The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Spring training Games 6 and 7: vs. Blue Jays, at Astros

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (1-4)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera LF
Chris Stewart C
Dan Johnson 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Gil Velazquez SS

RHP David Phelps (4-4, 3.34 ERA in 2012)
Phelps vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (2-4)
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
J.P. Arencibia DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Rajai Davis CF
Henry Blanco C
Maicer Izturis 2B

RHP Brandon Morrow
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

ROAD GAME

YANKEES (1-4)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 2B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Matt Diaz LF
Melky Mesa CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Corban Joseph 3B
Luke Murton 1B
J.R. Murphy DH

RHP Brett Marshall
Marshall has never faced the Astros

ASTROS (3-2-1)
Jose Altuve 2B
Justin Maxwell CF
Carlos Pena 1B
Chris Carter LF
Jason Castro C
J.D. Martinez RF
Rick Ankiel DH
Marwin Gonzalez 3B
Jonathan Villar SS

RHP Lucas Harrell (11-11, 3.76 ERA in 2012)
Harrell vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on television

SPLIT SQUAD: This is the Yankees first split-squad of the spring. Tony Pena is managing the group in Kissimmee, where a team made primarily of minor leaguers and borderline big leaguers will face the Astros (should be a fair fight, right?). Here in Tampa, the Yankees are facing pretty much the regular Blue Jays lineup.

FAMILIAR NAMES: Two opposing outfielders are pretty familiar. For the Blue Jays it’s left fielder Melky Cabrera. For the Astros it’s center fielder Justin Maxwell. After being designated for assignment last spring, Maxwell settled in with the Astros and actually became one of their standouts. He might be the best player on that team.  

LATE SCRATCH: The Blue Jays scratched Colby Rasmus and are using Rajai Davis instead.

WHAT TO WATCH: Spring debut of Clay Rapada (in Tampa) and Dellin Betances (in Kissimmee). … All four of the catching candidates are playing today with Stewart and Cervelli starting, Bobby Wilson and Austin Romine coming off the bench. … With Phil Hughes being at least somewhat questionable for the start of the season, David Phelps seems to be the most obvious replacement if the Yankees need someone to make a spot start or two in early April. … Will Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki continue their hot starts to the spring?

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Phelps walks Bautista, but gets the rest of the side, ending the inning with a strikeout of Encarnacion.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Blue Jays’ shift for Teixeira was extreme, and they’re staying that way for Hafner. Only different for Hafner is that Lowrie — playing shallow rigth field — moves back a little deeper. Either way, shortstop Reyes is playing almost perfectly up the middle. It’s almost impossible for the left side to be any more open.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Shift does it’s job. Hafner’s sharp ground ball got past Encarnacion, but it went straight to Lawrie for a 3-5-3 putout.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Pretty nice play by Pirela to turn a double play that gets Phelps out of the second inning.

UPDATE, 1;26 p.m.: Over in Kissimmee, Nunez has his first throwing error of the spring, and Cervelli has thrown out another base runner.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Stewart just got ejected for arguing a call at first base. Tossed from a spring game. Crazy. I did think he was safe, though.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Wilson now catching for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Pretty solid play at third base by Dan Johnson. Had to go to his left. It helped that Blanco was running.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Wilson throws out Izturis trying to steal second. At this point it’s pretty clear that Wilson is a distant dark horse in the catching competition, but he’s proven he can handle the big leagues.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: That’s probably all for David Phelps today. Cabrera flied to center to strand Reyes and end the top of the third. It’s still scoreless. Phelps allowed two hits and walked a batter.

UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Now pitching for the Blue Jays, J.A. Happ, the same guy who broke Curtis Granderson’s forearm.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Didn’t see check the gun on all of Aardsma’s pitches, but YES had his final fastball at 92 mph. Aardsma pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning. That was his first appearance of the spring.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Gardner lifted for a pinch runner. Only in spring training. Heathcott running at first base.

 
 

Advertisement

193 Responses to “Spring training Games 6 and 7: vs. Blue Jays, at Astros”

  1. Tyler February 28th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Tony Pena is managing the group in Kissimmee, where a team made primarily of minor leaguers and borderline big leaguers will face the Astros (should be a fair fight, right?).
    —————————————————————————-

    Ouch.

  2. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Watching NYY @ Home on the PC and Astros on the TV. problem is the astros game is behind by a minute or two thanks to the nextdef buffering , kind of sucks!

