Daily Archives: March 5, 2013

Gardner continues to swing hot bat as Yanks fall to Braves 2-0

The Yankees were unable to push any runs across the board, falling to the Braves 2-0. Now, I won’t say that a lot of things went wrong because other than the fact that the Yankees bats weren’t hitting, some of the Yankees looked really good. Here were some of the players that stuck out to me during the game.

Brett GardnerI seem to write about Gardner every time he plays, and there’s a good reason to. Gardner swung a hot bat from day one, and now currently has a seven game hit streak to begin the Spring Training season. To me it feels like last season, Gardner saved all his hits in a jar, kind of like a kid saving pennies on a rainy day. And just like a kid spending the pennies, he’s using the hits in Spring Training as if to make up for last season. Let’s just hope he saves some of those hits for the regular season.

David Phelps: Although he got the loss (Bad Yankees offense! Bad!), David Phelps pitched incredible, giving up just one run on two hits through four innings. Although he’s competing for a rotation spot, it would’t be the worst thing in the world to see Phelps in the bullpen. Like I said before, I don’t see Phelps going down to the minors if he continues to pitch this way. The minors are not an option.

Francisco RondonMark Montgomery didn’t have his stuff tonight, and it was evident that the Yankees were in a big jam when Joe Girardi came to get him in the 7th inning after the bases were loaded. When Girardi brought in Francisco Rondon, he automatically was able to get out of the jam without giving up a run.  I know everyone rants and raves about Mark Montgomery, but Rondon has been like David Robertson 2.o this Spring, getting out of jams when needed. If he does get cut from Major League camp, I expect him to be one of the last cuts since he’s doing so well so far.

WHAT’S NEXT

Robinson Cano will be at GMS Field tomorrow…in the visitors clubhouse. Team Dominican Republic on the road to the World Baseball Classic will take a pit stop and play against the Yankees in a 1:05 p.m. afternoon game. Hiroki Kuroda will get the start for the Yankees and if you’re going to watch the game…don’t cry when you see Robbie in a different uniform. He’ll be back in about two weeks.

Spring Training 3/5/13 Lineup

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
Dan Johnson 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B

RHP David Phelps

INJURY UPDATE: Mark Teixeira has been scratched from the Team USA exhibition game due to a sore forearm. Also, Robinson Cano was struck by a foul ball while standing at third base. Cano waved off trainers and is expected to be okay.

NEWS AND UPDATES:

— Mark Teixeira went in for x-rays and his diagnosis is that he has a strained forearm. He said he felt something in his arm while taking swings in the cage. Teixeira’s injury means he’s out of the World Baseball Classic and will be out of the Yankee lineup between a week and ten days.

— The Yankees made more cuts today in camp: Cito Culver, Ron Segedin, Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez, Francisco Arcia and Kyle Higashioka.

— Mariano Rivera could be in a Yankees game tomorrow according to Joe Girardi. He didn’t sound entirely committed, but it seemed like he was leaning towards yes.

Morning Bits: Lack of power in 2013, David Phelps, Switch Pitching Prospect Venditte

mug3Good morning all.   Away with the links….

— The Star Ledger writer Dave D’Alessandro believes that a lack of power will doom the 2013 Yankees.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY writes that it is now judgement days during spring training to evaluate talent such as David Phelps who pitches tonight.

— MLB.COM writer William Boor has an article about Yankees switch pitching prospect Pat Venditte who is proud to pitch for team Italy in the World Baseball Classic.