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Spring Game 12: Yankees vs. Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 09, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek JeterYANKEES (7-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki DH
Yangervis Solarte 3B

RHP David Phelps (0-0, 3.86)

RAYS (5-2)
Desmond Jennings CF
Matt Joyce LF
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Cole Figueroa 2B
Ryan Hanigan C
Jose Molina DH
Jayson Nix SS

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

WEATHER: Beautiful. Just beautiful.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B Manny Gonzalez

WHAT TO WATCH: Kelly Johnson is getting his first spring start at first base. He could see some time there this season when Mark Teixiera needs a day off. Playing in Johnson’s place at third base is Yangervis Solarte, an early spring standout who could be playing his way into the conversation for a big league bench job. The Yankees also have a couple of interesting young relievers scheduled to pitch. Both Dellin Betances and Mark Montgomery have been terrific this spring. Betances in particular seems to be heavily in the mix for a big league job.

OFF THE BENCH: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, RF Adonis Garcia, DH Jose Gil

OUT OF THE PEN: Dellin Betances, Mark Montgomery, Bruce Billings, Danny Burawa, Matt Daley

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Scoreless top of the first for Phelps. He pitched around a Matt Joyce double, finishing the inning with a strikeout looking against James Loney.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Phelps just cruised through another scoreless inning.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Another easy inning for Phelps. Still scoreless heading into the bottom of the third. Not much action so far. Jeter’s made a few plays at short, but nothing out of the ordinary.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Kelly Johnson scoops a grounder and gets the out at first, then after a single up the middle, Johnson starts a 3-6-1 double play. Another quick inning for Phelps. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Phelps is out for his fifth inning of work. Soriano hit into a double play that wiped out a Brian McCann single in the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Five scoreless for Phelps, who ends the fifth with a little running catch on a weak popup along the first-base line. Have to assume that’s it for Phelps. Really nice outing.

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Nice work by Betances. Allowed a one-out double by Desmond Jennings, but he struck out Matt Joyce then leaned on his breaking ball to get ahead of Wil Myers and get an inning-ending grounder to second.

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233 Responses to “Spring Game 12: Yankees vs. Rays”

  1. tomingeorgia March 9th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Let’s go, boys!

  2. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    If Pineda and Banuelos are healthy and Betances and Montgomery keep up what they’ve done so far the Yankees could be looking at having a stable of very good, very young pitching

  3. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    The White Sox and Mariners have discussed a deal involving outfielder Dayan Viciedo, Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com reports. The White Sox are not actively looking to trade Viciedo, although they are willing to take calls on him, Levine notes. Levine suggests that the White Sox might want to receive a left-handed potential power hitter in return.

  4. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Hank, this is the team we have, so you might as well put on a smile, a sense of adventure, and a sense of positivity, and decide to enjoy the season.

    Trisha, I have hope when I expect Ellsbury to give us Cano numbers with speed. If not and we have both him and Gardener as table setters, then I have hope that our pitching will get us that one playoff game in October, and my hope is that we will win it with Tanaka on the mound.

  5. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Trading Matt Garza has yielded some of his teams some nice returns – Archer for Tampa and C.J. Edwards for Chicago – the only that did not do well with a Matt Garza was his original team the Twins

  6. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Stone –

    Viciedo would be a panic move for Seattle.

    He’s got no outfield range and about a .300 OBP. Not exactly the RH bat that Cano is pining for.

    Seattle really did a poor job constructing that roster around Robinson. Too many 1b/DH guys (Hart, Morrison, Smoak) so the only way to get all three of them in the lineup is to play one in the OF – which will end poorly. They won’t be able to get their best leadoff candidate (Abe Almonte) into the lineup unless they trade Dustin Ackley or Michael Saunders.

  7. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Nice play Jeet

  8. exiledintampa March 9th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Garza also got Tampa Matt Joyce.

  9. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    exiledintampa March 9th, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    Garza also got Tampa Matt Joyce.

    ****

    I thought that was Edwin Jackson

  10. exiledintampa March 9th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I must have misremembered. I’ll look it up.

  11. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    It’s hard for me to say anything positive about the Red Sox, but this is awesome.

    Jeff Loria complained about the lineup that the Red Sox brought to Jupiter for a spring training game against the Marlins. He said it was an embarrassment and that not only should they be fined but the Red Sox should apologize to Marlin fans. Red Sox owner John Henry said that the Marlins should apologize to Marlin fans for the lineup they’ll be putting out on opening day.

  12. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:27 pm
    Stone –

    Viciedo would be a panic move for Seattle.

    He’s got no outfield range and about a .300 OBP. Not exactly the RH bat that Cano is pining for.

    Seattle really did a poor job constructing that roster around Robinson. Too many 1b/DH guys (Hart, Morrison, Smoak) so the only way to get all three of them in the lineup is to play one in the OF – which will end poorly. They won’t be able to get their best leadoff candidate (Abe Almonte) into the lineup unless they trade Dustin Ackley or Michael Saunders.

    *****

    Very true. I am puzzled, just like Toronto, why they are not trying to buy low on the FAs with QOs like the Orioles

  13. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Yeah, Matt Joyce was with Detroit not the Twins.

    The Rays did get Jason Bartlett along with Garza. I believe for Delmon Young and Nick Punto.

  14. exiledintampa March 9th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Stone you’re right. It was Jackson. My bad.

    Chip. even worse. that game went 8 and a third innings. NO score. Talk about getting robbed.

  15. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 1:36 pm
    Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:27 pm
    Stone –

    Viciedo would be a panic move for Seattle.

    He’s got no outfield range and about a .300 OBP. Not exactly the RH bat that Cano is pining for.

    Seattle really did a poor job constructing that roster around Robinson. Too many 1b/DH guys (Hart, Morrison, Smoak) so the only way to get all three of them in the lineup is to play one in the OF – which will end poorly. They won’t be able to get their best leadoff candidate (Abe Almonte) into the lineup unless they trade Dustin Ackley or Michael Saunders.

    *****

    Very true. I am puzzled, just like Toronto, why they are not trying to buy low on the FAs with QOs like the Orioles
    ———————–

    Nelson Cruz’s bat would have helped, but same as Viciedo I don’t know where you can play him. That’s even more the case with Kendrys Morales. The Mariners just don’t have any roster flexibility in terms of where they can realistically improve right now.

