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.

335 Comments»

  1. forensic says:

    Hooray, Baseball on TV again!

  2. jjyank says:

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

  3. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    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!

  4. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  5. forensic says:

    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 says:

      Pfffffft. Old news, dude. Old news.

    • Preston says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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??!?

  6. trr says:

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

  7. jjyank says:

    Man, I missed the YES jingle.

  8. Pat D says:

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

  9. Havok9120 says:

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

    I haven’t really missed it.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah. I missed Kenny though. Love that guy.

      • forensic says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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.

  10. Pat D says:

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

  11. mike_h says:

    finally yankees baseball!!!!

  12. Govin says:

    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.

  13. Havok9120 says:

    And, I forgot…

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

    w00t

  14. Carmine says:

    Suck it Melky

  15. forensic says:

    Warren is da ACE!!!

  16. Pat D says:

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

  17. jjyank says:

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

  18. wow says:

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

  19. Dorian says:

    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 says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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).

  20. jjyank says:

    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.

  21. Pat D says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  22. Dorian says:

    definitely

    both have phenomenal bat control

  23. Pat D says:

    Man, eff you, Happ. Fucking Fillie.

  24. Carmine says:

    coughEatADickHappcough

  25. Karl Krawfid says:

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

    Great.

  26. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Please, Grandy, please.

    Holy fuck. A game thread.

  27. Robinson Tilapia says:

    A beardless Kevin Youkilis looks a lot like Casey McGeehee.

  28. Pat D says:

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

  29. jjyank says:

    Holy crap Youk looks so weird!

  30. Cuso says:

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

    It made me gassy

  31. Pat D says:

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

  32. Havok9120 says:

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

    Meanwhile, now we get to so FHFRM.

  33. forensic says:

    Hooray for Stewart’s defensive awesomeness!!!

    And Nunez’ too! :-)

  34. jjyank says:

    RETALIATION!

  35. Pat D says:

    Sigh, Stewart.

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

  36. Cuso says:

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

  37. Chip says:

    Wow, Nunez with the lollipop throw

  38. The Doctor says:

    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.

  39. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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?

  40. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  41. forensic says:

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

  42. Govin says:

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

  43. Justin says:

    Hafner looks quite trim.

  44. Cuso says:

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

  45. Pat D says:

    The Nunez helmet toss is in midseason form.

  46. forensic says:

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

  47. Cuso says:

    Chris Stewart will bat .350 this year!

    In 20 at-bats

  48. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  49. Pat D says:

    A Jack Curry sighting. Or hearing.

    Obviously the next question is…where’s Meredith?

  50. Robinson Tilapia says:

    See? The catcher situation is clearly being overstated.

  51. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  52. forensic says:

    Grandy woulda had that…

    Sorry, had to. :-)

  53. Mike Axisa says:

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

  54. Govin says:

    Whats with all the lefthanded hitters against cody

  55. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Does everyone on the Blue Jays have that dumb beard?

  56. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      Who is Steven Hawking?

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

        • Pat D says:

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

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Breathe, Pat.

          • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

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

                • jjyank says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

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

                • Mike Axisa says:

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

  57. Spectra says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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)

    • Ethan says:

      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

  58. Preston says:

    I irrationally want the Yankees to draft Josh Pettitte now?

  59. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    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.

  60. wow says:

    is Teix standing farther away from the plate?

  61. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

  62. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The legend begins.

    In other news, that is one portly man.

  63. Cuso says:

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

  64. forensic says:

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

  65. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  66. MannyGeee says:

    Mustellier making a case today huh

  67. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

    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.

  68. Cuso says:

    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.?

  69. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    #dumpsterdiving

  70. forensic says:

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

  71. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

    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

  72. Brooklyn Nets says:

    Daley looks awful. Talk about hanging laundry.

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

  73. forensic says:

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

  74. RetroRob says:

    Good to see Hafner was able to make second base.

  75. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

  76. MannyGeee says:

    welcome to a team that matters, Pronk.

  77. Brooklyn Nets says:

    Oh and get us a damn catcher. Holy shit.

  78. forensic says:

    Well, that’s wasn’t ideal…

  79. Cuso says:

    Ef yo couch, Cecil

  80. RetroRob says:

    You’re not comforting us, Joe.

  81. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

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

  82. Pat D says:

    So they are going to take 12 pitchers? Jeez.

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

  83. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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 says:

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

  84. Preston says:

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

  85. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    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?

  86. RetroRob says:

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

    • Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

      Yes I would already call him #1

    • forensic says:

      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.

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  87. The Doctor says:

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

  88. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I swear Melky looks like El Increible Hulquito

  89. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    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?

  90. Cuso says:

    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?

  91. Preston says:

    Kevin Youkilis is a true 80 in warning track power.

  92. Nice Guy Eddie says:

    Why is cito hitting left handed?

  93. RetroRob says:

    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 says:

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

      • RetroRob says:

        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.

  94. forensic says:

    Bobby Wilson for starter!

  95. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

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

  96. RetroRob says:

    Shit.

  97. forensic says:

    Yikes!!! 10 weeks for Grandy!

    That throws a monkey wrench into the OF…

  98. Pat D says:

    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.

  99. Cuso says:

    I guess the CF debate is over…..

    Shit

  100. forensic says:

    Did Singleton just call him Sledge Heathcott?

  101. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    Does this make Ronnier a legit candidate to play left?

  102. Cuso says:

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

  103. The Doctor says:

    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.

  104. Vern Sneaker says:

    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.

  105. wow says:

    just the worse news about Grandy. crap…

  106. forensic says:

    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?

  107. Stratman9652 says:

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

  108. RetroRob says:

    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.

  109. Vern Sneaker says:

    Ten weeks out for Grandy! Geez.

  110. RetroRob says:

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

  111. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

    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.

  112. forensic says:

    I guess they may consider Soriano again.

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

  113. Cuso says:

    Man, the lineup looks really shallow now.

  114. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    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.

  115. Cuso says:

    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.

  116. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

  117. Mickey Scheister of Doom says:

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

    /too early?

  118. Preston says:

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

  119. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

    Damn Gary showing off the power.

  120. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

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

  121. jjyank says:

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

  122. Mickey Scheister of Doom says:

    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!!!

  123. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    This was horrible. Very.

  124. forensic says:

    What ever is Mike going to write about for tomorrow?

    Blah game and no news to go along with it…

  125. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

    Oh my god culver has an arm!

  126. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    Karim Garcia gave that one a ride.

  127. Mickey Scheister of Doom says:

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

  128. RetroRob says:

    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…

  129. Mickey Scheister of Doom says:

    LETS GO!!!!!!!

  130. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

    Is Maruszak French for Raul Ibanez?

  131. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    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.

  132. Govin says:

    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.)

  133. ClusterDuck says:

    Relax all.

    2013 Yankee HR’s.

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

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

        Yes, Romine is a stretch.

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

        • forensic says:

          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) says:

      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.

  134. Jacob the OG(formerly Jacob) says:

    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.

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