Spring Training Recap: Pirates vs. Yankees
First, let me start with some blog business by welcoming Tony Ferrante to the MVN baseball staff. You may be familiar with his work at The Confluence, which has also made the switch to Most Valuable Network. His opinions will be a fine addition to the Pittsburgh Lumber Co.
Now, on to the baseball. Same as the past few days: You can find the transcript of my live blog here, Dejans story at the Post-Gazette here and the motherships recap here.
1. Shane Youman, Pittsburgh
Two innings pitched, two hits, one strikeout, no runs. One of the hits, a Hideki Matsui double down the line, probably should’ve been corralled by our clunky first baseman, Brad Eldred. He got A-Rod swinging, and he threw a high percentage of first-pitch strikes. Look for Youman to battle for a job as a swingman in the bullpen, especially if Shawn Chacon flops this spring. Jim Tracy loves him.
2. Jorge Posada, New York
Caught Kid Wonder, Andrew McCutchen, stealing in the first, and took Marty McLeary deep. John Wehner called him “George” in the pre-game introductions, most likely unintentionally.
3. Brad Eldred, Pittsburgh
Defense notwithstanding, Eldred’s having a solid camp. He went yard for the second time this spring, this one coming in the second inning off Mike Mussina. Not an MVP performance by any means, but there weren’t that many standouts today.
1. John Van Benschoten, Pittsburgh
JVB got roughed up in his 2007 Grapefruit League debut. One-third of an inning, three runs, two walks. Sounds like he could definitely use a little more seasoning at AAA, although none of the hits he allowed went for extra bases.
2. Jose Bautista, Pittsburgh
Oh for four at the plate while serving as the DH. Needs to step up and make an effort to win the third baseman’s job now that Castillo will miss time with a bum foot.
3. Alex Rodriguez, New York
Shane Youman struck him out. Wehner said he looked lost at the plate. Ouch.