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TJ Tanaka Got the Goldmine Yanks Got the Shaft

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TJ Tanaka

TJ Tanaka might as well be singing Country Music, after all his Yankee career has resembled a country song

Ever since partially tearing a ligament in his elbow two years ago, Tanaka has not been the pitcher the Yankees were hoping to get when they signed him as a free agent to a seven-year, $155 million deal.

At this point, they would settle for someone who can just get them to their bullpen.

The NY media has run out of patience with TJ Tanaka, the talented but injured Bomber pitcher hasn’t come close to  what we all  expected him to  be, and this Spring he didn’t show anybody any reason to  think otherwise

Yes there is a slim  chance he was
“just taking it slow” but when your tagging along as many question marks as Tanaka is, you might want to really dial it up at least once.

his last outing vs  the Twins was considered dialing it up?

Tuesday’s final line: 4.1 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, zero walks, one strike out. He threw 76 pitches, 56 for strikes.

Analysis: Tanaka looked fair, even if he was only throwing mostly in the upper 80s while touching 91 and 92. That could be the norm this year (see below), but it doesn’t appear to be a concern. He gave up more hits than usual, but his defense didn’t help him out much, committing two errors and what could’ve been a third from Nick Noonan at shortstop in the fourth inning. Ramon Flores, though, made a great catch in right;

Today  weather permitting he’ll face a potent Astros lineup to open the season. In his only career regular season start against Houston, Tanaka was tagged for six earned runs, including three home runs, in 5.0 innings of work.

Kevin Kernan, backed by his usual  anonymous scout’s input wasn’t very kind after watching TJ pitch  this Spring

Severino should be getting this start, but because Tanaka is being paid so much money and has the veteran status he gets the Opening Day assignment.

Tanaka had an uneven spring coming off surgery to remove a bone chip in his pitching elbow.

“He looked like a guy who was holding back,’’ the scout said. “I didn’t see anything out of him this spring that showed greatness. He’s got really good stuff, but I didn’t see it. His ball just didn’t have the movement it usually does.’’

I guess Girardi  and Cashman aren’t fooling anyone when they  state Sabathia and Tanaka’s money have nothing to  do  with  where they  stand in the Yankees pitching pecking order

“Let’s Be Honest” if the money didn’t matter Tanaka would be slotted behind Severino, Pineda, Eovaldi, and if healthy Mitchell, he’s been that underwhelming.. Sabathia would be without a job, or at best  a Loogy  out of the pen pitching to nothing but LHB’s

Anyway let’s hope we’re wrong on this guy, Steinbrenner never even tried to supplement his rotation  this winter and the Yanks have almost no  depth  after Nova, so  if Tanaka does continue to pitch like sad whining country song we’re in for a long, dry,  hot, summer

A Royal Pain

Well it looks like our feisty cousins from Flushing got off on the wrong foot last night as the Royals dink and dunked themselves a 4-3 win over Matt Playboy Harvey

The Royals  put up  9 hits, all of them  singles, but of course they  were 3 for 7 with  RISP, so  the World Champs were definitely floating like a butterfly but stinging like a Bee vs a Met offense that  didn’t really wake up until  they saw Joakim Soria, the Royals 8th inning bridge to closer Wade Davis

Eddie Volquez  6 innings,  2 hits, no  runs, 3 BB, 5 K’s was  better then Playboy Harvey, and it didn’t take Grateful Ned Yost long to  go  to his tried and true formula of closing the last 9 outs with his 3 headed reliever monster

Only one problem Ned, While Herrera and Davis are still in Royal Blue, they no longer have Greg Holland, and last night Soria who was paid handsomely, was really a cheap imitation

The Mets did nothing off Volquez, Conforto belted a double off Herrera in the 7th inning, but Cabrera and d’Arnaud couldn’t  bring him around

3 singles, 2 BB’s and a ground out plated 3 runs off Soria to  close the lead to  4-3, but Cabrera struck out with the tying run 90 feet  away

Wade Davis actually gave up  a walk  and a single, but came back to punch out Wright and Cespedes again with the tying run in scoring position

The Met offense was 1 for 10  with RISP.. They’ll  have to  do  better then  that, and Playboy Harvey will  also need to dial it up if he wants to earn his Diva status…

the Whole 9


Written by Sal

April 4, 2016 at 6:50 am

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  1. The Yanks kick it off today 1:05 weather permitting.. not for nothing but it’s friggin snowing

    While last week I wanted to cut the ST season short, a snow storm on opening day April 4th makes that statement borderline moronic

    I did preface the concept with every cold team in MLB should be made to put a retractable dome on their Stadiums, your just ruining the game if you don’t…,game_state=Pregame


    April 4, 2016 at 7:00 am

  2. Couldn’t happen to a more self absorbed guy. Love seeing the Playboy get dinked & dunked to a digit under the L. That’ll take them off the back page of the Post for a day. Today it all begins for us. I hope the Baseball Gods shine down on us this year, catch a few breaks, & make a better showing than expected. TJ, in his time with the Yanks, has been nothing short of a major disappointment. He has never been the pitcher that was advertised, albeit for his first few starts before he got hurt. He has that opt out. Maybe he’ll “walk away Renee”, and we can both move on……nah! We’re probably stuck with that sushi son for the duration.


    April 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    • I thought Harvey getting beat would upset you mB lol….So TJ gets his money then dials it down because he’s favoring his elbow, how does the MLBPA allow that

      Get the damn thing fixed….Re: that opt out team’s wouldn’t pay him $12M per yr for the last 3 yr’s no less $23M, he’s here to stay, unless the gets fixed this yr


      April 4, 2016 at 11:52 am

  3. SNOWED OUT ???
    I sat in 21′ @ a snowstorm in 1996
    WTF ???


    April 4, 2016 at 10:13 am

    • lol.. not too many Plus $20M ballplayers in 96 donny, they’d be doing 3 hip replacements, a few hamstrings, Ellsbury would get hurt just running to the outfield

      No weather for baseball, dome stadiums please


      April 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

  4. The second pitch he sees this year and Cadillac just goes deep to right center off Hamels. Stay tuned.
    We keep shit and sign new shit, while we make no attempt tio retain a Hall of Famer


    April 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    • Noogsie so true they made a half assed attempt to sign him, that negotiation should have been on going, and as I’ve said before they needed to extend him before the 2011 season, but they took advantage of getting a top 5 player for $15M, knowing once he hit free agency the price would skyrocket


      April 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

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