  16. Section 8 March 9th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    On one hand, Henry’s comment re the Marlins is funny, but somebody ought to introduce him to the high road at some point

  17. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Brendan Harris – not Nick Punto

  18. Shame Spencer March 9th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    So I see the Cards were the ones that signed Diaz.. not sure how recent this news is, but in light of him being in the Cards system he’ll probably end up being a stud.

  19. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    God Marakovitz’s voice is irritating

  20. bardos March 9th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    In one alternate universe I have visited, Cano actually returns to the Yankees a la A-Rod, with Seattle footing a good part of the bill. Happens in 2 years during the winter.

  21. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:36 pm
    It’s hard for me to say anything positive about the Red Sox, but this is awesome.

    Jeff Loria complained about the lineup that the Red Sox brought to Jupiter for a spring training game against the Marlins. He said it was an embarrassment and that not only should they be fined but the Red Sox should apologize to Marlin fans. Red Sox owner John Henry said that the Marlins should apologize to Marlin fans for the lineup they’ll be putting out on opening day.
    ========================

    Saw that , too !
    Actually – very funny !
    Also – if you ever read some of the RS blogs (especially when they’re not doing well) some of the comments from up there are really witty & hilarious !!!

  22. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Shame Spencer March 9th, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    So I see the Cards were the ones that signed Diaz.. not sure how recent this news is, but in light of him being in the Cards system he’ll probably end up being a stud.
    ———————————-

    Well hopefully now the Yankees will come to an agreement with Stephen Drew.

  23. Shame Spencer March 9th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Well hopefully now the Yankees will come to an agreement with Stephen Drew.

    ————

    I’ve been out of the loop for a while.. is this likely or just a Lohud joke lol??

  24. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    If you watched the game yesterday on MLBNetwork the Houston Astros guys who were doing the game were killing Cano for complaining about the rest of the lineup. It was pretty funny.

  25. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Shame,

    Just a little wishful thinking

  26. blake March 9th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    @ChrisCotillo: #STLCards sign Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz. @JeffPassan says it’s a 4-year deal.

    When you pass on a player and the Cardinals then sign them that makes me wonder

  27. blake March 9th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Phelps would be the 3rd or 4th best starter on some teams

  28. Shame Spencer March 9th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Chip – Lol, I hear ya!

    I’m pretty disappointed they didn’t sign him… we have monster holes in our INF not only this year but going forward. Unless they plan on throwing oodles and oodles of money at the problem (which seems unlikely), I dunno how they fill these spots without pursuing IFAs.

  29. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    blake March 9th, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    @ChrisCotillo: #STLCards sign Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz. @JeffPassan says it’s a 4-year deal.

    When you pass on a player and the Cardinals then sign them that makes me wonder
    ——————————
    We shall see.

  30. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Shame Spencer March 9th, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    Chip – Lol, I hear ya!

    I’m pretty disappointed they didn’t sign him… we have monster holes in our INF not only this year but going forward. Unless they plan on throwing oodles and oodles of money at the problem (which seems unlikely), I dunno how they fill these spots without pursuing IFAs.
    ————————–
    Deal JR Murphy for Chris Owings and go hard after Jed Lowrie and Pablo Sandoval next winter I guess.

  31. Against All Odds March 9th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Chip March 9th, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    God Marakovitz’s voice is irritating

    ——————–

    But she looks good though.

  32. Shame Spencer March 9th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Deal JR Murphy for Chris Owings and go hard after Jed Lowrie and Pablo Sandoval next winter I guess.

    —————-

    Yeah I guess, but the whole point of buying guys like Diaz is that you don’t need to give up other valuable assets.

    I thought they might convert Murphy into an INF but now that they are lacking power at the corners I doubt that’s much of an option. It just doesn’t make sense to me to not fill a hole you can drive a mack truck through with relatively low risk moves like Diaz.

  33. Shame Spencer March 9th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I’m not putting much stock in the ST pitching performances we’ve seen thus far, but Phelps seems to really be making his case.

  34. raymagnetic March 9th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Kelly Johnson your backup 1B :)

  35. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Dickey holding Houston scoreless. I miss Alan Ashby in the booth, he’s with the Astros to be closer to home. A real humble gent, and yes, I do recall the day he was traded for Mark Lemongello. The name alone should have been enough to have never gone there.

  36. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    @Buster_ESPN: Ichiro Suzuki does not have a no-trade clause, and he appears to be the odd man out in the NYY outfield. The Phillies need outfield help.

  37. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Nice outing from Phelps..

    Excited to see Dellin/Burawa/Montgomery

    Maybe Lueke will take a liner to the balls… That would be awesome!

  38. tomingeorgia March 9th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Phelps looks very good, and so does Johnson. Feels like that guy can play anywhere, if he doesn’t get concussed. Jeter has shed some years and aches and pains. All I need to see is Yangy to hit a dinger!

  39. tomingeorgia March 9th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    He tried to!

  40. tucker March 9th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    “@Buster_ESPN: Ichiro Suzuki does not have a no-trade clause, and he appears to be the odd man out in the NYY outfield. The Phillies need outfield help.”

    That would be great if the Yanks could deal Ichiro and install Almonte as the 4th or 5th outfielder …. Or, maybe it opens up a spot for Dean Anna as a super utility guy.

    Ichiro may have pulled in some extra Japanese viewers last year for what was an at-times unwatchable team. But he won’t play much this year, and the Yanks already have a much bigger draw in Tanaka.

  41. joeman March 9th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Cardinals sign Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz
    ——
    well you would think if he’s good enough for the Cards the NYY would want in on him

  42. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Atta boy, Dellin.

  43. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Sweet call by Kay on the Jennings “HR”

    Sounded like Sterling

  44. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Jerry Howarth telling a Paul Molitor story. God the guy was great. Has to be in the discussion for greatest 2nd b men of all time. I don’t consider Rose or Carew as the #4 slot didn’t end up being their primary position. Of course, in the end, I take Alomar.

  45. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Nasty CB

  46. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    That ain’t no slider

  47. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful. Good job, Dell!

  48. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Dellin really had the curve working… Made Joyce look silly

  49. willwill March 9th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    May as well keep calling the pitch, it was nasty

  50. bbb51 March 9th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Betances should make the team.

  51. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Ground rule double for Jose. Jerry laughing as he was just wrapped up in Al Kaline – ” that’s something Al would do “

  52. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    That’s my boy. Curve is filthy. People saying he should bag that pitch for the slider are nuts.

  53. blake March 9th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    @ChrisCotillo: Looks like a serious injury for Kris Medlen. Per reports, he walked off the mound in pain. May be an elbow injury. #Braves

    Phelps to braves for somebody

  54. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Jmills! I see the little one had a double. If Jays are televised I’ll watch that game next.

