Mar
13

Open Thread: 3/13 Camp Notes

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The Yankees split their two games this afternoon, losing 6-2 to the Phillies and beating the Orioles 5-0. Michael Pineda started against Baltimore and looked good, striking out five in 2.2 scoreless innings before hitting his pitch count. I’ll have some more on him later tonight. Brett Gardner (2-for-4 with a double), Carlos Beltran (1-for-3), Brian McCann (0-for-1 with two walks), Alfonso Soriano (1-for-2 with a walk), and Zoilo Almonte (2-for-3 with a double) all had nice days. Derek Jeter went 0-for-4. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game.

Meanwhile, against the Phillies, Ivan Nova got knocked around a bit, surrendering three runs on nine hits and no walks (six strikeouts) in five innings. He was getting dinked and dunked early but gave up a few hard hits near the end of his outing. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a homer (!), Kelly Johnson doubled, and both Scott Sizemore and Frankie Cervelli singled. Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira both went 0-for-3. Preston Claiborne got knocked around for three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. Here’s the box score and video highlights for this game, now here’s the rest from Tampa.

  • The upcoming rotation: David Phelps (Friday), Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren (Saturday), Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia (Sunday), Hiroki Kuroda (Monday), Pineda (Tuesday), Nova (Wednesday), Phelps (Thursday), and Sabathia (Friday). No surprise here, but Joe Girardi confirmed Pineda will have an innings limit this season. [Chad Jennings]
  • McCann will not travel to Panama as planned, instead staying behind to catch Tanaka on Sunday. Does that mean Cervelli, who looked like he was being groomed to be be Tanaka’s personal catcher, is about to be traded? Eh, maybe. Cervelli is going to Panama instead of McCann though. Jennings has the full roster for the trip. [Jack Curry]
  • Another two roster cuts: Bryan Mitchell and Jose Campos have been optioned to Triple-A Scranton and High-A Tampa, respectively, the team announced. There are still 59 player in big league camp by my unofficial count.

Here is your open thread for the night. The game against the Orioles will be replayed at 7pm ET on YES, if you missed Pineda earlier today. MLB Network will air a non-Yankees game later tonight, plus the (hockey) Rangers are playing as well. Talk about whatever here.

  • forensic

    All the talk and hype of these Panama games is going to be very anticlimactic if they aren’t televised at all, which to this point there hasn’t been any sign of them suddenly showing up on YES or MLBN.

    If they’re not televised, I’d rather they had just skipped doing them to avoid the long travel at this point and avoid playing on possibly inferior fields (I have nothing to support this, just a personal concern that the fields there may not be up to the same quality as here).

    • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

      Kind of a short flight (by MLB player standards) from Florida to Panama.

      • forensic

        It’s around 1,350 miles, which is between the distance from NY to Tampa and NY to Houston.

        It’s not crazy, but it just feels unnecessary to me to do that in the middle of ST if you’re not going to bother televising anything to really make the trip have an impact.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Yeah…..you’d be surprised. I’m flying out of Miami to Antigua in a couple of months and it’s still a three hour flight. The eastern end of the Caribbean and Central America isn’t THAT close.

    • hogsmog

      Ever consider that this might be for the people of Panama more than for those of the US? To honor Mo in his home country, and let the people who’ve followed him his whole career finally see the Yankees play?

      • forensic

        Of course, but frankly I’m selfish and care much more about what’s better for the 2014 New York Yankees than what’s better for the people of Panama. And that goes especially because Mo won’t even be playing in any capacity for them.

        • hogsmog

          Whether or not it’s televised has nothing to do with whats better for the 2014 Yankees… It’s going to play out exactly the same whether or not the cameras pointed at them are broadcasting a signal to ESPN.

          • forensic

            If it’s not going to be televised, thereby drawing the most attention to their country and getting the most out of the novelty of it, then I think what’s best for them is to not have to bother traveling that far and playing on unknown fields.

            • Darren

              It’s a valid point to say that the games should have been televised, but it has zero impact on the 2014 Yankees. That part of your point makes no sense at all.

            • JRod

              Inclined to agree, though this piece in the NY Times about Spalding’s 1888 world baseball tour is a bit shaming to the current instinct to swathe players in bubble wrap & packing peanuts : http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03.....&_r=0 Don’t miss the “chillin’ on the Sphinx” team photo. I didn’t realize the Dodgers and the Snakes are starting their season in Oz, to which I say, cool for them, so glad it’s not us.

              • vicki

                greinkles doesn’t think it’s cool, and i could hardly blame him. tired just thinking about it. but yay! meaningful baseball on march 22.

                • OB/GYN Kenobi

                  He so bummed.

  • Mick taylor

    Manny Ramirez admitted he did steroids to Ken rosenthal. Did rosenthal, a redsox rooter, ask him if he took them while on red sox?.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      The one-trick pony still only knows one trick.

