When CC Sabathia takes the hill in this evening’s showdown with the Toronto Blue Jays, all eyes will be on him. Not only to see if Sabathia is healthy, but to see if Sabathia can be an effective starter. Sabathia’s last two seasons were plagued with injury and mediocrity and while the Yankees aren’t expecting much out of CC this time around, they are hoping he eventually find some success. Let’s do what we always do and get some thoughts out of the way before tonight’s contest.
- First off, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Be safe, have fun and be glad there’s baseball tonight.
- I didn’t think much about this yesterday (in fact, I barely thought about the Yankees at all) but after looking at the first set of cuts from camp, it’s surprising Greg Bird survived the first round. Not surprising in the sense that Bird hasn’t hit well enough to stay, he has, but because the Yankees are trying to get a closer look at him. He’s still slated to begin the year in Trenton, but it never hurts to have a look. Plus, he’s played so well, he’ll be one of the first players on the mind of the front office when they need to call someone up.
- Masahiro Tanaka is slated to make his next start tomorrow night against the Atlanta Braves at Disney World! It’s always a fun time at Disney World, and everyone hopes the Disney magic will rub off on him and keep his elbow in place for the entire season.
- We have about two weeks to go before the regular season begins and like I mentioned yesterday, the fifth starter competition has been really close. Probably one of the closest competitions in camp.
- Another competition that’s close is the back-up catching competition but it’s not because John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine are tearing the cover off the ball. They’ve both looked so-so, but I guess the Yankees aren’t judging based on offense. I still think John Ryan Murphy is going to win the backup catching job and I hope Austin Romine gets a real opportunity to play should he emerge as the loser of the competition.