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Postgame notes: “Locations which were easy for the batters to hit”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 21, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka

Could blame the weather. Except that Masahiro Tanaka said his stuff was pretty bad in the bullpen pregame, and Chicago was perfectly dry at that point.

Could blame the Cubs facing him a second time. Except that Tanaka, Larry Rothschild and Joe Girardi each said they notice nothing significantly different about the hitters’ approach tonight. Maybe the Cubs swung early in a few at-bats, but that hasn’t been especially unusual against Tanaka this season.

Could say it’s simply the law of averages; a pitcher is bound to lose at some point. Except that doesn’t explain why tonight, against this team, in this ballpark, after so many wins in a row.

“I think all my pitches, they went to locations which were easy for the batters to hit,” Tanaka said.

Well, that would explain it. Girardi singled out Tanaka’s splitter, and Rothschild agreed that go-to pitch was less consistent than it was earlier in the season, but Tanaka said it was all of his pitches. He wasn’t able to command them within the strike zone, and that was a far greater factor than bad weather, a familiar lineup or random back luck.

“I don’t think it’s just the splitter,” he said. “I think it goes for all of my pitches today. I don’t think I was able to command my pitches the way I wanted to. If I knew why I wasn’t able to do it, then I would be able to adjust it during the game.”

Rothschild did note that Tanaka’s worst inning came when it seemed to be raining the hardest, but Tanaka said the weather isn’t a reasonable excuse. He just wasn’t as sharp, and that was from the very beginning of the game. For a lot of other pitchers in this rotation, three earned runs through six innings would seem uninspiring but ultimately winable. For Tanaka, it was a legitimate letdown. He’s just been so good, a night like this felt unusual.

“I wouldn’t make too much of (the Cubs seeing him a second time),” Girardi said. “If he has his good splitter tonight, I think he gives a much better performance. Since it’s the first time he saw a team twice and they scored four runs, people are probably going to make a big deal out of it.”

Yankees Cubs Baseball• Although he never seemed to like talking about the winning streak — 42 regular-season starts without a loss before tonight — Tanaka acknowledged obvious disappointment in having lost it. “Obviously I’m disappointed, but actually I’m looking forward to my next start,” he said. “Try to make my adjustment and try to be my best out there next time out. … I’m a little bit disappointed because I think a lot of the fans were looking for me to keep on winning. Next time out, I’ll try to get a win again and try to keep it going again.”

• It really did get quite wet out there, and Rothschild said it was “hard to tell” whether that was affecting Tanaka’s ability to command his offspeed pitches. When the Yankees went out to have the mound worked on, Girardi said it was more of a safety issue that anything. “He was just slipping a little bit,” Girardi said. “We wanted to make sure he didn’t get hurt. They were good about it, they fixed it and we moved on.”

• Rothschild on whether Cubs made a significant adjustment to Tanaka: “Just what you’re going to see anyway,” Rothschild said. “First-pitch fastballs, he just left a couple over the middle of the plate. I don’t know that it was an adjustment to him. He just didn’t have the same stuff, at least consistently he didn’t.”

• Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and the Yankees only run. He has a modest four-game hitting streak and ishitting .333 in 13 interleague games this season.

• Derek Jeter also went 2-for-4 and also has a modest four-game hitting streak. He stole a base and got down a sacrifice bunt. He’s 6-for-12 in his past four games.

Derek Jeter, Ernie Banks• Speaking of Jeter, he met with Ernie Banks before the game, and during a pregame ceremony, the Cubs gave him a No. 2 from their manual scoreboard. Shades of the Red Sox giving Mariano Rivera a No. 42 last season, but still a pretty cool gesture. Jeter doesn’t have much history here, but obviously this stadium is iconic. Rock solid addition to whatever memorabilia Jeter has tucked away in his house.

