The Yankees showed what they are capable of during the regular season with a final spring training tune-up in the numbers of 10-1. It was a pure shellacking of the Chicago Cubs at the new Yankee Stadium. As I heckled my high school best friend, Jill, who is a Cubs fan, the Yankees seemingly have everything put together. It’s a shame this isn’t the regular season.
In the final exhibition game of the spring, Mark Teixeira led the offensive charge for the Yankees, belting his fourth and fifth home runs of the year — and first in the new Yankee Stadium. Teixeira connected on a solo home run to right in the third inning and added a three-run shot into the short right-field porch in the fourth. Derek Jeter also hit a three-run homer to give New York the lead in the second inning, and Shelley Duncan added a solo shot in the eighth. Robinson Cano had an RBI single.
Andy Pettitte held the Cubs to Soriano’s solo home run and six hits in all over four innings, walking one and striking out one in a 54-pitch (38 for strikes) outing. He completed his spring with an ERA of 1.17 against big league clubs. A.J. Burnett came on in the fifth and tossed four scoreless innings, with two hits, six strikeouts and one walk.
Here are a few post-game tidbits from Peter Abraham:
— The Yankees won their final nine spring games (last lost on 3/23 at Philadelphia, 3-8), matching their nine-game winning streak from 3/14-21…won 18 of their last 20 spring games…finished with a 24-10-1 record (.706) vs. Major League competition this spring, marking their most such wins and best such winning percentage since at least 1961.
— The Yankees hit a spring-high four home runs today, giving them seven home runs in the two-game series vs. the Cubs.
— All four probable Opening Day infield starters (1B Mark Teixeira, 2B Robinson Cano, SS Derek Jeter and 3B Cody Ransom) have homered in Yankee Stadium during the two-game series with the Cubs.
— LHP Andy Pettitte started and allowed 1ER in 4.0IP (6H, 1BB, 2K, 1HR)…allowed just 2ER in 15.1IP this spring (1.17 ERA).
— RHP A.J. Burnett made his first relief appearance of the spring and tossed 4.0 scoreless innings (2H, 1BB, 6K, 59 pitches/39 strikes)…marked his highest strikeout total of the spring.
— The Yankees’ starting rotation of LHP CC Sabathia, RHP Chien-Ming Wang, RHP A.J. Burnett, LHP Andy Pettitte and RHP Joba Chamberlain finished with a 13-3 combined spring record and a 3.35 ERA (99.1IP, 37ER).
— 1B Mark Teixeira (2-for-3) recorded the first two-homer game by a Yankee this spring…finished as the Yankees’ team leader this spring with a .433 (26-for-60) batting average, 5HR and 15RBI.
— SS Derek Jeter (1-for-3) recorded a personal spring-best 3RBI and finished the Grapefruit League season with a .389 (13-for-33) batting average against Major League opposition. (CK’s observation: And this was with missing a significant portion of the spring training schedule while with Team USA.)
— C Jorge Posada (0-for-2) caught 6.0 innings behind the plate…has appeared at catcher in 12 games this spring (nine games vs. Major League teams and three games vs. minor league opposition)…caught 6-of-12 runners trying to steal this spring in all 12 games combined.
The Yankees travel to Baltimore tomorrow and will face the Orioles on Monday at 4:05pm. Trevor and I will make the trip to Baltimore. Him from New York, me from my home 50 minutes away. We’ll go to the Babe Ruth Museum and then go to the game.
This has been an awesome spring training season for the Yankees.