Daily Archives: March 9, 2012

Spring Training Notes: 3/9/12

Russell Martin stealing a base in today's 3-0 win over the Braves

Good evening everyone! Yankees finally broke their 4 game losing streak and they are now 3-4 in Spring Training. Let’s get to the notes:

— The biggest relief of the day was getting news on David Robertson for Joe Girardi. “It was a huge relief. I was worried when they said there was a cause for concern, but obviously this is good news. Hopefully he’ll be walking around here pretty good by sometime next week and we’ll be able to get him back to playing catch and doing all that stuff.”

— Russell Martin had stolen his third base of the Spring and is the SB leader in the Spring (Gardner, Granderson we gotta step up our SB game here fellas).

— Girardi also commented on Freddy Garcia’s start. “There’s stages in your career: Proving you can play, then just getting ready, then again proving that you can still play. I think, for Freddy, he’s in a competition. I believe Freddy can still pitch, though. I do. The best thing for me is to have a tough, tough decision come April 6.”

— David Robertson shouldn’t feel too bad about getting injured outside of the clubhouse. Freddy Garcia did it last year when he sliced himself with a kitchen knife. But one guy that will never let D-Rob forget it: Mariano Rivera.

— Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira & Alex Rodriguez will pave the way to the Magical World of Disney Park (No, you won’t find Walt Disney there) along with the rest of the Yankees to take on the Atlanta Braves, the full squad this time!

Some tweets:

 

Have a good night everyone!

Yankees pitching stifles Braves in 3-0 Win

After coming off a rough start in his last outing, Freddy Garcia was able to blank the Braves in his 3 innings of work as the Yankees were able to shut out the Braves 3-0. Garcia who is in competition for the 5th spot with Phil Hughes was able to spot his pitches and got a lot of hitters on lazy fly balls. Rafael Soriano, Manny Banuelos, D.J Mitchell, Juan Cedeno & Kevin Whelan were also able to blank the split squad Braves. The other half of the Braves lost to the New York Mets today at Disney.

Derek Jeter had an infield single in the first and scored on a Nick Swisher opposite field double. Jeter then walked again in the 5th and scored on a Sacrifice Fly by Robinson Cano. The final run came on a Melky Mesa RBI which scored Doug Bernier.

A lot of the news was surrounded by David Robertson who hurt his foot after tripping over a step in his Tampa residence on Wednesday. Tests came back during the game and revealed that Robertson had a bone bruise, which eased concern among the Yankees. David Robertson will take off the walking boot on Monday & start getting ready to get back to baseball form next week.

WHAT’S NEXT: Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira & Alex Rodriguez are going to Disney World! Okay…they aren’t really going to Disney World but they will lead the Yankees to Disney Park where the Yankees will play the Atlanta Braves for the second day in a row. Michael Pineda is slated to pitch.

More on tonight’s Spring Training report.

Who is the #1 Priority in 2014 – Cano or Granderson?

Cano connects for Granny in ALDS (Getty Images)

Since the signing of the new Collective bargaining Agreement, Yankee fans have been inundated with articles and talk about the team’s desire to get under the Luxury Tax threshold in 2014.  Hal Steinbrenner & Brian Cashman have stated they have every intention to get under $189 Million in 2014 and that they can still field a Championship team.  However to do so, the team won’t have the ability to re-sign all of their players when they become Free Agents and tough decisions will have to be made.

Those decisions will start after this season as Russell Martin and Nick Swisher hit Free Agency and will really get tough after the 2013 season.  That is when Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain & Boone Logan will be looking for new contracts.  With so many players reaching FA and so many different variables to consider it’s impossible to know what decisions will have to be made.  However for the purpose of this article, let’s look at the 2 most important players – Cano & Granderson.

It’s certainly possible that both players can be retained if some of the young pitchers reach their potential and the Yanks refrain from any other high-priced signings.  However, it could conceivably come down to a decision after 2013 of which important lefty masher they need most. If that’s the dilemma, who would you retain to be the leader of your offense going forward?

Robinson Cano

Cano, will be entering his age 31 season in 2014 and should be looking at plenty of still productive seasons remaining. By almost any metric used, Cano has clearly emerged as one of the Top 5 hitters in the American League over the last 3 years.   Since 2009, he has hit .314/.361/.529  and averaged  27 HRs – 104 RBI – 103 Runs for a .378 woba.  Despite an unflattering UZR, he is an excellent defensive 2B. His range is solid and his arm strength and ability to turn the double play are as good as anyone in MLB.

He is one of the most durable players in baseball having played more games over the last 5 years than anyone in MLB.  The fact that he is finally moving into a premium slot in the order will boost his production since he’ll have more PAs, more opportunities to drive in runs and better protection with ARod & Tex hitting behind him as oppossed to Jorge Posada or Nick Swisher.  Not to disparage those hitters but pitchers were not giving into Cano with Posada on deck.

The only weakness in Cano’s game is his plate discipline.  He swings at too many pitches out of the strike zone and doesn’t like to take the base on balls.  I like the fact that Cano is aggressive and goes up to the plate looking to get a hit rather than walk.  The Yanks have enough patient hitters and need someone to go up their to drive the ball, however, Robbie needs to just lay off the pitch he can’t handle to raise his game up another notch. Read the rest of this entry

Spring Training: 3/9/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Braves:

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Russell Martin, C
Andruw Jones, RF
Chris Dickerson, DH
Jorge Vasquez, 1B

Pitching Matchup

Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. TBA

Pre-Game Notes:

— An MRI on David Robertson’s right foot showed concern for manager Joe Girardi. David Robertson spent yesterday in a Tampa hospital getting more tests done. The Yankees will have more results later today but Girardi sounded less optimistic about Robertson not missing Opening Day last night than he did earlier in the day.

— As you all may have noticed, Derek Jeter & Brett Gardner’s travel schedule have differed ever since Jeter played 2 days in a row earlier this week. Gardner for now won’t play with the starting OF but will instead be in the same lineup as Mark Teixeira & Alex Rodriguez. Speaking of travel, here are the players traveling to Disney Park tomorrow

PITCHERS: Pineda,  Burawa, Cabral, Cedeno, Marshall, O’Connor, Pope, Stoneburner, Whelan, Whitney

HITTERS: Gardner, Teixeira, Rodriguez, Jones, Ibanez, Cervelli, Gil, Higashioka, Murphy, Sanchez, Adams, Bernier, Hall, Joseph, Laird, Nix, Vasquez, Almonte, Curtis, Maxwell, Mesa, Wise

— The game today is on YES Network at 1pm, so if you are able to watch the game…there you go!

Enjoy the game!

 

Morning Bits: Ibanez, Robertson, Teixeira

Good morning it’s Friday and I couldn’t be more excited for this week to end.  Robertson was injured yesterday and we should learn more about that today.  I wish you all a great weekend.  Now onto the links…..

* Bryan Hoch of mlb.com says the Ibanez looks comfortable in right field.

* Sports Illustrated has the latest on Robertson’s foot.

* From mlb.com’s Matthew Leach writes that Mark Teixeira needn’t change his style completely.

Quick video for you on Ibanez becoming a Yankee.