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Yankees postgame: Tanaka not satisfied

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 10, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro TanakaMasahiro Tanaka is now the second Yankees pitcher and the first since 1915 to strike out at least eight in his first two major-league starts. This time, he fanned 10. So after two starts, he owns 18 Ks and one walk in 14 innings.

But he worked in and out of trouble three times in this 5-4 loss to the Orioles and served up a three-run homer to Jonathan Schoop on the way to a no-decision, leaving him displeased.

“I thought I was able to battle,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “But I put runners on and gave up a home run to the ninth batter. That I can’t do.”

Still, you can see he has the kind of stuff to get out of jams. His splitter bailed him out in the third and the fifth.

“He made some pitches when he had to,” Joe Girardi said. “I thought he threw the ball good.”

Tanaka, though, has allowed three runs by the end of the second inning in both of his starts before firing off five scoreless innings each time. Not time to call it a trend yet.

“Obviously that’s something I need to adjust, but it’s hard to make an assessment after two games,” he said.

Tanaka also said there was no problem making the transition to four days’ rest after usually pitching once a week in Japan. He came out after 101 pitches, but he has  thrown a lot more back home. He said he probably could have gone longer.

“But I understand it’s only four days in between and it’s a long season,” Tanaka said. “So I’m going by what the team tells me to do.”

The Yankees starters’ streak of five straight games without issuing a walk came to end when Tanaka gave out his one free pass in the third. It was the team’s longest streak since 2002.

Shawn Kelley lamented not being able to put batters away in the ninth, giving up three two-strike hits.

“I thought they did a pretty good job getting the barrel to some of those pitches,” Kelley said.

Now the Red Sox come in for four. I’ll have Jacoby Ellsbury’s thoughts on facing his old team in the morning post.

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83 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Tanaka not satisfied”

  1. NYY_Girl_Penny April 10th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Jerkface April 10th, 2014 at 12:17 am
    And because of that they have Tanaka and Pineda. That’s enough potential to light up Broadway. That wouldn’t have happened if they got Darvish.

    They could have signed Darvish and still got Kuroda & Pineda. And still signed Tanaka. Imagine our pitching then.

    —-

    LOL — Can you imagine that?? DOH! As Bugs Bunny said, “I think I took a wrong turn in alba-koy-key” .. They passed on Darvish for 1 reason and 1 reason only.. they are amateurs with their head up their tail end trying to maximize brand potential without the slightest clue on managing a ball club.

    Same reason they chose Girardi over Mattingly.. he was a better butt-kisser and controllable.. I can go on and on, but I won’t for the fact that I am just a gal behind a computer! Who happens to be from a big baseball family. :)

  2. NYY_Girl_Penny April 10th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    night. off to read myself to sleep.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 10th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    “night. off to read myself to sleep.”

    More like cry yourself to sleep!

    j/k

    ;)

  4. exiledintampa April 10th, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Speaking of Donnie Baseball, Josh Beckett puts down a suicide squeeze bunt on a 3-2 count and Uribe scores from third tonite.

  5. Jerkface April 10th, 2014 at 12:31 am

    You can never have enough pitching, unless the Yankees Front Office decides that not having enough pitching is the right call.

  6. NYY_Girl_Penny April 10th, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I don’t see that they were wrong in what they did, and I guess if they had decided they wanted to go after Darvish they wouldn’t have been wrong in that either. With a decision tree you can only end up going with one of the branches. So they took what they thought was their best shot after they considered whatever they did.

    Trish the problem in your thinking here is you are too smart for your own good. You are giving them way too much credit, they did not strategically plan this, they blew it and got lucky that Tanaka was posted.. which in fact he almost wasn’t if you recall. Do you really think they were putting their eggs in that basket ?

    Anyway night!

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 10th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    “You can never have enough pitching, unless the Yankees Front Office decides that not having enough pitching is the right call”

    Jerkface, I give you more credit than to say something like that. I think you’re bitter because you wanted Darvish and didn’t get him. I don’t know if you get over things once you’ve decided it should be another way. I would hope you’d know how to be expansive enough to realize that you might not always be right and that you aren’t dealing with the same amount of information a baseball organization is, at any point in time. Because you think they should have gotten Darvish does not necessarily mean they should have.

    That said, it’s worth the back and forth because you at least operate from a base of intelligence and don’t show what I consider to be irrational tendencies nor do you spout off stupid and ridiculous comments. Those are the ones I’m forced to ignore because I really have a hard time with stupidity from fans who believe they’re superior to the organization.

