Open Thread: 3/5 Camp Notes

2014 Season Preview: Final Bench Spot
2014 Season Preview: The Setup Men

Sounds the alarms, the Yankees have lost two games in a row. Oh, wait, it’s still Spring Training? Disregard. They lost 5-4 to the Rays this afternoon mostly because Robert Coello allowed four runs (two homers) in his one-third of an inning of work. That dude’s having a brutal spring (48.60 ERA). Adam Warren allowed a run in 2.1 innings while Dellin Betances chucked 1.2 scoreless frames. He’s up to 5.1 scoreless innings in camp, which is pretty much exactly what he needs to do to win a bullpen spot.

Here’s the box score. Eduardo Nunez had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double. Brett Gardner (1-for-3), Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-3), Kelly Johnson (0-for-2), Austin Romine (0-for-3), and J.R. Murphy (0-for-3) also played. Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 and lowered his spring batting average to .667. The Yankees didn’t send many regulars down to Port Charlotte for the game at all. Here is the rest from a slow day in Tampa.

  • Mark Teixeira took some live batting practice but only saw five pitches and was pretty annoyed. Yesterday’s session was cancelled because no one was available pitch. “I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days, but I just do what I am told,” he said. [Chad Jennings, Andrew Marchand]
  • Alfonso Soriano has a first base mitt and he’s been working out at the position. He doesn’t expect to play much there, it’s more about increasing his versatility in case of emergency. [Jennings]

This is your nightly open thread. This afternoon’s game will not be replayed anywhere but MLB Network will show the Dodgers and Reds live later tonight. The Knicks and Nets are both playing as well, ditto the (hockey) Rangers and trade deadline pickup Martin St. Louis. Talk about anything and everything right here. Enjoy.

2014 Season Preview: Final Bench Spot
2014 Season Preview: The Setup Men
  • forensic

    Coello and Whitley are really trying to see which one can be worse this Spring.

    • nycsportzfan

      They have been the sole reasons the yanks have lost any games this spring. 2games completely on Whitley, and this one on Coello.

      As far as Nuny, his 2B was a rip down the 3rd base line, but his bunt single was as well executed as can possibly be and very impressive.

  • dkidd

    awesome bitchiness from tex

    • Now Batting

      I understand Tex’s frustration, but after last year I’m fine with the Yankees taking as many baby steps as they please.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    I see Axisa went from Mike to Michael on this posts.

    • Mike Axisa

      Yeah I’m not quite sure how that happened.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Don’t lie, we all know you read about John Ryan Murphy doing his John Ryan Murphy thing and you decided “My mother named me Michael damnit. I want to be Michael.”

        • The Great Gonzo

          John Ryan Axisa

          • Kevin G.

            Giancarlo Axisa

    • Captain Turbo

      They’re trying to classy up the joint.

  • TWTR

    Is what the Knicks do still considered playing?

    • Dale Mohorcic

      They currently have an 11 point lead in the 3rd. Assuming they play true to form, I see them losing this game by 9 points.

      • TWTR

        I think I just saw a pig fly…

  • BigLoving

    Tex really seems determined to have a big rebound year. Glad the staff is making sure he takes his time getting back into it, I guess they learned their lesson not being more strict with Jeter.

    • nycsportzfan


  • Guns

    True Detective final episode prediction:

    First of all, love this damn show.

    I think Marty’s daughter Audrey is involved. Remember, she started drawing weird sexual pictures and explained she did it because the other kids thought it was funny. But I don’t think Marty ever noticed nor was there any explanation for the dolls she had arranged in her room during one quick scene. She had a barbie doll naked on the floor surrounded by other men in a circle as if it were some kind of ritual, with one of them almost on top of the barbie as if having sex.

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I think Marty finds evidence (pictures) of his daughter being molested and is again faced with the choice of killing those responsible – as he did when he found the children being held captive by Ledoux. In the last episode, Rust often spoke of a “debt” they both owed, and that part of it was on Marty for killing Ledoux. Rust makes the point that they may have been able to stop this whole thing if Marty hadn’t killed Ledoux in the first place. I think he’ll be faced with a similar situation. He’s an emotional and reactionary character. This all fits in with the whole “time is a flat circle” theme. I think he kills the person most responsible and therefor Rust and Marty are again left with more questions. I think there will be a lot revealed… but not everything. I think it’s going to be one of those endings where we’re given enough answers to be satisfied but still left to speculate “the reach” of how deep this thing goes.

    I also think Rust dies. Personally, I think he’s just gonna off himself after the events of the last episode. This has been his life’s one and only focus. And once it’s done, for better or worse, I think he’ll check out.

    • CountryClub

      It’s a terrific show and I’m looking forward to the finale but I expect a lot of people are going to be disappointed. I think it will end pretty conventionally.

  • mustang

    Booked my baseball trip for this year Cubs and White Sox May 21 and 22nd.


  • mustang

    “Interestingly, one of the most obvious areas of real need — backup catcher — is a place that the Diamondbacks did not act decisively…..Somewhat relatedly, if it plans to deal from its depth up the middle, the club needs to decide whether to run with Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings as the everyday shortstop to start the season.”

