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Yanks Walk the Plank

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Well the Baby Bomber hit parade took a step backwards as the Pirates in front of 6,200 strong at LECOM Park in Lakeland Fla, bitch  slapped the Yankee travel team 13-1..

Before yesterday’s debacle The Yankees had been on a whirlwind 11 game romp  through the 2017 Grapefruit League securing a 9-2 record along the way..


Baseball, similar to the endless drug commercials MLB stuffs down our throats between innings, has a gloomy side affects  disclaimer, it’s payment for the all too short lived euphoria that  comes with winning

Everyone of us knew it was just  a matter of time before  either the law of averages, Murphy’s Law, or the other shoe dropping, would rear it’s ugly head and remind us the Spring Training battle cry  Hope Springs Eternal only works until  it doesn’t…

The game was definitely a faux pas affaire for our home town heroes, and  the biggest  disappointment of the afternoon was Bryan Mitchell

2.1 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 K’s, 1 HR

There really wasn’t much  coverage so  we don’t have intel explaining what  went wrong for Mitchell..

After a quick  1-2-3 first  inning, he coughed up 4 hits  in a row to  start the 2nd inning

( 3 singles and a double).. An RBI fielders choice gave Pittsburgh  a quick 3-0 lead.. Mitchell for the most part didn’t seem  to  have a swing and miss out pitch, his stuff wasn’t crisp,  and his offerings seemed to be very predictable..

Mitchell  did strike out 2 batters, but one of them  was Ivan Nova, the 2nd came on a called third strike in the 3rd inning after the light hitting Jordy  Mercer went Big Fly to  give the Pirates a 4-1 lead

With  one out in the 3rd inning Mitchell  was yanked after allowing his 6th  hit ending a very disheartening start..

Bummer number two was Jordan Montgomery’s non impressive  2 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB performance..

Montgomery had a very long shot to  grab one of the 2 starter spots open on the varsity, but yesterday’s ho hum outing pretty much ends that notion..

I’d have to  say Mitchell facing his toughest test of the Spring may have fallen back to  earth RE: how his chances remain in the Starter competition.. After watching all of the rotation  candidates Luis Severino  might be the only pitcher in the system with “Electric Stuff”

At the end of the day he may not play  as a starter, but you can  see why they  want to  give him  every opportunity to lose the gig, he might be the only potential elite pitching prospect in Gary Denbo’s stable..

The Yanks will be picking 16th in this years draft, it would behoove them  to  start looking for  young pitching prospects, because that’s where the system is lacking..

The one prospect that  could join Severino’s electric pedigree fraternity  is James Kaprielian, but Cashman has put the brakes on his ST work load and we might not even  see him in a ST game this March..

In fact Kap  will  remain in Tampa and start  the season as a High A  starter.. Hopefully by May / June  he’s at least dominating Double A hitters in Trenton

Jon Niese who  has a good shot to make the first  25 man  roster as a lefty out of the pen  pitched a scoreless inning

At the moment I’d say the rotation  sweepstakes are Luis Cessa and Luis Severino’s jobs to lose.. Chance Adams seems to  be the next best option based on how well  equipped his starter chops are?

He at least has 4 pitches in his arsenal, how they play vs MLB varsity hitters is still in question, hopefully we see more of what he can  do..

The offense was completely anemic, going 0-7 with RISP

The Bombers picked up  5 hits, 1 double Hicks, and 4 singles, Wade, Judge, Castro, Romine

the Whole 9


Written by Sal

March 7, 2017 at 6:49 am

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  1. That was my first bummer filled game of the season … Mitchell not lighting it up was a harsh awakening, that his stuff just doesn’t play as a starter as the competition gets tougher

    Mitchell actually said the ball was coming out of his hand really well, maybe the best yet this spring… the Pirate hitters probably felt the same way, Mitch wasn’t fooling anybody yesterday

    Mitch has a big arm but he doesn’t seem to have that pitch that looks like a strike but falls out of the zone at the last second …. He’s been trying not to walk batters and that’s what he said he liked about his outing yesterday.. Maybe he was throwing too many strikes was another thing he said

    Not sure his stuff plays for more then a few innings without that split finger or change up helping the cutter and slider / curve..

    “I made a few too many mistakes in the zone. I didn’t fall behind and I didn’t walk anyone. I was just in the zone too much,’’ said Mitchell, who explained he isn’t consumed by the competition that includes Luis Severino, Chad Green, Luis Cessa and Adam Warren. “I’m not thinking about that. It’s not something in my mind.’’

    Oddly, Mitchell felt there were aspects of Monday’s outing that were better than the previous games’.

    “I felt the ball was coming out of my hands the best today,’’ said Mitchell, who gave up three runs in the second and one in the third on Jordy Mercer’s homer. “Especially in the first inning, I was attacking guys.’’


    March 7, 2017 at 7:02 am

  2. Mitch needs to stick with his accordion lol


    March 7, 2017 at 7:32 am

    • lol Actually Mitch needs to keep working on his 3rd pitch or he’ll be Betances light


      March 7, 2017 at 10:36 am

  3. The Don B comes up with a great line!
    If this was Mitchell’s first poor outing, I’d cut him some slack. Veteran’s, when they have a poor ST outing say, “I just wanted to get my work in…” So, let’s see if he turns it around in his next outing.
    The Baseball Optimist…


    March 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

    • the kid let us down yesterday scone, I think young pitchers with 4 pitches that can get you 18 outs is far a few between in baseball

      Like Joe Frazier once said there’s a lot of daddies out there but not many fathers..

      Baseball is trying to speed up the game, add more offense, meanwhile they can’t develop pitchers who can get you 18 outs, the ones who can get you a consistent 21 outs make $25M to $30M a year


      March 7, 2017 at 10:39 am

  4. Sal

    March 7, 2017 at 10:48 am

  5. Sal

    March 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

  6. Israel annihilates Taiwan Israel is 2-0 break up the Mensch’s lol


    March 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

  7. anti-gun liberals will have a field day when Torres makes the show, this kid isn’t just carrying a rifle for an arm, that’s a friggin bakooka


    March 7, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  8. Heller high water is in hot water
    I’m losing heart throbs by the day here

    Pretty soon it’ll be Chicken Shreve beating out all these hot shot prospects

    That’s ok give them a chance to work on things

    Torres looks ready now
    If DD got hurt I bet Torres might get the gig despite Cash saying never

    Torres might already be their best player


    March 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

  9. Fantastic game


    March 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

  10. Watta finish !!!
    Never say die attifude in these baby bombers is evident.
    Confidence everywhere.
    Not one Veteran Yankee in that joyful scrum in the winning bottom of the 10th.
    Loved it


    March 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm

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