    Phelps looking good so far.

  3. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    2 Infield hits for the Yankees on the road, Nunez and Zoilo.

  4. NYYROC February 28th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Nunez with IF single…did his helmet fly off? Ha ha! Just a rhetorical question..no answer needed! :)

  5. Hassey February 28th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    is that the real Astros, or is it the Bad News Bears in Breaking Training?

    Let them play!
    Let them play!

  6. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Just saw the Bautista & Encarnacion at bats. Phelps is really well along in his Spring routine.

  7. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Nunez with another error?

  8. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Solid oppo line drive for Ichiro off Morrow. Bat control Ichiro vs Gardner. Similiar hard fastball up and away, Gardner’s swing was level but just under it, so he flew out to LF. Ichiro gets on that ball and its a solid line drive.

  9. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    RadioKev,

    Not another error, I think that would be his first of the spring? He threw a little high to first.

  10. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hafner hits it into the shift, despite the 1bman following down trying to field it, lawrie fields in short RF and throws back to first to get him out. Boo shift.

  11. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Marshall strikes out Justin Maxwell, who is playing CF.

  12. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Man Cervelli is having a great spring behind the plate. ACE throw to 2B, perfect accuracy, gets the runner.

  13. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Phelps great bounce back game, looked real sharp. Not as much sharp contact, just got a double play to end the inning.

  14. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Great to hear about Cervy.

    Francesa sounds like a kid interviewing Jeter.

  15. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Mesa dunks a single, Cervelli erases him with a chop up the middle. Cervo got kind of burned by Mesa attempting a steal. It drew the 2B to the bag and he was standing there to field the chop, would have been an IF hit / HIT / Tough out otherwise

  16. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hafner and Tex will see The shift every time until they can show that they can beat it.

  17. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Chris Stewart apparently ejected from spring training, that’ll hurt him in the catcher race

  18. bruceb February 28th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Francesa sounds like a kid interviewing Jeter.

    Jeter sounds like a kid talking about the new season. Not one hint of negativity. I guess that’s how he has managed to perform at such a high level for so long.

  19. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    “Hafner and Tex will see The shift every time until they can show that they can beat it.”

    They can only beat it by going over it.

  20. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    Chris Stewart apparently ejected from spring training, that’ll hurt him in the catcher race
    ———-

    Looked like a bad call, but a little much to get yourself ejected in spring training…

  21. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    “Jeter sounds like a kid talking about the new season. Not one hint of negativity. I guess that’s how he has managed to perform at such a high level for so long.”

    I’m not saying that it isn’t warranted, but I don’t think you can be a great athlete without supreme (at times even irrational*) confidence.

    *which I don’t mean as a diss

    As for Francesa, it’s just such a different posture than almost all of his interviews.

  22. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Looks like Marshall is overpowering the Astros. Honestly, is this their big league lineup?

  23. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Brett Marshall having himself a good start to ST. Said he was the guy who impressed me the most vs Atlanta, and he is continuing that facing the AAAstros.

  24. blake February 28th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Marshall looks pretty dang good …like his delivery …nice CUs

  25. blake February 28th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Jerkface says:
    February 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    Man Cervelli is having a great spring behind the plate. ACE throw to 2B, perfect accuracy, gets the runner.

    If he keeps throwing like he has and continues to be more quite behind the dish then there is really no question who the primary catcher should be if the choice is between Stewie and him…..

  26. bruceb February 28th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I agree with you re the self-belief aspect, Rich in NJ. Fans see things differently. We’re powerless to change things.

  27. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Wow. That runner was out by a mile in the away game. Bad pitch to run on, and another great throw by Cervelli.

  28. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Cervelli gets another runner by an absolute mile.

  29. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Jeez. Stay healthy, FC.

  30. jacksquat February 28th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I guess Stewart didn’t really want to play today?

  31. jacksquat February 28th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Maybe the way Stewart hits, even spring training hits are important.

  32. jacksquat February 28th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Jeter says the same things every year and it’s absolutely meaningless.

  33. Bronx Jeers February 28th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Aardsma’s led the Yankees in tweets since he signed.

  34. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    It’s not meaningless when he can no longer do it.

  35. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Dellin and Aardsma on. Who to watch on the big screen?

  36. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Dellin in in the 4th.