• You know who’s not hitting so well lately is Jacoby Ellsbury. He was the Yankees best hitter early in the season, but now that the Yankees need him to be a run producer, he’s had one hit since May 11. His season slash line is now worse than Gardner’s in all three categories. “He’s struggling a little bit,” Girardi said. “He’s kind of in between. It’s a guy that was so good the first five weeks of the season. He’s in a little funk now. We’ve got to get him out of it and get him going. He’s a big part of our offense.”

• Mark Teixeira had just one hit, but it drove in the Yankees only run. He has 23 RBI in 30 games this season.

• Jason Hammel took a comebacker off his pitching hand against the first batter of the game, but he stayed in to go 5.2 innings with one run. “It seems like we barreled some balls, but we just hit them up,” Girardi asid. “It seemed like we just missed. He’s got good movement. We’ve seen him very good with Baltimore the last few years. Gardy starts off with a base hit and it looks like we might have a chance to score there, but he’s just got good movement on his pitches. I thought his slider was really good tonight and he made some big pitches with it.”

• Final word goes to Girardi: “I don’t now if I’d put it that way (that Tanaka was due for a loss). A lot of things have to go right to have such a long winning streak. Sometimes your offense is going to pick you up a little bit; we just didn’t do it tonight. I don’t think he would ever say he was due for a loss.”

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126 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Locations which were easy for the batters to hit””

  1. pete22 May 21st, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Cubs went 5-10 against the slider and splitter. Also hit the 2 seamer well. Just chalk that one up to a bad game, or better yet, a lesser game.

    That said, I do wonder what the effect Tanaks higher frequency of using the splitter (25% vs 15% last year) has on its effectiveness going forward. Something to watch

  2. pete22 May 21st, 2014 at 1:50 am

    ““Everybody looked up,’’ Valbuena said of the Cubs’ approach to Tanaka.”

    I have been talking about this for Tanakas last couple of starts. Teams will approach Tanaka like a knuckleballer where “if its high let it fly, if its low let it go”.

    If a pitch looks to be coming in belt high it most likely ends up down out of the zone and they chase it . If it comes in higher it may stay high in the zone, and that’s when he is hittable. Pounding the lower part of the strike zone is the adjustment Tanaka needs to make, and when he throws high, he needs to be out of the zone on the high side and get them chasing up

  3. bbb51 May 21st, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Hitters are always looking up, today Tanaka gave them what they wanted too often.

  4. RhapsodyInBlue May 21st, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Reading back through the game thread. Why all over the top negativity? Yankee penny girl please put a sock in it.

  5. Triple Short of a Cycle May 21st, 2014 at 7:03 am

    It’s a shame that some don’t have a clue what a solid catcher behind the plate means; in terms of managing a staff, throwing out base runners, etc. It’s the toughest position between the lines and hitting is a bonus.

    ———————————-

    They didn’t spend 17 million dollars for that kind of catcher. They could have spent half of that and for less years for a defense oriented catcher. They paid for an offensive hitting catcher

  6. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:10 am

    They didn’t spend 17 million dollars for that kind of catcher. They could have spent half of that and for less years for a defense oriented catcher. They paid for an offensive hitting catcher”

    They paid for both….McCann is one of the best receivers in the game and is a guy that should hit in YS and he will……patience

  7. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:15 am

    If the yanks score some runs then they win last night and nobody is talking about Tanaka….he wasn’t great but the weather was bad and he still gave them 6 innings and 3 ERs

  8. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I said yesterday that this series would not be easy. Our offense needs help and Ellsbury, McCann and Soriano need to hit. We are simply not scoring enough to win consistently.

  9. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Gardner is out OPSing Ellsbury by 70 points now

  10. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Yanks get a look at Jeff S today

  11. Poetkiosk May 21st, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Have to cut Tanaka some slack – he was bound to have a let down. My problem is with the offense which very often seems anemic. I just don’t get what the Yankees were thinking constructing this lineup – so many light hitting guys with low OBP. Granted the two big acquisitions have really underperformed so far – Ellsbury and McCann.

