Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Nova struggles as Mets win 7-6 on walk-off HR

This was Ivan Nova‘s final Spring Training start of the season and although you would like to say “it’s just Spring Training,” Nova was knocked around as the Mets were able to defeat the Yankees 7-6 in a walk-off fashion.

Ivan Nova lasted 2.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits. His stuff just wasn’t there. David Phelps helped the Yankees, pitching 1.1 and only allowing a hit, D.J Mitchell  pitched 3 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, Pat Venditte pitched 2/3 of an inning getting both batters he faced, Branden Pinder also faced 2 batters and retired them both and Mark Montgomery only threw 4 pitches before he allowed the game winning HR.

THE GOOD: Yankees were able to rally back to get the lead for the moment. Nick Swisher was the main hitter for the Yankees going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. David Phelps continues to have a good Spring and did a great job cleaning up Ivan Nova’s little mess. If Phelps is fighting for a job in the bullpen then he certainly is doing a good job at it.

THE BAD: Aside from David Phelps, Pat Venditte & Branden Pinder, the remaining pitchers gave up runs. Ivan Nova was the main culprit, letting the Mets get to him since the first inning. Another bad move was made by manager Joe Girardi. Instead of leaving Pinder for the final 2 outs of the game, he changed pitchers and allowed the Mets to win the game on a walk-off HR. If he was trying to manage from the binder then he needs to stop. He is the manager. The binder is just a bunch of papers with numbers on it.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees (and Mets) will all head to Tampa one last time to face one another, this time on the Yankees home turf. Andy Pettitte will pitch in an inning (he won’t start the game though) and the Yankees will have their A-List lineup out for the Mets. After the game, the Mets will head to New York to face the Braves on Thursday while the Yankees will take a bus trip to Tropicana Field where they will face the Rays on Friday

Staff Predictions for the 2012 MLB Season

The MLB season starts tomorrow (not including those ridiculous Japan games) and the Yankees Fans Unite staff has made their predictions on the standings and awards for the 2012 MLB season. The awards will be posted tomorrow. We did the AL only since that’s what we focus on most with the Yankees.

AL East: Well let’s get this out of the way early since I know everybody is wondering. It is almost unanimous among the staff that the Yankees will win the AL East. Myself, Matt S, Mike D, Brian, Fish and Delia all have the Yankees taking the division. Mike P stands alone in taking the Rays. Mike P’s reasoning is that he thinks the Rays have the best rotation in MLB, enough hitting to support them, and they have great prospects to help them once August rolls around. Everybody who picked the Yankees likes the balance of their team among the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen and think they are no worse than their 97 win team from a year ago.

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Spring Training: 4/3/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Mets

Brett Gardner, LF
Nick Swisher, DH
Eric Chavez, 1B
Andruw Jones, RF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Francisco Cervelli, C
Dewayne Wise, CF
Bill Hall, 2B
Doug Bernier, 3B

RHP Ivan Nova

Start Time: 2:10pm
Field: Tradition Field
T.V: YES Network (Yankees), SNY (Mets)

Pregame Notes

— After this game, the Yankees (and Mets) will make the 3 hour bus ride back to Tampa to finish Spring Training at George M. Steinbrenner Field

— For those of you that haven’t seen the brand new ESPN commercial featuring Robinson Cano, click here.

— Seems like Joe Girardi almost changed his mind about letting Andy Pettitte pitch during tomorrows game vs. the Mets. More from Jack Curry:

Enjoy the game!

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Pineda, Cano, Pettitte, Swisher

Away we go with the links from the many Yankee blogs.  Enjoy them all.

* An A-blog for A-Rod has the season preview of the lineup for the New York Yankees.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue looks into how young Yankee fans know nothing about “real” losing.

* Bronx Baseball Daily wonders who is better for the Yankees between Dickerson and Maxwell.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is guessing about Pineda’s timetable for a return.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes has the preview of the 2012 New York Mets.

* New York Baseball Digest ponders if the Yankee way “hurt” Pineda.

* Pinstripe Alley asks the question should the Yankees extend Cano’s contract.

* River Ave Blues has the season preview of the AL contenders.

* Sliding into Home mentions Swisher is a great ballplayer and even better person.

* The Captain’s Blog is looking at the Montero/Pineda deal in light of of trend toward long-term extensions.

* The Greedy Pinstripes looks at Cain’s extension and what it means to the Yankees.

* The Yankee Analysts ask would you still complete the Pineda trade?

* Yanks Go Yard writes about what to expect from Pettitte this year.


Morning Bits: Pettitte, Cano, 189million, 2012 records, Bullpen

Good morning all.   As we inch closer to the season we bring you some links to get you going this morning.  Enjoy.

— Our own writer Delia had an article published on Yahoo about Andy Pettitte.  Check it out!

— New York Post writer Dan Martin writes how Cano is set for another MVP – caliber year.

Joel Sherman of The New York Post writes about the Yankees and the 189 million payoff pitch.

Mark Simon from ESPN has the records that are in sight for the 2012 season for the New York Yankees.

— From Bryan Hoch of MLB.COM mentions the roster is set but the yankees still have choices left for the bullpen.