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What stands out about Tanaka?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 12, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka

Standing in the Yankees clubhouse last night, I asked five guys — most of them pitchers — one specific question: What’s stood out to you about Masahiro Tanaka?

It wasn’t until I got back up the press box that I realized each player focused on something different: his consistency, his leadership in the depleted rotation, his confidence, his intensity and his vast number of weapons. Here’s what each guy said after the latest gem by the Yankees unquestioned ace.

Dellin Betances
“Him going out there every fifth day knowing he’s going to deep in the ballgame. Every time he’s there he’s just competing, giving the team a chance to win. Every time I see him, his stuff is just unhittable pretty much. He goes out there, commands all his pitches and it’s a tough at-bat, I bet. Especially, I mean, he was throwing 96 or whatever the last pitch (last night). Guys don’t even know what’s coming. He’s impressive every time I see him out, it wows me every time. It’s pretty crazy.”

Dave Robertson
“He’s really good. He’s been an anchor for us. He’s been that horse that you can rely upon. Especially since CC’s been gone and losing Big Mike early – and Mike was throwing real well – he’s been really good. He’s been composed, and he stays in the strike zone.”

Adam Warren
“Other than just his ability, just his intensity on the mound. You see him get mad going 2-0 on a guy. He expects excellence with every pitch. Just the competitor he is, how competitive he is, really sticks out to me. … I remember one outing we won, I think we were in Chicago, he didn’t think he pitched as good as he should have. I told him good job and could tell he was upset. I was like, ‘Why are you mad?’ He was like, ‘I didn’t pitch well.’ And we won. He expects a lot out of himself, and I think that’s what makes him so good. He’s that intense.”

Vidal Nuno
“He has no fear. He commands everything. He gets ahead. Also, he has that filthy splitter that nobody has and that no one has seen so far. He doesn’t show anything. He just goes out there and competes, and he’s just like everyone else, just trying to help the team win. That’s what we’ve been doing.”

Derek Jeter
“I don’t know if there’s one thing. He can beat you with so many different pitches. He’ll go days and not throw a particular pitch. He’ll go days when he he’ll throw that pitch a lot. I think he’s out there, and there’s scouting reports and there’s things that you want to do, but I think he goes with what’s working for him. And if it’s working for him, it’s tough to hit.”

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113 Responses to “What stands out about Tanaka?”

  1. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    “What stands out about Tanaka?”

    Everything.

    :)

  2. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    This guy is a surgeon out there.

    Can’t wait to hear Pat M.’s on scene report.

    That lucky SOB got to watch him from behind home plate last evening.

    ;)

  3. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Mashiro Tanaka.

    The Anti-Igawa.

    :)

  4. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Tanaka has been my favorite player since his debut… he’s so much fun to watch it’s unreal.

    He has all of the makings of a Great Yankee. Get him a better supporting cast, please, and make facing us in a short series tantamount to climbing Mount Everest.

  5. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Shame-

    Slight correction.

    Mt. Fuji.

    ;)

  6. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Just curious.

    I went to bed before the end.

    Does anyone know what type of pitch Cano hit out and it’s location ?

    Just guessing I’m gonna say it was a FB that missed location.

    Am I right ?

  7. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Shameful.

    Tanaka has allowed his ERA to rise above 2.

    :)

  8. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    What a rotation we might have had if Nova and Pineda had stayed healthy.

    :shock:

  9. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Where is everyone ?

    Hung over from celebrating ?

    ;)

  10. NYY fan in NH June 12th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    It’s safe to say he’s the best signing this team has had in years and now the contract is looking like money well spent!

  11. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    It amazes me how under stated some of you folks are.

    This guy is 10 and 1 and might have been undefeated if not for some rain.

    He is tying or breaking all kinds of records.

    More will fall the way he is going.

    Do yourselves a favor and show him some serious love.

    He deserves all the praise you can muster.

    Time to walk the Mopsters.

