Today we have reached another important date in the 2015 season: The Yankees head up to Clearwater to play against the Philadelphia Phillies in their Grapefruit League opener.
Here’s a few thoughts before the Yankees take the field for the first time in 2015:
— Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner are both in the lineup, and Joe Girardi has Ellsbury leading off and Gardner batting second. With Ellsbury and Gardner going to Clearwater, it appears Girardi is tinkering with the idea of who should leadoff and who should hit second in the order. Personally, Ellsbury/Gardner is ideal, but this is one thing the Yankees toy with throughout the Spring.
— Austin Romine is the staring catcher in today’s game. John Ryan Murphy will get into the game later, but as Joe Girardi said at the beginning of Spring Training, the players aren’t going to impress him the first day of camp or the first week. It took Dellin Betances a few weeks last Spring to impress the Yankees and it looks to be the same thing this season.
— Luis Severino and Jacob Lindgren are slated to pitch this afternoon, and personally I’m looking forward to seeing what the both of them have to offer against the Phillies. I’ve seen previous video of the both of them, but today’s the first time I’m going to see them pitch live. It’s always important to leave a first impression, will the both of them do so?
—Rob Refsnyder is also slated to get into the game. Maybe he can impress his way onto the roster?
— Today’s game will be televised but it’s on MLB Network tape delay. If you want to watch the game, the game will air at 9:00 p.m. ET.