  37. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Dellin of course, you can watch Aardsma all season :)

  38. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Aardsma fastball isnt vintage,. but 92-94 and has some whiff factor.

  39. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Dellin throws some strikes, nearly hits the batter, and then plunks the batter. That’s gotta be scary.

  40. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    Aardsma fastball isnt vintage,. but 92-94 and has some whiff factor.
    ————

    Liked the way he was keeping the ball down.

  41. blake February 28th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Steaks ejected because the umpire didnt want to watch him anymore

  42. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Dellin isn’t keeping the ball down, but just broke off a curve for a K.

  43. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Reyes with a crazy long run on a pop fly. He may as well be a left fielder.

  44. jacksquat February 28th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I like the Atros shirts today, a little bit of the old school colors.

  45. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Betances strikes out Carlos Pena looking with a curve. He has dropped a few in for strikes, but also hit Altuve with the pitch earlier.

    No radar gun as far as I can tell but you can see the speed on Betances fastball coming out of his hand. Seems to be spotting it well, down in the zone.

  46. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    “He may as well be a left fielder.”

    Especially on turf, as he ages.

  47. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Betances goes from 1-2 to a walk, though he thought he had a strike out on a 2-2 pitch.

  48. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    jf,
    One hbp, two walks, one wild pitch adds up to “spotting it well”?

  49. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Betances stuff looks good….threw some nasty hooks….command and control iffy as usual though….he just needs to go after people….

  50. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    One hbp, two walks, one wild pitch adds up to “spotting it well”?

    Well keep in mind i’m 2 minutes behind you :) he did go 1-2 on altuve with the fastball, and 1-2 on Pena with the fastball, and 1-2 on the guy he just walked with the fastball! And it was down in the zone. But he is erratic, that’s betances.

  51. jacksquat February 28th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Betances dangerous today, not in a good way.

  52. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Betances has been 1-2 on near every batter, just not finishing them off. He is having a lot of trouble spotting the curve.

  53. Tackelberry February 28th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Betances gets out of it, though he continues to walk a tightrope. Same old Dellin. Did look like he got squeezed a little, but thats what happens when you have that kind of reputatiion

  54. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Had Betances gotten the outside corner calls earlier, might not have seen nearly imploding Betances.

  55. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Betances can lose his release point very quickly….his stuff was very good it looked like to me today….ball was coming out quick and he dropped some hammer curveballs but he just nibbles too much and throws too many ball

    I doubt he’s ever gonna have plus command…..but he at least needs to have control and throw strikes….with his stuff he can live in the strike zone….get Ahead and then try to get out with the plus curveball…..AJ made a career of doing that with iffy command

  56. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    @mikeaxisa

    Got the full Dellin Betances experience that inning. Nasty curves, HBP, four-pitch walk, WP, struck out two, whiffs on fastballs in the zone

  57. deleonj February 28th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    the shift is ridiculous….at some point i hope teix starts trying to hit it toward third base…automatic single at least

  58. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    @mikeaxisa

    Got the full Dellin Betances experience that inning. Nasty curves, HBP, four-pitch walk, WP, struck out two, whiffs on fastballs in the zone
    ————

    Yep, that’s about right.

  59. Tackelberry February 28th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Does Dellin go out for a 2nd inning?

  60. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    He was ahead of Carter then spent two pitches trying to paint the outside corner and lost him…..go after guys Dellin….you can’t command good enough to nibble

  61. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I would still trade Betances if we could get a decent piece. It doesn’t look like he’s going to be a successful project in this organization.

  62. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Betances could benefit from a lack of other options. OTOH, if Pineda, Nova, Phelps, and even Marshall have good years, he could have a hard time getting a shot.

    But it’s real early in ST…

  63. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    That was a nice grab by Nunez on an over-spin grounder, and he made the throw, too.

  64. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Slade is in….switching to the other gAme

  65. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Slade’s slide just short :)

  66. Bronx Jeers February 28th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Jays left fielder reminds us of Andruw Jones.

  67. Shame Spencer February 28th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I’m glad Betances delivered the goods today.. didn’t he have a solid ST last year as well?

  68. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Holy balls slade just tackled mustelier, what an idiot, come on

  69. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Heathcott just Bout killed Mustieller ….please stop being crazy Slade

  70. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I love the effort but has has to quit that crap or he’s never going to stay healthy ….needs to communicate better too

  71. Bronx Jeers February 28th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Holy balls slade just tackled mustelier, what an idiot, come on

    ————

    And he ran a long way to do it!

