Spring Training

Spring Training game 18: Rays 10, Yankees 6

The score from Tuesday’s game looks rough, but I’m going to go ahead and blame that pretty much entirely on Johnny Barbato and Deitrich Enns. The two combined for 1.1 IP and 8 ER. Outside of that, a lot of guys actually had pretty good games.

Rotation candidate Luis Severino made the start yesterday. He pitched 3 innings for the first time this spring, allowing 1 ER on 2 H and 1 BB while striking out 4. The one run came from a home run off the bat of Rickie Weeks Jr., of all people. Besides the home run, and a double by Tim Beckham, Sev was mostly keeping the ball out of the air. A good start overall.

The Yankee bats were alive once again, as they plated 6 runs on 10 hits. The standout performance probably has to be Gleyber Torres, who went 2-3 with a double and his second home run of the spring, scoring 2 and driving in 3. His OPS is up to a staggering, yet inconsequential, 1.458.

Gary Sanchez joined the base parade as well, going 1-3 with an opposite field home run, his fourth of the spring. His OPS is up to a slightly less impressive, yet equally inconsequential, 1.195. That’s not the Gary story of this game though. The Gary story of the game  came in the 5th inning, when the Great Gambino showed off his hustle by swiping second base. It was his first stolen base of the spring. Sanchez continues to bat 2nd in the order.

Greg Bird had himself a game as well, going 2-3 with a double and a triple. HIS OPS is up to an astronomical(ly inconsequential) 1.500! As a Big Bird supporter, these past few weeks have been very exciting for me. It was nice to see him healthy and back in game action in the Arizona Fall League back in November after the injury that sidelined him for basically all of last year. It’s nice to seem him healthy this spring. It’s even better to see him excelling at the plate. Depth Charts, Steamer, and Fans projections all have him in the low-mid 20’s for his 2017 home run total. All of those are based off projections of 100-130 games played though. I think with the Austin injury and Chris Carter not actually being a viable 1B option, Bird ends up getting a lot more playing time than initially projected, and his home run total approaches 30, if it doesn’t eclipse it. That’s my Bird prediction.

Here are some other lines of note:

SS Ronald Torreyes: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
3B Miguel Andujar: 1-2, 1 K, 1 RBI
RF Aaron Judge: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 K
LF Clint Frazier: 1-3, 2 R
LF Tyler Wade: 1-1
CF Mason Williams: 0-2
2B Jorge Mateo: 0-1, 1 K
LHP Jon Niese: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 2 K
RHP Jonathan Holder: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

You can catch the full box score here, and video highlights (there are few because the game wasn’t televised) here.

Today the Yankees play the Philadelphia Phillies at 6:35 PM EST. It will thankfully be televised on YES.

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