Feb
24

Spring Training Game Thread: The Experiment Begins

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The Yankees are playing their second game of the Grapefruit League season this afternoon, but it will be the first for both Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson. As expected, Granderson will slide over to left field with Gardner taking over in center as the club looks to shore up its outfield defense. Joe Girardi & Co. have remained adamant that this is nothing more than a Spring Training experiment at the moment, but let’s not kid ourselves here. The switch is going to happen barring something completely unforeseen, like injury.

I guess that Gardner-Granderson stuff is the good news. The bad news is the weather, as it rained in Tampa this morning and is expected to do the same this afternoon. Teams don’t like to risk injury by running their players out there on wet fields in early-February, so there’s at least a small chance today’s game will not be played. Hopefully it’ll just be a short delay, if anything. I know we’re all starved for baseball. Here is the starting lineup…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. LF Curtis Granderson
  6. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  7. DH Travis Hafner
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

Right-hander Adam Warren is the scheduled starting pitcher. Here are the day’s reserves, courtesy of Chad Jennings

Available Pitchers: RHP Cody Eppley, RHP Matt Daley, LHP Francisco Rondon, RHP Preston Claiborne, LHP Juan Cedeno, and RHP Jim Miller will follow Warren. RHP Corey Black, RHP Bryan Mitchell, and RHP Shane Greene are available if needed.

Available Position Players: C Bobby Wilson, 1B Addison Maruszak, 2B Jayson Nix, SS Cito Culver, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ronnie Mustelier, CF Adonis Garcia, RF Thomas Neal, and DH Gary Sanchez will all come off the bench in the middle innings.

Today’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET, but again, the weather. The game will be broadcast on YES locally and MLB.tv all over the place, the blackout restrictions do not apply. At least I don’t think they do since I was able to watch the Mets on my computer yesterday. Hopefully that’s the case so I can .GIF anything interesting. Enjoy the game if they play, baseball’s back.

  • forensic

    Hooray, Baseball on TV again!

    • dalelama

      That is the weakest Yankee line-up in many years.

  • jjyank

    Oh happy day! Cannot wait to watch some baseball again!

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    My dad hates Cody Eppley. I was watching a game with him last year and he googled “Why is Cody Eppley horrible” after seeing Eppley give up a home run. I agree with my dad. He needs to go. Now that I’m done making provocative statements, FINALLY BASEBALL IS BACK!

    • jjyank

      He just needs to be used right. He held RHB to a .262 wOBA last year.

  • Havok9120

    Betances is going to open the season as a starter in AAA according to an email from Cashman to Jennings. Oh, and MLBTR was correct about Cervelli being out of options.

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      But Betances is the BeMances!

      • Havok9120

        0_o

        wot?

  • forensic

    A couple of interesting notes from Chad Jennings a little earlier too:

    1. Cashman was wrong, Cervelli does not have another option this year. Now I’m kind of annoyed that I (we?) spent that time a week or two ago analyzing where he might have gotten the 4th option from.

    Serves us right for falling for the Fallacy (Now, the season is ready to begin :-)) of Appeal to Authority.

    2. Betances will start the season as a starter and not a reliever. Ugh, he obviously has no idea where the plate is. Might as well just plop him in the bullpen and try to extract something out of this whole journey in what I believe is his last option year.

    • Havok9120

      Pfffffft. Old news, dude. Old news.

      • forensic

        Heh, I might’ve been able to make up those 2 minutes if my 15-month-old wasn’t trying to rip the screen off the laptop as I typing that… :-)

        • Havok9120

          That would seem to give me an advantage, yes. I don’t even have any pets at the moment ( :( ) let alone a toddler.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yup. We’re going into the season as parents of toddlers now.

          • forensic

            Yeah, it’s a whole new ballgame and whole new obstacle to surpass in posting…

    • Preston

      He’ll get more time to work on his control as a starter than a reliever (logging more innings). He’s not going to be useful as anything if he walks 8 per nine.

      • forensic

        He’s had 6 years, and only once in those 6 years, in a shortened year no less, did he fluke his way into good control as a starter.

        Forgive me for being done with him there and just curious to see if he fumbles his way into something when he can just let it go for one inning instead of thinking about every little aspect of his delivery for his pitiful 4-5 inning starts.

        • Preston

          I don’t think one inning to let it go is going to fix his problem. All I’m saying is more innings equals more work. I don’t think he needs to “learn” to be a reliever, he needs to get his K/BB ratio back over 2/1.

    • MannyGeee

      I want Dellin Betances to remember where the zone is and come out throwing darts. He could be an absolute monster when her hgets it right.

      Is it just a matter of a young kid trying too hard and consistently overthrowing the ball? Please??!?

