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SimSeason: Taking the 2015 Yankees for a test drive

Following a big league team around the country means that you tend to encounter a lot of down time in airports, hotels and on trains. One of my favorite ways to pass those hours has been getting lost in various incarnations of the Out of the Park Baseball series. It’s a ridiculously detailed simulation that puts you in the general manager’s chair of any team, overseeing all operations of the club.

OOTP 16 was released this month for PC and Mac, and for the first time, it contains a MLB.com license to use actual team logos and stadiums. For fun, and because I’m apparently a huge nerd, I’ve run a simulation of the Yankees’ 2015 season to see one possible outcome of the next six to seven months.

Some ground rules: I ran the sim in Commissioner Mode and set injuries to ‘Normal.’ Trades have been disabled to prevent the AI from moving players all over the league, so our ‘Brian Cashman’ will be unable to tweak the roster at the Trade Deadline. Teams can promote and demote the guys who are currently within their own system, and that’s it. (When you play the game, you can try it differently.)

The AI will manage the team during games, but whenever possible, ‘Joe Girardi’ will be instructed to stick as close to the Opening Day lineup as he can. As far as promoting players, we’ll operate conservatively if at all possible. I’ve also clicked the box that says I ‘Cannot Be Fired’ from my role as GM and manager. Hooray!

Here is the Yankees’ projected Opening Day lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Masahiro Tanaka

We made a few guesses to fill out the Yankees’ roster: John Ryan Murphy is the backup catcher (Austin Romine cleared waivers and went to Triple-A), Adam Warren is the fifth starter and the final two bullpen spots go to Chasen Shreve and Chase Whitley. Dellin Betances is the closer, Andrew Miller gets the eighth inning setup role. Brendan Ryan and Didi Gregorius will platoon at shortstop.

On the morning of Opening Day, Hal Steinbrenner sends me an e-mail that says the Yankees should at least reach the playoffs. Got it.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched the Yankees to a 7-2 Opening Day win in our simulation of the 2015 season.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched the Yankees to a 7-2 Opening Day win in our simulation of the 2015 season, then received a six-game suspension after hitting Mike Napoli of the Red Sox in his next start.

Opening Day, April 6: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2
Things are off to a good start as Masahiro Tanaka pitched eight innings of two-run, eight-hit ball. Brian McCann stroked three hits, including a second-inning two-run homer, as the Yankees trounced the Blue Jays in front of a crowd of 52,197 in The Bronx.

Didi Gregorius went 4-for-4 in his Yankee debut, Brett Gardner drove in three runs and Dellin Betances struck out Justin Smoak to end the game. Then John Sterling bellowed in the radio booth and all was well within the Yankee universe.

On we go into April…

Following the Welcome Home Dinner on April 7, Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer, a two-run shot off Drew Hutchison in the Yanks’ 7-2 win over Toronto on April 8 … The Yanks completed a season-opening sweep of the Blue Jays behind CC Sabathia’s seven innings of one-run ball April 9. Dellin Betances notched his first save. … They lost their first game on April 10, 5-4 to Boston, as Clay Buchholz out-pitched Nathan Eovaldi … The rivalry is alive: Tanaka and Mike Napoli were slammed with six-game suspensions for a benches-clearing incident in the first inning on April 11. The Yankees won the game anyway, 6-3, behind A-Rod’s two homers – one off Eduardo Rodriguez and one off Junichi Tazawa (No. 656 and 657, if we’re counting) …

Didi Gregorius was hit by a pitch in an extra-inning loss to the Orioles on April 14 and sustained a bruised wrist. It was serious enough to knock him out for two weeks, so Jose Pirela was called up. … Nathan Eovaldi allowed seven runs to the Orioles and was knocked out in the third inning on April 15. Larry Rothschild said he’s working on some things. … A-Rod had a five-hit game to support Adam Warren’s strong outing in a 3-1 win over the Rays April 17. Rodriguez is hitting .412 … The Yanks lost an April 20 heartbreaker in Detroit, 6-5, as Ian Kinsler singles home the winning run in the 10th off Chase Whitley. Injury to insult: Jacoby Ellsbury strained his hamstring in the loss and was placed on the DL. The Yankees summoned Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A. … Michael Pineda dominated the Mets over 7 2/3 scoreless innings on April 24, striking out nine … Brian McCann homered twice to back a very strong Tanaka in a 6-1 rout of Tampa Bay on April 28.

Checking in… May 1, 2015
BostonHello from high above Copley Square in Boston on this sunny Friday morning. Here’s what we know so far: the Yankees begin May with an 11-11 (.500) record, two games behind the Red Sox and holding second place in the AL East. Michael Pineda is 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA in five starts, leading the team with 34 strikeouts. Alex Rodriguez leads the team with five homers, while Brian McCann is batting .310 with four homers and 13 RBIs. The Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury injuries are an ever-present reminder that this lineup has to be ready to change on the fly.

Dellin Betances has been terrific, locking down his first six saves and he has yet to give up a run. It turns out, we were worried about nothing in Spring Training. That said, Stephen Drew’s good spring didn’t translate into the year; he’s hitting .123. The Yanks are sixth in the AL with 22 homers, so they’ve got that part figured out, yet they rank 14th in runs scored (78) and average (.233). The starters ERA ranks 12th at 4.99, but the bullpen is the best in the AL (2.22).

