Comparing Pineda’s Return To His 2011 Season

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On Saturday, Michael Pineda finally took to a Major League mound in a Yankees’ uniform. After two years of recovering from a labral tear in his shoulder, expectations for Pineda dropped from a top of the rotation pitcher to the fifth spot in the rotation. Pineda beat out great performances by David Phelps, Adam Warren, and Vidal Nuno this March, and on Saturday, against a tough Blue Jays lineup, Pineda gave the Yankees’ their best pitching performance of this short season.

Pineda threw just 83 pitches and gave the Yankees 6.0 innings, with 5 hits, 0 walks, 1 run, and striking out 5 batters. He ultimately took the loss thanks to his poor run support and a controversial call at home plate by umpire Dana DeMuth.

Although Saturday ended in a disappointing loss, it was hard to be negative following the brilliant performance of Pineda. Shoulder injuries often end careers, as very few pitchers return with the same velocity and movement they once had.…

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Game 7: Opening Day

The Yankees got their first home run out of the way yesterday against the Blue Jays. Now that they’re heading back home, the home runs should come a little easier, and the Yankees have put their best lineup together to hit some of those home runs for Opening Day.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B

On the mound, Hiroki Kuroda looks for his first win of the year after a lack of run support in his first start against the Astros. The Yankees will have to do that against Ubaldo Jimenez, who the front office was linked to this offseason. Jimenez struggled in his first start after allowing home runs to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.

And here’s the Orioles’ lineup for this afternoon.

David Lough LF
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B

The game starts at 1:05 PM EST, but the Opening Day festivities are going on right now.…

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Minor League Preview: Scranton RailRiders


Entering their second season as the “RailRiders,” Scranton looks to better their performance in 2013 when they went 68-76. With an interesting mix of veteran players and some intriguing prospects, the RailRiders have some strong players on both sides of the field. Of course,...

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The Farm Report: 4/6/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Syracuse 3-0 in Game 1:
The Chiefs scored quickly on Sunday, as Brock Peterson doubled in Jeff Kobernus and Steven Souza in the bottom of the first. The RailRiders only managed three hits over the seven inning game and came up empty, as Syracuse added another run in the sixth and...

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What Is Up With David Phelps?

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When Joe made his selections for the Opening Day roster, I expected nothing but good things for David Phelps.  Even though he didn’t beat out Michael Pineda for the final rotation spot, he entered the season as one of the more experienced pitchers in the bullpen.  With all the changes in that group and the middle relief hierarchy in front of D-Rob unsettled, I thought this was going to be the year that Phelps established himself as a key part of the bullpen going forward.

We’re only 6 games in, so that may very well be the case when all is said and done, but the start to Phelps’ season has been bad, bad enough to wonder if there’s something wrong with him.  In 2 appearances, Phelps has allowed 4 ER on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Of the 4 hits, 3 of them have been home runs, leaving Phelps with a brutal 10.80 ERA and 13.60 FIP.  As he’s gotten knocked around, fellow young righty reliever Adam Warren has shined in his 2 appearances and Dellin Betances was outstanding in his first.  …

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Yankees finally hit a homer, beat Blue Jays, 6-4

The New York Yankees scored six runs before the fourth inning was over, all off Blue Jays’ starter, Drew Hutchison. The last two runs were the result of a Brett Gardner line drive homer, the Yankees’ first of the season. Hutchison took the loss and is now 1-1. David Robertson put two base runners on in the ninth for a little tension, but got Colby Rasmus to pop out to third and Melky Cabrera on a line drive to right for his second save. CC Sabathia picked up the win to even his record to 1-1.

CC Sabathia’s outing was mostly encouraging. He gave up a home run to Melky Cabrera, the first batter he faced, but then shut down the Blue Jays for the next five innings. At one point, he had thrown first-pitch strikes to nineteen straight batters. He then got the first two outs in the sixth inning and ran into trouble.

Jose Bautista hit a pop up off the end of his bat that had all kinds of English on it.…

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Game 6: Some Runs Would be Nice

Through five games, the Yankees offense ranks:

  • 24th in runs scored, with 14
  • 28th in slugging percentage, at .320
  • 29th in ISO, at .065
  • 30th in home runs, with zero

Small sample size caveats abound, to be sure, and yet the fact remains that the offense has been woeful … at best. Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Alfonso Soriano have...

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Pineda is great-a but the offense duds, Blue Jays win

Michael Pineda made it worth the wait with a six-inning stellar performance that showed he can really help the Yankees’ rotation this year. Unfortunately, despite four really decent chances, the Yankees could not get the big hit they needed and laid an egg. In the eighth inning, David Phelps yielded a homer, a double and then another homer to put the game out of reach. R.A. Dickey got the win to even his record at 1-1 and Sergio Santos got a four out save.for his second of the year. Pineda got the hard luck loss and is 0-1.

Before we get to the bad stuff, let’s talk about Pineda.  He has been away from the Majors as long as Grady Sizemore. Think about that for a second. After working hard all winter and spring, he earned the opportunity to head north with the Yankees as the fifth starter. And what a fifth starter he can be!

Michael Pineda pitched six innings against a tough lineup and gave up six hits and no walks He struck out five.…

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Following Teixeira’s Injury, Drew Makes More Sense Than Ever

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After last night’s game, Mark Teixeira said he was unsure about what his hamstring injury timetable looked like, but that he’d like to avoid a DL stint. That will not happen, as Joe Girardi replaced him on today’s roster with Austin Romine. Francisco Cervelli showed some nice offensive stats in Spring, and he figures to take a handful of reps as the backup first baseman, but the Yankees are obviously less enthused about playing Cervelli or Yangervis Solarte over Teixeira.

I’ve seen some suggestions thrown around that the Yankees should target a first baseman, particularly Ike Davis. But Teixeira’s hamstring injury may be over as quick as his 15 day absence, and when he returns, Davis has no other position to play. Yankee Stadium would undoubtedly help Davis’ bat come around, allowing his left-handed power to better thrive in such a hitter’s ballpark, but his contact numbers also look doomed.

Stephen Drew figures to be a much better fit in terms of both bat and position.…

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