Mar
20

Spring Training Game Thread: Star and Scrubs

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For the second time in three days, the Yankees are playing the Red Sox in a Spring Training game that more than a few people will try to pass off as meaningful. Gotta shove the rivalry down everyone’s throat. David Phelps is making his fifth start of the spring as he looks to edge out Michael Pineda for the final rotation spot, though that might be a lost cause at this point. Boston is playing most of their regulars, so it’ll be a good tune-up for Phelps, who is probably scheduled for something like six innings or 90 pitches.

Because it’s a night game and the Yankees had to travel two hours south to Fort Myers, they sent a skeleton crew roster. Whoever drew the short straw, basically. The biggest name to make the trip is Mark Teixeira, who still needs a lot of at-bats after missing all but 15 games last season due to his wrist injury. Otherwise it’s a bunch of bench players and non-roster invitees. Star and scrubs as the title says, only the star really isn’t a star anymore. Here’s the starting nine:

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. SS Brendan Ryan SS Dean Anna – Ryan was a late scratch with upper back spasms unrelated to his previous oblique problem
  3. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. 2B Scott Sizemore
  7. LF Yangervis Solarte
  8. RF Zoilo Almonte
  9. DH Zelous Wheeler
    SP David Phelps

Available Pitchers: RHP Matt Daley, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Yoshinori Tateyama, and LHP Fred Lewis are all scheduled to pitch. RHP Branden Pinder, LHP James Pazos, RHP Manny Barreda, and RHP Caleb Cotham are the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Dean Anna, LF Ben Gamel, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia, and DH John Ryan Murphy will be the second string off the bench. C/1B Tyson Blaser and UTIL Ali Castillo are also available.

The weather in Fort Myers is quite lovely this evening, with no clouds and temperatures in the upper-60s/low-70s. Not bad. Not bad at all. You can watch the game live on YES locally and both ESPN and MLB.tv nationally. Enjoy.

  • Dalek Jeter

    This is extremely disappointing, this is only the second game I’ve been able to catch on TV, and is fixing to be the last and I get a line up with Ichiro as the lead off guy, Cervelli hitting 5th and Wheeler DHing.

  • dkidd

    absurd forearms on our manager

    • Dalek Jeter

      When compared to Popeye Girardi is offended. He feels his own forearms are much larger.

  • CashmanNinja

    I haven’t gotten to watch much, but of the few games I’ve seen I get to watch David freakin’ Phelps AGAIN? I’ve seen him pitch like 4 times this spring. Ugh. Anyway, at least there are some other guys I’d like to get to see play a little bit. Dean Anna, Scott Sizemore, Zoilo Almonte, and Yangervis Solarte.

    • nycsportzfan

      Luckyu for you, you’d think Kuroda or Nova was out there, with how good Phelps has pitched tonight.

      • nycsportzfan

        Lucky

    • Giancarlo Murphy

      If you would just trade your best infielder for Phelps already, then you wouldn’t have to see him trotted out like a prize American Kennel Club schnauzer every five days.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Solarte’s playing against most of the Boston regulars? Why are they even bothering to play this game? Automatic W for the Bombers when you’ve got Yangervis on the ST diamond.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Anybody see the video of Chapman taking the line drive in the face? Brutal.

    • CashmanNinja

      It was nasty. I heard about it late last night, but I didn’t see the vid til this morning. I think he’s actually lucky to have only sustained a few fractures. It could have been MUCH worse. It still wasn’t as bad as years ago when the Yankees played the Red Sox. Bryce Flories got nailed straight in the face and blood was pouring out. I think it’s on Youtube and still makes me cringe.

  • Crono

    And Nunez’s helmet comes off!

  • Wheels

    Gotta get Nuney a chinstrap.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Didn’t get no-hit. Successful spring training game.

  • lightSABR

    “Star and scrubs.” At first, I assumed you meant Solarte.

    • lightSABR

      He’s still in the lead for the Weber/Poser award, right?

    • Dalek Jeter

      He clearly meant Sizemore.

      • lightSABR

        I missed him somehow when I looked at the lineup. His name is too holy for my impure eyes.

      • http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?p0=179&iso=20140401T19&year=2014&month=4&day=1&hour=19&min=0&sec=0&msg=Opening%20Day! Get Phelps Up

        By Sizemore you mean Cervelli, right?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Solarte doesn’t have much of an arm, huh?