  • trr

    Here on cold, windy Long Island looking forard to this first bit of spring….

  • jjyank

    Man, I missed the YES jingle.

    • Pat D

      You’re a very sick man.

      • jjyank

        It means BASEBALL, Pat.

        • Pat D

          Yea, but that jingle is so……80’s?

          • jjyank

            Well I never experienced the 80’s, so it’s new to me.

            …you old fart.

            • Pat D

              I just hate you so much!

              • MannyGeee

                Get off my lawn!!!!

  • Pat D

    Kay said the YES network will broadcast 150 games this year? How can that be? No more My9 games?

  • Havok9120

    I haven’t heard Kay’s voice since the end of last regular season.

    I haven’t really missed it.

    • jjyank

      Yeah. I missed Kenny though. Love that guy.

      • forensic

        I like Kay better than Kenny, but he’s not terrible. It is SO nice to not have to hear Shin-So Cho this season though.

        • jjyank

          You like Kay better than Singleton? Interesting.

          I know we’ve had tons of “ideal booth” discussions last year, but I prefer Singleton for play-by-play, and Cone with O’Neil and/or Leiter for color and analysis.

          • forensic

            Singleton is just kind of blah and somewhat monotone for me. Obviously not to the level of Flaherty, but still. Cone is in the same territory as Singleton for me. Leiter is certainly my favorite. O’Neill is fine, but you kind of need someone to do some analysis on the days he’s there since he’s too busy babbling about food and other stuff.

            • jjyank

              You don’t like Cone either? I feel like he’s the smartest guy they have for analysis in the booth, I love it.

              For the record, I don’t really dislike Kay. I just like Singleton’s ability to shut up once in awhile when he’s doing play-by-play.

              Agreed on O’Neil. I like him, but he can’t be the only analysis guy.

              • WhittakerWalt

                Cone actually talks about WAR and WHIP. Do you have any idea how refreshing that is to hear?

  • Pat D

    You can tell it’s an important game because they’re wearing the full pinstripes.

  • mike_h

    finally yankees baseball!!!!

  • Govin

    This is sad My whole families sleeping so I can’t watch the game on the tv. O well Im still excited that the game started.

    • Carmine

      Mute the TV?

      • Govin

        I was thinking of that, My 94 year old grandpa is sleeping right in front of the tv. But who knows I just mite get desperate enough.

    • jjyank

      Still sleeping? I assume you’re not on EST.

      • Govin

        I’m on on eastern time this is just nap time for my whole family.

        • jjyank

          Word. This is why I enjoy living by myself :P

    • forensic

      Only one TV in the house? And it’s in someone’s bedroom?

    • Havok9120

      The internet is your friend as long as you’re willing to sail into sketchy legal territory. And by sketchy I mean: totally illegal.

      • Pat D

        So that could be read “totally illegal legal territory.”

        That could either very brilliant or very stupid.

        • Govin

          If dalelama had said that I would say very stupid. But since havok said it im gonna go with very smart.

          • Pat D

            Gentlemen, Havok may look like an idiot, and talk like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot!

            :)

          • Havok9120

            See, this guy knows what’s what.

        • Havok9120

          It SHOULD be read that way because I SAY SO.

          Stupid old guy. Get off my comment nest.

          • Pat D

            I’m getting pretty irritated with the old guy comments. We all know I’m not the oldest one here. Even if my body tells me otherwise.

            • Havok9120

              No being offended. It is not permitted.

            • forensic

              Looks like someone needs a nap…

              • Havok9120

                You win three internets.

                • Pat D

                  You win that new Calvin Coolidge book that George Will talked up.

                  • Havok9120

                    Sweet. I’ve been looking for something to read since I finished The Witcher saga.

              • Pat D

                Already had it.

  • Havok9120

    And, I forgot…

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH!! It’s a freaking GAME THREAD!!

    w00t

    • jjyank

      Ahhhdam Wahhhen is a stahhtin’ pitchahhh!

      • Pat D

        I think the esteemed Mr. Axisa disagrees.

  • Carmine

    Suck it Melky

  • forensic

    Warren is da ACE!!!

  • Pat D

    What the hell is wrong with Girardi? Why isn’t he out there arguing???

  • jjyank

    Welcome back, Brett. Here’s to many more of those.

  • wow

    boy, it’s great to see Gardner doing his thing again.

  • Dorian

    Am I the only person who loves the look of the lineup out there today if you sub in Jeter for Nunez?

    1) Gardner
    2) Jeter
    3) Cano
    4) Teixiera
    5) Grandy
    6) Youk
    7) Hafner
    8) catcher
    9) Suzuki

    • jjyank

      I like it. I would personally swap Youk and Hafner against a LHP, and then back again for a LHP though.