  72. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Shame,
    Dellin had 2 Ks, 2 walks, 1 HBP, and one WP. Standard goods.

  73. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Hearhcott did range a long way to almost kill himself

  74. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    That was Mustelier’s ball the entire way.
    Whitley not very impressive.

  75. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Almonte with a great piece of hitting there

  76. jacksquat February 28th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Shame Spencer February 28th, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    I’m glad Betances delivered the goods today.. didn’t he have a solid ST last year as well?

    2 walks, 1 HBP, and nearly took another guys head off. He delivered more bads than goods.

  77. NYYROC February 28th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    ZMan hitting his way onto the roster?

  78. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    ZMan hitting his way onto the roster?

    He has shown some real nice approach at the plate so far. Able to go the other way, with power even, some patience. I like it!

    Matt Diaz with 3 ground balls on the day. Not great looking. I think Rivera must be ahead of him if you were handicapping that race right now.

  79. kd February 28th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    is zolio on the 40 man?

  80. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    is zolio on the 40 man?

    Yup, which is why I like his odds to make the team…

  81. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    If Zoilo isn’t on the roster then who will be really? They can’t play Rivera or Diaz every day….

  82. kd February 28th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    thanks jf. seems like he’s the unwritten frontrunner

    they gotta put him in right, brett in cf, ichiro in lf?

  83. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Mustieler is built like a tank….probably only reason he survived that

  84. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Melky!
    Nice shot. Make it hard for management to keep the washed up guys.

  85. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Melky Mesa Bomb.

  86. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Zoilo is the only LH hitting candidate they got right? Take him and platoon him with whoever is least terrible between Diaz and Rivera

  87. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Or a Zoological/ Mesa platoon!

  88. NYYROC February 28th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    From the Book of the Obvious: Competition is a good thing. :)

  89. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    They could have a Zoomesa platoon without impacting the 40 man! Would give them more versatility too. Only problem is that its light on experience.

  90. NYYROC February 28th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Zoilo is a switch hitter.

  91. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    blake,
    Zoological Mesa sounds like a paleontology dig in Utah. But that would be fun!

  92. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Gardner CF
    Jeter SS
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Hafner DH
    Youk 3B
    Almonte RF
    Cervelli C
    Ichiro LF

  93. MG February 28th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    It’s way too early to decide whether Diaz and/or Rivera won’t be able to help the Yankees this year (cue Thames and Ibanez spring training lack of hitting) but if and when the Yankees decide that is the case they may as well platoon a couple of kids for a month, it won’t be that much of a dropoff (and may be an improvement) anyway.

  94. blake February 28th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    NYYROC says:
    February 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    Zoilo is a switch hitter.

    Yea but he’s better from the left side….and I think they are dead set on having either Diaz or Rivera on the team for some reason

  95. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Zoilo is a switch hitter.

    While true his left side has been his strongest in the past 2 years. So I think they’d consider him for a platoon right now.

  96. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    This catch was tweeted about yesterday but everyone should check it out, real cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

  97. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Not a bad catch for somebody from nc state

  98. NYYROC February 28th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Based upon what I have read, Grandy will miss about 30 games. I’d prefer to give Mesa/ Zoilo platoon a chance. It’s 30 games. If the NYY can’t give young guys a chance then, when will they? Besides, they can always find a Rivera or Diaz if they change their minds. They might just find out they have some young guys who can play…kinda like when they brought up Melky 1.0 and Cano.

  99. fiveironfromfenway February 28th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Blake – I like the line-up.
    Even if it is not Almonte, you figure the third outfielder goes in that slot.
    I am all for giving the kids a shot in a limited span, particularly the one’s who can also play defense and run) Mesa.
    Fun to think that if we were talking about this in August the names would be Austin, Mesa, Heathcott, Flores, and possibly Williams. Wow, that is some depth that is about a year away.

  100. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Ichiro is probably worth having just for the interviews

  101. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Brandon Laird with a grand slam :<

  102. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Slade GIDP

  103. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Adonis Garcia misplays a CF flyball.

  104. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Garcia just butchered a long fly ball into a triple, after Brandon Laird to Greene 420′ for a grandslam. 6-5 Astros.

