Daily Archives: March 29, 2012

Ibanez shows power, but Yankees fall to Orioles 4-3

For Raul Ibanez, the end of Spring Training has become a serious matter. After having an abysmal beginning to the Spring, Ibanez knew that he had to pick up the pace, or he just might lose his DH role.

Tonight Ibanez played left field while Curtis Granderson was eased back into the lineup as the DH, a move that won’t happen as much during the regular season. But in his left field Spring Training debut for the Yankees, Raul Ibanez had a good day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a HR, his second of the Spring.

David Phelps had the start for the Yankees tonight and did well vs. the Orioles going 5 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits without walking a batter. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless 6th inning, Boone Logan pitched to 2 batters (he got them both) and D.J. Mitchell made a relief appearance tonight going 2 and a third innings all while giving up 1 run.

THE GOOD: Raul Ibanez had a good evening at the plate going 2 for 3 with 1 HR. Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez & Eduardo Nunez all had 1 hit apiece. Of course we have to mention Mariano Rivera here, who has went 28 straight innings without giving up a run (this dates all the way back to 2008).

THE BAD: Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 while Francisco Cervelli went 0 for 2. Defense was also an issue today as Alex Rodriguez had an E-5 and Derek Jeter had an E-6. Rodriguez’s error allowed a run to score.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Philadelphia Phillies will take the 20 minute ride to Tampa to face Michael Pineda & the New York Yankees. The game will start at 7:05pm on YES Network. Pineda will take on a pitcher fighting for a spot in the Phillies rotation, Michael Stutes.

Spring Training: 3/29/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Orioles:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Andruw Jones RF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
David Phelps RHP

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: GMS Field

T.V: YES Network

Pregame Notes

— Here is the order that the pitchers will pitch after Phelps: Mariano RiveraBoone LoganAdam WarrenD.J. Mitchell,Clay RapadaCesar Cabral and Mike O’Connor.

— Girardi mentioned that either David Phelps, D.J Mitchell or Adam Warren could make the team in a relief role in the pen.

Nick Swisher arrived at the minor league complex a little late today. No word on how Swisher did.

— Granderson is in the lineup. (Those who drafted Grandy Man in your fantasy league, rejoice).

— Girardi says that Andy Pettitte will throw another simulated game tomorrow. He would like to let Pettitte pitch in the final game of Spring Training vs. the Mets but again, it’s not set and stone.

Rafael Soriano pitched in a minor league game. Girardi wanted to hide Soriano from the Orioles since they are a division opponent.

— Yankees signed former Pirates 1B Steve Pearce today to a minor league contract which could give the Yankees a little wiggle room if they want to trade Jorge Vazquez.

— Just to keep tabs on the minor league, Corban Joseph has been shut down due to a shoulder injury. The team is waiting to hear news from the team doctor to see how long Joseph will be out.

Hiroki Kuroda will throw a side tomorrow.

Russell Martin isn’t playing in tonight’s game because he joined Ivan Nova to the minors to catch him. He batted in the lineup as well. No word on how he did.

— Ivan Nova’s official line just came in: 7IP, 7H, 3ER, 1BB, 5K, 1HR, 94 pitches, 63 strikes

Enjoy the game everyone!

Cashman built pitching depth by learning from past

Phelps would be starting for most teams in MLB

Brian Cashman has been GM of the Yankees since 1998 and we have seen him grow and evolve in the job over the years.  Like all GMs, he has made his share of terrible moves along with a lot of great ones.  Not many GMs stick with an organization over 14 seasons the way Cash has and I think his ability to adapt and learn from past mistakes has turned him into the solid executive he now is and enabled him to keep the position. Through trial and error, he definitely has developed the proper strategy to develop a winning pitching staff.

He has tried to import established veteran pitching through Free Agency and trades in the past only to see the majority of those moves fail and usually cost the team millions.  His 2 best pitching acquisitions were big-money FA deals for established aces Mike Mussina & CC Sabathia but even a team with the resources of the Yankees can’t afford to keep building its staff through Free Agency.  Not only are there less and less quality starters hitting the market, but the high volatility and fragility of pitchers makes the massive cost for these starters in years and money extremely risky.

Cashman has learned the best way to have good pitching is to develop it yourself.  And more importantly, due to the high volatility and injuries, he has focused on compiling as much depth as possible.  He has had his lieutenants Damon Oppenheimer (Director of Amateur Scouting) and Billy Eppler (Director of Pro Scouting & Assistant GM) on the lookout for low-cost, quality arms to stock the system creating a pipeline to supply the Bronx with fresh arms.  In interviews he’s said the club made a decision at the end of 2005 to go back to building the farm system. That led to the highly productive 2006 draft which netted 8 Major Lg pitchers and the team has been developing better ever since. Read the rest of this entry

Morning Bits: Pitching, Swisher, Closer Audition

Good morning all Yankees vs the Orioles tonight at 7:05 which will be on the Yes Network.   Enjoy the day and enjoy the game.  Now onto the links…..

* USA Today has a nice article on the Yankees take youthful, cost-conscious approach to pitching.

* Swisher has a busy day at the plate collecting four hits as he tested out his injured groin.

* Will the 2012 season be the year of the closer audition?

* Decision is near as Girardi will make his mind up soon about the rotation.

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