    • forensic

      Is this vs. a righty or lefty?

      Vs. a lefty, I definitely drop Grandy below Youk and mostly play one of the righty DH’s, at least until they prove they can’t hit.

      vs. a righty, it would never happen, but I would flip Jeter and Ichiro and probably flip Hafner and Youk (maybe even drop Grandy under Hafner too).

  • jjyank

    I’m thinking that if Gardner and Ichiro are going to be hitting next to each other, there needs to be some serious hit and run action going on there.

  • Pat D

    Melky owes Cano a syringe…uh, I mean a beer after the game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Melky looked…..rather different, still. I can’t believe that’s Melky. He looks like a 60’s Bond villian with post-concussion syndrome.

  • Dorian

    definitely

    both have phenomenal bat control

  • Pat D

    Man, eff you, Happ. Fucking Fillie.

  • Carmine

    coughEatADickHappcough

  • Karl Krawfid

    Right when I turn on the game, Grandy gets hurt.

    Great.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Please, Grandy, please.

    Holy fuck. A game thread.

  • wow

    geez

  • Robinson Tilapia

    A beardless Kevin Youkilis looks a lot like Casey McGeehee.

    • fat jeter

      A beardless Kevin Youkilis looks a lot like Sloth from The Goonies.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You’re going to have to explain that to jjyank.

        • jjyank

          I’m not that young, I’ve seen The Goonies.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Someone experienced the 80’s after all. ;)

            • jjyank

              I have a…selective memory about the 80’s.

              And by “selective”, I mean I forget things when I want to needle my elders :)

              • Pat D

                I just hate you so much!

              • Havok9120

                I don’t have that ability.

            • MannyGeee

              its funny because jj’s an infant!

  • Pat D

    Yea, Youkilis in pinstripes looks so weird. I miss the beard and I don’t miss the beard.

  • jjyank

    Holy crap Youk looks so weird!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I just sat through my first Youkilis-as-a-Yankee at bat.

    It made me gassy

  • Pat D

    I’d call that retribution, but I’d actually be afraid to plunk Lawrie.

  • Havok9120

    Son of a crap. Hit a grandy for Grandy, Youk.

    Meanwhile, now we get to so FHFRM.

    • Chip

      It was definitely a Yankee Stadium homerun

      • Havok9120

        I hadn’t thought of that, but you may be right. Dunno how close in that wall is at Steinbrenner Field. Doesn’t it have a short porch too?

        • trr

          same dims as YS

  • forensic

    Hooray for Stewart’s defensive awesomeness!!!

    And Nunez’ too! :-)

  • jjyank

    RETALIATION!

  • Pat D

    Sigh, Stewart.

    Decent play by Nunez. His “natural position,” Michael? Have you forgotten what he looks like there?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s all relative.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    You may now subtract one “E” from his last name

  • Chip

    Wow, Nunez with the lollipop throw

  • The Doctor

    Oh my God we didn’t score with the bases loaded in the first inning of our first televised Spring Training game everybody panic!1!!1!!!one!

    Anyway, I like Singleton shutting Kay’s theory of retaliation so quickly. Yes Michael we’re protecting our team during Spring Training after a clear accident.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Lost in all this is the man now standing out in the outfield. Why didn’t everyone bow in the deference to the future HOFer?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Do we have a list of available trolls for this game in case the team falls behind?

    • Havok9120

      Eddard and Dan Gen are both around somewhere. They’ve all I’ve seen today, though. Playing with a short bench.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You’ve got to give some of the guys who weren’t around for the offseason an inning or two.

      • forensic

        They have a split squad today. The other half is over at amazinavenue.com trying to figure out how to be positive.

        • MannyGeee

          nice! Split Troll Squad.

  • forensic

    Yeah, it’s safe to say I had Mustelier’s pronunciation pretty wrong…

    • jjyank

      Likewise. At first I actually thought to myself “….who?” I was pretty far off the mark, apparently.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Gotta remember he’s Cuban. So it’s probably going to be the French pronunciation with the long “u” and the “ier” pronounced as an “a.”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Wait, how was it pronounced? I missed this.

          And how do you think I pronounce “Tilapia” anyway?

          • Pat D

            I’ve always heard it as “Tay-lay-pay-ay.”

            /90’s rock singers’d

          • Havok9120

            Ronni-air Must-tel-lee-ay

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I want to hear him pronounce it. I don’t trust that.

              • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                He speaks French. I don’t trust the French anyways.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I’m trying to do this in a Cuban accent. It’s just not rolling off the tongue.

  • Govin

    Ok my grandpa woke up I am now watching the game.YES go hafner.

