You just have to love those un-televised games, don't you? The Yankees and Mets squared off last night to see who could take back Spring Training or whatever and the matchup featured 2 of the teams' top young pitchers. The one pitching for the good guys get the better of the one pitching for little brother, and the Yankees used a 5-run burst in the 2nd inning to cruise to victory. - Speaking of cruising, that was mostly what Luis Severino did through the first 4 innings of his outing. He hit the wall a bit in the 5th and got tagged for 2 runs, but overall a 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K start with more GB outs than FB outs is just fine. He threw 77 pitches and from what I saw on Twitter looked pretty good as he rounds into regular season shape.
- The Yankee lineup battered Mets starter Steven Matz in the bottom of the 2nd, batting around and tuning him up for 5 runs on 6 consecutive hits, a walk, and a sac fly. The biggest blow was a 2-run single off the bat of Alex Rodriguez, and Brian McCann had the distinction of making the first and last outs of the inning.
- After Sevvy, it was the big 3 out of the bullpen and they all handled their business. 2.2 innings, 4 hits, no runs or walks, and 5 strikeouts. Interestingly enough, it was Aroldis Chapman who entered first, mid-inning, to replace Severino. He got the final 2 outs of the 5th, but not before allowing both of Severino's baserunners to come around and score.
- Aaron Hicks did a little of everything batting in the 2-hole. He went 1-2 with a walk and a stolen base and he's hitting .290/.343/.516 this spring.
- McCann did rebound from his useless 2nd inning to finish with a 2-hit night. A-Rod also had 2 hits and Didi Gregorius went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a ribbie. He's hitting .357/.419/.429 this spring. No way he hits that well in the regular season, but he certainly seems to be picking up where he left off in the second half of 2015.
- A few random outfielder notes: Jacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to take tee-and-toss today and possibly take BP if he feels OK. Brett Gardner is scheduled to play in back-to-back games for the first time today, so all appears well with his bone bruise. Slade Heathcott was optioned to Triple-A.