  55. tomingeorgia March 9th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Interesting how every time the Yanks shift in the infield, the Rays hit to the opposite field, but we can’t.

  56. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Sierra clutch with RBI double. Out of options he is, I say he breaks camp, Jerry Howarth concurs.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Yankeefem – Singleton should provide more technical color.

    For some reason, Kay’s insipid observations seem to rule, while Kenny only once in a while interjects his vastly superior baseball knowledge.

    Yeah, I don’t know why people are calling that a slider (you can even see the little circle he makes on the baseball before releasing it on that camera angle they had) and the shape and velocity are definitely more curve, although both his curve velo and his fastball are down.

    But he looks fine; and he looks like yet another high upside arm (the highest they’ve done this with) who is going to be miscast as a relief pitcher.

    Have a good one :)

  58. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Tom, we have the hairy mentality. It starts from the top, but the funny thing is in the minors we preach going oppo. There is a disconnect somewhere…

  59. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Chip says:
    March 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    If you watched the game yesterday on MLBNetwork the Houston Astros guys who were doing the game were killing Cano for complaining about the rest of the lineup. It was pretty funny.

    What was funny was that they were speculating it would be easy to sign a right handed FA like Cruz if Robbie would have just adjusted his contract to eight million less for this year. Maybe Cano thought that Hal’s 189 million was etched in stone and did not see that the cap would go, to quote Steling, ” Robinson Cano, didn’t you know!”

  60. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Jeet hit it good.

  61. bbb51 March 9th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Wooh, nice play.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Jmills! I see the little one had a double.
    ///

    He’s having a good ST. Spinal surgery behind him, fronted by Reyes and backed by Bautista, no reason he can’t hit .300 this year.

    hi to jmills as well.

    See you all later

  63. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I love that the Yankees seem to be 8 deep in starting pitching options….if history is an indicator….they will need all of them this year…….

  64. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Alfred, hi, I wrote you a long, painfully enjoyable letter this morning :D

  65. tomingeorgia March 9th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Very nice play on Jeter’s liner. He was robbed.

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    DJ looks fine, btw. That’s the best news :)

  67. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    But he looks fine; and he looks like yet another high upside arm (the highest they’ve done this with) who is going to be miscast as a relief pitcher.

    ———–

    Almost all relief pictures are failed starters. And that’s what Betances is. He’ll tell you himself. They gave him plenty of chances to figure it out. Just be happy he’s thriving in the new role.

  68. Yankees_Fan March 9th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    People, what if we already have our own A. Diaz version in our system and his name is Yangervis Solarte? Just a thought…

  69. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Pruf, yeah well not sure what the deal is with the misidentification and moreso than that that he can’t command the CB so he bagged it for the slider. Why when that CB is nasty/a Nina fire K pitch. As for Kay, I haven’t missed him; sorry to see he is back. Live games will partially take care of having to listen to him.

  70. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    GregD, I have no words to express how much I agree with you!

  71. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Who is better…..Solarte or Anna???

  72. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    *bona fide* K pitch, should read.

    Mason’s in and I suspect JR and Ramon.

  73. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    GregD, I have no words to express how much I agree with you!

    ———————
    injuries will happen, we know that for sure…..

  74. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Way to go Billings!

    He stinks

  75. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Nah, he won’t tell you himself. Betances said he thought he was finding it when they moved him to RP from SP. But it is what it is. He’ll be great out of pen, but if options allowed he has the pitches to start and may have just needed reps. Tall dude and mechanic more of an issue. Yeah, we know.

  76. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    *mechanics* should read; sorry my phone has a mind if its own.

  77. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Trade that makes sense, non Yankee related:

    Mariners get Matt Kemp

    Dodgers get Dustin Ackley, Danny Hultzen and prospect Tyler Marlette

    For the Dodgers, they have four OF for three spots with Kemp, Ethier, Puig and Crawford; moving Kemp saves them a great deal of money that they can use to re-sign Hanley Ramirez. Hultzen would be a nice addition to their rotation, probably slotting in by next year as their #3 behind Kershaw and Greinke, Marlette could be groomed to replace AJ Ellis behind the plate.

    For the Mariners, they give Cano what he wants, a legitimate RH hitter in the lineup. You put Kemp and Saunders in LF and CF and that’s a very good defensive 2 out of 3. The risk is obviously Kemp’s health.

  78. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Wendel Clark doing a radio spot against drunk driving. Go Wendel!, you’re one of my wingers for sure!!! And the other spot either goes to Lanny McDonald or Rick Vaive.

  79. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Drob – Kelley – Thornton – Betances – Montgomery – Burawa – Phelps/Warren

    It’s not going to happen (at least right out of the gate anyway) but that would be one young – exciting bullpen.

  80. bbb51 March 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Betances said he felt he became more consistent as a reliever because he was pitching more often.

    And like I’ve said for years, it’s easier to control your mechanics from the stretch.

  81. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    link?

  82. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Hank,

    Ken Singleton had a great point on Nelson Cruz in today’s Yankee broadcast. If you’re Cruz, 33, having to sign a 1 year deal so that you can re-establish yourself and try to get another contract, why in God’s name would you want to play in Seattle over Baltimore?

  83. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    From RAB:

    “I just feel like, confidence wise, I feel good,” said Betances to Anthony McCarron last August when asked about moving into a relief role. “I get to pitch more often, instead of going every five days. I get to go two or three times in that span, so I think the more time I get on the mound has helped me be more consistent … I think it’s just being more aggressive, attack the strike zone right away, where if you’re a starter, you kind gradually get aggressive as the game goes on.”

  84. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    Drob – Kelley – Thornton – Betances – Montgomery – Burawa – Phelps/Warren

    It’s not going to happen (at least right out of the gate anyway) but that would be one young – exciting bullpen.
    ————————–

    CC, Tanaka, Nova, Pineda, Banuelos is a young, exciting rotation. After CC not one of them would be over 28 next year and Nova’s probably the guy with the lowest upside of the four.

