Yankees first game of four months played the same way as a typical match between Bombers and Red Sox. New York sprang up early, dropped back in the middle innings, then mounted a brave but failed comeback. Easily come easy going, I think.
The end result so Red Sox go over the Yankees, 8-5. You can read the full box score here, but since it is spring training, we must cover three snakepoint points.
first Of course, the first ball of the Yankees had to go to the right of Miguel Andujar. Baseball is fun like that. He managed to make it out, but still doubled the ball before the shot to the first. I held his breath as he did, because I was afraid he would throw the ball away. Earlier this week, Andujar told reporters that he had no plans to change that part of his throwing approach.
For those who have asked about Miguel Andujar, double-click the ball before throwing … he said it's not something he plans to change.
̵1; Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 20, 2019
The third baseman played three tournaments in the game and he got a ride on the court. He let a few balls go off him during diving. He didn't have a chance on another groundball hit the third bottom line, but defensive positioning probably had something to do with it.
A game is not enough of a try to make a judgment over Andujar's defense. However, the adjustments he made did not show up in the afternoon. He looked more or less like Andujar in 2018.
2. In the game line, I talked about how the Yanks traveled easily to Fort Myers. They went with a skeleton crew member of regulars. Here is the exact passage:
As far as the position players are concerned, four major names find themselves in action. Aaron Hicks Gleyber Torres Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier anchors the line. A stud center fielder, two Rookie of the Year finalists, and formerly top view? It's not bad for the first spring training game!
I've legally forgotten Greg Bird. I saw Mike Ford in the starting line and assumed he played first base. Bird apparently did not perceive the overview. The 26-year-old went 2-to-2 with a double bed. He's just up in February.
All winter Aaron Boone explained that Luke Voit had the inside lane for the first base job. Yankees manager uncovered today explains, however, that Bird does a better job with the defense. If Bird wants to take advantage of that advantage, he has to continue to beat as he did today.
3rd What about Nestor Cortes Jr.? The left handman put 2.2 innings, which allowed four runs of six hits. It's not looking good! But do you know what looks good? His breaking ball.
In spring training, the results are secondary. The quality of the stuff means much more. For Cortes Jr. He has a breaking pitch that can play at the big league level. While the bullpen looks crowded right now, the yankees will surely call up a number of weapons this summer. There is always a revolving door handle. If he continues to flash the quality stuff, Cortes expects Jr. to call at some point.
Highlighting the game
Gleyber Torres took Josh Smith deep into the first inning! He hit an out dead to center field.
Yankees are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on the rays. The first pitch is scheduled for 13:05 and you can stream to MLB.tv or listen to the WFAN.