    ;)

  12. Doreen June 12th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Good morning, Mr. MTU.

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m having first world problems this week. Opened the pool and it’s always a chore. Never goes smoothly. frustrates the daylight out of me. I’m spending a lot of the last 3 days trying to get it swimmable. At least the weather has been crappy so it’s not like we’re missing swim time.

    A rotation with a healthy Pineda and Nova and Tanaka was what the owners were counting on. And also a lot of fans. My brother-in-law was psyched at the start of this season. And he’s not that easy to impress.

  13. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Good luck w the pool Doreen.

    The Mops must be appeased.

    People should learn to be even quicker w their praise than their criticism.

    Back later.

    :)

  14. rm June 12th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    MTU June 12th, 2014 at 9:35 am
    Just curious.

    I went to bed before the end.

    Does anyone know what type of pitch Cano hit out and it’s location ?

    Just guessing I’m gonna say it was a FB that missed location.

    Am I right ?
    ———————————-
    When interviewed after the game Tanaka said he did not make a mistake to Cano he made the pitch he wanted in the location he wanted but Cano hit it. Hat tip to Cano

  15. 86w183 June 12th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    MTU —-

    Tanaka has been everything even the most optimistic Yankee fan could have hoped for and then some. Everyone here has been lavish in his/her praise of the guy. Not sure what has been understated about him….. except for the occasional dose of perspective on the face that it is still less than a half season.

    Still want another bat…. preferably a great hitting 2B. Anyone know of one?

  16. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I enjoyed watching Tanaka deal for the first 3 innings but that’s all I saw… Considering how he looked early, the low pitch count, and the crappy M’s line up, I can’t say I was too surprised to wake up this morning and see he went the distance… The guy is a beast… The HR he gave up to Cano is forgiven because Robbie is on my fantasy team!

  17. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Doreen – Your post had me cracking up.

    It is true, a combination of Tanaka, Nova, and Pineda (at their best) is a pretty awesome foundation. But Pineda is a guy I’m always going to be weary of counting on in any respect.

  18. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Nova has actually been a very consistent pitcher overall. He was dependable for those 200 IP, which in and of itself is very valuable. We do miss him right now.. even more so than many of us might think.

  19. Doreen June 12th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Shame, glad to bring a smile – or a crack-up. :) In three days the pool has gone from swamp green to cloudy aqua. I can finally make out the bottom step in the shallow end. Whoopee!

    I agree with you on Pineda – even if he gets back, I’ll always be waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    I miss Nova. Hope he makes a successful recovery from TJ. I’m thinking that even if he makes it back mid-season in 2015, he’s not going to be where we’d like him to be until 2016, if all goes well.

  20. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Updated standings:

    Tankees: 11 – 2
    Yankees: 22 -29

  21. Chip June 12th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    From Mike Axisa – a trade that he admits would never happen:

    Yankees get: Ben Zobrist
    Tampa Bay gets: John Ryan Murphy, Jose Ramirez and Manny Banuelos

  22. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I miss Nova. Hope he makes a successful recovery from TJ. I’m thinking that even if he makes it back mid-season in 2015, he’s not going to be where we’d like him to be until 2016, if all goes well.

    ————–

    That’s the most likely scenario. It’s a shame too, because penciling him in at the back end next year would have been a nice luxury to have. As much as I like the kid, I supported trading him for an INFer during the off season.. but now you just have to wait to see how things go over the next two seasons.

  23. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 10:15 am
    Updated standings:

    Tankees: 11 – 2
    Yankees: 22 -29

    —————-

    The Tankees are f*cking beasts… when will the Daily News or Post throw us a ‘Tankees’ headline?!

  24. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Chip-

    That’s good because I wouldn’t make that trade.

    Too much for Zobrist IMO.

    ;)

  25. 86w183 June 12th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Chip —-

    Not sure I would make that deal. that’s two pretty high end arms.