  • Justin

    Hafner looks quite trim.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Yes! Erase 33 from our Psyche! Hafner is the true #33.

  • Pat D

    The Nunez helmet toss is in midseason form.

    • Govin

      I was impressed with the helmet toss

  • forensic

    Stewart smiling at first. Someone from the bench must’ve yelled: “Don’t waste them all today!”

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Chris Stewart will bat .350 this year!

    In 20 at-bats

    • Pat D

      In a non-random selection of 20 at bats?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Either or.

        (Of course the insane comment was based on the one hit. So trying to find any logic in my statement would be …a waste of time.)

  • RkyMtnYank

    Yea me too hehe … although you never know if the booth has it right yet either!

    • RkyMtnYank

      Reply fail on the first post of the year, awesome!

      • Pat D

        It’s spring training, so we can let it go.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Worse than Nunez, at this point.

  • Pat D

    A Jack Curry sighting. Or hearing.

    Obviously the next question is…where’s Meredith?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    See? The catcher situation is clearly being overstated.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    “Fine, I’ll talk about Alex. I really don’t want to talk about Alex.”

  • forensic

    Grandy woulda had that…

    Sorry, had to. :-)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    People would be saying Gardner would have caught that had Granderson been in center.

  • Govin

    Whats with all the lefthanded hitters against cody

    • jjyank

      Spring Training. That’s why you take ST stats with a grain of salt, this would never happen in the regular season.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Does everyone on the Blue Jays have that dumb beard?

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Possible Alternatives to Cody Eppley: Steven Hawking, anyone with hands
    Other suggestions?

    • Pat D

      Who is Steven Hawking?

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        Excuse me, Stephen* Hawking. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.....rChild.jpg

        • Pat D

          Sorry, had to. I can’t deal with the irrational hate during spring training.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Breathe, Pat.

            • Pat D

              I’d rather not breathe. Death is so inviting.

          • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

            Cody Eppley’s BAA last year was higher than the average BA for qualifying players in all of MLB normally is. He needs to work some. If he’s going to come in to get righties out, he needs to get them out.

            • jjyank

              He held RHB to a .262 wOBA last year. Which makes this the second time in this thread I pointed that out to you.

              • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

                But a .266 BAA. He is giving up hits and that will always be a problem.

                • jjyank

                  Where are you getting that batting average? RHB hit .221/.276/.319 against him last year.

                  And a 3.68 FIP, 3.34 xFIP, and a 2.20 BB/9. He’s not nearly as bad as you’re making him out to be.

                  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

                    Yahoo! Sports and the Yes Network both report that Eppley’s BAA last year was .266. He should be used exclusively against right handed batters but isn’t and a hit given up is a hit given up.

                    • jjyank

                      I don’t care about his overall BAA. I only care about his BAA against RHB. If used correctly, he’s a valuable piece. Try looking at something other than overall BAA before rendering judgement. There are a lot more stats out there.

                      In 2012, he threw 13.1 total innings against LHB. And yes, those numbers are ugly. But he threw 32.2 innings against RHB, and those numbers are pretty good.

                    • forensic

                      I think you’re taking it a little too far though jj. 33% of his PA’s were against lefties. That’s a large amount of his workload for someone so horrible against the opposite side.

                      You can’t just ignore that and say he’ll never face a lefty, which is almost what you’re doing by saying ‘if used correctly’.

                    • jjyank

                      On some level that’s on Girardi though. We all know that guys like Eppley shouldn’t face LHB and guys like Rapada shouldn’t face RHB. Obviously that’s going to happen at some point, but I just feel like MelkyMesaWaysa is shitting on a player who does pretty well for his role.

                      Eppley isn’t a lock down late inning type, but he’s good at shutting down RHB, and I’ve yet to see him acknowledge that he’s good at 66% of his appearances. Instead just complaints about the minority of his performance.

                  • Pat D

                    That was his total BAA. He was that bed against lefties.

                    • Pat D

                      And I’m that bad at spelling.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  He’s a ground ball pitcher and the infield defense sucks overall, especially on the left side.

  • Spectra

    I want to get MLB.tv this year because I don’t live in New York.

    Anybody out there know of good reasons not to?

    • The Doctor

      No, it’s fantastic. I’m going to college in NYC now and I’ll still probably get it for when I’m home over the summer.

    • jjyank

      No, MLB.TV is awesome. I live out of market as well. I have an xbox app for it and can run it through the xbox. HD quality, no lag at all. There is a minute or so drag from the live TV feed, but that only causes a problem if you refresh a game thread too fast or something and ruin the surprise of a play. Other than that, it’s awesome.

