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Yanks Continue to Quack Like A Duck

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If it looks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, it sure as hell isn’t an elegant Bald Eagle flying with grace and dignity..

Yes the Yanks are what  their record says they  are, a last place team, the only thing resembling an Eagle for this bumbling excuse for a baseball team is how extinct winning games and scoring runs has become for Hal’s Pals

As Ortiz comes up, he is 0 for 7 with 4 Ks vs. Betances. Joked in spring training that relievers like him were why he was retiring.

Before tonight, #RedSox hitters were 5 of 46 (.109) vs Betances, striking out 26 times.

For the second straight outing, Betances gave up a home run to a left-handed batter on a curveball.

These were the keys to  the Bomber loss, but the sad truth is, they  couldn’t send a Mediocre prospect starter Henry Owens back  to Pawtucket with his tail between his legs… Instead they  empowered their biggest  rival after Boston not only came back to  win 4-2, they  did it by cutting the head off the snake

Coming from behind off the Bombers Ace, and beating their best reliever at crunch  time…

Reading the Box score doesn’t do the starting pitching line justice.

Owens was much worse, Tanaka was much better, but it doesn’t take long to  sink the Yankee Clipper when the offense remains at best, the Titanic

Henry Owens 6 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 BB, 3 K’s, 1 HR

Tanaka, 6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 0 BB’s, 5 K’s, No HR’s

What  does tell  the story about NY’s gut wrenching loss is the Bull Pen line, supposedly NY’s strength

Boston 3 innings, no  runs,  no hits, no  BB’s, 2 K’s

NY, 1.1 innings, 2  hits, 2 runs, no BB’s, 1 K, 1 HR

We kept wondering how this bad rotation could possibly get the ball  to  their Touted Bull Pen with a lead, even the slightest of leads would do, so NY could finally flex some muscle..

Well Girardi  made sure the ball never got in Shreve or Betances’ hands with a 2-0 lead in the 7th inning, thanks to him sticking with Tanaka too long… Ray Charles could see Tanaka, after a brilliant 6 innings was leaving his pitches up in the zone in the 7th

The Red Sox hitters don’t try to pull  every pitch into  the seats, so  they took Tanaka apart in the 7th limb by limb, until  they knocked him out, but not before tying the game 2-2

Three  LHB’s went the opposite way to dink and dunk Tanaka to  death, as Shreve and Betances warmed up………

Ramírez lined out to center. 2 0
Shaw singled to left. 2 0
Holt singled to left, Shaw to second. 2 0
Hanigan struck out swinging. 2 0
Bradley Jr. doubled to left, Shaw and Holt scored. 2 2
Betances relieved Tanaka. 2 2
Betts flied out to center.

Unfortunately it was Betances who  for the 2nd straight game coughed up  a Tater to  a LHB, while offering up  a meatball  curve in the 8th inning…

Pedroia grounded out to second. 2 2
Bogaerts singled to center. 2 2
Ortiz homered to left center (396 feet), Bogaerts scored.

“Let’s Be Honest” Castro  should have made a play on the Bogaerts single, and Ortiz’s HR is an F/7 in any ball park in America, but thems the breaks, the Yanks hit plenty, or used to hit plenty of Taters into  the right field seats in Yankee Stadium, live by the sword and die by it..

Game over!

 Once the game was tied and despite who the Yanks had lurking in the pen, you knew this one was over, this offense never gets up off the matt for a gut check win, they’re gutless

Tanaka was just  about Vintage Brilliant for 18 outs, to  say he pitched backwards is an understatement

Pitch Statistics as coded by PITCH INFO
Pitch Type Velo (Max) H-Break V-Break Count Strikes / % Swings / % Whiffs / % BIP (No Out) SNIPs / % LWTS
SI (Sinker) 91.1 (95.0) -8.40 5.17 41 27 / 65.9% 23 / 56.1% 4 / 9.8% 8 (3) 19 / 57.6% -0.40
SL (Slider) 85.6 (88.4) 1.03 2.20 29 19 / 65.5% 15 / 51.7% 5 / 17.2% 6 (1) 13 / 56.5% -1.45
CU (Curveball) 76.9 (78.8) 5.93 -5.14 5 3 / 60.0% 2 / 40.0% 0 / 0.0% 2 (0) 1 / 33.3% -0.51
FC (Cutter) 87.3 (88.7) -2.22 5.55 4 4 / 100.0% 4 / 100.0% 0 / 0.0% 1 (0) 3 / 100.0% -0.24
FS (Splitter) 88.2 (90.1) -6.49 1.24 18 15 / 83.3% 12 / 66.7% 4 / 22.2% 5 (3) 10 / 76.9% 0.77

