Monday Night Open Thread

Got some great RAB news to share: we’ve added two new people! Well, one new person, and another who is going to post more frequently. New to the site is Katie Sharp (@ktsharp on Twitter), who you’ve seen most recently at IIATMS. She also covers the NFL at SB Nation. Katie will be contributing all sorts of posts, including her trademark Yankeemetrics series recaps. The non-new addition is Sung-Min Kim (@sung_minkim), who’s written several posts at RAB over the last few months. Sunny is going to help out with game recaps and contribute other posts as well. So welcome Katie and re-welcome Sunny to the site, everyone. We’re thrilled to expand the RAB family.

Here is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s loss will be replayed on YES at 10pm ET if you’re interested. There’s plenty of baseball on tonight — the Extra Innings package is in a free preview this week, so find the channels and you can watch any game you want — plus the college basketball championship game is on and both the (hockey) Rangers and Nets are playing. Talk about whatever you want here.

Sunday Night Open Thread

Well folks, this is the last Yankees-less baseball night for at least the next six months. It feels good, doesn’t it? To help hold you over until Opening Day tomorrow, I recommend this Stephen Nesbitt article on ex-Yank Francisco Cervelli, who discussed how the Yankees discovered him and how difficult it is to be a catcher in the minors. The Yankees pulled Cervelli out of the stands during a workout, watched him make one throw from behind the plate to second base, then signed him. Neat story.

This is your open thread for the night. The 2015 season starts tonight with the Cardinals at the Cubs (Wainwright vs. Lester, 8pm ET on ESPN2), so hooray for that. The Knicks are playing tonight as well. Talk about the Cervelli article, Opening Night, or anything else right here. Have at it.

Open Thread: April 4th Camp Notes

The Yankees wrapped up the fake baseball portion of the 2015 season this afternoon with a 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. Stephen Drew and Chris Young each hit a two-run homer, driving the offense. Brett Gardner had a pair of singles while Brian McCann and Didi Gregorius each doubled. It was really windy and Didi’s double was wind-aided, as in it was a standard fly ball the wind carried away from the center fielder.

Nathan Eovaldi started, allowed three runs in a rough first, then cruised for the next four innings. He struck out six. I’m pretty excited about him, this afternoon’s first inning notwithstanding. Dellin Betances allowed a bloop single and a walk in his scoreless inning, striking out the side. PitchFX says he averaged 95.3 mph and topped out at 96.4 mph, which is good. He still seemed to be fighting his mechanics a bit but otherwise looked much better than he has in recent weeks. Dellin’s not all the way back yet but this afternoon was definitely a step forward. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s news:

  • If you missed it earlier, Austin Romine has been designated for assignment. John Ryan Murphy will be the backup catcher, which is what was expected basically the entire offseason. The Opening Day roster is pretty much set now. The Yankees just have to officially announce it. That’ll happen tomorrow probably.
  • Masahiro Tanaka said he’s not expecting to throw as hard this year because he’s changing his approach and focusing on sinkers, basically. “I’m trying to establish a certain pitching style for me this year, so maybe it’s not the wisest to ask for velocity from me this year. I think it will be a little bit, as far as miles per hour go, lower than last year.” [Dan Martin]
  • And that’s pretty much it for camp notes for the spring. The Yankees are off tomorrow then play Opening Day on Monday, at home in Yankee Stadium against the Blue Jays. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET. Hooray for that.

This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game against the Nats will be replayed on MLB Network at 3am ET tomorrow morning, if 3am baseball is your thing. MLB Network is showing the Dodgers and Angels live later tonight plus you’ve got college hoops and all the local hockey and basketball teams in action aside from the Knicks. Talk about whatever you like here.

Open Thread: April 3rd Camp Notes

The Yankees played their final Spring Training game in Florida this afternoon. They lost 8-2 to the Nationals. CC Sabathia allowed three runs in 5.1 innings before hitting his pitch count. All three runs scored in the first inning. He settled in quite nicely after that. Andrew Bailey got two outs and allowed three runs, two of which scored on a three-run homer allowed by Nick Goody.

Everyone was in “let’s swing at everything so we can get out of Tampa” mode on offense. Chase Headley went 2-for-2 with a double while Mark Teixeira, Chris Young, and Brian McCann each went 1-for-2. Teixeira doubled. Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, and Garrett Jones all went 0-for-2. Rob Refsnyder and Ramon Flores had two-baggers off the bench. Here is the box score, here are the video highlights, and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Spring Training:

  • Slade Heathcott was named the 2015 James P. Dawson award winner as the best rookie in Spring Training, so congrats to him. Masahiro Tanaka won last year, Vidal Nuno the year before that. In fact, Heathcott is the first position player to win the award since Jon Weber in 2010. Jon Weber!
  • The backup catcher decision is coming tomorrow, according to Joe Girardi. John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine both caught today, though Murphy started and caught Sabathia. Will Romine still be in the organization 24 hours from now? [Marly Rivera]
  • And finally, Sabathia is taking over Derek Jeter‘s old locker at Yankee Stadium, which is prime real estate because the locker is extra wide and near the exit. “Everybody’s making a big deal about the Derek locker — I mean, I know, it’s important to the fans. But I don’t think we need to designate it ‘the locker,'” said clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza. [Barbarisi]

Here is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on both YES (10:30pm ET) and MLB Network (6am ET tomorrow). MLB Network is showing the Braves and Orioles live right now and the Cubs and Diamondbacks live later tonight. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all in action as well. Talk about whatever. Have at it.