  105. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Adonis isn’t exact a great glove man

  106. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Loonie Tunes in the outfield at Kissimmee. Glad Jorge isn’t there to see it.

  107. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Loonie Tunes in the outfield at Kissimmee. Glad Jorge isn’t there to see it.

    Second time Flores has let a ball drop in front of him that he may have gotten if the infielders weren’t getting in the way.

  108. ac1 February 28th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    man flashback to 2013 where we score 5 and then give up 6 the next half inning :/
    even in spring training, still hard to watch.

  109. ac1 February 28th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    on the flip side, Almonte and Mesa are making cases for themselves to be the everyday OF while Grandy is out. Keep Juan Rivera on the bench, since apparently defense is so important to the Yankees now. Can’t say that about catcher and then put a liability in LF (Rivera/Diaz)

  110. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Mustelier had another line drive opposite field hit before Sanchez ended another Yankee loss by hitting into a DP

    Reminds me of Charlie Hayes. Is he going to get any infield playing time?

  111. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Culver does look better from the right side….he still flew out meakly to RF but he just swings better with with more authority a
    Right handed

  112. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    YT,
    Ronnie’s similarity to Hayes had occurred to me, to. It would be nice to see him catch the third out in a winning World Series, too!

  113. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Austin should get an AB here

  114. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I can’t believe how night and day different Cervelli looks defensively so far…..

  115. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Austin havin a good AB. Went from 1-2 to 3-2 and he takes some good rips. Then he shot a line drive down the line for a triple. Niceee.

  116. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Terrific at bat for Austin. Love his swing.

  117. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Really nice AB for Austin who’s approach and discipline is pretty impressive…..behind 0-2….fouled off a ton of pitches to work it 3-2 then lasered a triple Jeter style down the RF line……BEAutiful

  118. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Austin’s swing is very short and flat….he uses the whole field nicely….that was a big league quality AB he just put up

  119. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Making runs, nice to watch opposite field strokes. Too bad Adonis can’t catch.

  120. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    @EyeOnBaseball: Cashman to Yankee fans: Get over Eduardo Nunez http://t.co/t6e2vcor0F via @cbssports

    Nice Cash….not that I disagree with him totally but I’m not the GM of the Yankees saying it publically

  121. comnsnse February 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Would Ernie Banks have said, “let’s lose two”?

  122. joeman February 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    7.964 is that the crowd # for Tampa ?

  123. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    One of the people suggesting 500 ABs for Nunez is Yogi Berra, what does he know? :)

  124. blake February 28th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Even if Cashman thinks that….why in earth woukd he say it out loud to the media? I don’t get him sometimes

  125. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Cashman is so offensive.

  126. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Really liked Marshall today…

  127. Against All Odds February 28th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    He’s on Francesa right now.

  128. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I mean what GM basically says….looks fans think this guy is good but he’s really not

  129. UnKnown February 28th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Cashman either is really comfortable with his job security OR doesn’t give a sh*t.

  130. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Yet the GM held Nunez out of the Cliff Lee trade. He makes stuff up as he goes along.

  131. Chip February 28th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Watching NYY @ Home on the PC and Astros on the TV. problem is the astros game is behind by a minute or two thanks to the nextdef buffering , kind of sucks!

    Phelps looking good so far.
    ———————-

    How’d Justin Maxwell look today?

  132. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    If Hughes is not ready to pitch in April, and Eppley is cut, who would you like to see go north with the team as another bullpen arm? Phelps would be in the rotation.

    Warren/Marshall/Ramirez/Montgomery?
    With:
    Logan
    Rapada
    Aardsma
    Joba
    Robertson
    Rivera

  133. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Id keep Marshall stretched out ….maybe Warren

  134. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    When do they need a 5th starter?

  135. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Chip,
    Maxwell looked terrific, but didn’t hit a lick. Does look like a ballplayer, though.

  136. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    All I know is that Nunez was about the only guy they had that looked like he could hit a baseball to save their life in the ALCS last year

  137. Against All Odds February 28th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    April 7th Rich

  138. DominicanYank February 28th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I don’t trust Cashman’s eye for talent nor developing it…

  139. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    February 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm
    When do they need a 5th starter?

    April 10th or something I believe….

  140. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    April 7th then I guess

  141. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks, AAO.

    So if Hughes’ readiness is only temporarily delayed, I agree with blake, Warren.

