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Ta-Nak’d Around

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Well  that  was ugly, but let’s be serious, it was trending that  way  now for the last 3 out of  4  Tanaka games, starting on Old Timers Day when the O’s waited him out, under Buck’s orders they let the funky wiffle ball stuff off the plate land out of the strike zone, then hit the mistakes, 6 innings, 3 runs,  the pen melted, the offense never showed up  in front of all our old time heroes, and Tanaka Sunday turned into an embarrassing day  to  forget…

Tanaka was the Super Hero I conjured up in my little thimble sized brain vs Boston, until he woke them  up  serving Napoli  breakfast in bed in the 9th inning, destroying the Yankee Universe’s Tanaka Saturday. Boston won the next night too, sending the Reverend Whitley a step  closer to  his eventual new assignment in the bull pen, that’s  the bad news. The good news, apparently it was Boston’s World Series because they’re 1 and 10  since leaving NY, how Met like is that….

Now we’re in the dog days of the first  half of the season, and the Yanks don’t have any days off  until  the All Star  break, so Tanaka San has to  wear his Cape Crusader costume every 4 days, and apparently it’s coming apart at  the seems. First  the Twins get sky high and almost ruin Tanaka Thursday, but the Yankee offense shows up  for a rare appearance and scores 7 runs, erasing the whistling past the graveyard outing  of 7 innings, 9  hits 4 runs.

Still no  wavering from  the media or the peanut gallery, next  it’s Tanaka Tuesday!!!!!.

I missed a lot of  Mikey 21 yesterday but I bet he guaranteed a Win last night. Once every 5 or 6 days Mikey watches the Yanks because their only Big Star is on the bump, and we all know how Mikey likes to  dry hump the leg’s of Big Stars. This must have been a crushing defeat  for the big boy,  1st the  Bleacher Creature’s Dog, Hollywood Nick Swisher takes Tanaka San out in the 6th inning, it wasn’t a shock Tater either,  with the exception of two  innings when Tanaka and McCann  started to pitch  backwards did the Indians look befuddled at  the plate against  what looked to me a tired pitcher.

Four of the 6.2 innings he pitched started with lead off singles, Kipnis and Brantley had to  come back to  the dugout in the 1st inning with the scouting report, between them they  had 5 hits on the night. The book is out on Tanaka

“It’s the first time we’ve ever seen him, so going up there your first couple at-bats, you’re kind of feeling him out, seeing what he’s got,” Swisher said. “In that situation right there, from the scouting reports along with the video we’ve seen, he loves that split and slider.”

Right so lay off it and wait for the count to favor the hitter, then hit the mistakes, and last night Tanaka threw a bunch of them. Again Tanaka has built up  quite a reputation so  strike the #19 on his back, insert the Bulls Eye, Tanaka San isn’t sneaking up on anybody any more.

We’ve seen his A game, it’s really good, but we haven’t  seen that  Alpha Dog type of outing since Tanaka Saturday vs Boston. After the Napoli HR, Tanaka has been just  another guy  with a 4.25 ERA in his last four outings, three of which have come on the regular fifth day, something the Yankees tried to avoid earlier in the year whenever possible. The only reason it’s at 4.25 is the Boston game where he allowed only 2 runs. In the other 3 games Tanaka san has a 5.22 ERA, 12 runs in 20.2 innings

Here’s an idea, because NY is beating the bushes trying to  find  5 starters,  asking for a 6 man  rotation is not only laughable but improbable. So let’s lose the Tanaka Day chatter, it’s an insult to the pitching veterans who have made their bones in this league for more then  18  starts, and it’s a wake up  call  to  the elite hitters who face good pitching quite often. Scouting reports aren’t coming into  clubhouses by pony express, these guys watch more video then a couple of teen aged boys on summer vacation in their mother’s basement.