    Therefore I have nothing further to say to any of the squawking crows here who only have the ability to either tag on to something someone else has already said or to throw out stupid one liners.

    Good night.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 10th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Penny, with you I am happy to agree to disagree. We look at it differently, and that’s okay.

    Good night.

  9. Jerkface April 10th, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Because you think they should have gotten Darvish does not necessarily mean they should have.

    This isn’t quantum mechanics. I have my stance, which I held from before Darvish was posted. Thats what I am arguing from. Darvish’s performance, the Yankees moves post Darvish, and the statements by Cashman seem to side more with me than you. The problem with discussing things with you and WCYF is that to you guys the Yankees organization can do no wrong, so it makes it hard to have a discussion in which we are talking about a thing the Yankees did wrong.

    Its a cop out to say that signing or not signing Darvish were both the right moves. Darvish is very good and was available for only money and Cashman says they were high on him. Therefore the reason for signing him has to be something other than baseball scouting, which puts it on the side of the front office which has publicly been a problem the past 3 seasons. Enough of a problem that the Yankees themselves acknowledged it.

  10. Jerkface April 10th, 2014 at 12:45 am

    And yea Darvish was my favorite NPB player so it kills me that the Yankees passed on him for likely stupid reasons and that he is very good so would have helped the Yankees immensely were he here.

    However I’m not really bitter about it, someone brought him up so I put in my 2 cents. I could have crushed this blog with posts about Darvish the past 2 years and I didn’t really do that.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 10th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    What I’m saying is that I have no dog in the hunt. It doesn’t matter a whit to me whether they signed or didn’t sign Darvish. Obviously it’s your obsession.

    I and some others see beyond the dollar factor. You and some others do not. Oh well.

    The Yankees don’t have a recent history, before this season, of signing unseen prospects because they got burned doing so in the past. That’s not rocket science.

    But truth – I don’t really care about this to discuss it anymore because it’s over and means nothing to me. It means a lot to you and I think you have at least one person left here who seems to be an eager puppy about it, so you can continue with that person if you want.

    I never go on a premise that because you or anyone else say something’s right that I should slurp it up when I can see other reasons that it might not be – just as I don’t care or expect if anyone adopts my perspective. In the end it’s nothing but opinion as far as I’m concerned.

    My opinion is that I’m tired and the subject is irrelevant.

  12. Jerkface April 10th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    What I’m saying is that I have no dog in the hunt. It doesn’t matter a whit to me whether they signed or didn’t sign Darvish.

    It clearly does matter to you as you just spent an hour talking about it, trying to argue from the side that the Yankees front office were right.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 10th, 2014 at 12:58 am

    No it doesn’t matter. I debate a lot of things here that aren’t the least bit important to my life.

    I argue from the side that I can see a different perspective, and I disagree that it was purely money. And I don’t know why I even allowed myself to get dragged into that old overplayed topic because I sure didn’t start it.

    I at least witness the ability to understand different sides, even if I don’t agree with a particular perspective. Much better than digging your heels in and pretending there’s only one way to look at something.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 10th, 2014 at 1:02 am

    “The problem with discussing things with you and WCYF is that to you guys the Yankees organization can do no wrong, so it makes it hard to have a discussion in which we are talking about a thing the Yankees did wrong.”

    I’ve already given you a laundry list of things that haven’t sat right with me that the Yankees have done, and I’ve been public about all of them. So you’re in the wrong ball park to begin with. And that’s WCYF? Funny I don’t remember WCYF ever taking the Yankees behalf. Sure you got the right person?

  15. Jerkface April 10th, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Funny I don’t remember WCYF ever taking the Yankees behalf. Sure you got the right person?

    Yes, positive, and I mean you constantly talk about how you don’t pay attention to anything on here so I mean of course you never realized what WCYF did or did not do other than when he antagonized you. He always takes the stance that the Yankees FO is so smart and blah blah blah. Its an obvious tell. I hope you realize that the other posters taking part in the discussion were P, Lost’s “son” or daughter or whoever he/she is pretending to be, and C R 9.

    Anyways I know you have been critical about the Yankees development of Hughes/Joba, and the starter/bullpen thing, so it was unfair for me to say you always do that.