Boston spent most of the night just pounding the ball into  the ground

Groundouts-to fly outs 10-2,

Looking at the Pitch FX and the game in real time, Tanaka never threw a 4 seam fastball, although I did see his heater register 93 on  occasion, Pitch FX had him topping out at 91, and all his fastballs were 2 seamer /sinkers (41 of them, 4 misses)

His biggest  swing an miss stuff came from his slider and splitter.. ( 9 misses)

He threw 4 show me fast ball  cutters for strikes, but no misses, and 5 curve balls, again no swings and misses.. 13 of his 99 pitches missed bats, and 69 of the 99 pitches were for strikes


As you can  see three of the in-paly no outs-runs were up in the zone, more often then not he was below the knees or in the dirt

In  6.2 innings Tanaka had two  1-2-3 innings (3rd and 5th), Headley made an error in the first inning that cost Tanaka 7 extra pitches… Headley really does have to  go

Ramirez led off the 2nd inning with a single, reached 2nd on a WP / more of a passed ball by McCann, but was stranded..Ortiz of all people reached on an infield single in the 4th, but was stranded.. Bogaert’s singled to left in the 6th, that  was all  the damage off Tanaka until  the 7th

Boston only had 3 hits up until  they doubled down for 3  more hits and the 2 runs in the fateful  7th, can’t help  to  think Girardi  went with the binder instead of the eye ball when he let Tanaka pitch  to Bradley based on a 1 for 13 history…

Tanaka’s pitches were starting to  elevate, and we all know what happens when he doesn’t finish  off his  offerings properly

Two Is the Loneliest Number

Can’t help  to  think  the Yanks should have scored a lot more then 2 runs.. Counting the ARod HR, the Yanks had 10 men reach base but only 2 of them  crossed the plate, ARod in the 2nd inning, and  Gregarious who  was HBP in the 5th

The boys hit into  2 DP’s and made it the golden sombrero  on a strike out throw out DP by Gardner and Ellsbury in the 3rd inning, and the misguided send from third base by Joe Espada in the 2nd inning, so  4 twin killings on the night

Beltran  killed   a rally in the first inning after Ellsbury and Gardner reached base on a walk  and a bunt single

Castro  was given a Triple in the 2nd inning, but it was really a single and a two base error by Bradley.. I thought Castro  ran out of gas heading to  3rd base, He’s far from a slow runner, but that ball  rolled to  the deepest part of Fenway, I thought he could have possibly scored, but with one out, Espada waited one more batter before killing the rally by sending Castro on a very short F/7

Castro  was out by 10  feet, and that’s Holt a utility infielder throwing him out… A real sad turn of events right there, and we’ve seen Espada botch  plays at 3rd base before, this guy along with non hitting coach Alan Cockerel have got to go, and they need to  take Headley with them..

The 4th DP that  murdered the Bombers chances came in the 5th  when  the Yanks had Owens on the ropes big time

Castro singled to left center. 1 0
Headley grounded into double play, shortstop to first, Castro out at second. 1 0
Gregorius hit by pitch. 1 0
Ellsbury singled to center, Gregorius to second. 1 0
Gardner singled to right, Gregorius scored, Ellsbury to second. 2 0
Ellsbury to third, Gardner to second on wild pitch by Owens. 2 0
Beltrán popped out to shortstop.

4 of the first  5 batters reached base, unfortunately Headley was sandwiched in between all  the action and he just devastated the inning..

The last 13 Yankee hitters went down quietly against Owens,  Barnes, Uehara, and Kimbrel…

Pineda vs Porcello  tonight as the Yanks continue  their lost April, there  are now 5 games under .500 at 8-13, 5.5 games out of first place….

the Whole 9



Written by Sal

April 30, 2016 at 7:19 am

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  1. I feel as if I watched Groundhog Day again last night, starring Big Grand Papi.
    As the credits rolled, there was our brilliant manager talking nonsense why he kept the starter in too long and how unlucky his team was to hit into so many double plays. Joey also thinks that they are going to break out of their funk. I do, too. After he is gone, because I am beginning to believe that not many guys want to play for this jackass.