  85. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I met Rick Vaive as a client of mine. I started talking, ” Mr Vaive I remember you becoming the first Leaf to net 50. It was a Tuesday night with the Blues in town. You snapped it home from just outside the goalie’s right faceoff circle. Rick looked rather stunned and all he said to me was, ” that’s right “. :D

  86. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Phelps won’t get a shot at the SP unless something goes wrong. Who actually thinks Phelps will? Raise hands. It is Pineda’s job to lose. (And Pineda’s the pitcher with the upside, so… I just hope that if Pineda needs AAA reps, he isn’t rushed, and he gets them.)Kind of like it was Phil’s vs. Joba’s…

  87. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    blake March 9th, 2014 at 2:37 pm
    @ChrisCotillo: Looks like a serious injury for Kris Medlen. Per reports, he walked off the mound in pain. May be an elbow injury. #Braves

    Phelps to braves for somebody
    ———————-

    Would rather send Phelps to the Mariners in a Nick Franklin deal

  88. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    Phelps won’t get a shot at the SP unless something goes wrong. Who actually thinks Phelps will? Raise hands. It is Pineda’s job to lose. (And Pineda’s the pitcher with the upside, so… I just hope that if Pineda needs AAA reps, he isn’t rushed, and he gets them.)Kind of like it was Phil’s vs. Joba’s…
    ——————————–

    I think Phelps could be either a Ramiro Mendoza type of swing guy or an Alfredo Aceves type of late inning guy (minus the crazy)

  89. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Check that Soriano’s still in? Maybe want him to get another AB b/c he hasn’t had that many this ST. Garcia in RF for Beltran.

  90. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Agreed Chip… This has been a really fun spring to watch a ton of promising young Yankee arms. .. Entire Yankee pitching staff has a chance to be really good this year.

  91. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Betances said he felt he became more consistent as a reliever because he was pitching more often.

    ———-

    Correct. And he’s repeated that same thought in camp.

  92. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Aledmys Diaz (23) :

    1B : Adams (25) // Craig (29)
    2B : Wong (23) // Ellis (37) & DeScalso (27)
    SS : Peralta (32) // DeScalso (27) & Kozma (26)
    3B : Carpenter (28) // DeScalso (27)

    Diaz set for StL SS 2018 at age 27 ???

    Other plans for these guys ???

  93. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Chip, that is exactly what they plan to do with Phelps. He is versatile.

    I don’t agree about Nova; think the sky is the limit with himwhen he’s throwing the sinker and locating. He has the best pitch arsenal of them all.

  94. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Sean Nolan just gave up a 2 run dinger after a failed DP by Reyes.

  95. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    @LoHudYankees: Jose Ramirez and Francisco Rondon have their lockers cleared. Both were hurt this spring. Assume they’re heading to the minor league complex

  96. Doreen March 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I’m liking so much what I’m seeing (reading, really) about the pitchers. I think the bullpen can be very very strong.

    I think the Yankees are going to have a pleasantly difficult job deciding on the #5 slot.

  97. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Dellin said that after a year of being converted. He just wants to be in the majors, but he was very disappointed when he got moved out of the SP and said so. He wished he could have remained there.

  98. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    GregD March 9th, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    Who is better…..Solarte or Anna???
    ——————-

    The question is which one can handle a bench role better? It’s not easy to be an effective hitter when you only play once a week.

    If you look at the four guys fighting for that last spot (Nunez, Sizemore, Solarte and Anna) Nunez and Anna are both on the 40 while the other two aren’t. Sizemore and Nunez are both RH and have ML experience while Solarte and Anna don’t. So if it’s close, I think Nunez makes the team and Anna, Sizemore and Solarte are sent to AAA.

  99. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Chip says:
    March 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    Hank,
    Ken Singleton had a great point on Nelson Cruz in today’s Yankee broadcast. If you’re Cruz, 33, having to sign a 1 year deal so that you can re-establish yourself and try to get another contract, why in God’s name would you want to play in Seattle over Baltimore?
    I was only commenting on how the Houston broadcasters were mocking Cano for wanting a right handed FA after he had taken the Mariners to the cleaners. You are right that Cruz is better not being in Seattle and that would also go for Cano.

  100. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Yanks will start Pineda in the 5 spot if at all possible. There is not real competition except Pineda’s with himself/his readiness.

  101. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Did Gene Monahan unretire or is he just back for Spring Training?

  102. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Deshields Jr in the game. Man, the Expos had talent. Bloody shame.

  103. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Chip

    Does Anna have options left?

  104. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Monahan is just helping in ST

  105. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    No, Anna was dealt b/c the Pads didn’t want to add him to their 40 man.

  106. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    GregD,

    I believe he does. The Padres dealt him to the Yankees because they were going to have to expose him to the Rule 5 Draft.

  107. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Yanks will start Pineda in the 5 spot if at all possible. There is not real competition except Pineda’s with himself/his readiness.

    ———–

    I agree that that’s what they want. But they won’t force it. If he’s not pitching well they’ll stash him in AAA. Truth is, if Pineda is pitching well, yanks are much better with him as #5. I just don’t know what his innings limit will be this yr. I can’t imagine they’ll get a whole season out of him.

  108. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I think Cruz is going to have a MONSTER year at OPCY.

    What’s the latest on Santana?
    (go jays!)

  109. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    No, Anna was dealt b/c the Pads didn’t want to add him to their 40 man.
    ———————–

    That doesn’t mean he’s out of options. I don’t believe he’s ever been in the majors, so he should have options left.

  110. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Now Jerry’s talking aboot Frank Tanana and that final game in ’87. Frank and Flanagan really went at it that day. Larry Herndon’s solo shot held the day. Be still my beating heart.

  111. blake March 9th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Betances will make the club if he keeps throwing strikes…..arm is too big to keep him down if he can hold it over the plate

  112. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    A few years ago Ichiro beats that out easy

  113. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Blake….it looks like Betances has good command of his curveball…….

  114. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    yeah, i think Dellin’s gonna be getting alot of home cooking this season!

  115. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    Betances said he felt he became more consistent as a reliever because he was pitching more often.

    ———-

    Correct. And he’s repeated that same thought in camp.

    *****

    That’s right – he said that to McCarron last year only after a few months relieving:

    “I just feel like, confidence wise, I feel good,” said Betances to Anthony McCarron last August when asked about moving into a relief role. “I get to pitch more often, instead of going every five days. I get to go two or three times in that span, so I think the more time I get on the mound has helped me be more consistent … I think it’s just being more aggressive, attack the strike zone right away, where if you’re a starter, you kind gradually get aggressive as the game goes on.”

  116. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I really like Burawa

  117. blake March 9th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    GregD says:
    March 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    Blake….it looks like Betances has good command of his curveball…….