    • lightSABR

      I missed that play. What happened?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Victorino’s double, it hit off of the “mini Monster” Solarte picked up the ball, and threw it as hard as he seemingly could and it bounced twice before getting to second.

        • lightSABR

          Ha. Good thing we don’t actually need him to back up our outfielders.

  • lightSABR

    Our Sizemore puts out their Sizemore!

  • Dalek Jeter

    It’s Scott Sizemore’s right side and The Sox just hit the ball there.

  • vicki

    lol.

  • Dalek Jeter

    FRANKIE!!!!!!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Future White Sox!!!!

    • Wheels

      ?

  • Crono

    FRANKIEE!!!!

  • Wheels

    Damn, Cervelli

  • Havok9120

    Cervelli is tearing the cover off the ball.

    Me likely.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hopefully we keep Cervelli and he can bring some of that power into the regular season. I mean his career numbers aren’t that bad (especially against LHP) and his defense has improved tremendously, but before this spring he’s had like…Elvis Andrus level power. If he can bring some power into his game, even on days McCann sits we can have a non-zero offensively at Catcher.

    • nycsportzfan

      The way he hits, you’d probably consider him for DH somedays, when a LHP is on the mound. Its also rare you can pinch hit for a backup catcher which might help at times this yr.

  • Dalek Jeter

    6 pitches, 2K’s Phelpsie is on Phire.

  • vicki

    has phelpsie developed a little swagger there? his body language doesn’t say “what am i doing here?” anymore.

  • John Duci

    Phelps looks good. Our pitching depth is REAL. I honestly think we have the best rotation in baseball along side of the tigers dodgers and cards. And ours is probably the most exciting and youngest of them all!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      I like our rotation, a lot, and they have the potential to be great but the Cards are younger and probably more exciting. Especially if Shelby Miller is back and healthy.

    • vicki

      ahem. dodgers.

  • JGYank

    McCann is going to have a hard time beating out Cervelli for the starting job. LOL.

    I could see Cervy get some time against LHP. Hopefully he doesn’t get traded because if McCann goes down we would have to start Romine or Murphy.

    • Dalek Jeter

      McCann has some pretty brutal splits against LHP, if Cervelli is on top of his game I’d probably start him a good 60-75% against LHP. 1. It keeps McCann healthy, 2. it gives a solid platoon advantage.

      • JGYank

        Sure, why not? I’m not sure they will give Cervy that much playing time, but if they do, it should all be vs LHP if possible. Pitchers having personal catchers may get in the way of that though.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Yeah, that’s one of the things I disagree with Joe G on. I hate the concept of a personal catcher. I want my starter and back up familiar with the entire starting staff.

          • JGYank

            Agree completely. Learn to work with them, and just deal with it.

          • vicki

            i pointed this out before. coney was a delicate princess who only wanted to throw to joe, which must have been flattering. enough for him to absorb it as an acceptable way to make out a lineup.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Thing is, late 90′s Coney was good enough to be a delicate princess…as good as our rotation is I don’t think any of them is going to be ’97-99 Cone.

              • Darren

                As much as I love Jorge, I don’t have a problem with a veteran like Cone, at the end of his career, wanting to pitch to Girardi.

  • J_Nubz

    Cervelli and Phelps for Trout. Who says no?

    • lightSABR

      Cervelli and Phelps. Who wants to live in L.A.?

      • Dalek Jeter

        You’d have to pay me at least a half a million dollars.

        /Willie w’d

        • Havok9120

          Well played.

  • John Duci

    I wouldn’t not trade cervelli btw he’s worth a lot more then what we would get in return.. He’s in for a monster year

  • lightSABR

    Nice strikeout against Napoli. I still can’t see that guy without 1) resenting the grand slam he hit off of Hughes when I was at a game last year and 2) chuckling at Grantland’s Base-Beard awards: http://grantland.com/the-trian.....rd-awards/

    Napoli won the “Terrifying Appalachian Hillbilly Beard of the Year” award.

    • lightSABR

      Er, wait… I think it wasn’t Hughes. I think they’d pulled him by that point.

  • vicki

    quit looking at our meredith, masshole.

  • Wheels

    Meredith looks good tonight.

