Mar
13

ST Game Thread: Some pitchers cut as Mo debuts

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This is the face of determination. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Happy first day of cuts! As the U.S. lost an hour last night, the Yankees lost six players from the Big League camp as well. Per the team’s press release, Hector Noesi has been optioned back to AAA while Adam Warren, David Phelps, Brian Anderson, Buddy Carlyle and Andy Sisco were reassigned to the Minor League camp. Some of those guys will stick around while others may leave the organization before the end of Spring Training.

With that slate of six sent down, the Yankees say they now have 26 pitchers, eight catchers, 13 infielders and 11 outfielders remaining in camp. Of the pitchers still around, those intriguing ones include birthday boy Manny Banuelos, Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and the feel-good story of the spring Mark Prior. Soon, however, the club will send down their heralded arms. As the Major League hurlers throw more innings, it’s harder to find the frames for the young kids in Grapefruit League game action. Many of them will be back.

So as camp thins out, the Yanks are set to take on the Minnesota Twins today in Tampa. Freddy Garcia, making his third appearance today, will continue his bid for a spot in the rotation. In five innings so far, he’s allowed just two hits while striking out three. Following him at some point will be Mariano Rivera, who is making his spring bid while competing for a spot in the Yanks’ bullpen. Joba and Rafael Soriano may get the ball today as well.

The lineup looks pretty good this afternoon.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C

Freddy Garcia P

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m., and this one’s on YES where Bob Lorenz and Kenny Singleton will have the game.

  • Mike HC

    Great sports day today. Catch a couple of Yankee innings, Duke vs. North Carolina, and then the Knicks.

  • CS Yankee

    I feel that Mo not only has a spot on this years club; he will be the closer.

    /goingoutonalimb’d

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Or better yet, t3h eighth.

    • MannyGee

      Mo’s stuff obviously plays better out of long relief… see: 2003 ALCS Game 7… Large Sample sizes are for d-bags

  • The Three Amigos

    I enjoy the broadcasts so much more when Lorenz does the broadcasts rather then Kay. Last year in Seattle when it was Singleton and Lorenz it was much better to watch.

    • Mike HC

      Agreed. I like Lorenz too. He may seem better than he is though because he only comes in small spurts and gives us a small reprieve from Kay.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        The Eric Hinske of broadcasting?

      • The Three Amigos

        Im just sick of Kay telling the same stories over and over again. While he is no John Sterling, who doesn’t even know half the players called up, his refusal to buy into any stats besides wins and era, make him insufferable sometimes.

        • Mike HC

          I used to get on Kay a bit more, but I’ve come to accept his style. He does get annoying at times, but he sometimes evokes some entertaining conversations with his color guys.

      • vin

        So you’re saying there’s a small sample size with Lorenz?

        • Mike HC

          hahah … definitely

  • CS Yankee

    Oh, that lineup is looking awfully close to our opening day lineup (less Grit’).

    Change the 8 & 9 and place Gardner in LF…Yankees win!

  • NC Saint

    When did Bob Lorenz start calling games?

    • Cuso

      several times a year when Kay doesn’t make the trip. He did in Toronto last year, Texas the year before. other times also, I’m sure

  • Cuso

    concession guy is back

    beer-neerrrr-beerrrrrr-yep!!

  • miketotheg

    I can’t stand that concession guy!! it drives me bonkers!! i can’t even listen to the broadcast!!! I swear I would put down a twenty for someone to knock that guy the F$%k out!!!

    • Cuso

      i know. drives me nuts. watched 3 games this year, heard his dumbass throughout all 3 telecasts.

      • Mike HC

        I don’t really mind him. Gives the added atmosphere of being at the game and baseball season starting up again. I do see how it could get annoying though.

    • Cuso

      and he’s getting louder

      • MannyGee

        he only sounds louder b/c there are 6 less people in the dugout between him and the mics

  • Mike HC

    Garcia just threw 92 mph and is consistently high 80′s. His stuff looks damn good. As long as he stays healthy, he looks like an excellent signing by Cash.

  • Mike HC

    ARod’s arm seems to be in mid season form. That was a laser.