Open Thread: April 2nd Camp Notes

The Yankees played a pair of games this afternoon and half the team beat the Pirates 6-2 at home. Michael Pineda allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings, striking out six and walking zero. Dellin Betances still looked out of whack — he walked two in a scoreless inning. Andrew Miller got two outs with one pitch while Austin Romine, Garrett Jones, Chris Young, Rob Refsnyder, and Stephen Drew all had a pair of hits. Alex Rodriguez had a good day at first base, making a pair of nice scoops on throws in the dirt. Here are the video highlights and box score for that game.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Yankees lost 3-2 to the Tigers on the road. Bryan Mitchell was charged with all three runs in five innings. He struck out six. Kyle Davies followed him with three perfect innings. No, really. The Yankees only had five hits as a team, including two each by Slade Heathcott and John Ryan Murphy. Eddy Rodriguez had the other hit. Not much else to see in this one. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game, and here’s the rest from Spring Training:

  • In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees announced another round of roster cuts that all but confirm Chasen Shreve, Chris Martin, and Gregorio Petit will be on the Opening Day roster. The team hasn’t made anything official though. There are still 32 players in big league camp.
  • Ivan Nova (Tommy John surgery) will throw a 45-pitch bullpen session tomorrow and could begin facing hitters next week. He’ll remain in Tampa to rehab after the team leaves for the regular season. Carlos Beltran was scratched from today’s home game with flu-like symptoms and won’t play tomorrow. Brendan Ryan (calf) will go to New York with the team and return to Tampa when he’s ready to resume working out. [Bryan Hoch, Marly Rivera, Brendan Kuty]
  • Joe Girardi said the staff will discuss the closer situation tomorrow. They might not pick a backup catcher until Saturday. “It’s a decision we probably won’t make until Saturday night,” he said. I take that as they need more time to work out a trade for Romine. [Dan Barbarisi, Rivera]
  • Apparently the Yankees have hired a second bullpen coach. I thought it was a second bullpen catcher at first, but no, it’s a second bullpen coach. Anyway, the new coach is Kyle Arnsberg, son of ex-Yankee Brad Arnsberg. Kyle is only 24! [George King]
  • Petit has reported to the team following last night’s trade and it turns out his dad is a big Yankees fan. This must be a cool experience for them. Slade Heathcott will start the season with Triple-A Scranton following his strong spring. [Chad Jennings]
  • And finally, the Yankees announced Joe Torre will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the season opener Monday afternoon. Neat.

Here is your open thread for the evening. This afternoon’s home game against the Pirates will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, and MLB Network will show both Red Sox-Twins and Athletics-Giants live tonight. The (hockey) Rangers and Islanders are both playing as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

Open Thread: April 1st Camp Notes

The Yankees lost 3-0 to the Rays this afternoon. Chase Whitley started and was really good, allowing one run on four hits in four innings. He struck out six and walked zero. At this point I would be surprised if Whitley wasn’t in the Opening Day bullpen. Esmil Rogers (1.1 innings) and Chasen Shreve (0.2 innings) each allowed an unearned run. Nick Rumbelow faced the minimum six hitters in his two innings of work and struck out three.

Singles by Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, and Ramon Flores were the team’s only hits of the day. Alex Rodriguez, John Ryan Murphy, Brendan Ryan, and Chase Headley drew the four walks. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to game action after missing two weeks with an oblique issue. He seemed to be moving around just fine. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Ryan suffered a right calf strain this afternoon and Joe Girardi said he would “be surprised” if his backup infielder is healthy in time for Opening Day. Stephen Drew will play shortstop in one of tomorrow’s split squad games just so he could be an option there with Ryan and Didi Gregorius (wrist) banged up. [Dan Barbarisi, Bryan Hoch]
  • Speaking of Gregorius, he went through a full round of workouts this afternoon. Ground balls, batting practice, the works. He said he could have played today but the Yankees didn’t want to push it. Gregorius will play shortstop in the other split squad game tomorrow. [Chad Jennings]
  • The rotation for the rest of spring: Michael Pineda and Bryan Mitchell (tomorrow’s split squad games), CC Sabathia (Friday), and Nathan Eovaldi (Saturday). I assume Adam Warren, who was officially named the fifth starter, will throw in a simulated or minor league game Sunday to stay on turn. Everyone’s lined up to make their first start of the season on extra rest. [Jennings]
  • Jose Pirela (concussion) is a “long shot” to be ready for Opening Day. He feels fine and could resume swinging a bat tomorrow, but for now he’s limited to riding a stationary bike. A-Rod will play first base tomorrow. [Brendan Kuty, Marly Rivera, Hoch]
  • The Blue Jays have set their rotation. The Yankees will see Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, and Daniel Norris in their first series of the season next week. [Gregor Chisholm]

This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on both YES (11pm ET) and MLB Network (12pm ET). The Knicks and Nets are playing each other as well. Use this thread to talk about whatever you like.

Open Thread: March 31st Camp Notes

The Yankees lost 3-1 to the Twins this afternoon. Masahiro Tanaka started and was shaky, allowing three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings before reaching his pitch count (75). He struck out one and walked zero. His next start will be Opening Day. Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and Nathan Eovaldi have combined for 44 strikeouts and two walks in 44 innings this spring, by the way. Bullpen candidate Chris Martin retired all six Twins he faced, including five via strikeout.

Brett Gardner, the only everyday player in the lineup, went 1-for-2 with a walk. Brendan Ryan and Garrett Jones both went hitless in three at-bats while Chris Young went 1-for-3. Ramon Flores went 2-for-4 and singled in the team’s only run. Rob Refsnyder went 1-for-3 with a walk and committed his sixth error in 78 defensive innings this spring. Yeesh. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from Spring Training:

This is your open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing the Padres and Royals live later tonight, plus the (hockey) Rangers, Devils, and Nets are all in action. Talk about whatever. Have at it.