The most encouraging thing about Cervelli isn’t how he’s looked at the plate (because who can tell anything from spring training stats) but how quiet and strong he has been behind it. I still don’t think he’s an everyday catcher at the major league level; but he’s certainly making a case to be the back up when Romine (or Murphy) are ready to play. And given that Chris Stewart isn’t as good as Cervelli, I would say that barring a trade Frankie has to be the choice at this moment.
Scanned thru some morning posts. Looks like the only off day the Yankees have besides April 2nd[day after opening game] in the month of April is the 15th, so they will need a 5th starter right away, unless my math is wrong.
If Hughes is still rehabbing in Tampa at that time, who would you bring north as the swing man? I didn’t see Marshall yesterday vs the Astros. I was focusing on Phelps and know that he should be among the 5 starters-throws strikes, works fast, good pick-off move, hit 92 on radar gun, etc.
What does Marshall throw? Is he, or Mitchell, the one with the sinker? I’ve seen Warren this spring, and Jose Ramirez who’s 22 and pitched vs an A lineup of the Phillies, and looked like he has some serious heat, even though there was no radar gun posted.
You mentioned that the Yankees should add Sean Kelley to the bullpen. I don’t believe he has pitched yet this spring. Maybe we’ll see him this weekend.
Rivera-based on his reputation
Joba-if he’s not traded or playing center field
Aardsma-hit 94 once on gun and got a batter out on high heat
Rapada-got righties out his lone spring appearance
Logan-based on previous performance. Is a FA
Who will be #7 if Phelps starts off in rotation and Hughes is still rehabbing?
I think fans speak a lot about loyalty to one team without considering that professional athletes play for many, many different clubs before hitting the bigs. You can’t expect being a legacy player to matter to everyone. Especially if it might be a total difference of $20-30 million dollars.
Good morning. Are you still on board? I liked your lineup suggestion. The only concern I have is Teixeira followed by Hafner vs righties. After watching “The Shift” used against them in ST, especially vs Hafner with a short RF’er[2nd baseman], throwing him out at first from RF. I’m concerned that if they will not try to hit the other way that both will frequently end rallies with inning ending DP’s.
As I mentioned before the two teams in order that used the shift most often last year are the Rays and Orioles, so that will account for approximately close to 25% of all games that the Yankees will face a shift.
Of course you need the pitchers to locate the pitch to maximize the chance the batter will hit into the shift.
I’m beginning to think that the best batters the Yankees have that can hit it with regularity, the other way are Gardner, Ichiro, Jeter and Cano.