  12. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Let’s hope the Yankees don’t enhance his trade value today as they did Hammel’s.

  13. jmills May 21st, 2014 at 7:39 am

    It sure is a different AL East thus far. I got by with Happ last night and triple A Henrick or Todd Redmond will have to be counted on it seems. I watched a review of the ’93 Jays. I wasn’t nuts about Dave Stewart replacing Key, yet Dave was ok. I remember not liking Todd Stottlemeyer a whole lot, but he looks like heaven in today’s rotation. Guzman was lights out much of the time. Morris wasn’t great by that point but provided innings. Still, that Jays team had to fend off the Yanks for much of the year despite the 1,2,3 batting leaders of Olerud, Molitor and Alomar. The Jays were a very good team that only just won the division.

  14. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Morning.

    People are complaining about Tanaka after one loss.

    Really.

    How bout that he is 6-1 w one of the best ERA’s in the league.

    And he still gave them another quality start on a night when he didn’t have good stuff, and in fairly miserable conditions.

    And how bout the Yankees O picking him up for a change.

    Some people really need to get a clue.

    ;)

  15. Madrugador May 21st, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Hammel always seems to pitch like Cy Young when we face him. How is it that he didn’t stick with Baltimore?

  16. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Vet lander gave up 5 ERs in 6 innings and 11 hits against the Indians yesterday

  17. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 7:45 am

    All pitchers have bad games. The offense needs to show up.

    I see where Sale is pitching this weekend against the Yankees. Of course, he is. I just hope he doesn’t pitch on Friday when I’m there.

  18. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Madrugador says:
    May 21, 2014 at 7:42 am
    Hammel always seems to pitch like Cy Young when we face him. How is it that he didn’t stick with Baltimore?

    He had an era right at 5 last year with them so they just cut him loose thinking that they got the best he was gonna give in 2012

  19. jmills May 21st, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Verlander eats blue jays alive, can’t allow him across the border anymore for that.

  20. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 7:47 am

    When you think about it, things have gotten pretty ugly pretty fast.

    When the season started, everyone knew CC just had to bounce back some and be a serviceable pitcher. And Kuroda needed to be the Kuroda of May/June and not August/Sept. Well instead we got the latter Kuroda and CC has turned out to be a complete washout. Many expected this season the be the season Nova truly established himself as a quality mid-rotation starter. Now we’ll probably have to wait two years for that.

    The three big offensive additions of Beltran, Ellsbury and McCann seemed to insure a major upgrade in run production and a return to at least a better than average scoring team. But Beltran was good for all of three weeks, Ellsbury for four weeks and McCann has sucked from the get go. And Gardner is doing something he did last year we had all thought he would never do again. Be the Yanks’ second best hitter.

    All this while enduring the Farewell Tour, which has become more a reminder of ineptitude than a reason to celebrate.

    Yea, things are getting ugly pretty darn fast. And I haven’t even mentioned pine tar.

  21. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Beltran being hurt as Ellsbury crashing to earth has hurt …..right now it’s the Gardner and Tex show offensively……they need Jacoby to hit again and they really need McCann to get going.

  22. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 7:48 am

    The good and surprising news-Thornton got his batter out. He gets paid nearly as much as Hammel so it is nice to get rewarded with an out every now and then.

  23. jmills May 21st, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I guess we should all be glad Detroit ain’t in the division. Feels funny, though.

  24. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:49 am

    All this while enduring the Farewell Tour, which has become more a reminder of ineptitude than a reason to celebrate.”

    This has nothing to do with the Farewell Tour…..guys need to perform. They aren’t losing because a 40 year old Jeter is hitting .273…..they are losing because of injuries and because the prime aged guys aren’t doing what they are supposed to

  25. Mottsx May 21st, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Ellsbury looks like he’s trying too hard in the 3 hole. Soriano looks like post April 2013 Vernon wells swinging at first pitch fast balls and McCann I can figure out I guess just be patient.