    • MannyGeee

      Outside of the price and a good 1/3 of Yankees games are on ESPN/MLBN/TBS/FOX/NESN (or your local home team vs. the Yankees) anyhow? NO. Totally worth it if you’re gonna commit to watching the games that are not broadcast otherwise.

      I am on the road most evenings at 7PM or in and out of practices for my kids soccer, so i spring for MLB Radio and listen to the games streaming for most of the season… but if I recall MLB.tv gives you the option to listen to the games as well as watch them.

      • jjyank

        Ah. That makes sense. And yes, the MLB.TV subscription also includes radio. And the radio feed isn’t blacked out for nationally/locally televised games.

      • Spectra

        Great replies thank you. I’ll try it out. I think I have 5 devices in my house it will play on. I really like the replay so I look forward to watching games after the kids go to sleep (I’m on the west coast)

        • jjyank

          Yep, you can re-watch any archived game, as well as pause and rewind. You won’t regret it.

    • Ethan

      If your internet is bad don’t get it. But other than that if you’re not in the NY area or where the Yankees can be watched on tv it will be great. Get the premium one so you can watch the YES broadcast.

      Also, you don’t get the playoffs if you live in the US or Canada. Just FYI

  • Preston

    I irrationally want the Yankees to draft Josh Pettitte now?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Does that have anything to do with your screenname being the Mattingly spawn?

      • Pat D

        It worked so well when they took Lance Parrish’s kid.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Dominican Republic will win the WBC. I hear Melky Mesa will be playing for them. As long as third base is eliminated from the competition as a whole, the Dominican Republic wins.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You have to run by the pitcher in order to score? Should be fun.

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        A revolutionary change to the game of baseball. Finally the critics who assert that it is not a physical sport shall be silenced.

        • Pat D

          I endorse this American Gladiators twist.

  • wow

    is Teix standing farther away from the plate?

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Ronnier is just a great name. Additionally, bonus points for having a first name and a last name that both end (consonant)ier

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The legend begins.

    In other news, that is one portly man.

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      Future HOFer !

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Can’t we find this kid a position or a roster spot with the big club?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’ll be up at the some point, even if it’s not the start of the season.

    • forensic

      Personally, I’d rather him over Nix as the all-around utility guy (assuming Nunez won’t get something like that).

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He’ll come up as either the 5th outfielder or 2nd backup infielder? He’ll be there at some point.

  • forensic

    Youkilis, 0-2 with 6 LOB. Embedded Red Sock. Release him NOW!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pat, your girlfriend will be on later during the game.

    • Pat D

      I wouldn’t mind her as my girlfriend. She’s from my area, and about my age, so it’s logical.

  • MannyGeee

    Mustellier making a case today huh

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    Seems like the whole team is hitting the ball hard today, I know it is only the 2nd spring training game but still very nice to see.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Even though Ronnier is Cuban, can we call him “The Haiti Kid?”

    Then later Rowdy Roddy Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton come out and shave his head so he looks like Mr. T.?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      On behalf of all Cubans, sure thing.

      • jjyank

        What are you, the Jesse Jackson of Cuban guys?

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          I am the Verne Troyer of tall guys

          • Pat D

            Some of my friends used to call me The Big Show.

            I hate them for that.

            • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

              Welllll-ell-ellll. It’s the Big Slow!

              Haha

              • Pat D

                Shut up, Dwayne. Your new belt looks dumb. I can’t wait until Cena beats you!

                • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                  Ugh! I HATEDthe spinner. About freaking time they changed it. Not sure how I feel bout the new one, but ANYTHING is better than the queer spinner.

                  • Pat D

                    Yea, but they didn’t spin it anymore either. The new belt has a decided lack of gold.

                    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                      Yes. That is true of the new one. Even though the spinner didn’t spin any more, though, it was too diamondy, not enough goody and you couldn’t see anything. It was messy looking.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I can do wonders with a Poland Spring bottle.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Sweet!

    • Pat D

      No, these are Haiti kids.

      http://www.amazon.com/Sleeping.....-au-prince

      Written by my anthropology professor.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Come on. Don’t take away the fun.

        The Haitians were scary in GTA: San Andreas. You couldn’t go near their neighborhood.

        • Pat D

          Yea, that’s what a lot of that book covers. There are parts of Port-au-Prince that even UN peacekeepers will not go into, saying it’s the most violent place on Earth.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    My first “who the fuck is this” of the season: Who the fuck is Matt Daley?

    #dumpsterdiving

  • forensic

    Uh oh, Daley’s from my alma mater? How did I not know that already??? Guess I have to hope he does well now.

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    Prediction: Grandy has more than an arm bruise- Ronnier get opening day LF spot- Ronnier hits .340/.400/.500 with 34 HRs and 130 RBIs-Ronnier wins MVP-Ronnier leads yanks to ws and hits 1000 in ws-Ronnier becomes a HOFer

    • Pat D

      Says who, Dick Morris?

      • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

        Nope Big member.

        • Pat D

          I could totally see Big Member being Dick Morris, though.

          • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

            Or Dick Morris being wally m?

            • Pat D

              That would make my head explode.

              • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

                Ready for this one? Dalema, Stuart A, and eddard are the same persona and are also wally m who is dick morris who is big member who is TSJC :0

                • Pat D

                  You had me until the end. There is no way TSJC would be all of those trolls.

                  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

                    He is just screwing with us all

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      I think you need to be more specific. “Ronnier becomes a HOFer” AS AN ACTIVE PLAYER

      • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

        I thought it was a given.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t think there’s more than a 10% chance.

    • RetroRob

      Well, the first part of your prediction has come true. Now for the next five.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Daley looks awful. Talk about hanging laundry.

    (I would give the ST consideration but he was this bad last season too. He hangs everything.)

  • forensic

    Oh good, Meredith is finished filming the most boring 10 minute segment in the history of TV. So glad she’s back…

    • Pat D

      What segment was that?

      • forensic

        She did 10 minutes at the Majestic uniform factory for the last Yankees Baseball Today to show us how they sew a uniform together…

        • Pat D

          Sounds positively stitching.

  • RetroRob

    Good to see Hafner was able to make second base.

    • Mickey P

      That was some serious foot speed.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    That ball was Pronk’d. Am I using that right?

  • MannyGeee

    welcome to a team that matters, Pronk.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Oh and get us a damn catcher. Holy shit.

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      Ask and you may recieve: bobby wilson will be with you shortly.

  • forensic

    Well, that’s wasn’t ideal…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ef yo couch, Cecil

  • RetroRob

    You’re not comforting us, Joe.

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    Joba’s mustache looks like someone sprinkled cinnamon on his face damn.

  • Pat D

    So they are going to take 12 pitchers? Jeez.

    Why don’t they just expand the rosters to 26?

    • RetroRob

      They’ll just add yet another pitcher. I say decrease the roster!

      • Pat D

        Then they’ll just take one less position player!

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Did they really lose 100 homers? Is M-Kay counting Alex in that stat or is there someone I’m forgetting?

    • RetroRob

      I think they’re adding every player who left: Swisher, Martin, Ibanez, Chavez, and also including A-Rod. They’re not adding in what they’ve added, but I still see them down at least 60 HRs, maybe more.

    • Pat D

      94 between Martin, Jones, Ibanez, Chavez and Swisher.

  • Preston

    Nunez looks slick at SS. Yeah, I said it.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Soul Glo

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Every time someone hustles to first on a grounder to second it reminds me of Bobby Abreu’s first NYY home at bat. Anyone else remember that?

  • RetroRob

    Is it possible he already is the best in Yankee history? Other candidates are Randolph, Lazzeri and Gordon. Others?

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      Yes I would already call him #1

    • forensic

      Eh, he’s leading in homers, of course, but I still think he’s maybe 2nd or 3rd, behind Randolph/Lazzeri. More longevity from them counts for something too.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      The Haiti Kid

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Fail. :( supposed to be on the post below this.

    • RetroRob

      A quick scan of Fangraphs WAR for Yankees 2B’man:

      Randolph — 56.1
      Lazzeri — 55
      Gordon — 44.6
      McDougal — 44.2
      Cano — 32.5

      Randolph generates quite a bit of value on fielding, OBP and speed. He basically has Cano beat on all three of those, although Cano’s bat is exceptional. I thinkt he biggest issue I have with this Cano’s defense is generally regarded as superior ro his defensive metrics.

      I’m not sure if McDougal’s ratings are his entire Yankee career for all positons, or just 2B.

      By Fangraphs’ defensive ratings, Gordon may have been the best defender the Yankees have had, at least out of the top ones. Not sure how much faith I have in that. Not doubting he was a fine fielder, I just don’t know how fine.

      It appears Randolph might have legit claim as the best for the time being.

      • Preston

        Willie Randolph is under rated.

  • The Doctor

    Look at that Future Hall of Famer™. That is how a true legend strikes out.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I swear Melky looks like El Increible Hulquito

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    THEY BROUGHT IN THE WALK-ONS!!! I’m in college basketball mode so until April they are the walk-ons. Also, was it wrong for me to immediately assume that the Garcia in center field would be Karim?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Unless we traded for the “next Miggy ” from Detroit.

      What was his name? Avasail or something like that?

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        Avasail is correct. We should trade for him just to have Avasail and Ronnier on the same team.

    • forensic

      Who is Karim Garcia???