  142. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I hope Hughes can start the season….at the moment I would think he still can if there are no more set backs

  143. Chip February 28th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Yet the GM held Nunez out of the Cliff Lee trade. He makes stuff up as he goes along.
    —————–

    It’s possible his perceptions of Nunez have changed in the three years since that non-trade.

    That said, there is absolutely no benefit to Cashman acting like this. I don’t get it. Maybe he’s upset that guys like Theo and Sandy Alderson have gotten promoted to Team President levels while he still has to answer to Randy Levine. Maybe he thought he would have more power under a Hal administration than he’s gotten and it’s making him bitter. Maybe it’s the personal life stuff. I don’t know. He’s always been a downer; wringing his hands and the players he’s given up in trades 30 seconds after making the trade – but in the last few years he has:

    Ripped a player at the press conference announcing that player’s contract.
    Negotiated Jeter’s contract in the media
    Blasted arguably his best player and that player’s agent for wanting to negotiate a new contract – which by the way would have benefited the team.
    Mocked his own pitcher
    now mocking another one of his players

    Have to figure that he’s not breaking any news around the league but let’s just assume that Brian tries to shop Nunez and you’re an opposing GM – Brian asks for X and you’re response is “Why am I giving you anything. I know he can’t field and you yourself said he’s not a good offensive ball player. So why do I want him?”

    Which brings me to another question. If Nunez isn’t a good offensive player, and he’s not a good defensive player, then why is he here? Why hasn’t Brian brought in someone better to fill the utility infielder role?

  144. Chip February 28th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    If Hughes is not ready to pitch in April, and Eppley is cut, who would you like to see go north with the team as another bullpen arm? Phelps would be in the rotation.

    Warren/Marshall/Ramirez/Montgomery?
    With:
    Logan
    Rapada
    Aardsma
    Joba
    Robertson
    Rivera
    ————–

    Rotation:

    CC, Kuroda, Andy, Nova, Phelps

    RHP: Rivera, Robertson, Joba, Aardsma, Kelley
    LHP: Logan, Rapada

  145. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Rich
    It’s April 15th. The 7th is a day game vs the Tigers and the only other off day that month is the day after opening day, the 2nd.

  146. Chip February 28th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Chip,
    Maxwell looked terrific, but didn’t hit a lick. Does look like a ballplayer, though.
    —————-

    I have to think that if the Yankees offered Houston Eppley and maybe a low level SP they would send Maxwell to New York. I can’t tell you how much I would rather have him than Rivera or Diaz.

  147. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Chip

    Has Sean Kelley pitched yet in ST?

  148. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Yanks fall to 1-6 ….George would be furious….it matters not at all but George would be mad nonetheless

  149. Chip February 28th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Chip

    Has Sean Kelley pitched yet in ST?
    ————-

    Haven’t got a clue.

  150. Wave Your Hat February 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Where all all those runs small ball was going to produce?

  151. Chip February 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Yanks fall to 1-6 ….George would be furious….it matters not at all but George would be mad nonetheless
    ————-

    George would be furious with a lot of stuff going on around the team these days. Up to and including the fact that the new Stadium, beautiful though it is, has very little charm to it.

  152. Against All Odds February 28th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    The Yankees will need a fifth starter no later than April 7. For Hughes to get four starts — pitching every fifth day — before April 7, he will need to make his first spring start no later than March 18. That’s two weeks from Monday.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....or-season/

  153. UnKnown February 28th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    That shift the Jays put on Tex was really extreme. Soon all 4 IF’s will be on the right side.

    I am sure Maddon will do it for sure at some point this year.

  154. Tackelberry February 28th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    tomingeorgia February 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm
    Making runs, nice to watch opposite field strokes. Too bad Adonis can’t catch.

    __________________________________________

    He profiles more as a corner OF than a CF

  155. Against All Odds February 28th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    DominicanYank February 28th, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    I don’t trust Cashman’s eye for talent nor developing it…

    ———————

    Well he basically said Heathcott is going to make the majors and be an above average player. He didn’t leave any room for a maybe

  156. Wave Your Hat February 28th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    “Up to and including the fact that the new Stadium, beautiful though it is, has very little charm to it.”

    Beautiful? I don’t see it. Monumental perhaps.

