Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 3/20/15

Nobody is actually going to read this today.  I get that.  But you might need something to read and kill time tomorrow morning before the next round of games starts, and that’s where this baby will come in handy.  We’re a little more than 2 weeks from Opening Day.  It’s close, people.  It’s real close.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, el duque of It Is High… took a look at how the group of recent former Yankees is doing this spring.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB previewed the season to be for Michael Pineda, who needs to have a healthy and productive season in 2015 to re-establish himself as a legitimate top-tier starter.

– Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes pondered the worst-case scenario for the Yankees this season, one that would surely leave a bad taste in everybody’s mouth after Hal’s latest comments.

– Delia Enriquez of Bronx Baseball Daily wondered who will and who should get the start on Opening Day.

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Quick hit: A-Rod homers and the Yankees twitter account notices

And all is right in the world.

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Open Thread – Spring Training Game 19: Yanks at Tigers

The Yankees are in Lakeland to face off against the Tigers and it won’t be on YES, MLB Network or on MLB.tv. The game won’t even be on the radio as far as I know. So if you can’t see or hear a game, does it really happen?

Anyway, here’s the lineup you won’t see or hear:
Gardner CF
Ryan SS
McCann C
Rodriguez DH
Jones 1B
Young RF
Pirela 3B
Refsnyder 2B
Flores LF

Warren P

Feel free to discuss the game (I’m sure the beat writers will live tweet the game), college basketball or anything else that’s happening this afternoon that you can watch or can’t watch.

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IIATMS Top Moments #9: The Tino Martinez Grand Slam

By the start of the 1998 World Series, the animus of New York Yankee fans to Tino Martinez for replacing Don Mattingly was long gone. A title in 1996 and Martinez’s second place finish for the AL MVP in 1997 had pretty much taken care of those things. The only real problem remaining for Yankee fans was that Tino Martinez had not come through in the post season. And he was hearing about it.

It did not help that he had just come off of a tough two for nineteen 1998 ALCS against the Indians with a 30% strikeout rate. That dismal series for the Yankee first baseman brought his accumulative triple slash line of .188/.292/.291 to his Yankee post season resume. The .291 slugging percentage was particularly galling considering the 97 homers Martinez had hit for the Yankees during the last three regular seasons.

A lot of great hitters have bad post season performances. Mike Trout is the latest. People often forget the randomness of post season numbers on top of the fact that nearly all teams make it to the post season because they have great pitching.…

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Spring Training Game 18 Quick Recap: PHI 7 NYY 3

Bracket’s garbage.  Hungover as hell.  Hal is out running his trap to his newspaper mouthpieces again.  And the Yanks lost to the Phillies last night.  Not a good morning at all.

Game Notes:

Esmil Rogers got the start and he didn’t help his cause any in the competition for the 5th starter, assuming he actually had a chance to win the job.  He gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk in 3.1 innings and struck out 3.

– Rogers was followed by David Carpenter and Tyler Webb, and they each tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.  Carptenter walked 2 while Webb struck out 2.  Is it wrong if I say I haven’t been impressed by Carpenter so far?  Because I haven’t.

– There wasn’t much to talk about on the offensive side of the box score.  Chase Headley went 1-3 with his second home run of the spring, Stephen Drew doubled, drove in a run, and drew a walk in 3 trips, and Carlos Beltran had a ribbie single.  …

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Spring Training Game 18 – Playing the Phillies again

It’s another night game for the Yankees and this time they’re home, they’re playing the Phillies and it’s on YES! Hooray!

Here are your lineups.

YANKEES
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Headley 3B
ARod DH
Romine C
Flores LF
Heathcott CF

Rogers P

PHILLIES
Revere CF
Galvis SS
Utley DH
Howard 1B
Ruiz C
Brown RF
Asche 3B
Sizemore LF
Hernandez 2B

Harang P

Enjoy!

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IIATMS Top Moment #10: Mo’s Final Appearance

Mo YS3 Goodbye

The G.O.A.T. says his goodbyes. Courtesy of the AP

The 2013 season was a forgettable one for the Yankees and their fans.  Terrible injury luck, age-related regression across the older core, and an incredibly flawed payroll management/roster construction plan combined to keep the Yanks hovering at or just above mediocrity as they rolled out a line of replacement-level garbage to fill in for the lost regulars.

One of the biggest storylines of the 2013 season was that it would be Mariano Rivera‘s farewell season.  After missing most of 2012 due to a freak knee injury, Mo came back in 2013 determined to go out on his terms.  He announced those terms before the start of the season, telling Yankee fans that it would be his last and setting the stage for what everyone knew would be a very emotional and memorable farewell moment.

Before that could happen, however, the Yankees had to slog through their disappointing season, the first one in which they did not make the playoffs in almost 20 years.  …

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Spring Training Game 17 Quick Recap: NYY 12 ATL 5

Masahiro Tanaka

Courtesy of the AP

It was the second spring start for Masahiro Tanaka last night, and it went even better than the first.  3.2 innings of scoreless, walkless ball and a whole heaping helping of run support against an Atlanta Braves team sporting more former Yankees than Old Timers’ Day.  Only thing that would have made this game better would have been the game actually counting.

Game Notes:

– Tanaka’s full line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.  He looks great, like he never missed a beat.  In a spring that’s been littered with major starting pitching injuries, it would be pretty sweet if Tanaka was the exception and stayed healthy all year.

Andrew Bailey made his 2015 debut, his first game appearance since July of 2013 actually, and looked about how you’d expect for a guy who hasn’t pitched in that long.  He gave up a few hits, an unearned run, and was wild with his offspeed stuff despite sitting low 90s on the radar gun.…

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