Mar
27

Spring Training Game Thread: Tune-Up

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There are only three Spring Training games left, so everyone is pretty much ready to go. The pitchers, like today’s starter CC Sabathia, will throw light tune-up sessions more than full “working on something” starts. In fact, Sabathia is only scheduled for 45-50 pitches today. These last few days are about staying sharp and not getting hurt, not building pitch count or anything like that. The real work is already done. These are the last low-stress games the team will play for months.

The Yankees are making the hour-long trip south to Bradenton to play the Pirates this afternoon. Pittsburgh is playing most of their regulars, including Starling Marte, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, former Yankee Russell Martin, and former Yankees farmhand Jose Tabata. Righty Stolmy Pimentel, who I wrote about as a possible trade target not too long ago, is on the mound. Here’s the starting lineup as the competition for the final bench spot winds down:

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. LF Zoilo Almonte
  6. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  7. SS Dean Anna
  8. DH Zelous Wheeler
  9. RF Adonis Garcia
    LHP CC Sabathia

Available Position Players: C Jose Gil, 1B Corban Joseph, SS Carmen Angelini, LF Ben Gamel, and CF Antoan Richardson will all come off the bench. C Roybell Herrera, C Radley Haddad, UTIL Addison Maruszak, UTIL Jose Pirela, and OF Mason Williams are also available.

Available Pitchers: RHP David Phelps, RHP Adam Warren, and LHP Vidal Nuno are all scheduled to pitch after Sabathia. LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Fred Lewis, RHP Graham, Stoneburner, RHP Manny Barreda, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Branden Pinder, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Aaron Dott, and SwP Pat Venditte are the extra arms.

It has been raining for most of the morning in Bradenton but it is expected to stop very soon if it hasn’t already. There might be a short delay, if anything, but it looks like they’ll have no trouble getting in a full nine innings. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and you can watch live on both YES and MLB.tv. Yeah, this is one of the rare YES road games. Enjoy.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    C Roybell Herrera
    C Radley Haddad

    Clearly we’re not even aware of our massive catching depth.

    • Masahiro Dinero

      I believe those names are in the same mold as Eric Jonrosh… the real question then is… who are they really?!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      They’re both aliases for our stud catching prospect just signed as an IFA:

      C Rascal Hats

  • lightSABR

    “Zealous Wheller”? Really, YES?

    The joys of spring training.

  • lightSABR

    Is it just me, or does Russell Martin with a beard look a little like Russell Crowe?

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Wow, Tex has 3 hits this whole spring. At least we’re not hearing about any wrist issues though.

    • Wheels

      He’s a notorious slow starter as we all know, but yeah it’s concerning. Hitting .097

      • The Great Gonzo

        Making up for last spring. Double bad spring!

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    “SwP” if I didn’t know who Venditte was, or read that in context of pitchers I’d have no idea what this was referring to.

    • I’m One

      Mike’s mention of “extra arms” was clearly intended to only mean Pat Vendtite. He’s all the extra arms the team needs.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    I’m going to be a bit disappointed if we don’t get to see a bit of Venditte this afternoon.

    Nice play by Anna there.

  • Mykey

    This line up is just full of fantastic names.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Anna again. DAMN. I think he’s got himself a plane ticket to Houston.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Obligatory V-lo check on Sabathia, please?

    #Needareasontobeconcernedaboutsomethingtoday

    • Chip Rodriguez

      high 80s, when I was paying attention. But they didn’t show it all the time, and he looked as if he was throwing a lot more cutters than his usual fastballs.

      He also gave up 3 hits. Be concerned. Be very concerned.

      • The Great Gonzo

        ZOMGZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Thanks Chip

      • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

        But zero K’s.

        Does that warrant a FotD™?

  • Mykey

    He hasn’t really had much of a chance at making the play, but Marte has not impressed with these throws to home.

  • Wheels

    Nice hit Nuney.

  • Wheels

    And Tex whiffs.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Soooooooo, I am listening to this game on MLB At Bat App (Pittsburgh feed), and I have ZERO idea what is happening. The announcers are NOT announcing anything. There is one guy laughing and chatting and talking, to himself.

    I am about 98% positive that there the play-by-play guy’s mic is not on and no one has noticed on the radio station. All i could tell you is the Pittsburgh coaching staff is pretty nice? I guess??

    Fucking small market baseball man…

  • Wheels

    CC, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. not too shabby

    • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

      But I am obliged to ask you about his vLo. Eff obligations, was he locating his pitches properly and mixing it up with his off speed stuff? You know the stuff that actually matters.

      • Wheels

        Only saw his last inning where he got three quick outs. He was working fast, got a ton of ground balls according to Girardi.