Tanaka did look like he was on his way  to  lowering that  2.27 ERA in the 3rd and 4th innings but it didn’t last, the Indians had too much Michael Brantley, too much Nick Swisher, and just  enough Murphy, Santana, Chisenhall, Dickerson and Kipnis to overload the Yankee Ace.

Next stop Baltimore, on 4 days rest…..

Offense Back  To Normal

We know one thing, the Yanks can hit bad pitching, they know how to handle pitchers who can’t find the strike zone and single them  to  death. Once in a blue moon  somebody in Stripes or road grays accidentally hits one over the fence, but that’s like a solar eclipse, very rare.. Last night the boys dinked and dunked Rookie Trevor Bauer who  had 67 pitches thrown in the 1st  3 innings for 3 runs to give Tanaka a lead to  hold.

Tanaka dropped it like it was hot,  and the offense went to  sleep  for the last 7 innings. They picked up  4 hits on the night, all  singles by Ellsbury, Texy, Bubba, and Ichiro. Bauer was either that  good, or the Yanks are this bad, I’ll  take the latter….

If Cashman  can’t find some help  for the offense, or pitching if McCarthy and Greene don’t  pan out, let’s bring up  these guys

Last night’s minor league results

2B Rob Refsnyder had two hits (single, double), OF Zoilo Almonte had three hits (triple, two singles), 1B Peter O’Brien had two hits (double, homer), RHP Luis Severino struck out eight in four innings,

If we’re gonna play  our way  to  the middle of the division, let’s at least  watch  some kids go  through  growing pains.. It’s a lot better then  us  growing old being in pain watching this pathetic offense day in and day out.  Unless they  get to  face a few 4 A pitchers like we saw in Minnesota, sorry Phil and Ricky, and the injured Masterson we saw in Cleveland on Monday night, this team  couldn’t hit water falling out of a row boat.

Tonight’s Penance

McCarthy vs Tomlin

the Whole 9


Written by Sal

July 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

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  1. hopefully Tanaka settles down, Tribe waiting out the funky pitches, and barreling up the get me over pitches…Boys better score some runs, that 2.27 ERA could be in jeopardy


    July 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm

  2. I don’t think Kipnis appreciated Jeter duking him, he’s taking it out on Tanaka…Tanaka looking at a 5 inning outing here, unless they start to give him some paint….keep scoring boys nothing is safe anymore


    July 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm

  3. If Tanaka is gonna start to pitch backwards, we got a good shot. getting away from the 1st pitch FB, has the Tribe off balance… If McCann and Tanaka can close the door from here, that’s impressive…


    July 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  4. Just like Rod Steiger to Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront, “This ain’t your night kid”. Tanaka gives up his obligatory run in the first, but from the look of things, he just doesn’t look real sharp tonight…….leaving too many hittable pitches over the plate. Let’s hope he finds it.


    July 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  5. Not my night?
    Not my night?
    Not MY Night???


    July 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

  6. Not my night?
    Not my year?
    Not my decade?
    Not my calling in life?


    July 9, 2014 at 5:01 am

  7. lol hey fellas a storm hit the mountain and out went the lights, but not before Swisher and Brantley tee’d off. so i missed the bats go quietly into the night, once they let Bauer off the mat.. Please go get a bat Cashman, Marlon Byrd, because the rest of these Mooks looked like Marlon Brando, including Mookie San on the bump

    man you think we had problems before, now we need a 6 man rotation, this kid can’t pitch on 4 days rest…. at least not yet…


    July 9, 2014 at 5:51 am

  8. Sal–fyi–Michael Brantley has somewhat of a local connection to our area. His father, Mickey Brantley, who primarily played for Seattle, is a Catskill Native, graduated from Catskill High School, went to Columbia-Greene Community College for two years, then got a baseball scholarship at Coastal Carolina where he was drafted by the Mariners. He didn’t have a great career, but then went on to be a batting coach for the Blue Jays and the Mets, I believe. His son, Michael, was born out in Seattle when Mickey was playing out there. There still are many Brantley relatives in Catskill and the town tries to adopt him as one of their own, even though he has never lived there. I guess his father taught him how to hit. Cone ranked him with Trout last night as two of the best players in the league. I think that’s a little overstated as Michael has had a few good years before, but this is his first great year. He seems like a nice kid and Cleveland just reupped him for 4 more years at a bargain before he became a free agent.