  26. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Yes, things are pretty ugly when you look at the team. It could get really ugly by the time the road trip is over.

    I see Jagielo was 2-2 with a homer yesterday and then left with an injury. Of course, he did.

  27. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I’m not worried really about Jacoby…..he’s just going through a funk. If he stays healthy he will be ok but he’s gonna be more like an .800 OPS bat than a .900 one because that’s what he is

  28. blake May 21st, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Cano is hitting .322 and starting to heat up…

  29. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 7:55 am

    And yet, w all that you have pointed out, we still find ourselves right in contention.

    What will happen when Pineda returns, Kuroda finds it, and the O clicks.

    And how bout that pen ?

    It looks like a 2nd half race to the finish to me.

    ;)

  30. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Jagielo has had an interesting season. Trashed by scouts. Nine or 10 errors right? But that’s pretty decent power for FSL. Yanks may actually have some pretty good first basemen in the pipeline lol.

    Hope he’s not hurt bad. Seems like it was related to a swing. Maybe an oblique?

  31. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 7:57 am

    This doesn’t look like a .550 team or better to me. No way with this roster. No one is winning the division with 84 wins. The offense needs to, if not carry them, not be a black hole.

  32. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I’ll be home for Memorial day weekend.

    Looking forward my 1st BBQ of the season.

    :)

  33. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Mac-

    McCann isn’t this bad.

    Soriano is always streaky.

    Tex looks good.

    Ellsbury will get hot again.

    Too bad about Beltran.

    Solarte is a revelation.

    Ryan looks like a hitter.

  34. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 8:01 am

    You can’t say everything that could go wrong has gone wrong like last year. But I’d say about 70% of what could go wrong has gone wrong.

  35. AAA May 21st, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Ellsbury looks like he’s trying too hard in the 3 hole

    ==================

    Shouldn’t be there.

  36. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Tanaka, Pineda, Kuroda, Phelps, Nuno can work.

    Especially w the front 3 going deep into games and our Pen.

  37. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Still want to see a good video of O’Brien’s homer last night. They say it was pretty ridiculous.

  38. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:04 am

    looks like 70% of what can go wrong has gone wrong for several Teams in the AL East.

    ;)

  39. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:05 am

    O’Brien sounds like another version of Shelly Duncan.

    Wonder if he does the forearm slam ?

    :)

  40. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Losing Nova and Beltran is very costly.

  41. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:10 am

    U-Jim is a disaster for the O’s.

    Don’t think they have enough Pitching to go all the way.

    Nor does Toronto.

    Rays devastated by injuries to their pitching staff.

    Boston is a mess.

    So maybe we still have a chance ?

    ;)

  42. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Aren’t you guys glad I’m back ?

    :)

  43. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 8:11 am

    This time of the year, looking at the competition isn’t helpful at all. If one rival is doing extraordinarily well and seems to be putting some distance between itself and the rest, that team will more than likely fall to earth so making decisions on a need to win 102 games is not just a distraction but debilitating. If all your competition is under-performing like you are, making decisions based on that condition lasting much longer is equally debilitating.

    Joe Torre was always right on this. Add five games to .500 every month. That’s the target. If you are not doing that, then you have to make the type of changes needed to do that. Ignore the rest of the division until at least August.

  44. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Can’t continue to play 500 ball much longer.

    Right now it’s Tanaka and sometimes Kuroda, and pray for rain and we saw what the rain did last night.

  45. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:14 am

    The Yankees will make adjustments if they need too.

    For now they just need to stay within striking distance.

    ;)

  46. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Got to run.

    It’s been a pleasure.

    Have a good one.

  47. pkyankfan69 May 21st, 2014 at 8:15 am

    At least our guys aren’t biting each others ears off

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles.....guel-olivo

  48. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 8:15 am

    MTU,

    Ryan looks like a hitter after five at bats? No, he has consistently been one of the worst handful of hitters in the majors statistically for years.

