Mar
03

Spring Training Game Thread: Meet the Nats

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The first week of Grapefruit League games is not yet complete but it still feels like the day-to-day grind of baseball has returned. It’s wonderful. Meaningless Spring Training games are not for everyone, I get that, but I’ve always felt these games are fun in their own way. We get to see a bunch of prospects we otherwise never get to see and the results don’t mean anything. You can just sit back and enjoy some baseball. It’s wonderful.

This afternoon’s game will be Derek Jeter‘s third at shortstop this spring. He made it through the first two just fine following his lost leg injury plagued season, but obviously there is a long way to go before he’s ready to play nine-inning games on an everyday basis. That’s what these next four weeks will be all about. Ivan Nova has a rotation spot already locked up, he’ll just be preparing for the season and getting work in today. He says he feels like he’s competing for a job, but we all know that’s not the case.

The Nationals made the long trip across the state from Viera for today’s game, so their roster is a skeleton crew. None of their best players made the trip. Denard Span, Danny Espinosa, Scott Hairston, and Jose Lobaton are the only guys in the starting lineup who remotely qualify as MLB regulars. Left-hander Ross Detwiler will be on the mound for Washington. Here is the Yankees’ starting lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 2B Brian Roberts
  5. DH Frankie Cervelli
  6. 3B Kelly Johnson
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. LF Zoilo Almonte
  9. 1B Corban Joseph

And on the mound is Nova. Since this is his second Spring Training outing, he’s probably scheduled for something like three innings or 50 pitches, whichever comes first. Don’t hold me to that though.

Available Pitchers: RHP David Robertson, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, RHP Robert Coello, and RHP Jim Miller are all scheduled to pitch. This will be Robertson’s spring debut and Kelley’s second outing. Matt Thornton can’t be too far behind. RHP Chase Whitley, RHP Mark Montgomery, and RHP Brian Gordon are also available if needed.

Available Position Players: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, and RF Adonis Garcia will all come off the bench to replace the starters. C Francisco Arcia, C Peter O’Brien, C Gary Sanchez, IF Dean Anna, IF Yangervis Solarte, and OF Antoan Richardson are also on the bench.

They play these games in Florida (and Arizona) for a reason, and that’s because the weather is just perfect for baseball. It’s in the mid-70s with a few scattered clouds in Tampa. Can’t wait until that weather hits New York. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET and can be seen live on YES, MLB Network, and MLB.tv. Enjoy.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Game is not on MLB Audio today. that…. well, that sucks

  • dkidd

    someone told harper that pettitte was pitching and he refused to get on the bus

    • lightSABR

      I went back and re-watched that game at some point. Awesome stuff. I’ve never seen such a good hitter get so totally dominated before.

  • jjyank

    Woo, first game of the year I can watch! BASEBALL!

    • dkidd

      me too

      nothing can dim my excitement, not even john flaherty

      • jjyank

        Focus on the play by play guy :D I missed Singleton’s smooth voice.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          Imagine a booth of Ken Singleton and Billy Dee Williams.

          There would be like, no friction in the booth because it would be so smooth.

          Wow…that was beyond terrible.

  • jjyank

    Nice curve there, Nova.

  • dkidd

    nova throwing an easy 95

  • Havok9120

    Nice K Nova.

    CoJo, straighten up.

  • jjyank

    And again. His curve looks real good today.

  • dot

    Nova look great. Hitting 95 on the black with the 4SFB, throwing his hard curve and loopy curve for quality strikes.

    This is encouraging.

    • dkidd

      i forgot he has 2 different curves. who needs a slider?

    • nycsportzfan

      His stuff is insane. If you were talking bout Novas stuff without mentioning his name, people would think your talking about a borderline Ace. Add in you’ve all ready seen a 16 WIN season outta the kid, and he pitched to a 3.10ERA just last yr, and hes still only 27yrs old(just turned), and you really would think that.

      Hes another reason I think this team is vastly underrated.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    I’d do an umpire review, but it’s only Spring Training. I have some new stuff for those including 7 new umpires full time.

    Also come on, its Ross Detweiler, we should win easily.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      I guess you’ll have to add in details about their replay performance.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        That will have to wait until 2015, because we’re not going to have good numbers until then.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          I’m all for small sample size, especially if a guy fucks up more than once.

    • Havok9120

      Umpires, umpires everywhere.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Nova’s looking sharp.

  • dkidd

    total domination

  • jjyank

    Love that outing Nova. Easy velocity, down in the zone, sharp curveball. It would be really great if Nova really broke out this year.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Not allowed. Yankee prospects never turn out, especially pitching prospects.

      • mitch

        That’s only because they’re never given the chance. So many future superstars have been trapped in AAA because the Yankees refuse to play the kids.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      You read that Grantland article, didn’t ya?

      • jjyank

        I did not, actually.

    • dkidd

      spring training is awesome. it’s impossible not to feel optimistic

      and our rotation has such crazy upside

      • Tanakapalooza Floozy

        Moment of silence for TSJC, he of ridiculous upside.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Oh, god. That is fucking horrifying.

  • mustang

    OMG!!!!!

    BASEBALL!!!!!

  • dkidd

    ichiro “reverse split” suzuki

  • TheRealGreg

    Just a question, but what do you guys think of this Yangervis Solarte kid?

    • jjyank

      Second coming of the love child between Babe Ruth and Mariano Rivera.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Ranks about a 90 on the 20-80 scale for his name.

      Also ranks about a 300 on the same scale for “Look at all the idiots reading waaaaaay too much into spring stats and thinking he’s the second coming.”