  • Dalek Jeter

    THE DEFENSE

  • lightSABR

    Dang. Sweet play by Teix.

    • vicki

      missed him much.

  • JGYank

    I really missed Tex’s defense last year, nevermind his bat. Glad to have him back.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Agreed, but I’m not gonna say I don’t enjoy the prospect of having a 30/100 1B’man again.

  • vicki

    i gotta go watch hoop. somebody pay extra attention to matt daley and report back. he’s my new pet.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Phelps looks really, really impressive…Sabathia to the bullpen!

    • JGYank

      He’ll be the LOOGY. Thornton could use some help.

  • JGYank

    Phelps looks good. Even if he loses the 5th spot, (it looks like Pineda has the advantage) he could do a good job filling out the pen. Those 2 have really impressed.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    God I hate when ESPN has the Yanks-Sawx games. Schulman once again has Pedroia spittle on his chin.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I do not envy Girardi when it comes to picking the 5th starter. I mean as well as Nuno and Warren have both pitched, I think Phelps and Pineda have to be the favorites. Pineda for the upside and Phelps for the experience, but really I could see a solid argument for going with any of the 4.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Bored, so I’m going to expand a bit. I’d go with Pineda, because I want at least 3 of the 4 (if not all 4) on the ML roster and I don’t like the idea of Pineda pitching out of the pen, period.

    • nycsportzfan

      The team is flat out deep. I don’t envy him for the decisions he has to make in any case, he’s gotta make a decision.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Phelps has experience as a starter, but he’s also experienced as a reliever. This year the bullpen’s a lot weaker with no Mo/Logan/Joba, so having him beef it up can only help.

      • sas

        Joba? Are you kidding?

  • Dalek Jeter

    It’d be nice if Ichiro widened this lead before my fantasy draft starts.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yay Ichiro!

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, I didn’t see that coming at all.

  • nycsportzfan

    Sweet 2out, 2RBI single by Ichiro!

  • JGYank

    Nice! I was expecting a RISP fail.

    • Havok9120

      When Wheeler got on I was like “sweet, they turned the lineup over.”

      Then Ichiro was up. Nice to be wrong, though.

      • JGYank

        Yeah, I try walk away from my tv when he’s at the plate. Too frustrating to watch. Giving Beltran his PAs will definitely help this year. Don’t even get me started on Wells. Addition by subraction. At least Ichiro’s WAR was above 1 and is good defensively and on the bases.

        • Chip Rodriguez

          on addition by subtraction:

          oWAR (BR) last year:

          Hafner -0.2
          Wells -0.3
          Overbay -0.3
          Adams -0.6

          Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

          • JGYank

            Yeah just getting those guys off the team improves it. You didn’t even list most of the SS and 3b scrubs we had out there and Stewart/Romine were black holes in the lineup as well. Hughes and Joba got lit up. Hard to watch that team. That’s why the signings we made this year as well as the guys returning from injury are going to be massive upgrades (if healthy) without them having to have monster years. Problem is 2b is a massive donwgrade and the pen will be worse.

            • Chip Rodriguez

              Stewart shockingly had a higher oWAR than any of those. Didn’t bother listing the scrubs who played only 8 or 10 games. But jeez, those four were near regulars in our lineup for the year.

              2B is a giant downgrade, yes, but there are so many upgrades elsewhere that I think the net effect will be a much better Yankees lineup with more patience at the plate, more runs being scored against both RH and LHP, and a bit more depth on the bench.

              The pen is the one thing that worries me, though Cashman’s pulled some rabbits out of the hat in the past here.

  • JGYank

    At least Phelps limited the damage there. Could have been worse. Looked pretty frustrated though.

  • lightSABR

    To anybody else stuck watching on NESN: any idea why they think we want to watch the announcers instead of the game?

  • mustang

    David Phelps looked enough so I like to say my good bye now and i hope he enjoys a long good career with in Seattle.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Just turned the game on. Missed anything of note?

    • JGYank

      Cervelli bomb, Phelps strong for 5, before bending but not breaking in the 6th, ichiro 2 rbi single, and a solid performance from the pen sums it all up.

    • RetroRob

      I just arrived and was depending on you for the recap.

  • BFDeal

    How did we win with our number 5/6 starter going against their number 2 starter?

    /emac2′d