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Positives so far is he's walked 8 times in 11 games & defense looks good. Negatives are he's rocking a .429 OPS and didn't hit in Spring Training. Possibly will be a black hole offensively.
Solarte should get his innings once Tex comes back.
Missed the game today. Caught the highlights. He hit the snot out of that one.
I'm really pleased that Betances made the team out of camp. How incredibly cool it must be to make the team you grew up watching! Congratulations to Betances.
My main man Hiroki Kuroda back for likely his last year in the majors. He was the ace of our staff last year, however he has an even greater role this year, being the Senpai for Masahiro Tanaka as he finds his way in the big leagues. Hoping for a big year from our co-ace!
Not a lot of love for Eduardo in this article in the New York Times today:
wonder if the NY Times knows something that the rest of us don't
Very interesting article about how umpires change the strike zone in different counts and whether or not they have just called a strike.
May go under water is wet department but very interesting and possibly disturbing statistical data supporting the notion that umpire do not like calling ball 4 or strike 3.
A brilliant play by him in the 7th to keep out of the DP to take the force off and to let Nunez score. Good game last night.
He's definitely one of the best backup catchers in the league. It's good to see the catching position becomes the Yankees strength again.
So, I'm not including PED talk in this post. However, I'm pretty sure he'll make the big league roster (no options left). Anyway, Mike Axisa posted these sliders from Mark Montgomery, and while they are all sorts of sexy, check out Cervelli's framing. Especially the last 2 gifs.
I can't wait to see him back on the field.
Good start to the season by Ichiro. Expect him to have a bounce-back season, even in limited playing time.
Personally, I am rooting for - CC, Kuroda, Tanaka, Pineda, Nova.
But then again, I would not complain if - Kuroda, Pineda, Tanaka, CC, Phelps.
I know you can't take the spot away from work-horse and old school - Sabathia. But, now he has to learn how to pitch efficiently instead of over-powering before his weigh-loss regime. He is NOT even the same person this season - he used to wear size 56+ and now he is like size 52 loosely.
What you think?
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