Hello from Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., where Masahiro Tanaka is set to make his final tune-up before taking the Opening Day assignment on April 6. Tanaka opted for the 2-1/2 hour ride over pitching at the Minor League complex because he wanted the increased intensity of facing a big league lineup. Tanaka is set to throw 75 pitches, and this game is on FSNO-HD.
Back in Tampa, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran are playing in a Minor League game at the Himes Avenue complex. This marks Ellsbury’s first game action since March 15 due to his oblique injury, but the Yankees have been confident all along that Ellsbury will be ready for Opening Day. Adam Warren is starting in a Minor League game as well, being caught by John Ryan Murphy. There’s a lot you can read into that, even though Joe Girardi says he isn’t ready to name a fifth starter.
Didi Gregorius (left wrist strain) had “a little bit of swelling yesterday,” according to Girardi, who said that “we’ll try to work that out before we put him in.” The original plan was to play Gregorius on Wednesday, but it sounds like they won’t force it. Mark Teixeira (right knee bruise) will play Wednesday, Girardi said.
The decisions on the backup catcher and last two bullpen spots will probably “go down to the wire,” Girardi said. The catcher job is between Murphy and Austin Romine, who’s here today catching Tanaka. In the bullpen, the Yanks need to pick two from the group of Andrew Bailey, Chris Martin, Chasen Shreve and Chase Whitley.
Girardi seemed to tip his hand a bit today, saying that he would not carry Bailey unless he showed that he could pitch in back-to-back games, and that the Yankees aren’t going to rush him to do so. Martin has had a rough spring, so it’s possible those calls could go to Shreve (a third lefty, joining Andrew Miller and Justin Wilson) and Whitley as a second long man.
“I think it comes down to who we think is going to help us the most, is the bottom line,” Girardi said. “I don’t think you necessarily in your mind say I have to have a third lefty. Is it a luxury? Sure it is, but I think it’s who we think is going to help us the most.”
Here are the lineups:
Brett Gardner LF
Brendan Ryan 3B
Chris Young CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Austin Romine C
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Ramon Flores RF
Nick Noonan SS
Eric Jagielo DH
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
In relief: Chris Martin, Danny Burawa, Chasen Shreve.
Jordan Schafer CF
Eduardo Escobar SS
Chris Herrmann RF
Kennys Vargas 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Adam Brett Walker DH
Shane Robinson LF
Eric Fryer C
Doug Bernier 2B
LHP Tommy Milone
In relief: Glen Perkins, Mike Pelfrey, Casey Fien, D.J. Johnson, Zack Jones.
It’s that time again: MLB.com’s 2015 Fantasy Projections are ready for the season, and they provide a fun flash-forward for what might be on the back of next year’s baseball cards.
There are no guarantees, of course, but here’s what the number-crunchers are seeing in their crystal balls for the Yankees’ key players. My eyes were immediately drawn to the stat line for Alex Rodriguez, where they’ve given him 12 homers. That’d account for the six necessary to catch Willie Mays (660) and then some, but it falls well below the over-under line of 19 1/2 for A-Rod homers that has been floating around on social media.
I think you’d probably take these lines for McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran in their respective second seasons wearing pinstripes. You definitely accept that kind of year from Drew; it’s a lot closer to where he was in 2013 with Boston. They’ve apparently put Adam Warren back in the bullpen and the Yankees are giving random starts to an awful lot of starting pitchers (but such is life in the Bronx).
I think Masahiro Tanaka’s numbers of 14-10 and a 3.02 ERA might be a bit conservative assuming a full season of health. And poor Brendan Ryan can’t crack the Mendoza line even in a preseason simulation. But don’t take my word for it, look for yourself:
C: Brian McCann, .251, 66 R, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 1 SB
1B: Mark Teixeira, .227, 60 R, 22 HR, 66 RBI, 1 SB
2B: Stephen Drew, .240, 50 R, 10 HR, 50 RBI, 2 SB
3B: Chase Headley, .269, 74 R, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 10 SB
SS: Didi Gregorius, .247, 54 R, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 5 SB
LF: Brett Gardner, .266, 86 R, 13 HR, 57 RBI, 21 SB
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury, .281, 84 R, 15 HR, 70 RBI, 37 SB
RF: Carlos Beltran, .268, 65 R, 22 HR, 70 RBI, 3 SB
DH: Alex Rodriguez, .251, 47 R, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 1 SB
OF: Chris Young, .232, 34 R, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 9 SB
1B: Garrett Jones, .256, 38 R, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 1 SB
2B: Rob Refsnyder, .247, 24 R, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB
SS: Brendan Ryan, .193, 11 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB
SP: Masahiro Tanaka, 14-10, 3.02 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 170 K
SP: Michael Pineda, 10-9, 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 144 K
SP: CC Sabathia, 10-11, 4.08 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 145 K
SP: Nathan Eovaldi, 11-11, 3.92 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 150 K
SP: Ivan Nova, 6-7, 4.00 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 85 K
SP: Chris Capuano, 6-8, 4.17 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 89 K
SP: Chase Whitley, 2-3, 3.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 57 K
SP: Scott Baker, 4-5, 4.80 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 50 K
RP: Dellin Betances, 25 SV, 2.13 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 104 K
RP: Andrew Miller, 15 SV, 2.49 ERA, 0.95 ERA, 90 K
RP: David Carpenter, 0 SV, 3.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 64 K
RP: Adam Warren, 0 SV, 3.41 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 89 K
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It’s the last day of camp, which always feels a little bit like the last day of school for me… of course, now we’ve got 162 more to go, so it really shouldn’t. But it’ll be exciting to start seeing some games that count in the standings.