    • Chip Rodriguez

      He’s awesome, but he’s no Scott Sizemore.

    • The Great Gonzo

      He will win the Jorge Vaszquez Award, for ‘AAAA dude who should stay in AAA but all the forums will want him in the Show”….

      • The Great Gonzo

        fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, spell much? Jorge Vazquez

    • mitch

      his batting average would be so high we couldn’t say it aloud in one breathe

    • dkidd

      his name is finnish for “angry sun”

      • I’m One

        Not sure which of these comments I like best. Gun to my head, I think I’d choose Chip Rodriguez’s. But they are all great and right on target.

    • lightSABR

      Serious answer: 26 years old, hit reasonably well in 2010 and 2011 at AA and below. Never really succeeded in AAA, though – he’s spent the last two seasons hitting 91 wRC+ in the PCL, where Dean Anna hit 140 wRC+ last year.

      Maybe he magically figured it out this offseason, but smart money’s against it.

  • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

    KJ!

  • Bryan

    Roberts to Cervelli to Johnson back to back to back hits. Probably one of only two or three times that will happen. Just don’t use them all before the season guys!

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Ichiro: Rally Killer.

    Oh, wait, an error.

  • dkidd

    i don’t need a platoon partner!!!

  • jjyank

    Suck it, Detwiler.

  • Havok9120

    This is always fun to watch.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    So, Roberts, Cervelli, Johnson, Ichiro, Almonte and Joseph all reach in a row against Detweiler. Can we get 9 in a row?

  • jjyank

    First game of the year, first Yankee rally. I’m in quite a good mood.

  • dkidd

    i know it’s just one game in spring training against a squad of back-ups but…

    we’re winning the world series

  • mustang

    How can this be even in spring training the Yankees beating one of top 3 Baseball Prospectus published their top 25 and under talent rankings.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      It’d be fun if those rankings actually mattered. As if a really good 26 year old doesn’t matter. Or a great 32 year old.

      More than one way to win a baseball championship, fortunately.

      • Tanakapalooza Floozy

        Of course good players of all age matter, but come on – if we had a roster full of 24 year old studs you’d be all over it. Hell, if we had even a single 24 year old stud you’d be all over it.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          That wasn’t my point at all. You totally added meaning where there was none.

          I just meant, as Yankee fans, as great as it would be to have a fantastic 24 year old, I want to win. If we have great 30 year olds, more power to them.

          • Tanakapalooza Floozy

            AARP FTW.

  • vicki

    so cool they televise batting practice.

  • jjyank

    POUR IT ON

    …wait, it’s only a spring training game? Oh.

    WHO CARES. KILL THEM ALL

  • Bryan

    Make it so RAB.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Note to self, give crap about Carlson’s strike zone in the first game with the Yankees during the regular season. I’m not liking it.

    • vicki

      it’s spring training for the umpires too, you know.

  • The Great Gonzo

    GIDJeter!

  • dkidd

    first of many

  • Havok9120

    There’s another first for the year.

    First of many, dangit..

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    So in other news, does anyone think that Drew, Santana and Morales will ever sign?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      They will, and I think Santana before the season starts, because he doesn’t want to lose time you’d think.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        It’s almost starting to remind me of what happened after the ’94 strike. I remember that there were a ton of veteran free agents who hadn’t been signed by anyone as spring training started, so they all banded together and started training together so that they’d get in shape in case anyone wanted to sign them. Gradually, one by one, all of them were picked up. But it was weird because there was a lot of good players in that camp.

        But with these three guys, it’s all because teams don’t want to give up draft picks. Can’t wait until the next CBA at this rate.

    • dkidd

      my prediction:

      blue jays sign santana
      morales and drew wait for june

    • jjyank

      Kind of crazy. I’d actually forgot about these guys. Yes, even Drew.

  • jjyank

    More good reports about Pineda. My cautious optimism level rises ever so slightly.

    • mustang

      mid 90’s fastball.

      :)

  • dkidd

    if sizemore says pineda is good, that’s enough for me

    • vicki

      michael pineda, you’ve been anointed.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Nice play by Jeter to end that AB.

  • Havok9120

    Kelley busting a move.

  • dkidd

    brett the jet

  • jjyank

    Nice hustle Gardy! Looking forward to him and Ells on the base paths at the same time.

  • jjyank

    Some shit luck for Burawa this inning.

    • dkidd

      he’s got a live arm

      nothing but ground balls

  • dkidd

    and a wipeout breaking pitch to finish the inning

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Jeter grounded into a DP. Nova pitched well. Macho Man “Randy Levine” has a thing for velvet-voiced men of color. This is what I just learned for skimming.

    Thanks for nothing. Bring on the regular season crew. I miss Anderson Silva.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Jeter hit into a DP. Nova pitched well. Macho Man “Randy Levine” has a thing for velvet-voiced men of color. That’s what I learned from skimming.

    Thanks for nothing, dickweeds. Bring on the regular season crew. I miss Anderson Silva.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Double-post fail.

      WHY IS MIKE FRANCESA ON MY RADIO?!?!?!?!?!?!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Because the game’s over, dipshit.

        Just leave me alone.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          Don’t worry, it’s spring training for us too.

  • nycsportzfan

    Mike, these games are anything but meaningless games. Maybe there meaningless to the rare player that is healthy and just getting ready for regular season without any worry, but most of the team, especially the young guys, are showing off, and doing there best, and your getting to see that, and its huge audition for em. I’d say its borderline WS for guys like Dean Anna, Dellin Betances, just to name a couple.