  • TWTR

    As I have said, I like the idea of a McCann/Tanaka pairing.

    • forensic

      I don’t know how much there is to read into there, either in terms of McCann/Tanaka or Cervelli trades (as Mike mentions).

      They want McCann to catch both Tanaka and Kuroda (Monday) so by staying he catches two starters instead of going and only catching one (I think Warren is a pretty distant 3rd in their competition). In terms of Cervelli, I don’t remember if it was today’s game or yesterday’s (they blend together when DVR’ing and watching later) but Curry said that although they’ve all been scouted, he had a source that said the Yankees haven’t received a single call from another team on Cervelli yet, for what it’s worth.

      I see positive’s on both sides regarding who could/should catch Tanaka. In the end, if it were my call I probably wouldn’t make it personal catcher situation and would likely just play Cervelli where it fits most often according to them facing a lefty.

      • TWTR

        I’m not reading into anything, I’m merely stating a preference.

        As for Curry, that surprises me because he often carries their water and one would think that creating the perception of interest furthers the Yankees’ agenda.

        • forensic

          I was just saying in general, people want to read into every decision they make, such as Mike somewhat does with the Cervelli thing. Sorry, wsn’t saying you were in particular.

  • forensic

    Reading the blurb just now about Jake Cave and his home plate collision got me thinking. I know not all MLB rules automatically trickle down to MiLB immediately, but does anyone know off-hand if the new home plate collision rules did? I was also curious if they have any level of instant replay down there, but that’s not as important in terms of player safety and injuries.

  • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

    So who is the early favorite for Prospect Watch this year? Sanchez?

    • forensic

      That’s probably a good bet. Though pitchers can be a little boring because of all the days off, I’d be tempted to go with Banuelos since he’ll be at AAA and potentially in position to step up to the big club in 2015, while Sanchez will be at AA and has a starting C and other guys theoretically closer to the bigs. I would also put the AAA OFers in the same boat as Sanchez, in that there are guys already ahead of them at the MLB level signed for several more years.

    • hogsmog

      Murphy might be fun, too.

    • SamVa

      For no particular reason, I think Mason Williams will have a crazy good year. So I hope him.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      I actually think there should be a watch for the top 5 guys. Maybe put Sanchez in the sidebar, but have a page linked for the rest.

  • pepes pizza

    Almonte deserves to make this team over Ichiro. Cervelli has been looking great on both offense and defense. I hope the Yankees keep him as a backup.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I agree on both accounts, however, I think Almonte would be better served playing everyday in AAA rather than seeing virtually no time as a 5th OFer.

      • I’m One

        Add to that, Ichiro is getting paid $6.5M (I think) and Almonte can be sent down to AAA. If someone wanted to take Ichiro off the Yankees hands, then, sure, Almonte belongs. Right now, there’s no room for him due to Ichiro (whether that’s right or wrong).

    • SamVa

      Has anyone made the stance comp. between Almonte and Cano? Maybe i’m imagining things, but when Almonte crushed that homer the other day, the stance/effortless swing reminded me of Robbie a little.

      (not saying in any way that Zoilo will be anything close)

  • pepes pizza

    Question on replay rule. What happens when a 3rd out is overturned and say a runner was in between 3rd and home when the out was recorded. Does he go back to third or is it a judgement call from the umpiring crew on whether he scores or not?

    • forensic

      It’s a judgement call from the replay official, not the umpires on the field.

  • Brett

    Off-topic and may have been discussed earlier.

    Liverpool are playing Manchester City at Yankee Stadium on the 30th July.

  • BrianMcCannon

    Here’s a scenario that popped into my head today: If CC finishes the year with an ERA under 4.00, the Yankees make the playoffs.

    Yes? No?

    • forensic

      Without knowing what happens with the myriad of other things they would need to go pretty well to have success this season, I can’t give an answer just based on what any one guy does.

      • BrianMcCannon

        Yeah, well its even harder to predict what else will be going on. I meant it to be just a gut feeling type of thing.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi

      I lean yes, but only as the second wildcard type thing. I think this team has 85-88 wins written all over it. So CC under 4 maybe gets us to the high end of that range or slightly higher.

  • dkidd

    it was great to finally get a look at pineda. he’s fun to watch

    optimistic theory: he’ll develop his secondary pitches as his velocity works it way back this season, then in 2015 he’ll have a mid 90′s fastball and a devastating off-speed repertoire

  • vicki

    caught the b-team in clearwater today. the artist formerly known as fausto carmona was doing a fine seaver impersonation.

  • RobertGKramer@AOL.Com

    Just curious Mike, how did you manage to watch two games at once?

  • OB/GYN Kenobi

    Love Cone.

  • Wayne

    Why is bryan mitchell being optioned to aaa. Yankees really think he is ready for aaa? They are rushing him a bit . They should put him in aa till june then Go to aaa. Then bring him up in beginning of august. He has ace potential And that would be smartest way to build him up his confidence this year!!