For the 18th time: Spring training games are meaningless. It is worth pointing out that the Yankees have won six in a row, though. It’d be nice to see the squad start the year firing on all cylinders.
Here are three takeaways from today’s 6-1 victory:
- The Yankees experimented with using an opener, and the Rays scored during the first inning, so it didn’t exactly go as hoped. Chad Green gave up back-to-back singles to put Tampa Bay up 1-0 to start the game. Luckily, it didn’t matter because...
- Luis Cessa continued his dominant stretch today. The right-hander tossed four scoreless innings, notched five strikeouts, and surrendered just two hits. That outing dropped his ERA to 0.53. At this point, he has earned a spot in the rotation. We’ll see if the Yankees agree.
- Some may be concerned by Gary Sanchez’s slow start to the spring. It’s important to remember that he is coming off of offseason shoulder surgery, and he missed the first week of games so that he could be eased back in to action. He seems to be heating up, though! He drilled two RBI doubles today.
Highlight of the Game
Tomorrow the Yankees travel to West Palm Beach to take on the Astros. Jonathan Holder is scheduled to make the start at 1:05 ET. It looks like the game will be on MLB Network, otherwise it will be streaming on MLB.tv.