    Still, Zobrist would be a great fit for this team.

  26. longtimefan June 12th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Of all the teammates comments no one mentions that he prepares for each and every game. Several articles I have read relate how he studies film on the opposing line-up on his lap top and formulates his strategy. Obviously a strong work ethic and an outstanding variety of pitches has helped him succeed. He doesn’t possess a knee buckling 100 mph fastball but he controls all his pitches and mixes extremly well–hate to think where yankees would be without him.

  27. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    86-

    I think it depends on 2 things:

    1) what your definition of “lavish” is ?

    2) which particular set of people we are talking about.

    But OK. If you say so.

    :)

  28. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Rm-

    Was it a FB or something off speed ?

    Thanks in advance.

  29. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Nice to see Tex doing what he gets paid to do.

    Now if Beltran and McCann can just do the same.

    ;)

  30. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I believe Tanaka has the highest chase % in the AL.

    Maybe in all of baseball.

    That means he is really fooling people w his stuff.

    Particularly w the split.

    How many rookie pitchers have ever thrown this many quality starts in a row to start their careers ?

    :)

  31. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    86-

    A bat and another SP ?

    I agree.

    :)

  32. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I’m interested in hearing Pat M’s take on Tank after seeing him live.

    I really need to make time to see him at a home game very soon. Guy is must-watch baseball.

  33. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Shame-

    Every time he takes the mound he stands a chance of shattering another rookie record.

    :)

  34. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I knew it had been a while since we’d won a series…but I just checked the game results and the last time we took a series was in mid May against the Pirates. #Sads

  35. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    That series was played on May 17th and 18th, so it’s been nearly a month.

  36. blake June 12th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    The compete factor is what I like most about Tanaka……it’s what I loved most about Andy too…..I love a bulldog out there…..good or bad he’s not gonna give in or rattle. You can’t teach that

  37. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Iwakuma-Tanaka, or the King would have been even more exciting.

    Maybe next time.

    At this moment who is your starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star game ?

    ;)

  38. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    At this moment who is a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young ?

  39. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    At this time who is a favorite to be AL rookie of the year ?

  40. Doreen June 12th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    MTU -

    Those match ups might have been more exciting, but I’d rather not waste Tanaka versus the King; with the offense right now, it’s better it was how it was. Ya know?

  41. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Blake-

    It’s a lot more than bulldog which makes Tanaka great.

    Phelps is a bulldog too.

    So are many others.

    It’s just one part of a complex picture composed of many harmonious elements that lead MT to the place he is at, and to where he is headed.

    Sit back and enjoy the ride amigo.

    ;)

  42. mick June 12th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Girardi gambled by pushing Tanaka back a day and avoiding Iwakuma.
    2-0 beats possible 1-1. He won that one.

  43. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:50 am
    At this moment who is a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young ?

    MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:51 am
    At this time who is a favorite to be AL rookie of the year ?
    ——————–
    Tanaka is the leader for both

    AL ROY he’s got a decent margin over Boogerts and Abreu

    AL CY Young has got a bunch of guys nipping at Tanaka’s heals.

  44. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Lady Doreen-

    I would have enjoyed the duel between two great ones.

    But a “W” is always sweet.

  45. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    69-

    Think of how fantastic it is that we can even speak like that ?

    Pose those questions ?

    ;)

  46. blake June 12th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    MTU,
    Of course but it’s the quality I like the most is his make up …..his stuff is good and all but his mind is what makes him really good…..command and the ability to control bat speed is what separates him

  47. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    ROY is probably going to be a position player like Abreu or Bogaerts… maybe Solarte stays in that conversation, that’d be awesome.

    But I think Tank is a lock to finish in the top three for the Cy Young voting. My hope, obviously is that he wins it.

  48. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    It’s pretty sweet… Especially since we were talking Tanaka way before he was even posted and went through that wild ride when it was back and forth as to if he was even going to be allowed to come to the majors this year. Rarely does something like that work out better than you would have even hoped for… It’s just a shame we don’t have a better team around him (I’m looking at you offense!)

