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Mets 3, Yankees 10: Stanton Smashes Yanks to Blowout Win

Giancarlo Stanton smacked his first Yankees home run off Matt Harvey, and the other Yankee bats combined to score 10 runs in a rousing win over their crosstown rivals.

The Stanton homer came in the fifth inning, where the Yankees already had a 3-to-1 advantage. Aaron Judge walked prior to Stanton’s at-bat. The home run resulted in the removal of Harvey from the game after 4⅔ innings.

Brandon Drury and Kyle Holder each knocked in two runs as well, with other RBIs coming from Tyler Austin, Abiatal Avelino and Shane Robinson. Estevan Florial almost had one, but the play was ruled a fielding error by right fielder L.J. Mazzilli.

Luis Cessa was on the ropes fairly quickly in this game, getting the hook after 1⅓ innings with the bases loaded. David Robertson made his spring debut in the second, and promptly Houdini’d out of the inning without allowing a run.

There was a funny moment in the fifth inning where no one came out to pitch for the Yankees. Described as “some issues” by Aaron Boone in his YES Network mid-inning interview, Dellin Betances had gone into the clubhouse to shower and get changed because he was only supposed to throw one inning. Adam Warren, the next scheduled pitcher, apparently never got the memo to warm up. So, Betances put his uniform back on and faced one more batter. Luis Guillorme singled, then Warren came in to relieve Betances.


  • Tyler Wade dove for a ball hit by José Reyes, and rolled his wrist trying to make a play. It looked really bad at first glance, and Wade was in a lot of pain. He was replaced by Kyle Holder, and I was truly holding my breath because Wade has really impressed me this spring. But, reports from the clubhouse indicated that he needed “ice but no tests,” and that he would return to action Monday. It is unclear if he was already scheduled to sit out Sunday.
  • Aaron Judge got his first multi-hit game of the spring today. His timing looks to be back, and that’s a great sign for a player coming off of offseason shoulder surgery. Boone mentioned during his interview that Judge was also getting reps in left field with Stanton on the back fields while the team was away playing road games. We’ve yet to see Judge out there in an exhibition game, but something tells me we won’t have to wait long for that to happen.
  • Both Chad Green and Adam Warren threw for more than one inning today, which should surprise absolutely no one. These two are the main multi-inning relievers for the Yanks, and they will probably get stretched out to throw up to three innings before Opening Day gets here.

Tomorrow’s Game:

Masahiro Tanaka looks to rebound from his poor spring debut in a matchup against Jacob Turner and the Miami Marlins. The Yankees will make the long trek to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter for that game. No word on who’s going, however.

Game 9: Versatility on Display

More AL East action!

The Yankees welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Tampa (yeah, it’s odd) for a preview of AL East action, with fireballers Chad Green and former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi facing off.

The biggest note about today’s game is that Giancarlo Stanton makes his first professional start in left field for the Yanks. Over the winter, much was made about whether Stanton or Aaron Judge would see time in left field. It’s only a matter of time until Judge gets time out there, but his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery has slowed him down slightly.

With the Yankees short on first base depth, Billy McKinney gets the start at first base. He played the position in high school, and began taking reps there again during the Arizona Fall League. McKinney, who can also play both outfield corners, is competing with Tyler Austin, Ryan McBroom and recently signed Adam Lind for spots on the first base depth chart behind Greg Bird.

Two former Yankees take the field for the Rays, as Nathan Eovaldi will be on the mound and Nick Solak suits up at second base. Solak was traded by the Yankees to the Rays as part of the three-team deal that allowed the Bombers to get infielder Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rays’ Lineup:

  1. Mallex Smith – LF
  2. Kevin Kiermaier – CF
  3. Denard Span – DH
  4. Brandon Snyder – 1B
  5. Jake Bauers – RF
  6. Nick Solak – 2B
  7. Johnny Monell – C
  8. Kean Wong – 3B
  9. Jake Cronenworth – SS

Game 5: Green vs. Blue (Jays)

The Yankees head west to Dunedin.

The Yankees are back on the road, as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays at their spring complex in Dunedin. Chad Green will get the ball as a starter today, making his first spring appearance.

Green was a revelation out of the bullpen last season. He finished the season with a stellar 5-0 record and 1.83 ERA (1.75 FIP). He struck out 13.4 batters per nine, while walking just 2.2. He comes into camp stretched out as a starter, though manager Aaron Boone noted “a lot would have to happen” for him to end up in the rotation.