  • RichYF

    Is it just me or does Jeter look like a statue out there? Those balls were hit relatively hard, but he basically did a Daria out there with the effort. It’s not going to be a fun year for him.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It’s also ST.

    • MannyGee

      not a contract year…

      /Beltre’d

  • Chip

    Wow, I thought that was a pop-up behind second off the bat

  • James A

    when a-rod is on, he just makes baseball look so damn easy

  • Mike HC

    Wow. ARod sending a warning to the league this spring. He is going to be fun to watch this season.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Arod looks so locked in, let’s hope this carries into the season

  • James A

    What’s Nishioka’s fantasy value? Does he have any at all?

    • Mike HC

      There are a lot of potentially productive second baseman this year. In a shallow league, he probably does not get drafted and you can wait to see how he performs for the first couple weeks to a month of the season. In a deeper league, he will be a late round pick that you hope works out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    is the YES gun accurate? just had Garcia at 94

    • MikeD

      Yeah, I saw that, too. If Garcia can hit 94 again that would be significant, but I’m doubting it.

      • Mike HC

        Regardless of the literal number, he has consistently been around 90 all day. He threw about mid 80′s last year. He is giving up some runs, but I am only encouraged by this performance.

        • MikeD

          Perhaps another year further from surgery is helping, as well as the innings he tossed last year.

          His velo was fine today, but his command was way off. We know he has good control, so wouldn’t be too concerned. Out the collection of arms shooting for the 4th and 5th slots, he seems a lock to go north with the team no matter what he does in ST.

          • Mike HC

            Yea, very much my thoughts.

      • MannyGee

        The YES gun just clocked that pigeon at 72, so yeah…

        • MikeD

          I know that pigeon, and it’s steroids.

    • Chip

      It was probably either the bat speed or the foul ball speed. Both his 92 and 94 readings were on batted balls

  • Mike HC

    Martin looked great behind the plate there. It will be nice to get consistent above average catcher defense this year.

  • Mike HC

    Too bad Garcia could not get that out. Either way, I say his day was an overall positive sign for the season.

  • Monteroisdinero

    For me, Garcia looks like this year’s Javy. He can’t throw it by anyone and if he doesn’t have PERFECT location, he is very hittable.

    • Mike HC

      The big difference is that Garcia was signed to a minor league deal while Javy was paid far more and we had to give up valuable young players for him. But agreed that there are going to be some tough days for Garcia if he does not have his location. If he can be only a little better than Javy and stay healthy all year, it would have been a very good signing.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      Not even close. If Garcia shows he can’t hack it, they’re not going to coddle him and/or keep him around, trying to figure out a way to make their investment work. Since they got him on the cheap, they’ll cut him loose.

      Garcia’s not coming off a year where he finished near the top of Cy Young voting as Vazquez was. There’s no reason to even think that maybe he’ll turn it around, as they did with Javy. They also did not trade viable MLB players for him.

      No…it will be much easier to dump Garcia without blinking an eye if that’s what it comes to. Last year, everyone knew they were stuck with Vazquez all year.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Good points. I was referring only to Garcia’s stuff-nothing else.

    • MikeD

      It’s not an unfair comparison in style, but I’m not sure today would be a reasonable game to determine he needs PERFECT location, since he had POOR location today. There’s a wide gap between those two.

      Also, based on how he’s been throwing in Spring Training, his velocity has been better than last year now that he’s further from surgery, and his velocity has been better than what we saw from Javy last season. Not that I’m expecting great. Remember, he’s shooting for one of the back-end rotation slots, and greatness is not something you get out of the 4th and 5th spots.

      BP’s Jay Jaffe wrote an article on Garcia for Pinstripe Bible that is encouraging from one data point. Garcia’s high percentage of quality starts. If he can replicate that, he’ll give the Yankees a fighting chance.

      http://www.pinstripedbible.com...../#comments

    • http://pron.biz imrstby

      my thoughts exactly, except…without the “talent”. no loss no gain in garcia’s case imo.

  • MikeD

    I should know the answer to this, but what’s the difference this time of year to being optioned back to AAA, as Hector Noesi was, or being reassinged to Minor League camp, like Warren and Phelps?

