPS+ 83. .224 in seven years with the Mets. In 40 games with the Yankees, he went 2 for 37. Elster had three years in NY where he played in 100 or more games. Those years?

1988. .214-9-37. OPS+ 75
1989. .231-10-55 OPS+ 87
1991 .241-6-36 OPS+ 89

Alvin Dark. NYG 1950-1956. 1951 NL Pennant Giants, 1954 WS Champs.
Career .289 hitter with an OPS+ of 98.

23 HR in 1953, 20 in 1954. Not the glove of Elster, but a far better bat. 5th in MVP voting in 1954. .300 or better, 1951-1953.

Not only that, Dave Bancroft isn’t on the list. Only 4 years with the NYG, 1920-1923, but a HOF who hit .300 or better 1921-1923.

Elster on the list over Dark and Bancroft. You gotta be ****ing kidding me.     

But then, they’ll probably take .236 hitting Buddy Harrelson as one of their backups, while not even nominating Dark or Bancroft.

You gotta be kidding me.   

Mets finally land Bay

After sitting on the offer for weeks, Jason Bay finally agreed to terms with the Mets. I wonder if it’s because he had to. There was word that outside of Boston and the Mets, that there were no other offers out there. Are some players pricing themselves too high?

Bay wanted a five-year deal. He gets four years at $66M with a vesting option for the fifth year. 

Bay and the Mets may not be a good match. Bay’s defense was questionable at Fenway with its short LF. How will it be in the more spacious Citi Field?    

From mlb.com:

In Bay, New York gets a right-handed power hitter who batted .267 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs with the Red Sox in 2009. Bay most likely will play left field for New York.

Bay is best known for his years with the Pirates and is a three-time All-Star.

During his seven-year career in the big leagues, Bay has a .280 batting average with 185 home runs, 610 RBIs and .376 on-base percentage.

Bay’s 162 game average is .280-33-107, OPS+ 131. Excellent. But you wonder how he’ll adjust to Citi Field, which killed David Wright (10 HR) this year. Citi Field isn’t Fenway, that’s for sure.

The Mets only hit 95 HR as a team, and only Daniel Murphy (12) had more than 10 HR. Granted injuries took their toll. Carlos Beltran’s 10 HR came in 81 games. Sheffield’s 10 came in 100 games. Jeff Francoeur’s 10 came in 75 games as a Met.

The Mets did need a power bat, especially if Carlos Delgado is gone (despite Delgado missing all but 26 games in 2009). From last year’s stats, it seems like it would be difficult for others in the lineup to reach 30 HR, and maybe not even 25.

The question is, will Bay?

Another question is, will dominoes start falling now? Will Holliday now look at the Cardinals’ offer and think that’s as good as it gets? Has anyone made JD a serious offer?

As for the Yanks, you have the Reed Johnson talk…but sometimes I wonder if they’ll just bring back Hairston. The 33 year old hit a combined (Cin/NYY) .251-10-39 in 2009. OPS+ only 86. He can play 2b, ss, 3b and all three OF positions. He can platoon in LF with Gardner. The 162 game average is .259-8-46, 21 SB, OPS+ only 85…but hey, he and/or Gardner would be hitting 9th.

Hairston made $2M last year.   

If you missed it, check out Linda Stasi’s article on Charlie Sheen.The “Wild Thing”—in real life— gets chewed out for his she(e)nanagains, and rightfully so, by Stasi. What’s sad is that the public indulges the guy.   

Update: Keith Law has the plusses and minuses of Bay and ramifications at ESPN.com. He rightfully adds that the Mets need more than Bay. One interesting note that he adds is the question of Damon. Could Damon have nowhere else to go and, as Law puts it, “wind up coming back to the Yanks with his tail between his legs?” How much do the Yanks have left for JD? How low and how much of a cut would JD accept, since Bore-a$$ is his agent?

Johnny Damon come January 31?
JD come say, January 31? 

Update II: According to ESPN, the Red Sox are still pursuing negotiations with Adrian Beltre on a deal, meaning that the Lowell deal with Texas (on hold because of Lowell’s injury) would apparently go through once Lowell is cleared. 

Game 119. “Revenge is Mine,” Sayeth Brett Tomko. Yanks get shut out 3-0.

A few weeks ago, the Yanks DFA’d Brett Tomko.

He came back to bite them in the butt last night, pitching five scoreless innings and getting the win as the A’s shut out the Yanks 3-0.

The Yanks managed little offensively in the game. Jeter had 3 of the team’s 7 hits (.327). In their best shot, A-Rod ended an inning by tapping into a 1-2-3 DP with the bases loaded.

Burnett had one bad inning, giving up all 3 runs, one on a balk. He went the eight and took the loss. Sometimes Burnett frustrates you. Either the many wild pitches…or the walks…and last night a balk. He’s good, but stomach-churning as well.

Time for CC to be a stopper.

In other baseball news, Smoltz is now available to any team who doesn’t think he is done. Vincente Padilla is now available also, but teams have to wonder why a team i playoff contention (Texas) would want to get rid of Padilla. A booby-trap? Lastly, the Tigers got Aubrey Huff from the O’s for a minor leaguer.

Between David Wright and that line drive that hit Kuroda….it was a scary weekend.  

Strasburg and the Nats came to terms at the last minute.