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        Can’t say I saw that one coming…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I just thought of something. If they have 82 players in camp, and considering the number of coaches and retired numbers and Posada in camp and noone wearing 21 still, they have to be using every Jersey number 1-99.

    No?

    • jjyank

      Yes, and I believe a couple of guys in the 90 range are wearing the same number.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Sucks to be those guys.

        (Aside from the unsuck of actually being in ST with the NYY)

        • jjyank

          I forget who they doubled up on offhand, but I’m pretty sure it’s the fringe guys. They’re probably just thrilled to be in MLB Camp.

          • forensic

            These are going to be the main ones:

            http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....p?c_id=nyy

            Just glancing really quickly, I can already see 7 or 8 numbers doubled.

            • jjyank

              Yeah, seems like it’s either non-prospects or lower level guys getting doubled up. Makes sense.

    • forensic

      More than that, they just double-issue a bunch of numbers. They do that every spring though.

  • Preston

    Kevin Youkilis is a true 80 in warning track power.

  • Nice Guy Eddie

    Why is cito hitting left handed?

    • Preston

      He’s a switch hitter and Justin Germano is a RHP

      • Nice Guy Eddie

        I thought he was supposed to ditch it

        • Preston

          That’s all external stuff, people saying he should ditch it to see if it helps to just focus on one stance. Even if he did, he’d probably be a LHB since it gives him the platoon advantage and it’s the side of the plate he’s got the most AB’s at.

  • RetroRob

    I remember how long and seemingly-never-ending Spring Training was the last time there was a WBC. We’ll be ready to shoot ourselves by the third week of March!

    • jjyank

      I always feel like that. Today is awesome, but we’ll all be sick of it in a couple of weeks.

      • RetroRob

        It’s always fun at the start. Good to see a baseball game. Then you want the real thing. The last week to ten days never seem to end. It’ll feel worse this year.

  • forensic

    Bobby Wilson for starter!

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    Bobby wilson threw out a runner? Give him the starting job.

  • RetroRob

    Shit.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Up Granderson has a fractured forearm. Shit.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        YUp

  • forensic

    Yikes!!! 10 weeks for Grandy!

    That throws a monkey wrench into the OF…

    • RetroRob

      Too bad Heathcott or Austin weren’t one more year along. Ronnier?

  • Pat D

    Oh, holy fucking shit, just saw the Granderson news.

    First game against Toronto in the season, someone needs to be inducted into the Hall of Pain.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I guess the CF debate is over…..

    Shit

  • forensic

    Did Singleton just call him Sledge Heathcott?

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Does this make Ronnier a legit candidate to play left?

    • Preston

      Sadly, yes.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Adorable Adonis Garcia & The Haiti Kid need to step it up with the loss of Grandy

  • The Doctor

    I was looking forward to a nice, healthy competition between the Yankees and Blue Jays for 1st in the division.

    First EXHIBITION game against the Blue Jays and they break our All-Star center fielder’s arm. So much for that. If they win the division it’ll be one of the emptiest victories I’ve seen in a while.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Two misstatements in a row by Singleton and Kay just now: Williams to play in AA with Austin and Heathcott and those were the “three” Yankees in the MLB top 100 prospects list.

  • wow

    just the worse news about Grandy. crap…

  • forensic

    If they put Nunez in LF and told him to pretend he’s at 3B throwing to 1B, do you think he’d be able to hit the catcher right in the chest protector?

    • jjyank

      Yes. Yes I do.

  • https://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Well, I guess the people who were complaining about there not being enough small ball last year will get their fucking wish this year.

  • RetroRob

    Curtis has really got to be unhappy with this being a walk year, although hopefully he’s back in May. Broken hands can really zap power, so maybe the forearm is less an issue.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Ten weeks out for Grandy! Geez.

  • RetroRob

    IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!, Michael.

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    For all those who always are down on grandy, look at everyones reactions, even your own, and realize he means a lot to this club.

  • forensic

    I guess they may consider Soriano again.

    I wonder how it works if the Cubs pay some of his salary…

    • Pat D

      Did you miss last night’s open thread?

      • forensic

        Nah, I was being sarcastic referring to that thread exactly.

        Sorry…

        • Pat D

          Gotcha. I probably should have recognized that.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Man, the lineup looks really shallow now.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Like we said. It’s not a bad lineup but if even one guy goes down we look pretty week. Let’s hope that the pitching is hot for the month he’s out.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      *Weak. I hate typos.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    My right brain knows it was an accident. My left brain believes the Blue Jays came here to cripple one of the Yankees to send a divisional message.

    To be fair, my left brain is the one with the 2AM beer goggles.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    I don’t mind the speculation about bringing back Soriano. As long as he never has to face a curveball they’re set.

