The New York Yankees pulled double duty today and played a split-squad game one against the Detroit Tigers in Tampa, Florida, and the other against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida. So today, we will cover both games. This article will focus on the Yankees versus the Tigers. Here are your three biggest takeaways from this game.
Gerrit Cole’s First Televised Spring Start
Gerrit Cole would dominate during his first Spring outing. Unfortunately, that start wasn’t televised. However, this start would be, and Cole would not disappoint. Gerrit Cole would control the strike zone and pound it with strikes. And Yankee fans have been excited to watch Gerrit, and this was a fantastic start for the Yankees and Gerrit Cole. Cole would pitch two and two-thirds scoreless innings of work with two strikeouts and allowing just two weak hits.
Gary Sanchez, a Brand New Catcher
Former Yankee catcher John Flaherty was in the broadcast booth for the first time this Spring, and Flash and David Cone would focus on Sanchez’s new stance. Tanner Swanson is the Yankees new catching coach, and they have adjusted the Yankees catchers stance. The adjustment was to lower the catchers by placing a knee on the ground to better frame pitches in the lower half of the zone. If Gary Sanchez can get over the blocking issues that he’s dealt with the past couple of seasons, Sanchez quickly rises to the best catcher in Major League Baseball.
Tommy Kahnle Got Some Work In
The New York Yankees bullpen has been revered in baseball for the sheer amount of dynamic arms it contains. The bullpen is the home of Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, and Tommy Kahnle, among others. This Spring, we have seen quite a few members of the Yankees bullpen pitch. Today we saw Tommy Kahnle get an inning of work. However, Kahnle had to work a little bit in his outing against the Tigers. This kind of outing is a very good thing in Spring Training. When pitchers face adversity in Spring, they are dealing with scenarios that are more akin to the regular season. Kahnle was able to get out of trouble with surrendering only one unearned run.