Game Thread: Yankees at Braves 3/19/14

The Yankees are going to Disney World to play the Braves at 1:05 p.m. but the game will not be televised. You can listen to it on Gameday Audio because the Braves will have a radio broadcast this afternoon.

Here are your lineups:

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Adonis Garcia LF
Jose Gil 1B

Ivan Nova RHP

Jason Heyward RF
B.J. Upton CF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Evan Gattis C
Justin Upton LF
Chris Johnson 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Andrelton Simmons SS
David Hale RHP

And yes, you are reading the lineups correctly. The Yankees will be playing with a DH, the Braves will not.

Read more

Rival Roundup – The Boston Red Sox


The last of a four-part series, Rival Roundup has been an overview of the Yankees’ American League East rivals. As stated throughout the series, almost half of the Yankees’ games will be against these four rivals. This last installment looks at the Boston Red Sox. Like the first three in the series, we have enlisted the thoughts of member sites of The ESPN SweetSpot Network. For this installment, my good friend, Jeff Polman, of Fire Brand of the American League will provide some insight throughout the piece.

Of course the last installment had to be the Boston Red Sox. Cue the bad-guy organ music! Actually, a lot of steam has gone out of the antipathy between the two teams. They spend too much time respecting each other these days. Even so, the bottom line for both teams and the teams’ fans is that both ends of the “rivalry” are shooting for the same prize. Only one can win the division.…

Read more

So The Yankees Basically Won The Pineda-Montero Trade Yesterday, Right?

Pineda vs BOS ST

The title of this post was a topic that came up on our daily email thread yesterday, mostly jokingly if I interpreted the email correctly.  The now infamous Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero trade of 2012 has been an easy source of comedy in the baseball world with how poorly the deal has turned out for both sides thus far, but the more I thought about it last night, the more I think the joke is actually true.  Even if he wakes up today, has his right arm fall completely off of his body, and never throws another pitch for the Yankees again, Pineda’s start yesterday guaranteed a W for the Yankees on that deal.

It’s a simple matter of hope.  Pineda’s strong outing yesterday, against an admittedly C-level Red Sox lineup, inspired more hope that he can come back and be an effective Major League starting pitcher, maybe even better than he was in 2011.  Back then Pineda was mostly a thrower, 90% fastballs and sliders, and he got by on the strength of his 4-seamer velocity and sharp slider break.  …

Read more

Swift Recap: Yankees 8, Red Sox 1

(Courtesy of SB Nation)

Michael Pineda looked good today.

As Spring Training winds down and the roster continues to get smaller, all eyes are on guys like Pineda who are working their way back to the team. Actually, in his case, he’s trying to finally be with the team after being traded to New York in 2012 and suffering through injuries, surgery and some setbacks. Today, Pineda was sharp, striking out five, not walking a batter and scattering four hits in 4.1 innings. Good sign number one: Pineda now has 14 strikeouts in nine innings in Grapefruit League play. Another good sign for Pineda was that his slider was looking nasty and that his endurance is building up.

On the flip side, Red Sox starter Felix Doubront didn’t look sharp at all, giving up seven runs and 10 hits in his 3.2 innings of work.

Alfonso Soriano had a big day, hitting an RBI single in the first and a three-run home run in the fourth.…

Read more

Why Drew Could Still Be A Yankee

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

There are two weeks until real baseball games start, yet Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew still don’t have jobs. While it would be tough to find a spot in this lineup for Morales, Drew fits the Yankees’ needs well, and this point has been pretty well established by the Yankee fanbase. It’s the Yankees management that’s been less than sold on Drew, and every other team in baseball seems to agree that he just isn’t worth the asking price or draft pick.

Many thought that after the Jose Iglesias injury in Detroit, the Tigers would bite on Drew, but even GM Dave Dombrowski stated that the organization has no interest in signing the veteran shortstop. Other teams that could use a shortstop, like the Mets, have also decided to go in a cheaper direction. The Red Sox also look primed to use prospect Xander Bogaerts to replace Drew.

Though they’ve looked healthy and useful this March, Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts are both injury and aging risks in the middle infield.…

Read more

Game Thread: Red Sox at Yanks 3/18/2014

The Yankees host the Boston Red Sox for a 1:05 ET at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

The Lineups:

Boston Red Sox:

  1. Jackie Bradley, Jr. – CF
  2. Jonny Gomes – DH
  3. Mike Carp – LF
  4. Ryan Lavarnway – 1B
  5. Xander Bogaerts – SS
  6. Corey Brown – RF
  7. David Ross – C
  8. Brandon Snyder – 3B
  9. Jonathan Herrera – 2B

Felix Doubront – SP

New York Yankees:

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Carlos Beltran – RF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Alfonso Soriano – DH
  6. Francisco Cervelli – C
  7. Brian Roberts – 2B
  8. Kelly Johnson – 3B
  9. Ichiro Suzuki – CF

SP – Michael Pineda

Of course, we will all be interested in how Michael Pineda performs. Enjoy the game and if you are watching, comment on how the big pitcher does.

Read more

Yankees Cut 10 Players

Based on some empty locker speculation from Chad Jennings of Lohud, the Yankees have cut 10 players from camp today. Here’s the list.

Chase Whitley
Mark Montgomery
Robert Coello
Brian Gordon
Bruce Billings
Jose Pirela
Ramon Flores
Corban Joseph
Peter O’Brien
Francisco Arcia

The only real surprises here are Montgomery and Flores, who were each playing really well. Pirela was also putting up some crazy numbers, but the Yankees just don’t seem to like him. Whitley didn’t pitch all too well, but the Yankees plan to stretch him out as a starter after a solid two years in Triple-A.

Read more

Rival Roundup – The Toronto Blue Jays


Part three of a four part series, Rival Roundup takes a look at the American League East rivals the New York Yankees will have to navigate for almost half of the team’s games in 2014. After visiting the Orioles on Friday and the Rays on Monday, our next stop is the Toronto Blue Jays. To offer insight and perspective of someone who covers the Jays closely, we turned to one of our fellow members of the ESPN SweetSpot Network, Matthias Koster of Mop Up Duty. Koster’s thoughts will pop up throughout.

Imagine being told by someone close to you that you were going to get a shiny new car for a present, but when the day finally arrives, you find out the car was a Matchbox car and it wasn’t even one that was made in England. That’s what it felt like to be a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays last season when a series of moves were made after the 2012 season and everyone predicted a renaissance of Canada baseball.…

Read more

Thoughts On The Rotation Two Weeks From Opening Day

Masuhiro Tanaka

A little over 2 weeks from right now, the Yankees will be on the road in Houston to open the 2014 regular season.  They’ll be facing the immortal Scott Feldman, and barring anything unforeseen they will send CC Sabathia out for his 6th straight Opening Day start to counter.  That’s one of the few definites in the starting rotation right now, and with 11 spring games left to sort out the rest, the big picture is starting to come into focus.  Some random thoughts on where the rotation stands 2 weeks from Opening Day.

- Unless you’re still hung up on the velocity, there was reason to feel good about Sabathia’s start in Panama.  The level of competition wasn’t the greatest, sure, but it wasn’t world class in his first 2 starts either.  The important takeaway was his command, which was much better than it had been and made life easier for CC by allowing him to work from ahead in the count.  …

Read more