      • Wheels

        Mixing speeds well according to Cone.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I believe Yangervis Solarte was able to outrun CC’s fastball.

        I have no clue, actually. I haven’t been listening. Just my assumption.

  • Yankee$

    That Betances Curveball.

    • The Great Gonzo

      It is goddam sexy.

      • Yankee$

        He’s going to be great in a brawl too. (Visions of Graeme Lloyd running in from the bullpen…)

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        You’d nail that curveball, Gonzo?

        • vicki

          he’d hit that.

          • The Great Gonzo

            I’d flail wildly at that.

  • Yankee$

    So just thinking on screen here…
    Nova Curveball is a 70
    Tanaka Splitter is a 70
    Pineda Slider is a 70
    Exciting. (I’m no scout, mind you.)

  • dkidd

    not saying there won’t be bumps along the way, but i believe cc will master the cutter and continue to be successful for years

    i have an unshakable believe in his work ethic and baseball IQ

    • Yankee$

      I agree. His offspeed stuff is still really good. If he can pull another mph or three of the offspeed stuff and keep the same differential between his FB and Changeup (as when the FB was 94), and keep his command, he’s still a threat for 20 wins every year.

      • I’m One

        I think this spring has shown that he is learning to pitch differently. While he may never get to 20 wins again, I think he’ll be an effective starting pitcher going forward. Maybe not a #1, but he should be a #2 or at worst a #3. He won’t be worth his salary, but we’ve seen that movie quite a few times before.

  • CountryClub

    Erik Boland ?@eboland11 1m
    One scout today had Betances at 93-97 on his fastball

    • I’m One

      Betances is a beast! So looking forward to seeing him do well this season.

  • mick taylor

    texiera is going to be a bust. he will be the worst 20 million dollar hitter in baseball history. he looks washed up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Vernon Wells has him beat by a mile.

      • TWTR

        Toronto gave him $126m in Dec. 2006, when he was coming off two seasons with a 105 and 104 OPS+, respectively.

        At least Tex was really good when he got his big payday, even if he did decline really fast v. RHP after 2009.

        • TWTR

          I messed up. Wells had a big 2006, but he hadn’t a similar season since 2003.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          He also will never be a total zero as a player. Worst case scenario, his name will still be easier to spell than Doug Mienkei…..ah, fuck it.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton 2013 called, said gofuckyourself….

    • 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

      Who is Texiera?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Kaneoka, and I agree. Anyone giving that guy 20 million to hit is batshit.

    • BFDeal

      Remember when you said Travis Hafner was the best signing the Yankees made?

      • Wheels

        Is Pronk still in the league?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Am I crazy in thinking I read he’s coaching kids somewhere?

          • BFDeal

            Assistant coach with Notre Dame.

      • mick taylor

        remember when i said yanks should have signed carlos beltran 3years ago and dumped swisher, dick/ how about that grady sizemore. and hafner would have been fine, he just got injured. hafner cost nothing compared to what tex is making.

        • BFDeal

          Hafner sucked.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          hafner would have been fine, he just got injured

          Yeah, no one saw that happening.

          • The Great Gonzo

            Hafner would have been fine, except for that he wasn’t.

            • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

              If Woody had gone right to this police, none of this would ever have happened.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Not big enough a game moment for BGDP.

    • vicki

      yeah, i’m not worried or anything; but did phelpsie take the fifth starter news hard, or what?

      • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

        He’s just bored.

  • NCS

    All I want for Christmas is for Venditte to pitch the 9th.

  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    See, boss? Stairs can close.

    RIP David Robertson

    • lightSABR

      Okay, I’m finally going to betray my ignorance: why “Stairs”?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Robertson had a mysterious injury last spring training falling down some stairs. Cabral had sort of a Tonya Harding look about him. Meme was born, and was found to be far funnier by others at the time than by even the person who created it. Stairs still stops by for the occasional cameo.

        • Rooting for U.S. Steel

          Still my favorite meme. Jorge/Tilapia — you are the brains behind this, yes?

  • Yankee$

    Cabral claim a spot today if they don’t want to DFA Claiborne ?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Either him or Daley. Cabral’s the easier move unless they open up a spot.

  • whitey

    I watched Tex take BP and it was brutal. Yes, I know they work on things, don’t swing for the fences etc….. His bat looked like it weighed 10 lbs.

  • nycsportzfan

    3knocks for Ichiro today. Not to shabby. I believe, 100pct, hes gonna be a fine player off the bench. If he was a starter every game, I would have my doubts, but his professional approach, expierence, speed, and ability to hit bad pitches, is gonna be a strength off the bench.