  49. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Blake-

    Some of his stuff is more than just “good”.

    His split alone is a near mo-level quality pitch.

    The overall package of offerings is way more than just “good”.

    But you are certainly entitled to focus on the aspect you find most appealing.

    ;)

  50. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Tank is leading the league in wins, winning percentage, CGs, Era, and whip.

    Not bad for a #3 starter :)

  51. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Blake-

    That is only a partial summary of his current accomplishments.

    Albeit a very nice one.

    :)

  52. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    MTU,
    His split might be the best individual pitch in baseball right now……it’s certainly top 5. His overall stuff aside from that is very good but again what separates him is the mastery of how to use it. The guy can really really pitch…..he’s very much like Felix to me…..different pitches but both guys control bat speed so well. Felix doesn’t pitch at 96 anymore…..he can reach back and get it if he needs to ….but mostly he’s carving guys up in cruise at 91-92.

  53. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Blake-

    Main point is the guy is a stud.

    Portray it any way you like it.

    I’ll be back.

    :)

  54. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    It would be a pretty good battle for AL ROY if they ended something like this:

    Abreu – .270/.320/.650 – 42 HR – 115 RBI
    Tanaka – 2.20 ERA – 1.05 WHIP — 22W – 5L

    Boogerts won’t win

  55. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    We should have Tanaka and Abreu btw (and Puig, Darvish, Chapman)

  56. bruceb June 12th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Went to bed straight after the Rangers game…I’d already put this one in the book as a ‘W’. That’s the way you feel when Tanaka is on the mound. Just a shame that we don’t have a better team to surround him with. Would love to see this guy pitch late into October.

  57. Missing Cano June 12th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    We should have Tanaka and Abreu btw (and Puig, Darvish, Chapman)

    YES!!

  58. Missing Cano June 12th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Boogerts won’t win

    you underestimate the influence peter gammons has while Xavier will not win he will do very well

  59. Missing Cano June 12th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Would love to see this guy pitch late into October.

    i think it will happen just might not be until 2015/2016 and then it might just be a wild card play-in game but high drama there one or done

  60. 86w183 June 12th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    We should have Tanaka and Abreu btw (and Puig, Darvish, Chapman)

    ********************************************************

    You left out Ryu, Wei-Yin Chen, Cespedes, Uehara and Iwakuma

  61. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    We should have Tanaka and Abreu btw (and Puig, Darvish, Chapman)

    ********************************************************

    You left out Ryu, Wei-Yin Chen, Cespedes, Uehara and Iwakuma
    ———————-
    I was trying to be realistic ;)

  62. JCPD June 12th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Tank is years ahead of Yu. Tank has two CG in 13 games. Took Yu into his third year to get his first. ;-)

  63. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Phil Hughes beats the Blue Jays, and is now 7-2, wow, what would it take to get him back, LOL. :)

  64. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Hey Jim, how are things up your way?

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I don’t think anyone doesn’t appreciate Tanaka or understand how special he is.

    What’s deflating is, he’s the lone marquee attraction on this team right now, and every fifth day you get a tease on what it’s like to be a contender. Whoever coined “Tankees” makes that point very well.

    I made sure to see him once live this year and I felt I was in the presence of greatness – that doesn’t happen often. I’m going next week, and I really carefully choose my live NYS games this year.

    The rest of this team just isn’t good enough as things stand (read: offense). If Tanaka were only pitching for the 2009 or even the 2011 Yankees….If they had only re-signed Cano… the team, as it stands, has Tanaka and Betances to keep you awake… you stay up for West Coast games when Tanaka’s pitching, and I also remain alert because I know Betances may pitch… that’s about it, really. The rest is a prayer.

  66. Tackelberry June 12th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Where was “Cy” Hughes the last 3 years?

  67. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    JAP -

    It’s good to have faith. :)

  68. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Where was “Cy” Hughes the last 3 years?