  157. Yankee Trader February 28th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Odds

    I’m seeing the 7th is a day game vs the Tigers and the 15th is the only day beside the 2nd as off days in April

  158. Wave Your Hat February 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Cleveland is lowering beer and concession prices.

  159. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “It’s possible his perceptions of Nunez have changed in the three years since that non-trade.”

    Based on what?

    Nunez:

    ML stats: .272 .318 .384 .701

    mL stats: .271 .314 .365 .679

  160. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “Well he basically said Heathcott is going to make the majors and be an above average player. He didn’t leave any room for a maybe”

    For what team though?

  161. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Wave Your Hat says:
    February 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm
    Cleveland is lowering beer and concession prices.

    Saw that….they had a good winter….don’t know how many games it’ll add to their record but they are trying to win back fans …..and more fans leads to more money….and money generally leads to better teams

  162. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    If Heathcott doesn’t break himself I think he will make it…..Austin’s AB today was maybe the most impressive and advanced I’ve seen from any of the young players though …..

  163. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    @DanBarbarisi: Cashman confirms that the yankees made a “significant offer” to Cano already.

  164. Against All Odds February 28th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm
    “Well he basically said Heathcott is going to make the majors and be an above average player. He didn’t leave any room for a maybe”

    For what team though?

    ———————

    lol

    Obviously hopefully this one

  165. Jerkface February 28th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    @DanBarbarisi: Cashman confirms that the yankees made a “significant offer” to Cano already.

  166. bruceb February 28th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Yanks fall to 1-6 ….George would be furious….it matters not at all but George would be mad nonetheless.

    Get used to it!

  167. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    If they are gonna pay through the nose for Cano it’s much preferable to do it now so they have time to plan and so Boras does have a chance to drag the talks out all next winter

  168. Wave Your Hat February 28th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I liked Mustelier’s AB today. I like his swing.

  169. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Doesn’t *

  170. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I hope that Cano won’t be the only player Hal makes a big offer to over the next year or so, assuming Cano ultimately re-signs.

  171. Wave Your Hat February 28th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    “I hope that Cano won’t be the only player Hal makes a big offer to over the next year or so, assuming Cano ultimately re-signs.”

    I hope your assumption is right, but I’m afraid he’s a Dodger.

  172. Against All Odds February 28th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    He also said Romine won’t be coming north with the team but we knew that already. It doesn’t matter what he does he was going to start in the minors anyway because he missed so much time

  173. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    “I hope your assumption is right, but I’m afraid he’s a Dodger.”

    If he goes to free agency I think the Dodgers may not take no for an answer

  174. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Watching the Heathcott tackle. Wow. The dude is running straight towards the warning track to make a dive? He could have hurt himself even if he didn’t crash into Mustelier.

    Phelps and Marshall both looked good today. That’s very encouraging.

  175. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    If Cervelli keeps playing like he has then he should catch…..I’m pretty shocked how much better he looks defensively to be honest

  176. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    “Watching the Heathcott tackle. Wow. The dude is running straight towards the warning track to make a dive? He could have hurt himself even if he didn’t crash into Mustelier.”

    He may have snapped Ichiro in half….good thing he wasn’t out there….Heathcott has to understand the risk he’s taking and chill…..

  177. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    “If he goes to free agency I think the Dodgers may not take no for an answer”

    Which is why, if he is not re-signed before the end of the season, the Yankees need to time-limit their offer during their exclusive negotiating window so that he can’t shop it. That way, they aren’t left hanging.

  178. Wave Your Hat February 28th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    “If Cervelli keeps playing like he has then he should catch…..I’m pretty shocked how much better he looks defensively to be honest”

    I’ve always thought Cervelli had to be a better defensive catcher than he appeared. But Posada said yesterday the starting catcher will be the one the pitchers want to throw to. Given their bats, I suspect he’s right.

  179. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    If the Yanks are already seriously engaging cano then I think there is a chance they get a deal done now…..

  180. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    “Which is why, if he is not re-signed before the end of the season, the Yankees need to time-limit their offer during their exclusive negotiating window so that he can’t shop it. That way, they aren’t left hanging.”

    Agreed ….last thing they want is Boras to drag it out all winter.

    I think there is a chance they get a deal done but Cano win have to be the guy to tell boras it’s what he wants….cause if its left to him he will take it to the open market

  181. Shame Spencer February 28th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I hate to say it, but I really think the only reason the Yanks are making the fact that they’re making an offer to Cano public is so when he does sign elsewhere they can say they ‘tried their best’ to keep him.