Marco Estrada gets the ball for the Blue Jays. The 34-year-old had a disappointing season in the final year of the two-year, $26 million contract signed after the 2015 season. In 33 starts, he finished 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA (4.61 FIP) with 8.5 K/9, 9.0 H/9 and 3.4 BB/9. Not what you want from a guy making $14.5 million.

After his walkoff heroics last night, Miguel Andújar gets the start at third base and bats second. A ton of middle/utility infield candidates in the lineup today as well, with Danny Espinosa at second base, Jace Peterson at designated hitter and Ronald Torreyes at shortstop. Lastly, we get to see another start from Billy McKinney (this time in left), and Shane Robinson shifts to right field.

Today’s scheduled relievers for the Yankees are RHP Brady Lail, RHP David Hale, RHP J.P. Feyereisen and RHP Raynel Espinal.

Blue Jays’ Lineup:

  1. Devon Travis – 2B
  2. Yangervis Solarte – 3B
  3. Josh Donaldson – DH
  4. Justin Smoak – 1B
  5. Randal Grichuk – RF
  6. Russell Martin – C
  7. Steve Pearce – LF
  8. Kevin Pillar – CF
  9. Aledmys Díaz – SS

Phillies 3, Yankees 4: Miguel’s Magic

The first walk-off of the year!

With two strikes and two outs against him in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, Miguel Andújar came up huge against the Philadelphia Phillies. His walkoff solo home run propelled the Yankees to their fourth straight spring victory Monday night in Tampa.

Andújar is in the thick of the intense infield competition for the Yankees. He came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and immediately roped a double that knocked in his main competition at third base, Brandon Drury. That hit tied the game. Then, after Gleyber Torres and Mark Payton were unable to connect against Ranger Suárez of the Phillies, Andújar lined a 2-2 pitch out to left for a game-winner.

Sonny Gray started the game in excellent shape. He worked around two singles to throw two innings of shutout ball, striking out two. Things began to unravel once Chance Adams came in to relieve Gray. Shoddy control allowed Carlos Santana to drive in a leadoff walk with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Ben Heller took over after a scoreless inning from Jonathan Holder. He eventually walked the bases loaded with one out, and then hit Phillies’ catcher Jorge Alfaro to force in a run.

The Yankees answered in the bottom of that frame. Drury walked, Billy McKinney reached on a fielding error by first baseman Matt McBride, then Tyler Wade knocked Drury in to cut the deficit to 2-to-1. Andújar’s double in the seventh tied the game.

Another Yankees run came in the eighth. Erik Kratz and Tyler Austin walked, then designated hitter Jorge Saez (pinch-hitting for Giancarlo Stanton) singled Kratz in to give the Yankees a 3-to-2 lead. Austin was thrown out trying to score by left fielder Jesmuel Valentin.

Cody Carroll was tasked with getting the last three outs, but he was unable to without squandering the lead. He got the first two outs, but Scott Kingery deposited a solo home run out to right field to tie the game again at 3.

Andújar took care of the Phillies from that point, going from two strikes and two outs to the first walk-off hero of this young season.

Tomorrow, the Yankees take a trip west to take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium tomorrow at 1:07 p.m. Chad Green will get the start coming off an incredible season out of the bullpen. His counterpart will be RHP Marco Estrada.

Baseball America Lists Yankees Top 10 Prospects for 2018

To get the bad taste of Shohei Ohtani‘s spurning of the Yankees out of our collective mouths, here’s some good news about players the Yankees actually do have. Baseball America’s Josh Norris ranked the top 10 prospects in the Yankees system leading up to 2018.

Without further ado (* indicates player on 40-man roster):

  1. INF Gleyber Torres *
  2. OF Estevan Florial
  3. LHP Justus Sheffield
  4. RHP Chance Adams
  5. 3B Miguel Andújar *
  6. RHP Albert Abreu *
  7. RHP Jorge Guzman
  8. RHP Luis Medina
  9. SS/2B Thairo Estrada *
  10. RHP Domingo Acevedo *

One of the biggest knocks against the Yankees is that they cannot develop pitchers. However, this prospect list clearly indicates that the Yankees have some promising arms that could be MLB-ready soon. Sheffield is the most MLB-ready of the bunch, having hit 98 mph with his fastball and the best slider in the system. Norris listed the pitching depth as the system’s biggest strength.

The system’s biggest weakness? Catching. That won’t be a short-term problem since Gary Sánchez will control the starting catching job for years to come, barring anything unexpected. Their next best catcher is Kyle Higashioka, who went hitless in 20 plate appearances while Sánchez was injured in 2017. Higashioka did hit .338/.390/.797 in the minors in 2017, but in just 21 games because of injuries. Norris lists Jason Lopez and Saul Torres as the “next catching prospects,” but notes they “played at short-season Staten Island and Rookie-level Pulaski, respectively.”

