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Mama Said Tanaka You Out


I should credit my friend Scott for the headline as he mentioned it as a possible name for his fantasy squad, but he ultimately rejected the handle because he’s a godforsaken Red Sox fan and couldn’t stand the idea of giving such an honor to a Yankee. So screw him.

When the Yankees signed Tanaka, we all breathed a huge sigh of relief as they had put the team before the tax and filled the hole in the rotation with the best available pitcher. But we didn’t exhale completely because we really didn’t know what we were getting. After today’s 3-0 win, my exhale is complete.

Sure he did it against a Cubs team that would make Ernie Banks say, “Let’s play none.” But we’re talking two lousy bunt hits away from a no-hitter. This is straight filth. What I have thoroughly enjoyed about his pitching is that his late innings are just as damn unhittable as his early ones. Moreso thus far.

Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury continue to hit, though there wasn’t a lot in the pot for the offense today. No matter. Tanaka was so strong, Girardi traded a free base for an out just to be damn sure he plated the third run.

When Ellsbury nicked Baker’s glove and the ball dribbled into play in the fifth, he could have advanced to first, setting up first and third for the clean up hitter with one out. Instead, he took the out and the extra run, which must have seemed like ten more to the Cubs.

It’s so damn cold, Girardi would be well within his rights to rest some regulars tonight and the probabilty of a sweep isn’t going to be as high as I’d like. Still, I can’t see these Cubs running around the bases unless it’s a mascot race or something.   

Use this as your game thread for the nightcap. I will try to get you lineups when I see them.


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1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 16, 2014 6:38 pm

Bummer I missed the Tanaka start, thanks for he game thread everyone. Cubs look like an awful team.
Any word on Teixera?

2 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 6:47 pm

Evening folks.

3 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 6:54 pm

Mo throws to Mo but Mo steals the base.

4 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 6:55 pm

Good first 3 from Pineda. He is one lanky goofball.

5 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 6:59 pm


6 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:00 pm


7 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:07 pm

Pineda's velocity is markedly lower tonight.

I know everyone likes Leiter around here, but I often feel like he hasn't done his homework. Sure, people put some stats in front of him now and then (see earlier today), but when he says stuff like "Pineda's velocity isn't what it was pre-injury" (it has been in his prior regular season outings), I get the sense that Al doesn't watch as many Yankees games as I do, and only one of us is getting paid.

Pineda's velocity has been up from where it was in Spring Training, but it seems to be down a good 4-5 mph from where we've seen him in his last outings.

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:11 pm

(7) I don't like Leiter, o'Neil or Flaherty. Cone & Singleton the best team.

9 coleman42   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:11 pm

[7] yes but he's getting guys out. I'm surprised at how many called strikes he's getting.

10 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:12 pm

Why does Kay misuse "representative" in exactly the same way Singleton does? I mean, if he really believes the Yanks' staff is excellent, and these two guys are similarly excellent, I guess I could see it, but I still think they don't know what the word means.

On another topic, someone needs to be murdered over the misuse of the word "awarded" in car commercials. Jeep has done it for years, but now it's spreading like cholera.

11 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:14 pm

All these years and Jeter still catches the ball too far in front of the bag. Bleh!

12 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:15 pm

[8] I thought I was alone on that. You may remember that I happen to really like Paulie in the booth. Love Cone, and have some affection for Singleton like you might for your super corny uncle.

Nice strike 'em out, throw 'em out, although that cubbie had a weird slide there.

13 coleman42   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:16 pm

Jerry Coleman, he's my man!

14 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:16 pm

[11] You think the throw would have made it there, though? I thought the throw was short of the bag.

Ooh, bad strike call on Ichiro right there.

15 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:17 pm

[13] That's pretty nifty - I'm not sure we've ever had someone's user name be the answer to the night's trivia question.

16 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:24 pm

Yay, Brett!

17 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:24 pm

2 out hit with RISP!

18 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:24 pm

Attaway, Gritner!

Way to break up the lob string.

19 coleman42   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:24 pm

Jerry doesn't get too much press, but he was the 1950 World Series MVP, among other notable accomplishments...

20 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:37 pm


21 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:37 pm


22 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:41 pm

Carlos has twice as many homers as the Royals.

23 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:41 pm

[21] Indeed. Way to wriggle out. And he did it without the velocity he's had in his last starts (it's weird that they haven't mentioned that tonight).

Man, that first pitch to Soriano was low.

24 cult of basebaal   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:46 pm

Evening all, sorry to have missed the opener. Sounds like Tanaka brought the filth.

Damn, must be cold tonight, the Cubbies look dressed to tackle the Iditarod ...

25 cult of basebaal   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:47 pm

Better to be lucky than to be good ...