    I’ve thought so since Hal publicly announced they were interested in opening discussions.

  182. Wave Your Hat February 28th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    “the Yankees need to time-limit their offer during their exclusive negotiating window so that he can’t shop it.”

    They can say it, but I don’t think they are in a position to stick to it. But if the chance of re-signing him is only 50/50, you have to consider trading him first.

  183. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    One of the veterans has to take Heathcott aside and tell him you can’t help the team if you’re not on the field. And if he crashed into a veteran? They would probably be fuming at him.

    Cervelli looked great out there today. That second caught stealing was all around impressive.

  184. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    “I hate to say it, but I really think the only reason the Yanks are making the fact that they’re making an offer to Cano public is so when he does sign elsewhere they can say they ‘tried their best’ to keep him.”

    Certainly possible

  185. Patrick February 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    There is no way Cano (Boras) would sign a deal before hitting free agency. The Yankees must know this and are probably offering him a contract now so they can assure fans they did everything they could to keep him when he ends up in LA.

  186. Chip February 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “It’s possible his perceptions of Nunez have changed in the three years since that non-trade.”

    Based on what?

    Nunez:

    ML stats: .272 .318 .384 .701

    mL stats: .271 .314 .365 .679
    ————-

    Lack of progression

  187. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Patrick February 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    There is no way Cano (Boras) would sign a deal before hitting free agency. The Yankees must know this and are probably offering him a contract now so they can assure fans they did everything they could to keep him when he ends up in LA.
    ———–

    I’m not sure we have any reason to believe this is true. If the Yankees offer Cano a big contract, Cano might just take it and be happy to stay in NY.

    He might leave a little money on the table if he feels like he isn’t just being short changed. CC did the same.

  188. Patrick February 28th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    He might leave a little money on the table if he feels like he isn’t just being short changed. CC did the same.

    Yes well Sabathia’s agent isn’t Scott Boras.

  189. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Patrick says:
    February 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    There is no way Cano (Boras) would sign a deal before hitting free agency. The Yankees must know this and are probably offering him a contract now so they can assure fans they did everything they could to keep him when he ends up in LA.

    It’ll have to be because Cano wants it if it happens….boras guys have done it before (Weaver, CarGo) but the player has to want it and tell Boras to take it……

  190. RadioKev February 28th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    So did Hamels, and all I read was speculation that Cole REALLY wanted to be in LA.

    And famously, Cliff Lee left money on the table.

    I think Cano likes being in NY, and if the Yankees offer him a huge contract he’ll take it.

  191. blake February 28th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Basically if Boras thinks he’s getting close to free market value a year early then it’s wise to take that….injuries do happen

  192. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    “Lack of progression”

    Except that virtually all MLE systems discount ML stats as a function of a player’s mL stats. So he is actually outperforming them.

    “hey can say it, but I don’t think they are in a position to stick to it. But if the chance of re-signing him is only 50/50, you have to consider trading him first.”

    The worst thing that can happen to them is for other top FA to sign before Cano and then Cano leaves. Then what do they do with the money given their stated desire to be able to win at a high level each year.

    I would definitely support trading him in the right deal.

  193. champ809 February 28th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Ca$h’s act is really becoming tiresome. He’s becoming a real tool and I think his new attitude has obviously led him to making some questionable decisions in his personal life and it may now becoming a problem in his job performance as well.

    His skin seems to have become so thin you can see his skeleton on a sunny day!

    The 500 ab reference seems to be a direct slight at Yogi Berra who has stated that the Yanks should find a way to get Nuney 500 abs this season. I’m sorry I’d take Yogi’s over Ca$h’s any day of the week.

    In the same week he calls Gardy an impact player he questions Nunez’s offensive potential? That’s laughable! You can’t even compare the true contact and ability to impact the ball between the two players. Gardy will see more pitches and take more walks of course but Nunez never gives away abats and drives the ball when he gets to it. None other than Justin Verlander said that Nunez was the toughest at bat he had all night last year in the ALCS.

    He’s become very snide in his comments he comes off as being little.

    He should be the the most thankful guy on earth to even have the job he has as he got his position not by anything he accomplished in the game of baseball but because he flipped an internship into Georges personal pet and George’s fondness led to him getting a job he probably didn’t deserve.


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581