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Kuroda feeling at home at Yankee Stadium

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 10, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

No one seems to have a perfect explanation for it, but Hiroki Kuroda’s season numbers speak for themselves.

Home: 11-6 — 2.72 ERA – 3.61 K/BB – .219 opp. average
Away: 5-5 – 4.23 ERA – 2.87 K/BB – .292 opp. average

“We haven’t seen year after year after year, so it’s hard for me to say (why) being around him just for the first time this year,” Joe Girardi said. “But he seems to do very well in our ballpark. He seems to know how to pitch to our ballpark, and that could have something to do with it. But he’s been very good at home. It’s one of the reasons that we talked about him pitching at home, plus we thought the extra rest would really help him, the couple days, instead of him having to go on his fifth day again. But let’s hope it holds true again tomorrow.”

Extra rest and a favorable environment, and an opponent against whom Kuroda had a 2.92 ERA this season. Those things should be in his favor, helping him erase the memory of his most recent postseason start: Six runs in 1.1 innings during the 2009 NLCS.

“You know, I don’t really feel fatigued,” Kuroda said. “Or I don’t think I can afford to think like that because I always prepare myself for the next game, and that’s what I’m doing right now. So I’m just going to do my best and pitch my best game possible. … I think it’s just a matter of luck that I have great numbers in the stadium here at Yankee Stadium. But I think one of the biggest things is the fans. They really motivate me during the game.”

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59 Responses to “Kuroda feeling at home at Yankee Stadium”

  1. Warning Track Power October 10th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Kuroda will be ready tonight and pitch a very good game.

  2. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Cards, Giants, Yankees, A’s. My winners for the day.

  3. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    The concern around here should be Hughes going in Game 4. Whatever the series status, Hughes has NO business starting a Playoff game. The guy has come up Snake Eyes numerous times in Big Games assa SP.

  4. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    “The nats have 0 runs… Is that strasburg fault too?”

    It’s the Nats’ fault, not his fault.

    Edwin Jackson OPS .495
    Stephen Strasburg OPS .759

  5. Patrick October 10th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    It’s the Nats’ fault, not his fault.

    Edwin Jackson OPS .495
    Stephen Strasburg OPS .759

    Owned.

  6. blake October 10th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Tabbert says:
    October 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    Cards, Giants, Yankees, A’s. My winners for the day.

    That’d be great !

  7. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I thought the Nats had 0 runs.. in the first inning though, right?

  8. blake October 10th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Past studies have calculated the difference in value between a called ball and a called strike at 0.13 runs, so Martin’s (and Chris Stewart‘s) pitch framing helped save the team a touch more than 30 runs this season. Roughly 9.5 runs equaled a win in 2012?s scoring environment, so those extra strikes were (theoretically) the difference between an AL East title and a wildcard play-in game.

    @RiverAveBlues: Estimated 2012 runs saved due to pitch framing http://t.co/TBInLAUD

    Don’t know how much I buy this stuff but interesting nonetheless

  9. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I picked the Cards +1.5, Giants +1.5, Yanks, and A’s today too, so I’m right there with you but with slightly less confidence.

    It’s been over 2 months since the Giants lost a game started by Barry Zito, but I think we can all agree that this will be his stiffest test yet. He doesn’t like throwing to Posey, so Buster will be at first base, Hector Sanchez will catch, and Brandon Belt will be on the bench.

  10. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    How unlikely was the Giants win last night?

    “They became the third team in postseason history to win after getting only one hit in the first nine innings. The Dodgers did it in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series against the Yankees, the game in which Bill Bevens was one out away from a no-hitter with the Yankee leading 2-1 when the Dodgers pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto hit a two-run double to win the game. The other team to do it was the 1974 A’s in Game 4 of the ALCS against Baltimore.

    The Giants on Tuesday also became the fifth team in postseason history to win after striking out at least 16 times in a game. Remarkably, the Baltimore Orioles struck out 23 times in 12 innings but beat the Cleveland Indians in the decisive game of their 1996 Division Series.”

  11. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Martin is Horrible at pitch framing. His glove is usually moving downward when receiving the pitch, and he Jerks it upwards, making the Ump think the pitch was a ball. This is why numeric studies like the one sighted above are of NO USE. Cervelli beats Martin hands down when it comes to framing a pitch, and does it a lot like Tony Pena did. Gets extremely low, and HOLDS the glove steady as he receives the pitch. I like Rusty Martin, but pitch framing is definitely NOT one of his strengths.

  12. JobaTipsHisCap October 10th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    WSH management is the dumbest one, you know what I mean.

  13. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I was joking about the entire stras thing. Obviously they would better with him. Does that really need to be stated though. That’s like telling me the the sky is blue. Tired of hearing about that dude every day. Oh well they don,t have him… Life goes on, and you gotta figure out a way to win without him. IF you cant, you don’t deserve to advance. End of story.

  14. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    The only game i am not too confident about is the giants/ reds. Really don’t know what to make of that series. But.. I have said all along that I think the A’s will take all three games at home.

  15. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    The Cueto loss is Huge. Reds Were looking good, but this developement changes things immensely Now and even more so in the NLCS\7 GAMER

  16. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I was joking about the entire stras thing. Obviously they would better with him. Does that really need to be stated though. That’s like telling me the the sky is blue. Tired of hearing about that dude every day. Oh well they don,t have him… Life goes on, and you gotta figure out a way to win without him. IF you cant, you don’t deserve to advance. End of story.

    —————-

    This is written more like the guy got injured.. it’s a story because I’ve never seen a team try to not be the best they can at this time of year.

    I mean, obv, if you can’t win the games you don’t deserve to advance.. but have you ever seen ownership cut the balls off a team like that lol.