Norris opines that the Yankees’ system is trending downwards, but that is only because of trades and graduations to the big leagues. When talents like Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Chad Green and Jordan Montgomery are no longer “prospects,” it’s easy to see how the system takes a hit.

Be sure to read through the whole post on Baseball America (linked above), as Norris projects the Yankees 2021 lineup and also lists which players have the best tools in the system.

Thoughts Following Cashman’s Media Session at the GM Meetings

Brian Cashman gave a press conference to reporters during the annual General Manager meetings today in Florida. He said a lot of things, and I have a lot of thoughts. Let’s get to it:

Gleyber-Mania Fast Approaching?

We could see Gleyber Torres in the Bronx sooner rather than later. Cashman said he was “not denying anybody a chance to make the club and push their way into the mix.”

That definitely puts extra pressure on Chase Headley, who posted a -7 DRS at third base last year before moving to first base upon the arrival of Todd Frazier. Even with an awful May (.165/.211/.235), Headley managed to slash .273/.352/.406 while moving around defensively. He is due to earn $13 million next season.

What also intrigues me here is that Cashman mentions Torres as a third base candidate over Miguel Andújar. Torres has not seen game action since June 17 when he tore his left UCL in a home plate collision. He also only has 15 professional games at third base under his belt.

Andújar, on the other hand, has 541 MiLB appearances at third base on his résumé, and also got a big-league stint as the designated hitter in June 2017 and as a September call-up. Will Yankees look to trade Andújar, or keep him as a depth option? Many aren’t sold on his defense, but his bat is definitely ready.

Outfield Questions

A few days ago, Cashman remarked that Aaron Hicks is expected to be an everyday outfielder for the 2018 Yankees.

This seems to put Jacoby Ellsbury on the chopping block, especially since Jake Cave is now on the 40-man roster. But, Cashman said he has not taken a very serious step that would be necessary to move the 34-year-old outfielder.

Cashman said he views Clint Frazier as a depth outfielder in this situation, implying that he will begin the season with Triple-A. This would cement a Gardner-Hicks-Judge outfield with Ellsbury on the bench to start the season.

Things can change, like when Bubba Crosby was slated to start the 2005 season in center field before Johnny Damon signed in New York. Ellsbury could be moved. Someone could get hurt. There is a lot of time until Opening Day.

Chad Green: What’s His Role?

Cashman stated that Chad Green will come into Spring Training stretched out as a starter. I think that’s an interesting plan, given how successful Green was out of the bullpen.

Here are Green’s career splits:

  • Starter: 2-4, 6.10 ERA, 1.513 WHIP (38.1 IP)
  • Reliever: 5-0, 1.41 ERA, 0.747 WHIP (76.1 IP)

It’s like night and day. But, Luis Severino turned a successful bullpen stint into a Cy Young finalist season. The Yankees could simply try to catch lightning in a bottle here. In the worst case scenario, they would then put him back in the bullpen. Hopefully, they would avoid the ill effects of the back-and-forth that Joba Chamberlain suffered.

I would leave Green where he was. He was so effective that it doesn’t seem to make sense to move him.

Yankees 3, White Sox 4: Shaky Bullpen Leads to Abreu Walkoff

Luis Severino struck out a career-high 12 batters through seven solid innings, but the Yankee bullpen gave up three runs in the last two frames to give the game to the White Sox.

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José Abreu ripped a two-run single off Dellin Betances in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a walk-off win. For the second consecutive night, the Bombers struggled to find a way to finish the game. Severino didn’t walk a single batter, but Domingo Germán, Tyler Clippard and Betances combined to walk six batters.

Clippard pitched admirably, fighting an inconsistent strike zone from Joe West to only let one inherited runner score. Betances, however, could not find the strike zone and allowed the winning runs to score.

The Yankees put together a three-run rally in the top of the eighth. Tyler Wade walked in his first big league plate appearance, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and then Aaron Judge tied the game with an RBI single. Gary Sánchez followed with a two-RBI double to put the Yankees up 3 to 1.

As the trends continue to show, the bullpen has been unable to get it done. Joe Girardi said after the game that versatile reliever Chad Green and closer Aroldis Chapman were both unavailable due to overuse in recent contests. That forced the Yankees’ usage of Germán and Clippard.