  • Mickey Scheister of Doom

    Another 8-9 hits and no runs, who said this team will be much different from last years?!

    /too early?

    • Pat D

      Yes.

    • forensic

      heh

  • Preston

    That’s the big right handed power from Gary Sanchez.

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    Damn Gary showing off the power.

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    Cito’s batting stance looks like josh hamilton, he swings at stupid pitches just like him too

  • jjyank

    Damn it. This was supposed to be a fun day. I’m too pissed about Grandy to enjoy it anymore.

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      Get drunk, it helps

      • jjyank

        I’ve had a couple beers. I assume this is your strategy as well?

        • Pat D

          You could always watch the Oscars and potentially get more pissed off.

          • jjyank

            I didn’t even know those were on. Really have no interest. I’d rather run around my ghetto neighborhood with my apartment door unlocked screaming “I’m from the upper middle class, bitches!!”

            • forensic

              Sounds a little like that early scene from Die Hard With A Vengeance.

            • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

              Since when was the oscars comparable to anal rape?

    • The Doctor

      Same. Really, really needed to take my mind off of some life problems, but instead even my leisure time is causing me grief.

      Getting drunk does sound nice right about now.

  • Mickey Scheister of Doom

    Lets start the 2013 pre-season off right, 2-0 with a walk off! Since the offensive black-hole Culver ended the last inning, it could happen! Win it for C-Grand!!!

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    This was horrible. Very.

  • forensic

    What ever is Mike going to write about for tomorrow?

    Blah game and no news to go along with it…

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    Oh my god culver has an arm!

    • Mickey Scheister of Doom

      But the bat of Jose Iglesias.

      • RetroRob

        He’s not that bad. : -)

        • Mickey Scheister of Doom

          Who, Iglesias? lol

          • RetroRob

            No. I meant the non-hitting Culver is not as bad with the bat as Iglesias.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Karim Garcia gave that one a ride.

  • Mickey Scheister of Doom

    When it comes to Thomas Neal….Bruce Bochy is NOT the father!

  • RetroRob

    As Mike wrote in his Curtis-injury update: “As Buster Olney noted, players responsible for 162 of the club’s 245 homers from last year are either hurt or playing for other teams.”

    Well if that doesn’t scare you on a day when the Yankees haven’t scored a run…

    • forensic

      Eh, they’ll make up most of them. Unfortunately, the 7 they lost from Wise, Dickerson, McGehee, Pearce may be out of reach…

      • RetroRob

        Wise. The bunt!

  • Mickey Scheister of Doom

    LETS GO!!!!!!!

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Is Maruszak French for Raul Ibanez?

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    I’m in a really fucking bad mood right now, and 95% of it has nothing to do with the Grandyman, although that doesn’t help.

  • Govin

    Things of interest from the game.
    1)Curtis 10 weeks. sad.
    2)Future hall of famer Ronnie is not a good bunter.
    3)Garys second atbat was awesome.
    4)Citgo needs to think about using some of that patience hes known for.(when it comes to offense taking walks was the only thing he did well last year.)

  • ClusterDuck

    Relax all.

    2013 Yankee HR’s.

    Tex 35
    Cano 34
    Grandy 32
    Pronk 24
    Youkilis 22
    Jeter, Ichiro, Rivera, Nunez, Romine(??) all 10+

    • forensic

      Just on your 10+ list:

      Jeter: maybe
      Ichiro: most won’t agree, but I actually do
      Rivera: eh, maybe, but not really sold
      Nunez: if I thought he’d get some PT, I might agree, but I don’t think he’ll get enough
      Romine: No chance
      Gardner (you don’t list him obviously): also probably not

      • ClusterDuck

        Yes, Romine is a stretch.

        But I forgot A-Roid. Give him 12+.

        • forensic

          It’s funny though, going with some of your numbers and basically the minimums on the 10+ guys (except Romine) and then a couple extra here and there for other guys, they’re basically right about 200 homers. Yeah, a couple of those could be generous, but a couple could also be out-performed.

          200 last year would’ve tied them for 3rd most in the AL last year. Meanwhile, people here are treating them as if they have as much power as a Little League team.

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

      The thing is I see tex hitting something like 39 homers and I expect robbie’s HRs to go down bot to like 29 but I think his RBIs will jump back to the 110-120 range.

  • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob)

    In 96 no player hit more than 29 HR’s and only 2 players hit 20 or more HR’s with the third highest being 19, overall the team hit 162. That same 96 team won 92 games along with the world series, I for one am not worried about 2013.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Check out some of the names on that 1996 team.

      It’s fine to be confident. Not fine to use 1996 as a point of comparison to this team.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Splat