    Does that mean Noesi leave Florida, while the guys stay behind, or something else?

    • Chip

      I believe they’re referring to the fact that Noesi is on the 40-man roster and an option must be used to send him to AAA

  • http://washingtonplantation.com Tom in Georgia

    This year’s Javy at 1/11 the cost. Keep your shirt on!

  • Chip

    Aaaaand drink!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter in midseason form with his GIDPs

  • Mike HC

    Pretty insightful interview with Girardi so far.

  • Mike HC

    Whoa! Girardi kinda called it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    good job Joe, jinx’d him

  • Chip

    Yeah, no more Girardi interviews, he’s unlucky

  • Monteroisdinero

    Hey-we were down 7-0 to the Nats last week and came back and we didn’t even have our 70M infield playing!

  • Mike HC

    I vaguely remember Tex hitting great last spring training too and then doing the same old slow start routine anyway. Hopefully he gets off to the hot start this year.

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    • mbonzo

      League ID#: 52282
      League Name: River Ave Blues
      Password: rab776

      Hope we can get an RABer by 4pm today. 12 teams standard on Yahoo.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Standard league? No OPS, OBP or stuff like that?

      • mbonzo

        Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG)

        Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP)

        • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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          • mbonzo

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            • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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          • bonestock94

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            • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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              • bonestock94

                Yea, maybe

  • Monteroisdinero

    I say we hire Pettitte as a personal pitching coach for Banuelos. We need a quality lefty starter asap. Andy can teach him everything plus the pickoff move. We have 6 righties and one lefty amongst our starter pool.

    The best thing he could do for us if he doesn’t come back.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Mo with the knee highs!!

  • Mike HC

    Mo coming out throwing hard. 92.

  • Chip

    There’s that two seamer that Rothchild asked him to start throwing inside. That’s just not fair

    • Mike HC

      haha, that pitch really wasn’t.

  • Mike HC

    Mo gets the superstar calls even in Spring Training!

  • Mike HC

    The guy is just a machine.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Guys I love Mariano Rivera so much. SO MUCH.

    • Mike HC

      He is a pleasure to watch no matter what time of the year it is. March or October.

    • mbonzo

      Mo is the new Andy me thinks.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Nah, there’ll never be another Andy. But Andy was always 1A and Mo 1B. But I love them in very different ways.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mo says he wants to throw 12, he’s gonna throw 12

  • jb

    Nice to see pitches getting framed again.

  • Mike HC

    Jeter has been hitting the ball hard so far this spring I think.

  • hogsmog

    Does anyone else think that Freddy Garcia looks like The Rock?

    • Mike HC

      yea, good call

  • bonestock94

    lol, I think I found a little easter egg on RAB, but I can only see it on my phone. YANKRES R TERIBBLE!!

  • Mike HC

    Does anybody know how many viewers YES gets for these Spring Training Yankee games? Just curious.

  • cano is the bro

    Freddy Garcia said “you know” maybe 20 times in that 2 minute interview

    • Mike HC

      Well, to his credit, everything he said we did basically know already, ha.

  • cano is the bro

    yay brackman

  • Mike HC

    I love Kim’s question to Mo, basically asking, “You are so good, do you even have to focus on anything whatsoever?” ha

  • Dillon

    How hard was brackman throwing?

    • Mike HC

      about 91-93

      • Dillon

        ouch….that’s not so hard. we need him sitting mid 90′s

        • cano is the bro

          ehh its still early on, could be building up arm strength still. Some of his breaking balls were hard

        • Mike HC

          Yea, he didn’t impress me that much. Still has major league stuff though either way.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          7 starting pitchers averaged over 94 on their FB last year.

          • MikeD

            91-93 is on a little on the lower end for Brackman. He had better velo his last time out, so I’d chalk it up to early ST for him.

  • cano is the bro

    is it me or does belliard look pretty chunky…

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      When was the last time he didn’t look chunky?

  • cano is the bro

    brackman’s velocity seems to have dipped a bit in his second inning

  • tbrs

    girardi looks like a midget next to brackman

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    If anyone needs another person for RAB fantasy leagues I’m in.