Tomorrow: May and June!

Spring Game 28: Yankees at Astros

It’s been a busy day thus far in Yankees camp, so let’s get to some of the quick hits before we go into the lineups for the Grapefruit League game against the Astros here in Kissimmee, Fla. …

Mark Teixeira was hit on the right knee by a pitch while playing in a Minor League game at the team’s complex in Tampa. Teixeira left the game, but told reporters that he is “fine.” Joe Girardi said that he would provide more information later. … Didi Gregorius reported some improvement in his strained left wrist. He is receiving treatment today and the goal is to play him on Wednesday. Brian Cashman said that Gregorius had both an X-ray and an MRI, and both were clean.

The Yankees re-signed right-hander Jared Burton to a Minor League deal. Burton was released three days ago and had his spring interrupted by a strained lat. … The Yankees have re-assigned right-hander Kyle Davies to Minor League camp and optioned right-hander Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both will pitch in the RailRiders’ rotation to begin the year.

Here are the lineups in Kissimmee, where Alex Rodriguez is set to make his first career appearance at first base:

YANKEES (14-12-1)
Brendan Ryan SS
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Alex Rodriguez 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Rob Refsnyder DH
Ramon Flores RF
Slade Heathcott CF
Jonathan Galvez LF

Nathan Eovaldi P

Also pitching: Esmil Rogers, Chase Whitley, Chasen Shreve.

ASTROS (10-8-4)
Jose Altuve 2B
George Springer RF
Luis Valbuena 3B
Evan Gattis DH
Jason Castro C
Jed Lowrie SS
Colby Rasmus CF
Jon Singleton 1B
Robbie Grossman LF

Scott Feldman RHP

Also pitching: Brad Peacock, Chad Qualls.

Spring Game 27: Yankees vs. Orioles

It’s CC Sabathia’s day to pitch, but if you’re looking to find the big man, he’s across the street from George M. Steinbrenner Field working in a Minor League game. The Yankees’ reasoning is that they don’t want Sabathia facing a division rival so close to the beginning of the regular season, so Scott Baker is making today’s start instead. Tyler Wilson is on the mound for the O’s.

The game is being televised on YES and broadcast on WFAN.

ORIOLES (9-15)
Alejandro De Aza lf
Manny Machado 3b
Jimmy Paredes dh
Chris Davis 1b
Travis Snider rf
Evereth Cabrera cf
Steve Clevenger c
Ryan Flaherty ss
Jonathan Schoop 2b

Tyler Wilson rhp

YANKEES (14-11-1)
Brett Gardner lf
Chase Headley 3b
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Chris Young cf
Stephen Drew 2b
Didi Gregorius ss
Austin Romine c

Scott Baker rhp

Spring Game 25: Yankees at Rays

We’re underway at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., where it’s funky 70’s day. Bell-bottoms, disco music and … Adam Warren, looking to put the finishing touches on the No. 5 starter’s job. As Brian Cashman said yesterday, Warren is essentially Secretariat in this race, so something catastrophic would have to happen for him not to begin the year as the fifth starter.

“That’s how we envisioned him when he first got here, that he would be a starter in our rotation,” Joe Girardi said today. “It’s not unusual for guys to get their feet wet in the bullpen to start. I think he’s grown up a lot the last couple of years, and he has an opportunity to start this year.”

The Yanks brought a light travel squad to Port Charlotte, with Didi Gregorius likely the biggest name in the lineup. Brendan Ryan, Chris Young, Garrett Jones and John Ryan Murphy are here as well.

The game is being televised on SUN Network..

YANKEES (13-10-1)
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Chris Young CF
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder DH
Slade Heathcott LF
Ramon Flores RF
Cole Figueroa 3B

RHP Adam Warren

In relief: David Carpenter, Chris Martin, Danny Burawa

RAYS (10-9-1)
David DeJesus DH
Brandon Guyer RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings LF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Curt Casali C

LHP Jordan Norberto

Spring Game 24: Yankees vs. Mets

The Grapefruit League version of the Subway Series has reached George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees will host the Mets this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound for the Yanks, making what will be his third start of the spring as he continues to line up to be named the Opening Day starter.

After this outing, Tanaka would have one more start – probably on March 31, when he’d either endure a five-hour round trip bus trip to face the Twins in Fort Myers or pitch in a Minor League game across the street (guess which one I’m betting on?). He’d then have a full five days of rest before being ready to face the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on April 6.

Tanaka said yesterday that he is not thinking about that assignment, though he acknowledged it would be an honor to serve as the Opening Day starter. For now, he’s focused on getting his pitch count up against the Mets and – of course – making it to the regular season healthy.

The game is being televised on YES and MLB Network. It’s also on WOR (Mets) radio.

METS (12-10)
Juan Lagares cf
Ruben Tejada ss
Lucas Duda 1b
John Mayberry Jr. lf
Kirk Nieuwenhuis rf
Travis d’Arnaud c
Johnny Monell dh
Alex Castellanos 3b
Matt Reynolds 2b

Rafael Montero rhp

In relief: Sean Gilmartin, Chase Bradford

YANKEES (13-9-1)
Brett Gardner cf
Chase Headley 3b
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Garrett Jones lf
Stephen Drew 2b
Didi Gregorius ss
John Ryan Murphy c

Masahiro Tanaka rhp

In relief: Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances

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