    Yea…..his stuff plays up enough out of the pen that I don’t even think he has to have plus command to be successful…..he jus has to have control and throw strikes . In a perfect world he’d be the guy handing the ball to DRob by June

  118. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Anna had to be protected on the Padres 40 man roster

  119. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Burawa looks like he’s got stuff to play too

    That will not help Dean Anna’s chances.

  120. blake March 9th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Looks like TJS might be in medlens future….sucks for the braves

  121. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    blake March 9th, 2014 at 3:17 pm
    GregD says:
    March 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    Blake….it looks like Betances has good command of his curveball…….

    Yea…..his stuff plays up enough out of the pen that I don’t even think he has to have plus command to be successful…..he jus has to have control and throw strikes . In a perfect world he’d be the guy handing the ball to DRob by June
    ———————–

    And I still think the Yankees get Tommy Kahnle back from Colorado at some point

  122. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Jerry talking now of Tony Fernandez going deep in the hole to his right and doing a big rainbow under arm throw to nip the runner. Blue Jay forever Tony is.

  123. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    CountryClub, agree with all of the above: the Yankees preference, the superior upside, and the restricted innings.

    Nah, I know for certain that Dellin wanted to start, but it is what it is now.

  124. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Kahnle shouldn’t stick. I have followed how he has been doing though.

    Missed Burawa’s relief appearance so far. How is he looking command-wise?

  125. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:20 pm
    CountryClub, agree with all of the above: the Yankees preference, the superior upside, and the restricted innings.

    Nah, I know for certain that Dellin wanted to start, but it is what it is now.
    —————————–

    Better to be a late inning reliever in the majors than a struggling starter in the minors.

  126. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    *haven’t followed

    I remember following Nova and hoping and praying he would fail and we would get him back.

  127. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Good command and mixing of stuff from Burawa

  128. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Chip, well any pitcher would take being in the majors in the short term even if they can start b/c you want to be in the show. But teams have to determine when that is or isn’t the right move; what a player might be able to give you value-wise as a SP vs. a RP. That is the tough part. Speaking generally.

  129. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Kahnle has gotten into 3 games for 2.1 IP, O H, 1 BB, 2 K

  130. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Tommy Kahnle :

    Colorado’s given him 2.1 IP so far this ST.

    0 hits
    1 BB
    2 K’s

  131. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Good for Burawa, watching now.

  132. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Right over the plate.

  133. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Yanks will start Pineda in the 5 spot if at all possible. There is not real competition except Pineda’s with himself/his readiness.

  134. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for updates on Kahnle. He was a pretty good relief pitcher at Trenton. I’d love to get him back.

  135. blake March 9th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Better to be a late inning reliever in the majors than a struggling starter in the minors.”

    Yup or out of baseball entirely…..they wouldn’t have been able to keep him at all as a starter because he was just hogging up a 40 man spot and not go it any value. Now he had a chance for a big league career…..if I’m Betances I’m pretty pumped right now because he has gone from being at risk of washing out entirely…..to having a potentially good career as a reliever (and making a lot of money) . If I’m him I’m putting starting out of my mind and trying to become the best reliever I can…..with hopes of closing one day…..there is big money there too

  136. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Drive by for Hank. I think we have nothing to fear with Ellsbury!

    :)

    Later!

  137. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    Chip, well any pitcher would take being in the majors in the short term even if they can start b/c you want to be in the show. But teams have to determine when that is or isn’t the right move; what a player might be able to give you value-wise as a SP vs. a RP. That is the tough part. Speaking generally.
    ——————–

    I agree; but in terms of value Betances just couldn’t get his body to repeat the delivery and working every few days wasn’t giving him the reps to get it done. As a reliever he gets more work which makes him a better pitcher.

    As a starter he was likely going to be a Daniel Cabrera – a big guy with plus stuff who struggled to command it. As a reliever he could be a powerful weapon late in games.

  138. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Atta boy, Danny.

  139. blake March 9th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    CountryClub says:
    March 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    Yanks will start Pineda in the 5 spot if at all possible. There is not real competition except Pineda’s with himself/his readiness.

    Agreed….if everyone stays healthy Pineda will be the 5th starter and Phelps will be sorta a utility pitcher in te pen unless they move him. Phelps could give them tons of value in the bullpen…..he can spot start….he can long relieve….an he can even short relive

  140. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Anthony Gose can go get it. Come on Anthony, be so good we can dangle Rasmus.

  141. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    Yanks will start Pineda in the 5 spot if at all possible. There is not real competition except Pineda’s with himself/his readiness.

    ———–

    Sorry about the above post. Not sure why that happened but it was accidental.

    What I wanted to post was:

    @eboland11: RHP Danny Burawa touching 98 with his fastball today. Yankees like him a lot. So do opposing team scouts

  142. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Yankeefeminista,

    Again, sorry for the plagiarism, haha. It was a mistake.

  143. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    So far this ST the Mets sent Niese for an MRI, the Nats sent Fister and the Royals with Hochevar and the first two came out clean and didn’t need surgery.

    We’ll see with Medlen.

  144. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Dickey put in 82 pitches today. He is focused. He’s giving Kratz a lot of grace behind the plate.

  145. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    “As a reliever he gets more work which makes him a better pitcher.”

    But this is true of all RP’s. It is easy to be a RP and someone with Dellin’s arm of course plays even better there. So, it is a big temptation and he can/will likely be wildly successful as a RP. That doesn’t mean that he would have been a Cabrera; some pitchers bloom later than others, and we all get the mechanical challenges for a 6’7 pitcher. Also you have a pitcher who isn’t a two-trick pony, so it is a shame to relegate that type of pitcher to the pen (understanding need, options, etc…) Still value is in being a starter. Either way Dellin has a great arm and we are fortunate to have him.

  146. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    *one trick pony

  147. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    …or two *pitch pony…

  148. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Erik Boland ? @eboland11
    RHP Danny Burawa touching 98 with his fastball today. Yankees like him a lot. So do opposing team scouts

  149. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    CC, no worries. It wasn’t overly noteworthy. ;)

  150. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve heard Jerry Howarth say this so many times and it is always musique to my ears – ” just a plain beautiful day for a ballgame “

  151. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    CC, re: Burawa. This is what I’ve been saying; we can build our own homegrown pen. These are big, nasty arms as long as they can command their stuff. They were a force in Trenton and they are mlb arms for sure. And born and bred RPs to boot.

