Daily Archives: March 18, 2012

Nova struggles as Yanks lose 6-3 to Orioles

If Joe Girardi’s competition for the rotation spots started already, then Ivan Nova certainly didn’t make his case tonight as the Yanks were defeated 6-3 vs. the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota. Nova went 4 innings but gave up 5 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts.

David Phelps pitched 2/3 of a inning without giving up a run, Clay Rapada faced 1 batter and retired him, D.J Mitchell gave up 1 run on 2 base hits and George Kontos who was in his first outing since coming off an injury had a perfect scoreless inning.

Brett Gardner was the star defensively for the Yankees, getting a double play at 1st base from center field. He also went 1 for 3 and swiped his 4th bag of the spring, tying himself with Russell Martin for the most Yankees stolen bases in Spring Training. Eduardo Nunez went 1 for 3 as well as Mark Teixeira.

Robinson Cano left the game in the 6th inning after being hit by a pitch. He had x-rays done which came back negative. We’ll see how Cano’s hand is doing tomorrow.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, their first of 2 this Spring. Yankees will be back in action on Tuesday as they face the Pirates at GMS Field. The game will be televised on YES at 7:05pm.

Spring Training: 3/18/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Orioles

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Bill Hall 3B
Justin Maxwell RF
Dewayne Wise LF
Gustavo Molina C

RHP Ivan Nova

Pregame Notes:

Derek Jeter had his calf tended to today. He anticipates that he will play on Tuesday.

Nick Swisher says that his groin feels great and he also anticipates to play on Tuesday.

Curtis Granderson was scratched from making the trip. He was slated to go instead of Russell Martin.

— center field prospect Mason Williams reported to the Major League camp for the day. He will come in for Brett Gardner towards the end of the game when all the starters are taken out.

— The game is on MLB Network & MLB.TV at 7:05pm.

Enjoy the game everyone!

O/U: Hughes & Sabathia

Player: Phil Hughes
Stat: Wins
The Number: 10

Report: Last year was not a very good year for Phil Hughes. Coming into Spring Training last year, Hughes had gained weight, lost velocity and spent a while on the DL, going 5-5 with a 5.79 ERA to end the season.This year it seems to be a little bit more promising for Hughes. He came into camp lighter, looked like he bulked up and  is competing for a job in the starting rotation. Yankees fans are hoping that Hughes can repeat his numbers from 2010 but it would be a miracle to see Hughes bounce back with those proportions.

The Verdict: I believe that Phil Hughes will go over 10 wins but he won’t go to 18 like he did in 2010. My guess will be approximately 10-11 wins this season if Hughes can bounce back into form. I know this might be an off comparison, but if A.J Burnett could have a bad year and get 10 wins, then so can Phil Hughes.

The Player: CC Sabathia
Stat: Complete Games
The Number: 4

Report: CC Sabathia is undoubtedly the ace of the New York Yankees, so when he has his best stuff, it’s not hard to finish a game that he’s started. In his career so far Sabathia has completed 33 games: 19 with the Cleveland Indians, 7 with the Milwaukee Brewers & 7 with the New York Yankees (2 in 2009 & 2010, 3 in 2011). This may be the American League East, but CC has been able to make hitters look foolish in his time with the Yankees.

The Verdict: I believe this year it will be the year of Yankees pitching, but a  complete game is a hard thing to do. For this one I am not going over or under, but I am predicting that CC will have 4 complete games in 2012.

Do you think that Phil Hughes will have over/under 10 wins this season? Do you think that CC Sabathia will have over/under 4 complete games?

Morning Bits: Nova, Garcia, Valentine

Good morning everyone and a Happy Sunday to you all! Tonight’s Yankees game vs. the Orioles is a night game at 7:05, so if you are going to watch, it’s on MLB Network! Here are your morning links!

Ivan Nova is prepping up for his start tonight, but has anyone noticed how Nova is so calm and collected…with a smile?

— Everyone is overjoyed that Andy Pettitte has returned to the Yankees. Everyone but one pitcher who sees it as a threat: Freddy Garcia.

— Here we go again. Bobby Valentine can never seem to keep his mouth shut about the Yankees, so was there any surprise that he had some comments about Pettitte’s return?

And there as a change in the traveling schedule for today to Sarasota. Russell Martin has been scratched and was replaced by Curtis Granderson. Martin, Derek Jeter & Nick Swisher are now slated to play on Tuesday.