  16. UnKnown April 10th, 2014 at 3:12 am

    (We’re going to win this game)

    ————

    Ooops. Trixie Dust got another one wrong. :lol:

  17. Poetkiosk April 10th, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Weird conversation about Darvish, but water under the bridge.

    Winnable game last night and when we are down in the standings by one game at the end of the season, it’s games like this that come back to haunt you.

    Tanaka looked great after his now, usual, early inning troubles. Jeter missed a few up the middle that he should have caught, and our relievers need to throw strikes.

  18. jmills April 10th, 2014 at 6:04 am

    To boo or not to boo, not really much of a question for me in the end, both owners and players are far, far away from me and imagine quite insulated from the worlds of most. My reactions are all in my head anyways, haven’t shown a physical demonstration over a sport since I was a kid, but do think people can react as they want within reason, and respect, especially for surrounding children for who the adventure can be a magical one. I guess I just just look at it differently than others ( that’s natural ). I think if Sidney Crosby made a hundred grand a year for playing a game, that would be pretty good as he prepared for his after sport career. My immediate involvement is with fellow fans, people like you. In many respects, I view baseball as a drug of diversion, something that transports me for a while from the real up and down.

  19. Triple Short of a Cycle April 10th, 2014 at 7:02 am

    So the Yankees scouts had Darvish graded as a top of the rotation guy yet they decided to pass on him not because of money but because Igawa who wasn’t supposed to be a good pitcher over here failed?

  20. Tar April 10th, 2014 at 7:21 am

    “So the Yankees scouts had Darvish graded as a top of the rotation guy yet they decided to pass on him not because of money but because Igawa who wasn’t supposed to be a good pitcher over here failed?”

    Don’t forget Irabu too. :D

    If WCYF is right that is even dumber than not signing him because you didn’t want to spend the money. Not even the Yankees think it was smart to not get him, but some Yankee fans still do.

  21. Poetkiosk April 10th, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Jmills – To clarify I never boo, not because I am against it – I am all for it – just that it’s not my personality either, as I am kind of a quiet guy. However, as it pertains to this blog, posters here verbally boo and it somehow causes semi-nervous breakdowns. I think last night Penny called McCann – McCann’t and it spurred a multi-hour long argument, with people declaring why they never come here anymore because of all the negativity. Give me a break. Nothing happens here that is all that bad (as far at the negativity goes)and people should be able to express their opinions. This is America for pete’s sake.

    The Yu Darvish conversation is fascinating from a psychological perspective because people so need to side with the FO that they are willing to argue that somehow they made that mistake on purpose because we eventually got Tanaka?

  22. Benny Blanco April 10th, 2014 at 7:41 am

    josh Hamilton out for two months? wow

  23. Hassey April 10th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    My first number at my local Karaoke night tonight will be dedicated to Brian McCann:

    “Say something….
    I’m giving up on you…”

  24. blake April 10th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    So the Yankees scouts had Darvish graded as a top of the rotation guy yet they decided to pass on him not because of money but because Igawa who wasn’t supposed to be a good pitcher over here failed?”

    Yup…..project 189 wouldn’t allow any long term money to be added

  25. Hassey April 10th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Nine games does not a season make but Ive always firmly believed that a team’s RISP culture for the year was set in April. It’s amazing how the team continues to struggle to get the big hit for the last few years…not every time, but more often then you’d think looking at Joe’s last 500 lineup cards

  26. blake April 10th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Benny Blanco says:
    April 10, 2014 at 7:41 am
    josh Hamilton out for two months? wow

    He was raking too…..I’m a Hamilton fan even though I hate the angels so it sucks that he can’t ever stay healthy

  27. 86w183 April 10th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good morning all —-

    Anyone who goes into first base headfirst is an idiot. No sympathy from me for anyone who gets hurt doing something so dumb.

    Darvish again? Sheesh. Let’s re-visit the front office racists who refused to let a Yankee scout sign a couple of kids from Alabama — Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

  28. austinmac April 10th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    It seems there have been many empty seats the last two nights, even with Tanaka pitching. The fanbase just doesn’t have a belief this is a competitive team. Negative pre-season press with lowered expectations may well cost Hal a very large sum of money.

    As many have said for some time, it was foolish to quit spending when obvious holes still existed and players were available to fill them. For example, Kelley has never sustained any major league success. Yet, he is a critical piece to the pen. I could, and have, gone on and on about it.

    Hal, the fault lies within yourself(and your decisions)not in the stars.

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