  152. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Dellin said that after a year of being converted. He just wants to be in the majors, but he was very disappointed when he got moved out of the SP and said so. He wished he could have remained there.
    ///

    That is correct. Of course he’s going to be upbeat on record, and maybe he’s also enjoying getting a shot and also pitching well. The point is, they may have missed the opportunity to see through his starting, because how much more valuable is a front-end starter who seems to have great feel for five pitches that one doesn’t even need in the bullpen, but provide a deep, plus arsenal for getting through lineups 3 and 4 times.

    It’s funny Mr. Stupid play-by-play man Michael Kay compared him with Randy Johnson….. and he ended up where?? But any way, Dellin told reporters, if you ask anyone who’s ever started, I think they would tell you they’d want to remain a starter. That was in Newsday. But as to “figuring things out as a starter, here’s the quote and the link:

    http://yankees.scout.com/2/1305476.html

    “Betances finding Comfort Zone in Bullpen” July 7, 2013

    “It was a little hard on me, but once I got that first call from the bullpen I said, ‘This is what I’m doing now, so I have to do the best I can at the job,” he said. “I felt like I was starting to figure some things out as a starter. But, you know, at the end of the day I thank the Lord just for allowing me to have the opportunity to pitch.”

  153. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    My mlb-tv quit before Mason’s AB. How’d he make an out; how was the AB?

  154. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Kratz just got a big hit, but the runner might be out at home ( instant replay case ). Get it right.

  155. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Daniel Cabrera :

    Someone who should’ve been a big-time pitcher.

    Over 5 BB’s per 9 innings will get you in trouble regardless of the other parts of your game.

  156. CountryClub March 9th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I honestly don’t worry about the pen. 2 reasons why:

    1. Managing the pen is Girardi’s strength.

    2. The yanks are actually good at drafting and developing relievers.

  157. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I don’t want to be obtrusive here, but a few years ago Buffalo was carrying Yankee radio games. I realized how good I had it with Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth.

  158. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Pruf, yeah, I remember reading that about Dellin, plus some inside info I have. But it is what it is (sigh). Think he will be a force in his relegated role from the RP (no brainer)

  159. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    YF, I mentioned Burawa here many times as a bullpen option, and that dude Ted Nelson (went back to RAB, I guess) essentially said Burawa as an option was a nearly impossible.

    I asked why in the world he would think that…never replied. He seems to have disappeared, any way, I agree with you and have said many times, one thing they’re loaded with is relief arms. No need to scour for “veterans”, Burawa and big arm types are not going to get into much trouble for an inning or two.

  160. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    betances was already about 40 starts past what RJ did in the minors and his #’s were steadily trending in the wrong direction when they moved him to the pen last year.
    I was pulling for Betances big time to be a starter, but it just wasn’t working. They did the right thing with him.

  161. ObviousMan March 9th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Too much complaining on here as usual. Cash man and Girardi have not been fired yet, meaning the complaining on here has been ineffective to useless(since the goal of the negative “realistic” fans is to get these two fired). Maybe you should look for another job.

  162. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    jmills, try having to stomach Michael Kay 24/7, the omnipresent Yankee ambassador. May as well refer to the YES Network instead as the Michael Kay network. Now even his show is on that channel. Can you say mediocre. In no way, shape or form worthy of calling games for the greatest sports franchise (Sorry, Habs and Real Madrid).

  163. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Dan Shulman is amazing. He got his start here in local fan590 radio. The patriotic side of me says, ” great to have an erudite Canadian in the booth “.

  164. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    yankeefem – The real coup would be if they viewed his relief thing as a stint of correction; then use the option to allow him to go back to starting and see if he can take what he got from it into six-inning appearances… Now that would be something to commend them for.

    Making him a reliever – when the guy has a better changeup than most of the starters – to go along with the rest of his weapons – that’s not creative at all.

    So, they thought he was going to be effective, did they? With a nasty curve ball and the ability to pitch down in the zone and blow a 95 mph fastball under the chin? That’s some cutting edge thinking going on there ;)

  165. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    CC, I don’t worry about the pen either.

  166. tomingeorgia March 9th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Generational.

  167. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    2012 was an outlier season, living out of a suitcase, poor mound conditions, vagabonding the team around.

    It was not representative of what Betances did in two previous seasons; particularly revealing were his high flyball rates – not at all Betances, even when walking people he was getting groundballs and K’ing guys.

    To base anything on 2012 was wildly misleading.

    Cashman himself said he was reluctant to move Betances into a relief role, and did it “only because of the option situation,” and that otherwise, they would have kept him as a starter.

    Well, it turns out he has another option. Cashman can actually send him down and have him stretched out again.

  168. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    shulman has that annoying hanging n sound he always does.

    BUT, he is an awesome play by play guy, maybe the best out there.

    except for that nnnn thing…

  169. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Mason previous AB? Any takers?

  170. ObviousMan March 9th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Kay is fine you just don’t like because he’s positive and you’re negative. LoHud posters would be satisfied if Joel Sherman and Mike Lupuca were the announcers and did nothing but rip the team. Thank goodness this negative “realistic” (sarcasm) attitude only exists on useless message boards. These are not the people that actually run the team, thank goodness!

  171. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Ys, I imagine Dan is always looking for ways to improve. He seems self reflective enough.

  172. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    With guys like Burawa around, and maybe Kanhle falling back to them, Montgomery, and the fact that there are at least two guys legitimately competing for the fifth starter job, means they do not need Dellin Betances out of the pen.

  173. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Pruf, QFT. But doubt we’ll ever see it. Maybe if he goes elsewhere…

    Excited for real games to get started. Enough talk, more action. Trenton OD in 22 days; Yanks in 26.

  174. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I’d like to see Mason get one more AB.

  175. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    The pen is going to rock it. Whitley’s look good too. Lots of different looks.

  176. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I don’t like Kay because he’s a houseboy and stupid about baseball.

    An announcer’s job is not to be “positive” or “negative”. He’s supposed to call the games, and let the games dictate fan emotion, not try to persuade it to think this or that.

    Good announcers, even if they are team puppets to some degree, at least have craft and an ability to let the game breathe. Kay is an oxygen eater, highly insecure, and has a shrill voice that never takes a break.

    Otherwise, I’m sure he’s a very pleasant fellow. :)

  177. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    In 2012, in his 7th season as a pro with over 100 starts and over 500 IP in the minors, Betaces posted a 1.87 Whip and allowed a whopping 8.3 bb/9 at Trenton.

    They had to do something, he was getting worse instead of better for 3 aa seasons.

  178. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Come on, Jose.