    July 9, 2014 at 10:07 am

  9. I think Tanaka lost his cloak of invincibility with Napoli’s homer.The book is out on him,hit the first fastball-time to adjust to the adjustment. Swisher has now homered in both games despite his .198 ba; Granderson has also found his power stroke while the Yanks remain punchless.If the pitcher loses to the
    Yanks,they immediately go on the dl-lol I won’t even mention NUNO throwing 7 scoreless innings with 7 ks vs the Marlins.The offense is just pathetic,no hits in the last 6 innings-they should have scored a lot more off Bauer.They need so much help-on the mound,at the plate-it really may not salvageable.


    July 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

  10. hey boys..

    Noogsie i think you had mentioned Brantley too me once before about him being tied to Catskill, thanks for the reminder..

    Yeah I jumped all over a Red Sox beat writer last week when he was saying what Boston could get for Lester.. He mentioned a player like Brantley who went in the Sabathia trade, after looking up his numbers I mentioned it took him from 09 until this yr to be what we’re seeing, so that’s what 6 yr’s in the making, Boston doesn’t have that type of patience

    that said I called Brantley a “nice” player, he’s more then that now.. Actually Noogsie as you pointed out he started to get it together around 2012, nothing Trout-ly but decent, this yr he’s an All Star

    Big D, yeah those mistakes and vulnerabilities we saw from Tanaka even on his best outings seemed to be the norm last night, I seriously think Girardi needs to go to a 6 man rotation or at least configure something along those lines, he’s just ordinary at the moment, let’s try more rest….. in the 2nd half, at least until he gets used to this schedule, which may not happen in 2014

    I’m sure Cashman is trying to replace Soriano, i’m sure teams are holding him up, if that’s the case let’s stand pat… I’m concerned about the 40 man and the rule 5, we lost Maxwell that way, not that he’s Mike Trout, but we kept Amos Jones and lost a kid…

    Almonte is the only kid on the 40 man out of those 3 kids who look like they could help.. maybe it’s better to let them play on the farm… Boston brought up their kids and only Holt is helping, and he like Brantley, a throw in

    and yes RE: Granderson they could use a few of those 13 HR’s, the thought of him striking out 28% of the time, 31% on base, and batting .230, plus his inability to hit LHP, I can see why they wanted to move on, but right now hind sight being what it is,. he would have been a better option then Beltran

    Mikey keeps touting Granderson, of course he needs to make him all that since Mikey was Granderson’s biggest supporter… Beltran decided his knee was wounded but not until Soriano was DFA’d?

    Sounds like a move he made with Mets back in the day… lets not get anymore old Brand names on the team…Although i wouldn’t mind seeing Byrd as long as they don’t have to cough up a good prospect, they need to replace Soriano and Beltran apparently

    He’s far from the perfect fit, but he has 18 HR’s and what could they want for a player who isn’t quite worth 1 WIN?


    July 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

  11. Turned on the pregame,Tanaka having an mri on his elbow,placed on the dl,Almonte brought up;GARDY out of the lineup with a possible hernia!!! Not quite time to throw in the towel,but time to look for it.


    July 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  12. Beltran has 2 fractures in his face after getting hit by a ball-oy


    July 10, 2014 at 12:32 am

  13. hahahhahaha hey Big D, the towel is in the middle of the ring.. This has gotten to the point of ridiculousness now.. unless Tex and Ellsbury hit 2 or 3 Taters every game

    Who would have ever thought that David Phelps is our best starter?

    thanks for the pre game update, didn’t know about they potential hernia….that would shelve him if it’s a real hernia


    July 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

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