Yankees-Phillies: Grading the Yankee Romp

Sean SerritellaCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Pitcher Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Minnesota Twins during a Grapefruit League Spring Training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 10-2. The Phillies had both of their stars, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, hit bombs.

A+—Melky Cabrera
He had a home run and three RBI. It pains me to say it, but he might have broken even with Gardner for the starting centerfield position. I want Gardner to win the job because of his base-stealing ability and I feel that Gardner's speed brings more to the Yankees' offense.

A—Phil Coke
He only pitched to two batters and struck them both out, but they were probably the most important outs in the game up until that point. There were two men on base when Coke came in the game with one out. He did a great job.

B+—Nick Swisher

He hit a home run and walked. I'm pretty sure that Xavier Nady still has the edge to start in right field.

B—Hideki Matsui
He hit a two-run home run but disappeared after that. I don't know why pitchers wouldn't fear him. He can hit bombs. Afterall, he was the home run leader in Japan.

B—Cody Ransom
He hit a solo home run in three at-bats. He definitely won't replace Alex Rodriguez but the Yankees should be okay with Ransom keeping third base warm.

C+—Joba Chamberlain
I was hoping Joba would pitch at least five innings but he only made it through 4.1 innings. He threw a lot of balls today. His only mistakes were solo home runs to some of the best hitters in baseball, Utley and Howard. He left two men on base for Phil Coke, but Coke got him out of the jam.

Player of the Game: Melky Cabrera

He made it harder for Joe Girardi to choose a starting center fielder with today's performance.

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