    Despite such statement, I’m glad you’re back. Clearly, you have missed my wise guidance. :)

    Is your mission over?

  49. Cashmoney May 21st, 2014 at 8:15 am

    welcome back MTU.

  50. Madrugador May 21st, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Agree with those who feel Ellsbury hitting in the 3 hole is hurting him. Offense has to show up, 12th overall in runs scored is not going to cut it especially with Tanaka, Kuroda and the kids. Hopefully we get Pineda back and effective in a month.

  51. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Dan,

    I was watching O’Brien’s homer, but it is he’d to see how far they go. It was clearly another one far over the center field wall. He hits no cheapies.

    I wish he would walk every week or so. Experienced pitchers won’t give him a strike.

  52. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Almost.

    For now.

    I have to go.

    Keep the fires burning for me.

    ;)

  53. Cashmoney May 21st, 2014 at 8:18 am

    blinding optimism or utter despair, the reality is this team aint that good on 5/21.

  54. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:19 am

    MTU
    Glad you’ll be back more often for the breakfast club.

  55. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Mac-

    I meant to say JR Murphy.

    Sorry.

    :(

  56. Madrugador May 21st, 2014 at 8:19 am

    MTU, glad you are back.

    You can’t trash the Rays because their starting staff injuries and then turn around and claim that we will be OK when it looks like we have the same problem.

  57. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Mac

    Were you in Trenton the other night to see the thunder play?

  58. MTU May 21st, 2014 at 8:21 am

    We have more pitching depth than they do.

    Now I really have to go.

    Carry on.

    ;)

  59. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 8:26 am

    There isn’t a ton the Yanks can do right now to add new bodies to the mix. There will be a time for that later. But they shouldn’t sit on their hands either.

    They need to tinker with the lineup. Move Jeter and McCann down. Solarte up. Start to give Ryan more playing time. Try Almonte as the lefty DH. That’s something.

    But most important. They have to gradually build relief pitching depth. Start to move up the most promising AAA guys. Fixing the bullpen will lead to an improved rotation. Been saying that for weeks.

    And get Beltran off his fat ass. Swing a bat, or get treated. What he’s doing now is just plain wrong.

  60. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I meant Murphy more playing time not Ryan. But Jeter does need more days off.

  61. 86w183 May 21st, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good morning all —-

    Another good night for Shane Greene and Peter O’Brien. Adonis Garcia continues to rake… last night he had four hits including a 2B and HR. I wouldn’t mind calling him up and waiving good bye to Ichiro.

    Still think Seattle might have an interest in bringing him back.

  62. austinmac May 21st, 2014 at 8:35 am

    YT,

    No, it was just on my laptop.

    I will give a first hand accounting from Comiskey on Friday.

  63. 86w183 May 21st, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Cliff Lee to the DL with elbow strain… insists it’s not a precursor to TJS

  64. bigdan22 May 21st, 2014 at 8:38 am

    “Cliff Lee to the DL with elbow strain… insists it’s not a precursor to TJS”

    —–

    He’s pretty old for TJS. Still I wouldn’t touch him now. Let somebody else be his annuity paying agent.

  65. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:39 am

    This is the “possible” reality.

    Only one team from the AL East will make the Postseason.

    Beltran will need surgery and be out anywhere from 8-12 weeks.

    Sabathia will be out the entire year, unless he can pitch thru the pain.

    Pineda pitched a total of 40.2 innings last season, now at 19.2 innings and injured. Even if he stays healthy when he returns, will the Yankees allow him to pitch another 100 innings this season before doing a “Strasburg” on him?

    How long will the bullpen be able to be effective if called into most games in the 5th or 6th inning?

  66. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Is there a Young “El Duque” out there, that the Yankees could sign and bring him up soon to beef up the staff?