    April 30, 2016 at 8:14 am

    • Hey Noogsie, I wonder how long we have to wait before Mattingly becomes available? Be nice to have a great former Bomber who strays away from the binder, and actually would be inspirational based on the type of player he was?


      April 30, 2016 at 8:26 am

  2. Not sure any of this matters but Mikey 2 Chins did a bunch of intel on pitch selection, and maybe taking Cockrel’s plan into account?


    April 30, 2016 at 8:28 am

  3. From Axisa at RAB

    The Yankees have the highest contact rate in baseball on pitches in the strike zone (Z-Contact%), but they also swing at those pitches (Z-Swing%) less than any other team. They also don’t swing at many pitches out of the zone (O-Swing%).

    Some good and bad in that content

    Yanks are dead last in swing rate on pitches in the zone? Those are the pitches you’re supposed to swing at. Last season the Yankees swung at 62.6% of the pitches they saw in the zone with largely the same lineup

    2015 Z-SWING% 2016 Z-SWING% CHANGE FROM 2015-16

    Mark Teixeira 65.8% / 56.3% -9.5%

    Brett Gardner 52.8% / 44.0% -8.8%

    Chase Headley 61.6% /54.5% -7.1%

    Alex Rodriguez 66.6% / 62.2% -4.4%

    Jacoby Ellsbury 64.5% / 60.7% -3.8%

    Carlos Beltran 64.3% / 61.0% -3.3%

    Starlin Castro 64.9% / 63.6% -1.3%

    Brian McCann 56.5% 55.5% -1.0%

    Didi Gregorius 71.7% 71.7% 0.0%


    April 30, 2016 at 8:35 am

  4. Sal

    April 30, 2016 at 10:57 am

  5. Tanaka gave up a bunch of HR in 2015. Stopping throwing his four-seamer this year, throwing more sinkers. 60% GB rate now. 2 HR in 30+ IP


    April 30, 2016 at 10:59 am

  6. I must be so fucking out of the loop, but this red headed twerp on WFAN has done nothing but talk the NFL draft… Yanks bombed vs Boston Mets scored 12 runs in one inning we’re heading toward May and thefucking NFL has taken over the air waves 24/7 365

    fucking gambling MFer’s have taken baseball away from us…


    April 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

    • Sal, it’s a freaking travesty as to what has happened to NY sports talk radio! It wasn’t just yesterday. All week! The airwaves have been filled with non-stop fucking football talk!!! They’d give baseball a lousy couple of minutes, & then it was football for the rest of their respective shows! Who the fuk cares! Gamblers!!!! Grrrr!!!!!


      April 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  7. yanks scored 35 runs in the first 5 games of the season, and 39 runs in the last 16, now if that aint bad you gotta show me what bad is


    April 30, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • the fucking NFL Draft Bible, really, now we have that schmuck coming on the radio, are you kidding me????


      April 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

  8. hahaha, hey mB, I guess we have to succumb to the NFL draft, then the Islanders… Can the Tampa Bay Lightning please end the madness please I’m begging them….


    April 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    • One of these days they might get a few clutch hits

      Kinda thought Castro should have scored on the Bradley misplay

      He Cadilac’d it out of the box

      Sandoval has a bad shoulder like I have a doctorate degree in brain surgery


      April 30, 2016 at 7:46 pm

  9. PineNeedle has 50 pitches 2nd and 3rd it’s only the 2nd inning

    What s dog this guy is


    April 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    • My God how slow is Beltran

      WE can’t get to the deadline fast enough so they can back the truck up

      This team is unwatchable


      April 30, 2016 at 7:55 pm

  10. Get the back up lights on the truck fixed Hal, by July you’re gonna need them


    April 30, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    • You know how you fix Pineda Kay

      You ship him outta the Bronx at the deadline

      Let him at least pitch 5 innings


      April 30, 2016 at 8:36 pm

  11. Kay Cone and Singleton are so bored they’re now talking about how good the Red Sox young players are

    This team is so bad the Boston fans are feeling sorry for them


    April 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm

  12. Too bad they don’t have a run rule in mlb. Sherman had a good column on the troubles of the Yanks.
    Just when you think it can’t get worse,it does!!! Can’t wait for the post game to hear Genius Joe say the at bats are getting better,it will turn soon!!-lol


    April 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    • the Yankees run rule would be 3 lol


      May 1, 2016 at 6:23 am

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