Spring Training Game 12: Warren’s audition for the fifth starter?

The Yankees are traveling down to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. Well, some of them are. Fort Myers is a bit of a hike from Tampa so a lot of the regulars are understandably skipping this trip. Plus it’s a night game. Would you want to be on a bus for two hours after a night game? Probably not especially if you’re making more than a million bucks a year.

Here’s your lineup, second string and relievers courtesy of the Lohud Yankees Blog (I apologize for being so lazy but copying and pasting is so much easier than typing things out.):
Ramon Flores RF
Chris Young CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Brian McCann DH
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Slade Heathcott LF
Jonathan Galvez 3B
Nick Noonan SS

RHP Adam Warren

Today’s second string: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Tyler Wade, SS Cito Culver, 3B Cole Figueroa, LF Jake Cave, CF Mason Williams, RF Aaron Judge, DH Tyler Austin

Today’s scheduled relievers: Chasen Shreve, Jose Ramirez, Jacob Lindgren, Branden Pinder, Nick Goody

Here’s Boston’s lineup (which I had to type out.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 3/13/15

Another busy week this week, although at least I had more time to do my regular reading rounds.  Good batch of links this week.  Let’s get right to them.

– On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits took a fun look back at the history of starting pitchers who have failed to record an out in a game.  Well, fun for us.  Probably wasn’t for them.

– Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley rated the roster-making chances of the position players in camp after the first week of ST.

– On Tuesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud had the deets on Chase Whitley working a curveball back into his pitch mix this spring.  Wouldn’t be bad to see him add another offspeed offering.

– On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes mused on the possibility of Stephen Drew returning to his average levels of production this year.

– Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY had the list of takeaways from the presser introducing Hideki Matsui as one of Cash’s new special advisors.…

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Early Spring Training Winners And Losers

Pirela ST 2015

This year’s Solarte in the making? Courtesy of Getty Images

I wanted to write this post Wednesday, wanted to write it again yesterday, didn’t get to it either day, and now I’m going to rush it to try to get it in before roster cuts start.

We’re over a week into the Spring Training game schedule now, and while that still isn’t enough time to make concrete determinations on who will end up where and what the Opening Day roster will be, it is enough time to start making some informed comments on whose stock is rising and falling in those key roster battles.  Real quickly, here are some of the early winners and losers from the first 11 St games.

Winner- Jose Pirela

He’s swinging the bat well (8-15, 3 XBH, 2 BB) and drawing a lot of positive chatter from coaches, players, scouts, and fans alike.  His defensive value as a guy who can play multiple positions has been on display and right now he looks like the best option for one of the 4 bench spots.…

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IIATMS Top Moment #14: Johnny Damon’s Double Steal

Allow me, if you will (though you really have no choice), to discuss basketball for a moment, specifically playing basketball. Given that you’re reading a sports blog, I’m sure you’ve at some point played many sports, including basketball. And if you’ve played basketball, you’ve no doubt taken your fair share of shots that were just god awful. Of course, when you shot them, you didn’t think they were god awful, but they were. What you did recognize, however, as god awful were the shots that your chucker teammates threw up towards the rim that had no chance of going in…until they did every once in a while. This experience struck me a lot during Shabazz Napier’s (glorious) run at UConn. Many, many times I did the “no, no, no, no…YES!” ritual when number 13 put one up from NBA range that seemed destined to clank off the rim, only to find, as they say, nothing but net. Baseball offers a few experiences like this–that fly ball that seems bound for the seats, but settles on the warning track; that meatball on a 3-1 count that the batter inexplicably takes–and the other sports do as well, but none seemingly as frequent as basketball.…

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Spring Training Game 11 Recap: NYY 3 ATL 2

Tanaka ST 2015 Debut

Courtesy of the AP

With all due respect to my main man A-Rod, last night’s game was the infinitely more important ST debut in terms of impact on the team’s success.  Masahiro Tanaka was the man making his debut, and unlike a greater-than-zero percentage of the Yankee fanbase I was not worried about him at all.  I was looking forward to seeing him pitch again.  Just the thought of him pitching was giving me goosebumps when I was following the game online last night.  And he did not disappoint.  Tanaka looked very good in his 2 innings of work, highlighting another 1-run Yankee victory.

Game Notes:

– Tanaka’s line: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4 GB outs.  He retired the 6 batters he faced in order and did it on 19 pitches (15 strikes).  He was so efficient that he didn’t even reach his pitch count in game action and finished his scheduled work in the bullpen.  …

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Spring Training Game 11: TANAK day!

Tanaka vs TOR

TANAK!

Happy TANAK Day! Or should I say night? It’s the first night game of Spring Training and the Yankees are welcoming the Atlanta Braves to Steinbrenner Field for a 7:05 p.m. start.

Here’s the Braves lineup:

Simmons SS
Callaspo DH
Freeman 1B
Gomes LF
Bethancourt C
C. Johnson 3B
Cunningham CF
Terdoslavich RF
Ciriaco 2B

Miller P

Here’s the Yankees lineup:

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Rodriguez DH
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Tanaka P

And from Lohud Yankees:

Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Kyle Roller, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Jake Cave, RF Tyler Austin, DH Aaron Judge

 

Today’s scheduled relievers: Scott Baker, David Carpenter, Justin Wilson, Kyle Davies, Wilking Rodriguez

Enjoy the game!

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Imagining a Didi Gregorius that crushes lefties

I'm smiling because I know I can hit lefties. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports/Kim Klement)

I’m smiling because I know I can hit lefties. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports/Kim Klement)



Didi Gregorius‘ biggest challenge as a baseball player this season won’t be trying to follow in the footsteps of a future first-ballot Hall of Famer. That’s a storyline for the mass media to hype and write about it, and Gregorius knows himself that he can’t replace the Yankee shortstop legend.

“What Jeter did, nobody else is going to do that,” he told reporters during the first week of spring training. “If they compare me to Jeter, there’s nothing I can do.”

The most daunting task he’s going to face come April will be whether he can hit left-handed pitching and show Joe Girardi that he is capable of being the Yankees everyday shortstop.

Gregorius’ career stats against southpaws are ugly. He is one of 105 left-handed batters with at least 150 plate appearances against lefties since his debut in 2012. Here’s how he ranks among this group:

GREGORIUS vs LHP, RANKS AMONG LHB SINCE 2012**

BA OBP Slug pct OPS Miss Pct K Pct
Stat 0.184 0.257 0.233 0.490 31.2% 25.0%
Rank 99th 95th 104th 103rd 87th 73rd

**Min.…

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