Projecting 2014: Brian Roberts

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

The Yankees are coming off an injury plagued season where the one consistency was their superstar second baseman, Robinson Cano. In 2014, they replace Cano with a 36 year old Brian Roberts, who hasn’t played even close to a full season since 2009. Over the last four years, Roberts has dealt with significant back problems, an abdominal strain, multiple concussions, and surgery on his hip, hernia, and hamstring. During this time, he’s played in a total of 192 games, or 809 plate appearances.

Roberts finished 2013 on a promising note. After recovering from some significantly horrible concussion issues, Roberts returned to the Orioles after hamstring surgery on June 30th, and played 74 games while hitting .241/.307/.387. Roberts looked to improve throughout the second half of 2013, batting .250/.306/.450 in September, hitting 5 home runs in his last 108 plate appearances.

The switch hitter will look to build on his late-season success with the Yankees in 2014.…

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Game thread: Yanks vs. Nationals 3/3/14

Here’s the lineup:

Gardner CF
Jeter SS
McCann C
Roberts 2B
Cervelli DH
Johnson 3B
Ichiro RF
Almonte LF
Joseph 1B

Nova P

David Robertson is scheduled to make his first appearance of the Spring out of the bullpen this afternoon.

The game is on YES and on MLB Network at 1:05 p.m.

Enjoy!

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The IIATMS Podcast Episode 8: TANAK, Sabathia, Trades, AL Central Preview and More!

Please note: The podcast was recorded early this week due to E.J.’s travel schedule.

On last night’s episode, Matt Imbrogno joined Domenic, E.J. and Stacey to discuss Masahiro Tanaka‘s debut, CC Sabathia‘s velocity, possible middle infielder trades, the AL Central – here’s a clue, the Twins and White Sox will still be terrible and they played a game of over/under!

As always, please leave your comments below, rate us on iTunes, tweet us topic suggestions at @IIATMS or email us at stupidyankeespodcast@gmail.com

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It’s Way Too Early To Worry About CC’s Velocity

CC Sabathia

It was quite the weekend for the Bronx Bombers in the Grapefruit League.  The beat the Phillies on Saturday and the Blue Jays on Sunday by a combined score of 12-2, showcasing solid pitching from the top of their ST staff to the bottom and plenty of power from both sides of the plate.  Of course wins and losses in ST games are the least important things to come out of said games, but winning still beats losing and the Yanks looked good as a team over the last 48 hours.

The highlight of the weekend was the triple-headed 2014 pitching debut of the top of the starting rotation.  CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Masahiro Tanaka all threw 2 scoreless innings on Saturday, with Kuroda looking very sharp and efficient in his outing (he only threw 17 pitches) and Tanaka giving everybody a peak at his impressive array of offspeed pitches and plus fastball command on the corners.  The only pitcher who wasn’t generating positive buzz after the game, despite almost identical results, was Sabathia.  …

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Swift Recap: Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2

Eduardo Nunez, Carlos Beltran and John Ryan Murphy all went deep in today’s 8-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Dean Anna got the Yankees on the board with an RBI single in the second to tie the score.

Here’s Nunez’s shot that made it 3-1 Yankees:

Here’s Beltran’s shot which followed Nunez’s (back-to-back!):

And here’s Murphy’s shot:

Bryan Mitchell picked up the win with two innings of scoreless, three hit ball. He struck out three and didn’t up a walk. Matt Daley also had a nice outing. He pitched one inning and struck out two batters.

Vidal Nuno started and gave up one run on two hits – the one run was a solo shot by Jose Bautista – and struck out three in two innings.

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Game Thread: Yankees at Jays 3/2/14

(Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

(Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

Today’s game between the Yankees and Blue Jays in Dunedin isn’t being shown live but will be shown later on MLB Network at 8 p.m. and you can watch it on mlb.tv (subscription needed). So if you’re keeping track via mlb.tv feel free to let us know what’s going on in the comments.

Vidal Nuno is starting and if you missed the lineup, click here! Ellsbury, Beltran and Ryan are making the trip.

Enjoy!

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Positive News on Pineda

Michael Pineda threw a sim game this morning. He pitched two innings, alternating between two batters – Scott Sizemore and Zoilo Almonte and so far, so good.

Via Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog: Sizemore, who faced Pineda in Pineda’s rookie year had this to say about Pineda’s sim game, “It’s been a couple of years since I saw him, but today the ball was popping out of his hand,” Sizemore added. “He has different movement on all of his fastballs, almost. I think it’s just a natural thing for him. Sometimes he cuts it, sometimes it sinks, sometimes it’s a true four-seamer. But as a pitcher that’s what you want. You don’t want two pitches to look the same. Of course, he’s saw tall and lanky with his arm action, as a right-handed hitter it kind of comes out from behind your head so it’s tough to feel comfortable in the box.”

Sizemore also said, “I have to believe that’s low to mid 90s at least but with the movement, it definitely makes it that much more challenging.”

That’s good to hear and the Yankees were happy with Pineda according to John Harper of the Daily News.…

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Swift Recap: Yankees 4, Phillies 0

(Gif courtesy of @YankeeSource)

I feel like I need a cigarette after watching Masahiro Tanaka‘s splitter. My goodness.

The good news about today’s game? The starters – CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka – all looked good in their six innings of work as so did Dellin Betances and Cesar Cabral in their three innings combined.

The starters’ lines:
CC – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
HIROK – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
TANAK – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K

Ichiro Suzuki and Francisco Cervelli each hit RBI singles and Adonis Garcia drove in two runs.

Derek Jeter scored on Cervelli’s single and looked fine running the bases. He also participated in a nifty double play in the second play and looked no worse for the wear.

Tanaka’s highlights from MLB.com:

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