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Rangers 7, Yankees 6: Comeback Falls Short as Yanks Can’t Bail Pineda Out

Michael Pineda allowed seven runs in just four innings, and that was a hole the Yankees offense could not climb out of as they drop the series finale to the Texas Rangers 7 to 6.

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The Yankees got quite close, but missed opportunities when they mattered most. Chase Headley led off the eighth inning with a double, but Tyler Austin, Mason Williams and Ronald Torreyes failed to get him in. Aaron Judge singled with two outs in the ninth, but Rangers closer Matt Bush struck out Gary Sánchez to end the game.

The blame for this loss basically should start and end with Michael Pineda. The Rangers didn’t score after the fourth inning, and asking your offense to score eight runs is a lot. Elvis Andrus singled a run home in the first, then came home on an Adrián Beltré homer. Next inning, Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot into the second deck in right field, and rookie Drew Robinson got his first big league hit next inning. with a solo shot into the Yankee bullpen.

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The Yankees got a brilliant performance out of their bullpen, which contributed five shutout innings. Tyler Webb, Chad Green, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in relief of Pineda.

The Bombers got as close as they could in the seventh inning, when Ronald Torreyes hit a solo home run. Judge and Sánchez walked consecutively, and then Didi Gregorius grounded an RBI single to right field. However, Choo came up throwing and gunned Sánchez out at third base.

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After leaving the game early with right oblique tightness, Aaron Hicks is most likely headed to the disabled list. Hicks had been slumping, with just three hits since sitting out three games with an Achilles injury. The Yankees may call Jacoby Ellsbury up from his rehab assignment after just two games to fill the hole.

Joe Girardi revealed after the game that Starlin Castro was unavailable to pinch hit because he received a cortisone shot in his wrist. Girardi said that the wrist had been bothering Castro for six weeks. It’s unclear what the Yankees will do next with him.

CC Sabathia threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session today, and said afterwards that he felt good. He might be back before the calendar flips to July. Starting pitching has been bad for the Yankees of late, so a healthy Sabathia would help greatly.

Rangers 1, Yankees 2: Torreyes Walks It Off

Ronald Torreyes hit a walk-off single against Rangers’ closer Matt Bush to push the Yankees to their 40th win of the season.

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“He filled in extremely well for Didi when Didi was out. He’s always ready to play. He’s very valuable because he can do so many things,” said Joe Girardi about Torreyes’s value to the team.

After the Rangers took a 1 to 0 lead in the ninth on a Gary Sánchez passed ball, Brett Gardner bailed the Yankees out with his 14th home run of the year to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.

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It didn’t get easier. Carlos Gómez reached on a fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and Mike Napoli walked to put Chad Green in trouble. Chasen Shreve came on to pitch around another walk to retire Joey Gallo and Elvis Andrus in the 10th inning.

In the bottom of the 10th, Sánchez and Gregorius singled to give Torreyes the opportunity to drive in the winning run. The backup infielder also turned in several highlight reel plays to keep Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees in the game.

Tanaka redeemed himself big-time, pitching eight innings of shutout baseball on three hits, two walks and nine strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman pitched around sketchy control to allow just one unearned run in the top of the ninth.

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Yankees Promote LHP Tyler Webb

The Yankee bullpen is clearly in a state of transition. Many players have uncertain roles, and that prompted the team to promote left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Webb will wear No. 36, and replaces the now-optioned Rob Refsnyder on the active roster. This is a really interesting move because Webb was not on the 40-man roster, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates during spring training. The Pirates took him in the Rule 5 draft, but returned him before the regular season began.

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The 26-year-old had been stalled at Scranton since 2014, but is 3-1 this season with a 3.24 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen. He carries an impressive 47 strikeouts through 33⅓ innings. He definitely earned the call-up having only allowed one earned run in his last 10 appearances (14⅓ innings).

The odd-man-out, Rob Refsnyder, lost his role with the promotion of Mason Williams. He served as corner outfield depth, and Joe Girardi seemed to have Matt Holliday ahead of him on the first base depth chart. He hit .172 at the major league level, but only got 31 plate appearances. He started the season at AAA, and returns to a .303/.391/.454 slash-line.

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The move appears to be coming on the heels of a changing of the guard in the bullpen. Chad Green contributed an impressive 1⅓ innings last night, and might have pushed Tyler Clippard out of his seventh inning job. Clippard has had all sorts of problems of late, faltering in a mop-up role Wednesday. Since June 12, the beginning of the Yankee road trip, Clippard has pitched to a 17.18 ERA in six appearances. He has allowed three home runs in that span, which is identical to his number of strikeouts.

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