    That right there is a FO that’s just happy to make the playoffs. Everything Team Greedy rallies against!!!!!! ;)

  17. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Yankees/ Cardinals world series would be pretttttty awesome.

  18. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    @KenDavidoff

    Today’s blog post discusses A-Rod’s #Yankees lineup spot and Pete Rose’s comments on Derek Jeter. http://bit.ly/QW9S8T

    ————–

    Davidoff’s article is interesting but who thinks strike outs are over-hated???????????

  19. Hassey October 10th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    is Chris Carpenter good or what?

  20. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Shame- I don’t disagree. My point is… we already know the story. It just gets annoying to talk about EVERY TIME they play. Stras is gone… talking about him wont bring him back. Management did what they felt was right. But… lets also not take anything away from the cardinals. People seem to assume that just if stras had pitched that they were entitled to win this series. Lets not forget that the nats are going against the world champs.

  21. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Team Vengeance is rooting for Yanks/Cards (avenge 1964) or Yanks/Reds (avenge 1976).

    We have no beefs with the Expos/Nats franchise (unless you want to pretend that we could have lost to them in 1994) or the Giants (we beat them in the last meeting, 1962; do we need bonus revenge for 1921 and 1922?).

  22. Hassey October 10th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I’d like revenge against the Reds for THIS year’s regular season series loss

  23. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    First lets get revenge against the orioles for beating us monday, and being very annoying all season.

  24. Hassey October 10th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    would be even weirder if Willie was still coaching 3B for the O’s

  25. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    The difference between these 2 teams is 1 is accustomed to the glare of the Playoffs, the other is that deer in the headlights.

  26. G. Love October 10th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Anxiously awaiting this lineup for tonight. I hope Joe makes some bold strategy moves considering the repertoire of the pitcher we’re facing.

  27. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Yes, first the Orioles must be laid to waste. Gonzalez must be made to suffer much pain and humiliation.

    Then, of course, Detroit is the team we have a strong grudge against, despite my personal hope that we face the A’s and I can use my ALCS tickets.

  28. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Tabbert – Yeah I hear ya.. I think the Cards are actually better this year than they were last year. I’d rather they lose early.

    But I agree about revenge. Right now, Buck is trying to sneak attack us. We need to counter with being sneaky good. In-your-face good would also work.

    Something tells me Alex is going to have a big game today.. but with my past luck, I bet I just jinxed him into a career ending injury (no smart remarks!).

  29. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Was Guess the Line-Up the golden era of LoHud lol?

  30. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I think i am more excited about finding out what the lineup is than the game start. Half kidding.

  31. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Just what issa “big game” for A-Rod these days? 1-4\3K’s\5LOB ???

  32. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Shame- I agree. I also think that we need to come out and score early. Buck can only keep his guys calm and loose for so long. Eventually the stress will get to his guys. I think if we jump out early and the crowd gets REALLY into it… we can deflate them early.

    I also think Arod could have a great game. Then tomorrow everyone will be talking about how great he is. If he is going to get hot, Yankee stadium is the place to do so.

  33. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    A factor getting ready to become obvious, is Buck running the Same chorus line of RP’s out there. Yanks are getting used to these same RP’s, and their arms at this late date are gonna betray them.

  34. saucY October 10th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    Was Guess the Line-Up the golden era of LoHud lol?

    ====

    i think it was mostly prior to then, but close…

  35. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    “Was Guess the Line-Up the golden era of LoHud lol?”

    Well, there was a tremendous amount of trolling, impostering, and fighting between regulars back then but it was also at its most popular the year the Yanks won #27. I would say that 2009 was the golden era of LuHud haiku posting for sure.

    The highly-subjective golden era of LoHud was probably in its earlier days, I suspect.

  36. Nick in SF October 10th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Oh my.

    YankeesWFAN Game 3: Jeter Suzuki ARod-DH Cano Swisher Teixeira Granderson Martin Chavez.

  37. Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    haha… Arod still in the 3 spot.

  38. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Girardi doesn’t have a hair on his butt.

  39. Hassey October 10th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    there’s a Rosenthal that throws 100 MPH?

  40. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    The highly-subjective golden era of LoHud was probably in its earlier days, I suspect.

    ——————-

    :lol:

    And omg at that line up but I’m not sure I believe it just yet….

  41. Shame Spencer October 10th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Nope… Twitter says it’s real. Must be real.

  42. 86w183 October 10th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    A little disappointing. Maybe Gardner can’t play, cuz I wanted Swisher to watch.

    Am pleased with Chavez @ 3B. I bet he does something positive.

  43. bruceb October 10th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Chavez over Ibanez is sheer stupidity. He’s the most clutch hitter on the team.

  44. DONNYBROOK October 10th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    You look for Leadership outta Girardi, and the guy produces a Mouse every time.

  45. bruceb October 10th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    No doubt Ibanez will be pinch-hitting when we’re two runs down and need a home run. Not exactly positive thinking.

  46. Bring in the Goose October 10th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Still think Ibanez should be DHing.

    When was last time Chavez even played?

    Has Alex been playing a bad third base?

  47. Andymelillo October 10th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Hope for girardi arod comes through every yankee fan will want his head on the platter.Arod or bust

  48. mick October 10th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Swisher up 5th is insane.
    Cano won’t see a good pitch all night.

  49. 86w183 October 10th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Jeter, Ichiro, Cano, Ibanez, Tex, A-Rod, Granderson, Chavez, Martin

    That’s what I’d have done

  50. mick October 10th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Joe doesn’t go with his gut, you know he wants too.

  51. 86w183 October 10th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Then he needs a bigger gut.

    You can go a long way on my gut!

  52. saucY October 10th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    mick October 10th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    Swisher up 5th is insane.
    Cano won’t see a good pitch all night.
    —-

    this

    (that’s the new cool way to say we agree these days, right?)

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