Spring Game 12: Yankees at Astros

greetings_floridaHello from Mickey’s doorstep in Kissimmee, Fla., where the Yankees and Astros will meet this afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. Today’s game is being televised and will be shown on MLB Network. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are also here with the radio call, which can be heard in New York on WFAN (man, that’s going to take some getting used to).

Ivan Nova gets the start for New York, but the more interesting storyline will be the spring debut of left-hander Manny Banuelos, who is scheduled to pitch in relief. This is the first time Banuelos has faced hitters since his Tommy John surgery, and after Banuelos declared earlier in camp that 2014 will be his year to get to the big leagues, it’ll be a good opportunity to see what his stuff looks like.

Here are the lineups:

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Dean Anna SS
Scott Sizemore 3B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Mason Williams RF

Ivan Nova RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Manny Banuelos, Cesar Cabral, David Herndon, Fred Lewis.

ASTROS (3-4)
Dexter Fowler CF
Jose Altuve 2B
Jason Castro C
Chris Carter DH
Marc Krauss 1B
Jesus Guzman LF
L.J. Hoes RF
Jonathan Villar SS
Cesar Izturis 3B

Jarred Cosart RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Chad Qualls, Darin Downs, Jake Buchanan, Jorge De Leon, Paul Clemens.


That sounds delusional. The only way Pineda moves past Nova is if Nova flames out completely and Pineda actually outpitches him and put up better numbers, plus he is going to have to be able to stay healthy and put up innings. All of those are questionable at this time, especially since it’s been well over a year since Pineda has pitched in the majors and he was shut down before the end of the minor league season.


There is nothing delusional about Nova’s up and down performances over the last 3 years where he has continued to be pulled from the rotation.


No one is confusing Nova with a Cy Young candidate. He is no better than a mid-rotation type of pitcher, but he has done more than Pineda who is basically an unknown. Also, nothing delusional about the fact that Pineda had to be shut down last season. How many wins does he have for the Yanks since the trade? Nova’s place in the rotation is his to lose. It’s still questionable that Pineda can stay healthy. At this point Pineda is astill going to have to fight for the No.5 spot, most likely will have to beat Warren for it.


Maybe we need to move aweful CC to your A’s bros and we can have enough spots for everyone.


Pineda has been hurt but who hasn’t? Jeter spend 18 years healthy and then boom 2 serious injuries in a row. Kobe Bryant played through everything, now he just missed an entire season.


Nova is a real question mark. He is very up and down. I see Pineda passing Nova in the rotation order at some point.


No chance Banuelos will end up in the bullpen this year. He’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery, and like Betances has always had control issues, neither are considered top pitching prospects anymore, at best they are middle inning relievers. Most likely won’t see Banuelos until second half of the season if he can stay healthy and pitch well.


neither Nova or Banuelos were great today. Hopefully it will improve. Could use someone like Banuelos in the bull pen. A win is a win. The spring training record is starting to look a little more respectable.



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