    ********************************************
    Trying to get his fat head out of his fat a**.

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Missing Cano June 12th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Would love to see this guy pitch late into October.

    i think it will happen just might not be until 2015/2016 and then it might just be a wild card play-in game but high drama there one or done
    ///

    It will sure help when the rotation isn’t T-Man and five Phelpsies. I have hope for Whit – think he’s gonna be quite good. But really need Nova back and if it were at all possible, Pineda healthy. I also think if they don’t restore Betances to a starting role next season there is no hope for them, really.

    Finally, we need a youth infusion in order to have a real offense.

  70. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Forget the ROY….if the season ends today Tanaka is the CY Young and he’s likely be top 5 in the MVP voting

  71. austinmac June 12th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    MTU,

    I stayed up until the end. Tanaka is worth it. He has command of many pitches, but what I love is his tenacity. The more the need to get an out, the harder he throws and the better he pitches.

    I do note Darvish is pitching great again. Two of the top five pitchers in the game may be Japanese. Maeda is likely to post next year. JF says he may not be good, but these guys are showing me something.

  72. Tackelberry June 12th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Loving our pen with Kelly back. Glad they kept JRam instead of Daley. Now with Betances, Warren, JRam and Kelly, really got some power arms to shorten the game. Now if the offense can pick it up a little more

  73. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Tackelberry says:
    June 12, 2014 at 11:23 am
    Where was “Cy” Hughes the last 3 years?

    Watching ball fly out of Yankee stadium……Iran he had a 3.88 era on the road last year…..it was just over 6 at his house of horrors

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    JAP -

    It’s good to have faith. :)
    ///

    Morning, Al.

    Faith is earned. Blind faith is not a replacement for action.

    Time for this ownership/FO to act or else get out of the way and let a group worthy of the pinstripes make the calls.

  75. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Watching Hughes pitch lately reminds me of how he looked in AAA at SWB, fit. When he was with the Yankees the last few years, he never looked to be in this good of shape.

    Did he grow up and learn he has to be in great shape to perform up to his abilities, or is this just another Phil Hughes tease, and when he gets his next big contract, he’ll go back to his old ways.

  76. Tackelberry June 12th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Maeda projects as more of a #4 starter, but might be worth going for.

  77. JCPD June 12th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Al, hanging in for now. 39 years in the restaurant business and I am working for the absolute worst GM ever. No professionalism and absolutely no integrity. We’re definitely hoping to be out of Buffalo before having to spend another winter here, but we’ll see. In the meantime, I’m gonna enjoy summer now that it’s here.

  78. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Id like to be debating who the best Yankee pitcher was ….tanaka or Darvish…..alas

  79. pkyankfan69 June 12th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    As of now Tanaka is scheduled to pitch Old Timers day against the O’s… Pretty excited, already got tickets… Both games I’ve been to so far this year I have had the pleasure of watching the immortal Vidal Nuno start.

    Very little chance of a rain out between now and then… Tonight Seattle with a roof, then 3 in Oakland where it hardly ever rains, then 3 in Toronto with a roof… Only 2 games that could really screw up Tanaka on Old Timers day are the first 2 games in the O’s series that weekend.

  80. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Darvish shut out the Marlins last high with 10 ks…..he has a 2.11 era . Who cares which is better…..I want them both as soon as Yu is a FA

  81. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Blake -

    Too early to bestow any honors on any player.

    The Blue Jays have a SP I’m sure they believe is also a contender for that Cy Young.

    Let’s just hope it all continues for Tanaka and the Yankees going forward.

  82. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    What’s deflating is, he’s the lone marquee attraction on this team right now, and every fifth day you get a tease on what it’s like to be a contender. Whoever coined “Tankees” makes that point very well.”