  179. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Atta boy, Jose. Let’s do it, Mase!

  180. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    If only Jeremy Jeffries could learn to pitch. Jesse Jefferson had an arm and went something like 12 innings in defeat. I was just a kid with the radio glued to my ear.

  181. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Boo! Sizeman PH for Mason. Let Mason hit.

  182. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    YF, agree that Whitley is a good option; forgot about him. He looked good yesterday or whenever that was. Throw him in with Warren as a possible long relief option.

    Bullpen should be very strong.

    Pirela! Bloop hit but he can actually hit. He’s gotten better at 2B, too. He had some troubles there, but it was SS where he was the real disaster.

  183. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Tie it up. Do we go to extras or does it end in a tie if we push that run across.

  184. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    mills there was a play in the PS where the RS threw threw the ball all over the yard and the winning run scored (alcs was it?) the Fox crew was totally clueless calling it.
    The next morning on wfan they replayed shulman’s radio call and it was perfect. You could picture exactly what happened without even seeing it.

    He’s really good!

  185. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Pirela can definitely hit.

    Here we go. SCORE! TIED!

  186. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    What’s an ‘average’ WHIP percentage for a starting pitcher ?

    …or What’s a ‘good’ number ?

    …or what’s a ‘bad’ number ?

    (Pretty sure that 1.87 = bad)

  187. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    2012 was not relevant. He was giving up line drives. They “had to do something” because he was theoretically out of options.

    Your Leader wanted to keep him starting and said so.

    Look it up.

  188. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:52 pm
    Mason previous AB? Any takers?

    ———-
    I think he popped up

  189. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Sizemore PH for Mason – drew a walk

  190. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Ys, Shulman is one of those people I say, ” he’s worth what he makes “.

    Still hoping to make it to your restaurant btw. I understand you have great table lamps?

  191. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks, GregD. I will roll it back later to see the details.

  192. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    The Santana thing goes on and on…

  193. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Having trouble with mlb-tv, saw slider for out/how does his FB look?

  194. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    jmills, why? Anything new on him?

  195. yankinvegas March 9th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I just love how all of these “experts” keep saying that the Yankees infield might be the worst in MLB.
    Baloney. Why do none of them ever acknowledge that Tex can come back and hit 30 + HR and drive in more than 100. And since when has a healthy Derek Jeter ever been anything but All-Star caliber?
    Yes 2B and 3B might be questions, but do these idiots actually think that the Yankees would not acquire people if that was the case?
    We have a lot more trade assets than the Maddens and Lupicas of the world would have you believe. Phelps, Warren, Murphy, Romine, Nunez, Williams plus others have varying ranges of value.
    The media is just so conditioned to hate us, they can’t allow themselves to see that we are real good this year. Real good. Our starting pitching will be dominant and I can’t wait to read the BS when CC is like 10 and 4 in June.
    As for Michael Kay, I watch a ton of games on ExtraInnings, he ranks in the middle of the pack. He has a terrible voice and a very forced sense of humor, but he does know the game. Try watching the homers on the Angels games or Dave Sims on Seattle.

  196. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    the best team whip in the AL last year was Oakland at 1.22
    the yankees were 7th in the league at 1.31
    houston was worst at 1.49

    individually, Scherzer led the league last year at 0.97
    kuroda was 11th at 1.16
    cc was 1.37
    nova 1.28
    drob 1.04 (this guy’s gonna rock as a closer)

  197. bbb51 March 9th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    Dellin said that after a year of being converted. He just wants to be in the majors, but he was very disappointed when he got moved out of the SP and said so. He wished he could have remained there.

    Everyone would rather be a starter, of course he was disappointed. But he has said recently that he realizes pitching more often helps his mechanics.

    And if he is a reliever this year that doesn’t necessarily mean he can never get a chance to start again. I just hope if he does that they handle it well.

  198. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue says:
    March 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm
    Drive by for Hank. I think we have nothing to fear with Ellsbury!
    Later!

    We are on the same page, if Ellsbury takes advantage of YS and gives us power numbers or if he is only a table setter, the Yanks have a good chance of being a playoff team. The power Ellsbury will cover if Johnson or Roberts are not up to snuff. Give me power numbers in the outfield like the Mantle era with a home run hitting catcher like Berra and we don’t need those big bats at 2nd and 3rd with the loss of Cano and A-Rod. Having table setters in the infield was usually the way the Yanks got their rings in the past, and if we do not learn from history, then we keep making mistakes.

  199. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    The Twins have apparently offered Santana 3 years, but the guy either wants 4 or else its a 1 year deal for him. I guess he’s dug himself in.

  200. GregD March 9th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    YF—-he only threw 8 pitches…most were sliders….didn’t get a good look at FB

  201. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    jmills March 9th, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    Ys, Shulman is one of those people I say, ” he’s worth what he makes “.

    Still hoping to make it to your restaurant btw. I understand you have great table lamps?
    ===============================
    Well, everything is for sale, so we did have some great table lamps, we’re down to only a couple at the moment, but that will change soon (garage sale season is close!)

  202. bbb51 March 9th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Damn, had to leave and missed Burawa and the other relievers again.

  203. Pat M. March 9th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Betances is not and never will be a starting pitcher at the Big League level. Bottom line

  204. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I dont like his arm, I wouldnt give him a multi year deal.

    And this one sounds like a bluff to me. (to get the jays or O’s to add a year.)

  205. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Pat M., we won’t know in the short-term and may never know, but he has a great arsenal if he could command it. And Cashman wanted to keep exploring the SP with him, but time ran out (thought he had only the one option). Guess it depends on whether you think he’ll ever consistently repeat. Always worth the input, but think he’ll be superb out of the pen.

    Saw your post about Aiken. Think his stock has risen because of the uptick in velocity. Kiley McDaniel had some video of recent outings.

  206. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks, GregD.

  207. J. Alfred Prufrock March 9th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Betances does not need Phelpsian command.

    When he pitches down in the zone he has a ton of movement. All he needs is to throw strikes or what look like strikes and he will be an overwhelming success.

    I’m sure if a guy like Towers traded for Dellin, it would not to have him fust in the BP.

  208. Pat M. March 9th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Fem….You must be able to consistently throw strike one and Delin cannot do this. Actually I’m a little surprised that he’s still with the organization. Great arm but if you can’t keep knocking down the milk bottles you’re gone

  209. mick March 9th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    With the wealth of arms in the pen, Betances might be better served in the minors.
    Altho he seems to prefer relieving, maybe he should get another shot at starting.