  67. Shame Spencer May 21st, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Morning all. Crap game last night, hopefully they bounce back and take today’s game. Very sad I’ll be missing it, but it leaves me more time for Spartacus tonight! #SilverLinings.

    blake – Gardner is out-performing Ellsbury in every category but stolen bases (Gardner has 10 while Ells has 11). I like Ellsbury’s skill set quite a bit, but I’ll never like the deal.

  68. Shame Spencer May 21st, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Another good night for Shane Greene and Peter O’Brien. Adonis Garcia continues to rake… last night he had four hits including a 2B and HR. I wouldn’t mind calling him up and waiving good bye to Ichiro.

    —————

    Good stuff, 86, thanks for the update.

  69. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:47 am

    How can a pitcher be sporting a 1.62 ERA, lowest in the Majors, and be 0-4?

    Enter Jeff Samardzija

  70. blake May 21st, 2014 at 8:50 am

    “Ellsbury looks like he’s trying too hard in the 3 hole

    ==================

    Shouldn’t be there.”

    I think that’s just an excuse….he’s just in a slump. I’d rather him lead off but the reality is that they need Gardner up there too and you can’t do it unless they are ready to drop Jeter in the lineup vs RHP…..and they aren’t. Ellsbury hitting 3rd is the best compromise and I like it when he hits. He’s not hitting right now so it’s easy to say it’s because he’s hitting 3rd…….more likely it’s just his numbers regressing back to what he is. He’s not the player he was the first month…..he’s only been that guy for a full season 1 time in his career.

  71. blake May 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am

    “blake – Gardner is out-performing Ellsbury in every category but stolen bases (Gardner has 10 while Ells has 11). I like Ellsbury’s skill set quite a bit, but I’ll never like the deal.”

    I think he’ll be ok…..he’s not been the same since he got banged up though and he was sick as well. He’s just in a funk….he’ll come out of it and be good again…..”if healthy”

  72. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Shame

    Good morning. Look at Ellsbury’s splits.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....y-ellsbury

    Hits while batting leadoff, not at #3. Always led off for Boston last season.

    Not hitting righties, a complete switch from last year.

  73. blake May 21st, 2014 at 8:53 am

    OPS:
    Ellsbury : .738
    Choo: .885

  74. Cashmoney May 21st, 2014 at 8:55 am

    YT, i would stay away from Smardzija, he has a lot movements on his fb but one dip in that velo, I think he will get hammered . that aside, you will likely pay the world for him with all the teams needing pitching.

  75. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:57 am

    When is the last time you saw this team, built on speed,

    Bunt for a base hit?
    Steal third?
    Double steal?

    Are the Yankees among the leaders in hitting into double plays?

  76. Cashmoney May 21st, 2014 at 8:57 am

    yanks are in a familiar spot as that of last 3 years, injuries, short on talents, no more dough to cover all the holes and a farm system that has some talents but probably not enough to trade for premium positional talent.

    Cashman at the helm.

  77. 86w183 May 21st, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I’m now fully on board with Jeter hitting 7th or 8th against RHP. Loyalty and respect is all well and good, but this lineup is better versus RHP with Gardner and Ellsbury on top.

    Jeter’s .576 OPS versus RHP is a killer in the # 2 spot.

  78. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Cash

    Not a Jeff Smorgasbord fan.

    New Post—–>

  79. AAA May 21st, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Are the Yankees among the leaders in hitting into double plays?

    ===============================

    4th behind Texas, Boston and Tampa

  80. willwill May 21st, 2014 at 9:04 am

    it rained during the spring once and tanaka couldn’t throw his splitter like he did before it rained. he got hit a bit in clearwater i believe. not surprised last night

  81. 86w183 May 21st, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Yanks are tied for 5th in GIDP with 40. Texas 48, Boston and Tampa Bay 44, St. Louis 41.

    Yanks are right in the middle of the pack in terms of runs scored (189, 12th).

  82. RhapsodyInBlue May 21st, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Welcome back MTU, enjoy your time at home.

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