Daily Archives: March 9, 2012
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.
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?
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
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
Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. TBA
— 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!