Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

Pineda struggles but Yankees top Phillies 13-9

Everyone knew that this start was supposed to be important for Michael Pineda. He needed to convince Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman that he should get a spot in the rotation. He needed to convince the media that his velocity wasn’t an issue. He needed to convince fans that he was capable of pitching in New York. At the end of the day, Michael Pineda only went 2.2 innings and gave up 6 runs on 7 hits.

Pineda left the game after getting hammered during the first 2 innings but the game took an interesting turn when Pineda confessed as to why he didn’t pitch well. Apparently, Pineda had soreness in his right shoulder hours before the game started. The issue? He didn’t tell the coaches or Girardi that he wasn’t feeling his best. Pineda is scheduled to get an MRI tomorrow to make sure that everything is okay.

THE GOOD: The Yankees offense woke up today. Dewayne Wise came in the game in the 7th inning and had 2 HR’s while Derek Jeter had a 2 for 3 night & Curtis Granderson had a homer off Jonathan Papelbon. Although Brett Gardner was 0 for 3 tonight, he did what Girardi wanted; get on base. Not only that, he swiped second and led Derek Jeter in a perfectly executed double steal. Clay Rapada once again looked sharp tonight and has not given up a run all Spring. Can we keep him Joe? I have a feeling he’ll do great in the bullpen.

THE BAD: Michael Pineda & Cesar Cabral both went down with injuries today. Pineda has soreness in his shoulder while Cesar Cabral has pain in his left elbow. He is going to get an MRI tomorrow morning as well, just to make sure everything is okay.

WHAT’S NEXT: Some of the Yankees will make one last trip to visit the Houston Astros. The game will not be on television but the game will be on Houston Radio so of course, expect coverage. Adam Warren is slated to start the game.

WHAT’S UP AHEAD: Joe Girardi hinted that Phil Hughes might have a spot in the Yankees rotation. Hughes was scheduled to pitch in the minor leagues which would line him up for the 4th spot in the rotation. When asked if he was in the rotation, Girardi let out a smile and said, “figure it out.” I’m taking that as a yes Joe. Nick Swisher is also slated to be in the Yankees lineup on Sunday when the team goes to Miami to play the Marlins in their new ballpark. Let’s imagine this as the New York Yankees version of Spring Break.

Spring Training: 3/30/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Phillies:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Justin Maxwell RF
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Michael Pineda

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: GMS Field
T.V: YES Network

Pregame Notes

Nick Swisher played 5 innings today in the minor league complex and felt nothing in his groin. That is good news.

Ivan Nova is slated to pitch on Tuesday…which would line him up for the third spot in the rotation.

— Russell Branyon was released from his minor league contract, but signed a new one with the Yankees.

Have a good game everyone!

Projecting the 2012 Starting Rotation

With the “Chase for 28” continuing in 2012, the Yankees updated there pitching staff in hopes of heading above and beyond. With 7 pitchers competing for 5 spots (Sabathia, Kuroda, Pineda, Nova, Hughes, Garcia, Pettitte) it will certainly be an interesting year in the Bronx. Andy Pettitte is not slated to be ready until May which means that the Yankees rotation decision will be slightly easier until Pettitte returns. Here is how I see the 2012 rotation when the Yankees break camp next week.

1. CC Sabathia: CC Sabathia has already been named the Yankees 2012 Opening Day starter and since he is the ace, it makes sense that he goes first in the rotation. Sabathia had another fantastic season last year going 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA. Basing on observation, Sabathia has had an okay Spring but I see Spring Training as a time to get Sabathia ready for Opening Day. The Yankees would much rather see Sabathia locked in during the regular season than in Spring Training anyway.

2. Hiroki Kuroda: Hiroki Kuroda may be one of the rare cases where Spring Training would actually mean something since Kuroda is trying to fight his way to get a rotation spot. Last season with the Dodgers, Kuroda was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA. Kuroda had all the great stuff, but the Dodgers offense wasn’t potent enough to support his pitching. Now that Kuroda is in pinstripes, he should  have a better chance of a winning record due to the Yankees potent offense. Maybe the change in offense is working for Kuroda already. He already has his first 2 Spring Training career wins in a Yankees uniform.

3. Michael Pineda: Michael Pineda is one of the newest acquisitions of the Yankees in the famous Jesus Montero trade which sent the former Yankee #1 prospect to Seattle. Last season with the Mariners, Pineda was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA. The same issue with Kuroda was the same issue with Pineda; there wasn’t a potent offense to answer back to the great pitching that Pineda provided. Pineda has impressed quite a few in camp, but fans are worried about his fastball velocity. Pineda’s fastball velocity may not be there, but he has a pretty awesome changeup and that was a pitch that he learned this year before Spring Training games commenced.

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Morning Bits: Rotation, Pettitte, Girardi, Nova, Pineda

Good morning everyone today is the day most people look forward to as the weekend is now hear. A week from today is also the Yankees first regular season game against Tampa Bay.  Tonight the Yankees play the Phillies at 7PM.  The game will be televised on the Yes Network.  Pineda is on the mound tonight.  Will this be a showcase to see if he makes the team or will he be sent to AAA.   I’m sure most of you will be tuning in to watch.

Let’s get right to the links…..

* David Waldstein of the New York Times writes about how the Yankees are still uncertain about the rotation.

* Mark Feinsand of The Daily News has a piece on how Andy Pettitte is shaping up before making his spring game debut.

* Marc Craig of The Star Ledger mentions that Joe Girardi faces a host of possibilities for the pitching staff.

* ESPN New York has a nice video of Yogi and Guidry.

* Bryan Hoch of mlb.com reports that Nova’s last outing helps his chances of making the rotation.

Enjoy these highlights of Pineda’s season from last year that I found on Youtube from user ItsZane.