    Yea …. Post game last night Jeter was asked the question: are we getting to the point where you guys feel like a different team when Tanaka pitches…..his answer was interesting. He said “there is no getting to a point…..it’s been like that all year”. Clearly the Yankees feel like they are better when they are the Tankees

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Tackelberry June 12th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Loving our pen with Kelly back. Glad they kept JRam instead of Daley
    ///

    I was watching that very closely. I said if Jo-Ram goes down, they just don’t get it. Mind you, I don’t want to see him turn into a Pod Person – much prefer they stick it out and make him a starter.

    But what this team must have is virtually no yips after the middling (non-T) starters exit the scene, and that means Ramirez over Daly, who is not good.

    So, I think they get that. It’s ass-backwards, to count on being in games enough to get the ball to Betances and Co. But that’s the dice roll they have come to, after letting the lineup fust for five years and failing at the development game.

    They might as well make their weakness their strength, at least for the short haul that is 2014: if high-end potential rotation arms are going to wind up in the middle and back of the game, make sure they throw a blanket.

  84. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    JCPD -

    Jim, what ever happened to the other locations you were looking at for a possible move?

  85. Hankflorida June 12th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    ScottinSJ June 12th, 2014 at 12:13 am
    Hank — it seems you have been missing Beltran’s and McCann’s ABs. Also, Johnson and Soriano can’t hit the water when falling out of a boat.

    With this starting pitching, the Yanks have to score runs and need home runs to do it. “You have to dance with who you brung,” and playing six banjo hitters that you have will not score enough, but playing five ASSUMED power player that you have may do it with the hope that the law of averages works out. Home runs last season, Johnson hit 15 and Soriano hit 34. What is your alternative other then playing Ichiro and Roberts because the possibility exists that Punch and Judy may continue to not produce with RISP?

  86. austinmac June 12th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Blake,

    I think Felix is a pretty good comparison. Felix has his CU and Tanaka his split. both can add velocity when needed. Tanaka has more pitches.

    I am an offense first guy, but Tanaka is a pleasure to watch. Where would we be without him? Simple. Battling the Rays for last place.

  87. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Tackelberry says:
    June 12, 2014 at 11:30 am
    Maeda projects as more of a #4 starter, but might be worth going for.

    JF says no…..I know nothing about him but I do know that the Japanese style of pitching seems to be working in MLB right now……

  88. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    “The Blue Jays have a SP I’m sure they believe is also a contender for that Cy Young.”

    Buerle will turn into a pumpkin soon enough

  89. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    It’s early June, we’ve had a number of injuries, and yet we’re in 2nd place.

    Some of y’all want to bury the team and the “O”, I think a bit too early.

    *******************************************
    JAP – Trust is earned, not faith!

  90. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    blake -

    Then pumpkin pie it is. :)

  91. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    blake – He might be one of the few pitchers with a shot at MVP if he keeps it up. With the Tankees vs. Yankees records being what they are, he’ll likely be the only reason they make the playoffs if they’re able to get there.

  92. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I think Felix is a pretty good comparison. Felix has his CU and Tanaka his split. both can add velocity when needed. Tanaka has more pitches.”

    Yea their pitches are different but I think the similarity is above average stuff with a master level pitch ability

  93. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    “blake – He might be one of the few pitchers with a shot at MVP if he keeps it up. With the Tankees vs. Yankees records being what they are, he’ll likely be the only reason they make the playoffs if they’re able to get there.”

    They’d be in last place without him…..I have no doubt about that. He’s won 1/3 of the games they have won and the indirect impact on saving the bullpen every 5th day is huge as well

  94. Shame Spencer June 12th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    We have to wait two years for another shot at signing Darvish.. which would give us one year of Tank and Darvish before Tank opts out.

  95. austinmac June 12th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    The pen is doing well and will be helped with Kelly back, but they will give up runs. That is baseball. It sems we never score after the early innings so the relievers lose if they give up a run or two.