    Chris Owings please!!!!!!!!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Wow, Coello looking woefully crappy. Really thought we were getting some sleeper depth with him.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I also cannot tell you how creepy it is that the CareerBuilder ad on the front page of this site is flashing actual relevant job listings at me.


    • nsalem

      did you get those s&m and dominatrix career ads also.

    • pat

      Ads? Lol.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Pop-ups bug me but, otherwise, I don’t really care about ads or need ad-blocking software. Ads are there for a reason, and that’s to help keep sites financially viable.

        I’ve got my good AV and MalwareBytes. All the protection I need.

    • The Great Gonzo

      The CareerBuilder ad keeps flashing classifieds for Ferraris and Astons… I guess relevant is all a state of mind.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Funny. You look nothing like Rick Ross.


  • nsalem

    In answer to TWTR’s question about Nunez’ consecutive streak at one position. I believe it is 57 games at shortstop from 9/9/-7/31/13.

    • TWTR

      Where are you seeing this?

      • nsalem

        BR fielding log

    • forensic

      I count 49. He played some 3B on Sept. 22, 2012, and then also had 3 DH games (which probably shouldn’t count toward his SS games total) during the streak.

      • nsalem

        Right you are!!! He played the last two innings at 3rd in that wild ass Saturday afternoon 14 inning A’s game. Raul hit the homer in 13th and Melky Mesa had his defining Yankee moment when he failed to round 3rd base properly. Eduardo was actually the final AB of the game. If I remember right he hit a weak grounder to second that was misplayed into the winning run. I showed up to a family dinner 30 minutes late at a Chinese restaurant in riverdale with 25 people waiting while listened on my car radio. That was a huge game. Sorry to digress. 49 games is correct. Not counting DH’s that is.

        • TWTR

          So is that really enough to get a true read on a player who is admittedly shaky in the field? I don’t think so.

          I recognize that it doesn’t matter though.

          Prospects that are considerably more talented than he is have gotten less of an opportunity here, but I still think he might turn into a league average SS (when offense and defense are taken together) if he ever gets a prolong shot somewhere without having to be so concerned about his job security.

          • forensic

            I agree and I haven’t given up on him yet. Anecdotally, he also seems to play better defensively when he’s able to settle in at one spot.

        • nsalem

          The night before was a great game also. Soriano blew Sabathia’s 3 hitter on a 9th inning homer to Moss iirc and Martin won it with a solo walk off. O’s would have tied us for 1st place if we lost either of those games.

  • Brandon

    Warren and Phelps haven’t been overly impressive so far (granted, it’s only a few outings), so it starting to become Pineda’s job to lose. Don’t fuck it up Friday

    • hogsmog

      Nuno had been pretty solid, and held his own in the MLB last year. I think Phelps is going to have to be really bad to lose the lead, though.

      • will

        It’s obviously pineda’s to lose at this point. Phelps is a poor man’s phil hughes.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          That last sentence is the most nonsensical thing I’ve read in a long time. How are they even remotely the same pitcher?

          • I’m One

            I find the whole comment nonsensical. It’s not obvious the the slot is Pineda’s to lose. He hasn’t even pitched in a game yet. Then the Phelps/Hughes comparison ….

          • The Great Gonzo

            They look alike, in a vanilla featured white gut sort of way. Phelps is a poor mans version of Hughes’ plain-whiteness.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              See, now this bugs me.

              “Vanilla” and “Plain” are two completely different tastes. Good vaniila actually tastes like something, but people so often substitute it for a lack of flavor because so many vanilla-flavored things tend to be white in color.

              I love actual vanilla.

              Also, every pitcher who an individual pins undeserved high hopes for, but pitches to actual ability, is a poor man’s Phil Hughes. Remember that.

              • Darren

                Doesn’t every pitcher pitch to actual ability? Kind of like you are what your record says you are?

    • Hawkeye

      So Brandon, your concern is that Pineda will have intercourse on the mound on Friday? That would be embarrassing.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Especially if he “only goes a third of an inning,” if you know what I mean…

  • TopChuckie

    “Yesterday’s session was cancelled because no one was available pitch.”

    The comments above seem to indicate you think Tex’s limited BP was intended by the team, which makes a hell of a lot more sense than no one being available to throw BP when the entire organization is in Tampa. Hell, Pettitte could have thrown him BP, it’s not like they need to preserve his arm. I just don’t get why “no one available” ever would have come out as the reason for the limited AB’s. Except for the fact they’ve made no effort to secure a backup 1B, everything going on around Tex makes me feel like it’s going to be another lost season for him at some point.

  • Anthony

    I have a gut feeling a deal with the Brew Crew for Juan Fransisco will happen before the season starts.He’s out of options and the brewers signed our old friends Reynolds and Overbay. Plus the brewers have been scouting phelps and our catching depth.

    • TopChuckie

      I’d want a lot more than Francisco for Phelps and I wouldn’t trade any of the catchers until I exhausted all efforts with Arizona for Owings (who I don’t really believe will ever be the MI they make available).