26 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:48 pm

2 out rbis will get ya' to Baseball Heaven.

27 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 7:48 pm

Great Scott

28 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:00 pm

boom! no matter how this ends, that's 15 shutout innings today. Which is pretty cool.

29 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:06 pm

geez, 11 hits in 5 and 2/3? How do we only have 2 runs. That's 2 hits per inning. Sorry, just got here.

30 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:10 pm

[29] And yet, both runs have come on two out hits, and we haven't stranded anyone on 3rd with one out, if I'm remembering correctly.

31 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:12 pm

Good job by Pineda without his best stuff.

32 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:13 pm

Who do we get? Stopper Phelps or Fire starter Phelps?

33 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:13 pm

[30] that's pretty wild. It seems implausible.

34 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:14 pm

Well, on a plus side, our bullpen is well rested. Hopefully they do well tonight.

35 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:19 pm

Phelps is making me very nervous.

36 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:21 pm

wow, brutal pitch! love it!

37 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:23 pm

Gets out of it.

38 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:23 pm

Phelps looked like a different pitcher for the last two batters. I'm impressed.

39 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:27 pm

This Yankee pitching staff is too good this early. Who would have thought that CC and Nova are the week links.

40 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:30 pm

The Cubs are really unwatchable.

41 seamus   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:34 pm

nice hit and run there. Ichiro!

42 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:37 pm

[30] I'm pretty sure I'm correct (although check the first - I missed the first inning, and I know we had two hits).

[40] And yet, I'm totally enjoying both these games.

In fairness to Leiter, Pineda's velocity is down from what it was in 2011 (I had forgotten that he threw that hard), but it was definitely down tonight from where it was in his first two starts.

I'm still not a fan, although anything is tolerable when the good guys are winning.

43 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:37 pm

[40] True. Will there be any fan base left if they become competitive? Or will the Cubs and Wrigley just be a tourist attraction. Kinda like Venice, no real residents.

44 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:48 pm

[30] Argh, I'm incorrect. We blew 1st and 3rd in the 3rd - an inning with only one hit, but a two base error that got the inning started. I forgot that Soriano hit a shallow fly that wasn't deep enough to get Jeter in from third.

45 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:49 pm

[43] Our fellow Banterer Mattpat though said Wrigley is a horrible dump. I'm a bit torn on the whole 'burn down to rebuild' philosophy though. The Astros, Cubs (and in basketball the 76ers) are really taking a risk. How many losing seasons can you really justify before the team improves?

46 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:53 pm

Ah, being shifty again. And it works.

47 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 8:54 pm

[45] I dunno - I really think that's as guaranteed a crowd as you're going to find. People go to the games just to get drunk. Wrigleyville is what we wish the area around Yankee Stadium could be, and people remain in a pretty good mood despite the team sucking. The area around Wrigley is a great place to live, and in summary, it's just sort of happy, happy, drunky, drunky. That was my impression when I went to Wrigley a few years ago.

Now it's been a few *more* years of losing, so who knows, but back then, no one seemed to give a crap that the team stunk.

48 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:09 pm

Throw fucking strikes!

49 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:10 pm

Hey Tanaka isn't drinking beer, eating fried chicken and playing video games in the clubhouse.

50 coleman42   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:13 pm

[48] exactly what I was thinking...

51 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:13 pm

[49] ??! That came out of nowhere! Or were they talking about that on the TV broadcast?

52 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:13 pm

Once again I decry this Mo retirement policy.

53 coleman42   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:14 pm

Warren has been great last few appearances

54 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:14 pm

[48] Argh.

I did like Castro's super audible f bomb, because I'm a filthy heathen and find audible f bombs on network telecasts amusing.

55 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:15 pm

Quite the strategy. Drive me to the edge of madness and then pop 'me up. : )
1 more!

56 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:15 pm

[51] It's always good to criticize Red Sox. Last team to integrate.

57 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:15 pm

[52] It really is unfair to all of us.

58 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:15 pm

[54] Yeah that was a good one.

59 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:16 pm


60 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:16 pm

Ellsbury has a good arm, lol?


61 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:16 pm

Whoo-hoo. Great day for the Yankee starting pitchers.

62 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:17 pm

Cap'n preserves the doubleheader shutout!

63 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:22 pm

Does anyone else find these two game series very odd?

64 jjmerlock   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:33 pm

Dammit, Al still doesn't realize that Pineda was sitting higher in his velocity in his first two starts and hit 95 in both of them. Jack Curry would be giving us a solid analysis if we had the normal YES post game. Which I just realized they are showing. Doh.

65 MSM35   ~  Apr 16, 2014 9:53 pm

Good time to go to Tampa, warm indoors and they are hurting on the mound with Cobb and Moore out.

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