    This team needs a good starter and a middle of the order bat. I very much doubt we have the players to trade or Hal has the stomach to add by taking on a big contract. What I am confident in is they will not make the playoffs without real additions. I am still not happy Morales went to the Twins for a few million.

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Yea …. Post game last night Jeter was asked the question: are we getting to the point where you guys feel like a different team when Tanaka pitches…..his answer was interesting. He said “there is no getting to a point…..it’s been like that all year”. Clearly the Yankees feel like they are better when they are the Tankees
    ///

    I didn’t stay up for the postgame. Derek not in the mood to mince words :) He said he was “shocked” that Robi wasn’t resigned, for instance.

    Yeah, when they ain’t the Tanks, they are more likely to tank :(

  97. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    June 12, 2014 at 11:42 am
    We have to wait two years for another shot at signing Darvish.. which would give us one year of Tank and Darvish before Tank opts out.

    It’s a must…..but all big boys are gonna be after him……dodgers, Sox, phillies…..everybody because of how good he is and the marketability.

    I don’t know if having tanaka will be an advantage or a disadvantage to signing him…….would he want to pitch with Tank or pitch somewhere else to avoid te comparisons etc…….

  98. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Jeter I’m sure wanted Cano back……he wants to win in his last season. Cano was their best player……

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    austimac – Gotta say, I never thought they’d bring Morales. We waited throughout last season for them to do something to make the team a contender again in Mo’s last hurrah (no, I don’t count Soriano as a fortune-changing move). They don’t care about getting there, if it means discomfort for Hal’s financial goals.

  100. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Yep, he said “I thought he was going to be my DP partner for the rest of my career.”

  101. rm June 12th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    MTU June 12th, 2014 at 10:32 am
    Rm-

    Was it a FB or something off speed ?

    Thanks in advance.
    —————————
    Here-s a link to a video of the HR:

    http://seattle.mariners.mlb.co.....8;c_id=sea

    The pitch was away. It looked a little up to me but I think it would have hit the target if it missed the bat.

  102. BIG AL June 12th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Later – Y’all have a great day!

    GO YANKEES!

  103. austinmac June 12th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    JAP,

    I have been saying a long time they wouldn’t get Morales. He doesn’t fit into the budget. I’m not sure who would.

  104. bbb51 June 12th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Chip June 12th, 2014 at 10:16 am
    From Mike Axisa – a trade that he admits would never happen:

    Yankees get: Ben Zobrist
    Tampa Bay gets: John Ryan Murphy, Jose Ramirez and Manny Banuelos

    Thank God. Hopefully the Yankees never give Axisa a management position.

  105. blake June 12th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Zobrist is barely out hitting brain Roberts

  106. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Mac-

    In Yu and Mashiro you are seeing the cream of the Sushi. The pinnacles of perfection.

    Few are that good.

    It’s like judging the ML’s by a Kershaw and a Verlander.

    Hardly a fair sample.

    ;)

  107. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    See you all later.

    Got me a “melon list” as long as Texas.

    That’s what happens when you aren’t home for over 2 months.

    :(

  108. MTU June 12th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    “brain Roberts” ?

    Really.

    He didn’t look like the Ivy league type to me.

    :)

  109. blake June 12th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Yes brain Roberts ….he’s probably better than Brian

  110. blake June 12th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    @jnorris427: Just talked with Mark Newman for a long while. Slade Heathcott is going to get his knee scoped again in a couple of days. #Yankees

    Dude is just glass

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    JAP – Trust is earned, not faith!
    ////

    Have it your way :D

    I don’t trust the Yankee ownership/FO and have zero faith in their decision making! ;)

  112. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Yeah well sadly I never took Heathcott too seriously, despite his tools, because he thinks he’s a linebacker :(

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock June 12th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    austinmac June 12th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    JAP,

    I have been saying a long time they wouldn’t get Morales. He doesn’t fit into the budget. I’m not sure who would.
    ///

    Yes, I know you were extremely skeptical.

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