Grapefruit League Spring Training weekly report: Yanks on top

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers during the second inning of a baseball spring exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Another beautiful week of baseball in the books and it is still glorious.

A lot of games are played within a week, as all baseball fans know, so that means much happens in that time frame.
So here is the rundown of this week in Spring Training.

Yankees:
The Yankees won the first five games before losing their first and only game and now boast a Spring Training leading 8-1.
Sonny Gray makes his debut striking out 2 in 2 innings pitched with no earned runs.

New York Yankees’ Miguel Andujar hits an RBI double during the fourth inning of a baseball spring exhibition game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Brandon Drury is playing well at 3B and his position is pretty secure since he has the experience, but Miguel Andujar has exploded into must-see action.
Andujar has 17 plate appearances, hitting 7 times and of those 7 hits 2 were doubles and 4 were home runs, so yeah he means business and clearly wants to be in the conversation with Stanton and Judge.
Speaking of Giancarlo Stanton, his debut was the most pretty striking out 3 times, but after that, he has hit really well including a pair of standup doubles against the Braves that he swung with just a flick of the wrist.

 

Tanaka struggled in his appearance being removed in the second inning after allowing 4 runs off 17 pitches.
CC Sabathia shows he hasn’t aged as he pitched a perfect 2 innings, striking out three.
Russell Wilson made his debut striking out, and though looking like a total tool, he showed great form.
Clint Frazier went down with a concussion after hitting a wall.
Jacoby Ellsbury has tightness in his hamstring and no timetable for his return has been set.

Mets:
Noah Syndergaard is not human. Seriously, his first inning pitched was perfect. So was his velocity, his velocities were 100, 100, 100, 100, 90(Changeup), 100,97, 91(Changeup), 101, 101, 92(Changeup, which included a comment by 2 of the World Series champions Jose Altuve who said if he pitches like that to me 100 times I will strikeout 100 times and Springer after being dealt a 100mph pitch at the plate can be seen say “F**k*. Syndergaard has been the highlight for the Mets as he said he was throwing effortlessly in his outings. He played well in his second appearance striking out 4 but allowing the only run that won the game for the Marlins.

New York Mets’ Tim Tebow walks back to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Friday, March 2, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tim Tebow has seen more playing just not out in the field, his first outing he struck out looking on possibly the most perfect pitch I have ever seen, and he can be seen saying “that was outside”. It wasn’t. Tebow has reached base and even got his first hit and the crowd went nuts as if Stone Cold had “Stunnered” Vince McMahon.

 

Robert Gsellman continues to struggle allowing 3 runs off 4 hits in his last outing.
Steven Matz isn’t looking well either allowing 5 runs in his only inning pitched against the Astros.
Matt Harvey debuted allowing 1 run but fanning 2.
Wheeler seems to know he is fighting for his job as he has been playing well striking out 2 in one inning pitched against the Braves.
Mets hitters have only scored 4.6 runs average in spring, and only 2.5 runs the last 4 games with most production coming from their young and hungry farm players, still drowning in the standings with 3-6 record.

Marlins:
So by this time, I thought that the Marlins would have already nosedived. Wrong. They are right behind the Yankees in the spring standings with a 6-2-1 record.
Jose Urena confirms his star status pitching 4 innings in 2 games and recording 4  strikeouts.
In fact, all the starters from last year have stunned the crowd.
Urena, Dan Straily, and Odrisamer Despaigne have pitched perfectly striking out 11 and 0 runs in 9 innings pitched combined.
Marlins hitters haven’t played the best but the pitching core has helped bring the stress down.
Maybe Jeter knew what he was doing.

Rest of Grapefruit League:
Red Sox, Astros, and Tigers are playing well and could be tough competitors in the American League, especially the Sox making tough competition for the Yankees in the AL East, the rivalry might get hot.
The Rays making bold moves like the Marlins aren’t seeing the same success but aren’t necessarily failing either.
The Braves, Phillies and even the Nationals aren’t playing up to the hype for this year as they trail behind the Marlins in standings.
Max Scherzer did pitch well and looks like a potential Cy Young winner already.
Cards Adam Wainwright has struggled along with the team and they might need to rebuild if they want to stay in contention.
Marlins, Rays, Pirates, and Athletics have a meeting with the MLBPA accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money.

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