Daily Archives: April 1, 2012

Marlins Park no match for Yankees as Yanks defeat Marlins 10-8

This was the series that was the most talked about all Spring Training. It wasn’t the fact that the Yankees were going to face the new Miami Marlins in an exhibition game. It was the fact that the exhibition game took place at the brand new Marlins Park in Miami which included state of the art scoreboards, a retractable roof, a fish tank (with bulletproof glass) behind home plate, a night club and a swimming pool where fans could leisurely watch and enjoy the game. Still, there was baseball to be played, which the Yankees did in the beginning of the 2 game set vs. the Marlins.

CC Sabathia went 4 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 base hits, Mariano Rivera broke his 28 inning scoreless streak (which dated back to 2008) by giving up 1 run on 2 hits, Rafael Soriano gave up 1 run on 3 hits, Cory Wade gave up 3 runs on 2 hits, George Kontos had a scoreless inning and a third while giving up 1 hit and Juan Cedeno faced 2 batters in the 9th inning without giving up a run and securing the save.

THE GOOD: Aside from the Marlins Ballpark (which is gorgeous, but not as historic as Yankee Stadium) the Yankees came to play in Miami. Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher each had 2 hits apiece while Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Raul Ibanez, Russell Martin & Brett Gardner all had 1 hit apiece. Nick Swisher returned to the lineup after battling a sore groin and came back in style, hitting a HR in the 6th inning which extended the Yankees lead.

THE BAD: Mark Teixeira was 0 for 3 today and the Yankees pitchers (aside from George Kontos & Juan Cedeno) didn’t look sharp today. Maybe it was the fact that they were in a new ballpark. I’ll give Mariano Rivera the benefit of the doubt since this was the first time in a long time that he has traveled with the team during Spring Training.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees stay in Miami for one more game and play against the Miami Marlins. The game (I’m sure of it this time) is at 7:05pm on MLB Network.

Don’t jump the gun on the Montero-Pineda trade just yet

Shortly after Michael Pineda ended his miserable 2.2 innings against the Phillies, Yankees fans were horrified to learn that he had been pitching with a sore right shoulder. After taking an MRI yesterday morning, Pineda has been diagnosed with tendinitis and is now on the 15-Day DL. This unfortunate turn of events eliminates Pineda’s chances of starting the regular season in the Yankees’ MLB rotation. The Yankees will now fill the rotation with Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia behind C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. This injury comes on the heels of a substantial amount of scrutiny over Pineda’s low velocity, and many share the opinion that Pineda just hasn’t looked right all spring.

Although the team is yet to play one game of regular season ball, the trade of Montero for Pineda is already being called a disaster by some. The Yankees undoubtedly gave up quite a lot for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos, losing an absolute stud of a hitter in Montero and a nice pitching piece in Hector Noesi. Montero has looked excellent thus far for the Mariners with a .306/.366/.556 line in Spring Training to this point. In 5 IP, Noesi has a 1.80 ERA and has held opponents to a .176 BAA. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda’s has an ERA of 5.68 and a .324 BAA, and both his velocity and control have been sub-par (4.74 BB/9).

As grim as it looks for Pineda heading into the 2012 regular season, is it really already time to abandon all hopes for the trade to be a success? Some fans think the answer to that question is yes.

However, by already describing the trade with words like “disaster” and “apocalyptic” based on the very short time Michael Pineda has been a Yankee, I think many fans are jumping the gun much too soon. When evaluating a trade, it is extremely important to remember that every deal is a two-sided deal. While it is certainly a possibility that Michael Pineda might not live up to expectations placed on him, the same is just as true with Jesus Montero. When Brian Cashman and Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik agreed to the blockbuster trade, they both accepted a substantial amount of risk. Pineda might never become the #1 starter that many think he can be, and Montero might never become the Miguel Cabrera-like hitter that he is supposed to become. While this is merely looking at hypotheticals, there is one thing that is known for sure in the case of both players. There is a tremendous amount of time for each player to proove the trade good or bad for his respective team.

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Spring Training: 4/1/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Marlins:

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Raul Ibanez, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF

CC Sabathia, LHP

Start Time: 1:10pm
Field: Marlins Park

T.V: YES Network (Yankees T.V), FSFL (Marlins T.V)
Radio : MLB.com (Miami Marlins)

Pregame Notes

— Joe Girardi said that baring injury (please don’t get injured guys), that this will most likely be the Opening Day starting lineup.

— You want a glimpse of the Ballpark of Miami? Here’s a glimpse:

Enjoy the game everyone!

Morning Bits: Bichette Jr., Pettitte, Chamberlain, Charleston River Dogs

Good morning everyone and a Happy Sunday to you! Yankees vs. Marlins start time is at 1:10pm on YES Network. Here are the morning links!

— Dante Bichette had a great day yesterday but believes that he just got lucky. That wasn’t luck. That was talent.

— Andy Pettitte’s arms may be in shape but according to him, he needs to work on his pitching legs.

— The New York Daily News has the 911 audio from the Joba Chamberlain incident. In a time of distress, Chamberlain was pretty calm.

–Check out the roster for the Charleston River Dogs for the 2012 season.  Nine of the top 20 Prospects are on this team!