Yankees roll past Mets: Will Warren impresses in spring training matchup

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Just days before the commencement of the season – five days to be precise – the New York Yankees displayed a formidable performance against their cross-town rivals, the New York Mets, in an exhibition game. Despite facing a setback with the late withdrawal of Anthony Rizzo due to lat tightness, neither the players nor the management appeared overly concerned. 

Yankees power past Mets despite missing stars

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The absence of Anthony Rizzo didn’t seem to impact the game significantly, as the players who took the field exhibited a high level of play. Pitching contenders vying for the fifth-starter position, Luis Gil and Will Warren, delivered exceptional performances. Supported by a combination of strategic plays, stolen bases, and outstanding defensive maneuvers, the Yankees clinched a 5-3 victory over the Mets.

The Yankees’ pitching rotation faced a shake-up with the news of Gerrit Cole’s expected absence for the first 10-12 weeks of the season due to elbow inflammation. This created an opportunity for one of four pitchers to stake a claim for the fifth starter spot, with Luis Gil emerging as the standout candidate. Recent reports even suggest that the competition has narrowed down to just Gil and Warren. However, uncertainties loom over the Yankees’ lineup, particularly with DJ LeMahieu’s availability for Opening Day in doubt as he battles a bone bruise in his right foot. Gleyber Torres made a compelling case for the leadoff spot, exhibiting excellent form this spring with a pivotal walk and stolen base.

Despite a strong outing, Gil encountered a minor hiccup in the second inning, conceding a two-run homer to Mark Vientos after allowing a leadoff single to Starling Marte. Nevertheless, the Yankees quickly responded, with Giancarlo Stanton driving in a run in the third inning, followed by a small-ball strategy that tied the game in the fourth. While Gil showcased impressive fastball velocity and command, he struggled with home runs during spring training, indicating an area for improvement. Nonetheless, his performance solidified his candidacy for the fifth starter role.

In the fifth inning, Will Warren took the mound, showcasing a contrasting pitching style characterized by inducing ground balls. Despite conceding a run, Warren’s ability to generate weak contact was evident, although refining his command lower in the strike zone could enhance his effectiveness. The Yankees capitalized on defensive lapses by the Mets to seize the lead in the sixth inning, with Kevin Smith delivering a crucial double to drive in two runs.

The game underscored the Yankees‘ defensive prowess, with standout plays from infielders like Torres and Volpe. As the team gears up for split-squad action against the Phillies and Tigers, anticipation mounts around the performances of pitchers like Carlos Rodon and Cody Poteet. With both games scheduled for 1:05 pm ET, fans are encouraged to join the game thread and witness the Yankees’ continued pursuit of success on the field.

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