Spring Training

Spring Training Games 9, 10, and 11: The Weekend Edition

The Yankees played three games over the weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Here’s a quick recap on those games.

Game 9: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2

Luis Severino made his second start of the spring on Friday, and boy he did not look great. He allowed 2 ER on 4 H and 1 BB over 2.1 IP. Both of the runs came on a Jose Bautista home run in the first. You expect a guy like Bautista to hit home runs, but it’s not as though that was the only mistake Sev made all game. 5 base runners in just over 2 innings is not ideal. He did pick up 4 strikeouts though, so clearly he had some stuff working. I mean, just look at this pitch:

Hopefully he can build on this and bounce back in his next start. He’ll have to if he wants to make a strong case for that rotation spot.

For once the Yankees bats were (relatively) silent. The team still picked up 8 hits, but only managed to plate 2 runs, both in the top of the 9th. Both runs came on an RBI single by 1B Ji-Man Choi. It was a game-tying single at the time, but then a walk off home run by 1B Ryan McBroom off of Joe Mantiply won it for the Tigers in the bottom half of the inning. Overall, not a ton of offense, but the arms that threw in between Severino and Mantiply looked pretty good.

Here are some lines of note:

RF Aaron Judge: 2-3, 1 K
CF Jacoby Ellsbury: 1-3
DH Chris Carter: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K
C Austin Romine: 1-3
SS Jorge Mateo: 0-2
SS Gleyber Torres: 0-2
RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

You can catch the full box score here, and video highlights here.

Game 10: Yankees 11, Tigers 1

The Yankees found their bats again on Saturday and absolutely trounced the Tigers on both sides of the ball. Gary Sanchez hit his second home run of the spring, a three-run shot. He went 1-3 with 1 R and 2 RBI on the afternoon. Aaron Hicks homered as well. He finished the day 2-2 with 2 R, 2 RBI and 1 BB.

Obligatory “it’s only spring training”, but the team has already hit 17 home runs this spring, quickly approaching their 20 home run total from last preseason. The exciting part though is that the bombs are coming from young guys like Greg Bird (3), Sanchez (2) and low-profile outfield prospect Billy McKinney (2), who came over as one of the pieces in the Aroldis Chapman trade to the Cubs. McKinney has been impressive so far, so he’s a guy to keep an eye on as we move forward.

On top of the home run, Sanchez also threw out Tigers’s CF Anthony Gose trying to steal second. In the words of Starlin Castro, “I don’t know why they run.” Guys keep testing him, and they keep losing.

LHP Michael Pineda had himself a game in his first start of the spring. He went 2 strong, giving up 1 H and 0 BB while striking out 5. The only non-strikeout was a ground ball. Who knows, maybe this is the season Pineda finally stays healthy and turns it around. I mean, I wouldn’t hold your breath. But if he can continue to strike guys out and keep the ball on the ground, it could be a good season for him.

Here are some other lines of note:

1B Greg Bird: 1-1, 1 R, 2 BB
RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
1B Donovan Solano: 1-3, 2 RBI
2B Starlin Castro: 1-3, 1 double
3B Chase Headley: 1-3, 1 K
LF Billy McKinney: 1-2, 2 R, 1 BB
RHP Dellin Betances: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
RHP Chad Green: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP  Ben Hller: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
LHP Chasen Shreve: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

You can catch the full box score here, and video highlights here.

Game 11: Yankees 3, Pirates 2

Another fairly uneventful game on the offensive side of the ball, but there were definitely some noteworthy performances.

The first came from Masahiro Tanaka, who made teh start yesterday afternoon. He went 3 IP, allowing 3 H and 0 BB while racking up 4 strikeouts.

What that line doesn’t show is that he completed those 3 innings in just 37 pitches. His limit for the day was 45, so he likely threw some bullpen after they took him out of the game. Tanaka probably could have gone out for the 4th, but Girardi wants to be able to work as many pitchers as he can in games like these, especially when a lot of them are on a schedule. Tanaka also recorded 4 groundouts and 0 flyouts, which is especially good for a guy who tends to get hurt by the home run ball. That only accounts for 8 outs in 3 innings though, right? So where’d that 9th out come from?

El Gary.

For some reason teams and players still think it’s a good idea to run on Gary Sanchez. Well, it’s not. And he should us all why (again) on Sunday. Sanchez caught three guys trying to steal second yesterday. These weren’t halfhearted spring training stolen base attempts either. These runners had good jumps and were going hard. Remember, a lot of these guys are competing for roster spots. But Gary doesn’t care. On all three attempts he fired perfect throws down to second to snag all three of them. Here’s one of them:

Like fish in a barrel. It’s unbelievable how much this kid continues to impress on both sides of the ball. He finished the day 1-2 with 1 R and 1 K.

The biggest hit of the game was definitely Gleyber Torres’s triple. Or was it Torres hitting the ground after swinging out of his shoes earlier in that same at bat?


You gotta love the look on Girardi’s face. It seems to say, “This kid can really do it all.” Anyway, back to the triple. He took a pitch up and over the plate and drove it deep to the opposite field corner, past the reach of the left fielder. Torres was running hard the whole way and made it to third on a head-first slide. A great hit coupled with some great base running. Unfortunately the team would strand him there, but the shortstop is hitting .545 at this point in spring training.

Here are some other lines of note:

DH Matt Holliday: 2-3, 1 R, 2 doubles

RF Clint Frazier: 1-2
3B Pete Kozma: 2-2, 1 RBI
LF Brett Gardner: 0-3, 1 K
RF Aaron Judge: 0-1, 1 BB
LHP Aroldis Chapman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Tyler Clippard: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Chance Adams: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

There were a couple close calls in the game Sunday, with 1B Ji-Man Choi taking a pitch off the earflap of his helmet and SS Tyler Wade fouling a ball off his foot, but both appear to be happy and healthy. Choi was taken out of the game for a pinch runner, but he seemed pretty insistent to Girardi that he was good to go. Better safe than sorry, of course.

You can catch the full box score here, and video highlights here.

Today the Yankees take on the Pittsburgh Pirates once again. The game starts at 1:05 EST and will be televised on ESPN and and YES.


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