The Yankees reported to George M. Steinbrenner Field this morning dressed for the charter flight to Houston — at least, those whom have been told that they have seats on the plane. There is still no decision on the 25th man, with Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte caught in limbo. It’s very possible that the Yankees are working on a last-minute transaction to wrap things up.
While we wait, Ivan Nova has the ball for his sixth start of the spring. Nova is tuning up for the third start of the season on April 3 in Houston. After today’s game, the Yankees will fly to Houston and will take the day off Sunday before holding a scheduled workout on Monday at Minute Maid Park.
We’ve got some weather concerns in the Tampa area that could impact today’s game. The YES Network and WFAN are both broadcasting today’s action. Here is the last lineup of the spring:
Christian Yelich DH
Tom Koehler RHP
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Ivan Nova RHP
The end of camp is near. The clubhouse is a mess of half-filled boxes, and there are 35 players remaining in camp — only 25 of whom will be invited to begin the season with the big league club. Joe Girardi and his staff plan to announce those decisions today, and we should have news to pass along in the next few hours.
For now, here are the lineups for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. ET game. Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka are both scheduled to pitch for the Yankees tonight, as are Shane Greene and Cesar Cabral. There is no Yankees TV or radio coverage for this game.
|MARLINS (18-11-2)Christian Yelich LF
Jeff Baker 2B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Derek Dietrich DH
Casey McGehee 3B
Marcell Ozuna CF
Donovan Solano SS
Kevin Slowey RHP
|YANKEES (16-12-2)Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
MLB.com’s 2014 Fantasy Projections are ready for the season, and they provide a fun flash-forward for what might be on the back of next year’s baseball cards.
There are no guarantees, of course — they had Derek Jeter logging 563 at-bats last year while hitting .297, and we know that didn’t happen — but here’s what the number-crunchers are seeing in their crystal balls for the Yankees’ key players.
I think that Jeter would sign on the dotted line right now if you guaranteed that this is how his final Major League season would play out.
I’ll be bookmarking this blog post to come back later in the year and check how things are shaping up.
C Brian McCann: .271, 68 R, 26 HR, 88 RBI, 2 SB
1B Mark Teixeira: .249, 81 R, 26 HR, 94 RBI, 1 SB
2B Brian Roberts: .253, 35 R, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 3 SB
SS Derek Jeter: .290, 68 R, 10 HR, 59 RBI, 4 SB
3B Kelly Johnson: .244, 69 R, 20 HR, 70 RBI, 12 SB
LF Brett Gardner: .264, 83 R, 7 HR, 48 RBI, 32 SB
CF Jacoby Ellsbury: .293, 94 R, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 42 SB
RF Carlos Beltran: .277, 72 R, 29 HR, 87 RBI, 3 SB
DH Alfonso Soriano: .250, 71 R, 26 HR, 89 RBI, 8 SB
C Francisco Cervelli: .267, 21 R, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 1 SB
C Austin Romine: .200, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB
IF Eduardo Nunez: .256, 33 R, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 12 SB
IF Brendan Ryan: .240, 22 R, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 1 SB
IF Scott Sizemore: .240, 18 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB
OF Ichiro Suzuki: .268, 34 R, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 11 SB
OF Zoilo Almonte: .254, 6 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB
LHP CC Sabathia: 15-11, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 177 K
RHP Hiroki Kuroda: 14-11, 3.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 144 K
RHP Ivan Nova: 13-9, 3.86 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 147 K
RHP Masahiro Tanaka: 15-10, 3.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 184 K
RHP Michael Pineda: 9-8, 4.31 ERA, 1.29 ERA, 147 K
RHP David Phelps: 7-7, 4.23 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 96 K
RHP David Robertson: 38 SV, 2.63 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 74 K
LHP Matt Thornton: 0 SV, 3.75 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 53 K
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