Last night, while we were getting ready to record our 15th episode of the ‘It’s About The Yankees, Stupid’ podcast, the Michael Pineda incident occurred which altered our plans slightly because of course we’d have to talk about it. The Yankees’ starting pitcher being ejected for using a foreign substance is, as Vice President Joe Biden would say, a big ^&*$ing deal. After that Domenic, EJ and yours truly soldiered on and talked about what the loss of Pineda (for a couple of starts due to suspension) and Ivan Nova for the rest of the year means to the Yankees and how they will plug the holes in the rotation; Domenic and EJ talked about two more Yankee prospects while I listened intently (I swear, I was); Domenic ranted about a certain trade that happened a few days ago, I ranted about an incident on Twitter and we answered listener email.
So, heard any good jokes lately?
This game was a disaster from the start. Michael Pineda was struggling to get through the first inning and was lucky to escape down only two runs. Then the brazen young pitcher decided to go out to the mound with some pine tar on his neck of all places, the Red Sox bench noticed, notified the umps and he was thrown out of the game.
And according to MLB rule 8.02(a)(4) (there are a lot of parts to the rule), a pitcher may not use a “foreign substance” on the baseball and violation of that rule is a mandatory 10-game suspension.
Oh good, this is just what the Yankees’ rotation needs, another missing starter. It’s bad enough the Yankees have to figure how they’re going deal with the loss of Ivan Nova for the season but now they have to worry about Pineda missing two starts on top of that?
After Pineda was ejected, an unmanned camera for the ESPN broadcast was positioned to film the tunnel from the Yankees dugout to the clubhouse.…
Welcome to tonight’s game thread.
Here are your lineups:
Bradley Jr., CF
Pitching matchup: Pineda (2-1, 1.00 ERA) vs. Lackey (2-2, 5.25 ERA)
As always, behave, be respectful of your fellow IIATMS readers and have fun!
Big Mike 1
It’s hard to imagine that a 39-year-old shortstop entering the season with tremendous leg issues and a poor history of defense could be anything more than a liability on the Yankees. As Derek Jeter plays the last season of his career, not many expected more from him than to draw in fans hoping to see him play one last time. Projection systems like ZiPS had Jeter hitting just .263/.329/.356 on the season, which would be his worst full-season of his career. Considering his age, extent of injuries, and missed playing time, that wasn’t entirely out of the question.
Thus far, Jeter is batting .298/.385/.351 with eleven strikeouts and seven walks. It’s early in the season, but Jeter’s offense looks to be in line with his career numbers. While his .370 BABIP remains high, his career BABIP is .353, which is due to a high number of line drives and ground balls. Jeter also hits to all fields, which helps him avoid shifts and place the ball.…
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 6-5:
In the bottom of the third, Carmen Angelini singled to left and Ramon Flores followed with a double. A single by Scott Sizemore plated Angelini. A sac fly by Russ Canzler scored Flores and Adonis Garcia knocked a double to second to score Sizemore for the 3-0 lead. Dan Johnson started the fourth with a single to short that deflected off Brian Gordon on the mound. With two outs, Kevin Nolan drew a walk and an error by Canzler allowed Munenori Kawasaki to reach and Johnson scored. A wild pitch plated Nolan and the RailRiders’ lead was cut to one. They got one run back in the bottom of the inning, as Flores singled in Angelini, putting Scranton ahead 4-2. Steve Tolleson drew a walk to start the fifth and stole second, moving to third when Scranton catcher Francisco Arcia made a throwing error. Tolleson scored on a sac fly by Johnson, pulling within a run again.…
You wouldn’t be wrong to call last night the worst of Masahiro Tanaka‘s 4 outings thus far. He was uneven with his command at times, he gave up a few 2-out hits, and he gave up back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the 4th on 2 badly missed fastballs. You would be wrong, however, if you called last night’s outing a bad one. Despite the inconsistencies and homers, Tanaka was efficient with his pitch count and worked into the 8th, allowing only those 2 runs, striking out 7 while walking nobody, and picking up his 3rd win of the year.
The Red Sox got their first look at Tanaka and they had to walk away impressed. He showcased all his pitches again, mixing them up at all different times in the count, he threw a lot of early strikes to work from ahead or even in the count and keep the guessing game going on their end, and he registered double digit swinging strikes again with an even dozen. …
Here’s your overflow thread, you commenting fools!
The American League East standings look quite good right now, month be damned. Who cares if we’re less than an eighth of the way through the season, right? And, of course, it’s #TANAK day!
|New York Yankees||Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Grady Sizemore, RF|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|Carlos Beltran, DH||David Ortiz, DH|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||Mike Napoli, 1B|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Jonny Gomes, LF|
|Brian McCann, C||A.J. Pierzynski, C|
|Yangervis Solarte, 3B||Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||Brock Holt, 3B|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||Jackie Bradley Jr., CF|
|Masahiro Tanaka, SP||Jon Lester, SP|