    Guys like Burawa and Montgomery seem like more of a sure thing in the pen.

    More likely than not, Betances is trade bait.

  210. austinmac March 9th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Mason struck out on a good slider from a lefty. I’m glad they’re giving him playing time. I predict a good year from him at Trenton.

    Yf, I expect you to acknowledge my foresight to the fans at the games. Just keep repeating, “just as Austinmac said”. :)

  211. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    yes after his 2011 and 2012 betances really was lucky to still be in the organization. They gave him a long look but he was regressing.
    I know what Cashman and Oppy said and I know what Betances said but that’s all “organization speak” He was (and is) done as a starter.

  212. tomingeorgia March 9th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Pat M.,
    It’s been a long time since I saw the milk bottle game at a fair, but you’re right. The first one has to be true.

  213. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Don Cherry telling aboot the best goalie he ever saw handle the puck was a guy that never made it – Don Head. Cherry is also going on about Gary Smith and Gerry Cheevers. Don, you’re a beauty, eh? Told Sittler how to hold the puck as that Czech goalie came out in the ’76 Canada Cup.

  214. mick March 9th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Joe dropped a clue today about the competition amongst the utility men.
    He also basically said they want Phelps and Warren in the pen.
    This team is set except for the Nix role which could be Sizemore.
    This could be it for Nuney.

  215. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    On the plus side, moving Betances to the pen totally changed things for him.
    He slashed his bb/9 and h/9 enough to post a 1.12 whip last year.

  216. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Ah, Betances was coming back from injuries, so he was at that point trying to stay healthy. That has set him back. However, they value the arm immensely. I don’t consider what was said organizational speak as I was privy to very private conversations, but even without that, I think the arm speaks for itself. And even if it doesn’t now have SP value (due to the options factor), it can be a big arm out of the RP. No need to belabor this; we’ve discussed ad nauseam, but just correcting the Yankee view as per the misinformation here.

    austinmac, thanks for the info. I have been predicting the same for Mason. He is too good a hitter, and it has shown in ST. I can’t wait to watch multiple AB’s as well as Sanchez’s at Trenton. It is fun watching them adjust and grow. JR was another you could see would bet it right. Just needed the reps.

    Pat M., I understand about the importance of repeating. Pitching 101 and Dellin has no doubt been a project, but I have watched the improvement, especially right before the transition, but… he’s in the pen, and it is what it is. Easy way, get value now, blah blah blah.

  217. mick March 9th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I’m sure they can make a Montero-like deal for Betances , maybe for a prospect.
    Nunez and Claibourne could be included.

  218. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    ” First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin ” – listen to the Jennifer Warnes version.

  219. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 4:13 pm
    the best team whip in the AL last year was Oakland at 1.22
    the yankees were 7th in the league at 1.31
    houston was worst at 1.49

    individually, Scherzer led the league last year at 0.97
    kuroda was 11th at 1.16
    cc was 1.37
    nova 1.28
    drob 1.04 (this guy’s gonna rock as a closer)

    =============================

    Fair ‘quick’ evaluation of WHIP for an individual pitcher ?

    Over 1.400 = getting too high

    Between 1.350 & 1.400 = Higher than an average pitcher

    Between 1.300 & 1.350 = Better than an average pitcher

    Below 1.300….Where the better pitchers are usually found

    Reasonable ???

  220. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    “yes after his 2011 and 2012 betances really was lucky to still be in the organization. ”

    Luck or how much they esteemed the arm and plus wanted to get something out of their investment. You may not know this but Cashman loves the arm, and the kid’s his work ethic, so add that in.

  221. mick March 9th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    If Yanks can’t develop Betances as a starter they should let him go somewhere where they can get value for him.

  222. mick March 9th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Rays came calling for Betances.

  223. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    mick March 9th, 2014 at 4:47 pm
    If Yanks can’t develop Betances as a starter they should let him go somewhere where they can get value for him.
    —————————–

    They could also get value from Betances by having him emerge as a dominant relief pitcher who can set up or transition into a closer.

  224. Jerkface March 9th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    No one is giving the Yankees anything for a guy that will be out of options and has had about zero impact as a starter in the upper minors. If Betances shows dominant stuff out of the pen in the majors this year he will regain a lot of trade value.

  225. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Chip, that is more what Yanks are looking at at this point.

  226. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Dellin’s fall from starter to reliever isn’t a failure of the organization in the same way that Joba was. In this case Betances’ size just works against him. It’s very hard for a man that big to keep his mechanics together and repeat them inning after inning game after game. It’s harder still when you’re starting and only throwing two times a week (game day and throw day). As a relief pitcher the mechanics aren’t quite as big a deal and regular work gives him a better opportunity to put in practice what he’s trying to learn from coaches.

    As I said above, as a starter he’s likely going to follow the footsteps of Daniel Cabrera as a very talented, big arm pitcher who flames out by the time he’s 27. As a relief pitcher he could be very special.

  227. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Jerkface March 9th, 2014 at 4:56 pm
    No one is giving the Yankees anything for a guy that will be out of options and has had about zero impact as a starter in the upper minors. If Betances shows dominant stuff out of the pen in the majors this year he will regain a lot of trade value.
    ——————–

    Given that Robertson is 30 and a free agent at the end of the year, if Betances shows dominant stuff out of the pen in the majors this year it’s not his trade value the Yankees will be interested in.

  228. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports:

    Twins offered Ervin Santana a three-year deal.

    According to Heyman:

    Santana now prefers to take a one-year deal…
    unless he can get a four-year pact at his original asking price of nearly $50 million.

    The Blue Jays and Orioles remain the frontrunners to secure his services.
    He’s expected to sign within a few days.

    ———————

    Wasn’t his original ‘target’….5 years for $100+ million ?

  229. Chip March 9th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Upstate – yeah, he wanted an Anibal Sanchez deal.

    My guess is that he’s trying to get a team to agree to not make him a qualifying offer following the year.

  230. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Chip March 9th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Dellin Betances :

    “…As I said above, as a starter he’s likely going to follow the footsteps of Daniel Cabrera as a very talented, big arm pitcher who flames out by the time he’s 27. As a relief pitcher he could be very special…”

    =======================================

    Daniel Cabrera seems to be the perfect example for people to compare him too.

    (if anyone remembers him)

    Avoid documented mistakes…choose correctly.

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    @jonmorosi: Source: Aledmys Diaz’s contract with Cardinals is worth less than $20 million over four years.

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