(Gif courtesy of @YankeeSource)
I feel like I need a cigarette after watching Masahiro Tanaka‘s splitter. My goodness.
The good news about today’s game? The starters – CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka – all looked good in their six innings of work as so did Dellin Betances and Cesar Cabral in their three innings combined.
The starters’ lines:
CC – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
HIROK – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
TANAK – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K
Derek Jeter scored on Cervelli’s single and looked fine running the bases. He also participated in a nifty double play in the second play and looked no worse for the wear.
Tanaka’s highlights from MLB.com:
HAPPY TANAK DAY!
Here’s your Yankee lineup:
Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka will follow CC and they’re all scheduled to pitch two innings each.
Here’s a picture of the Phillies lineup.
The game is on both YES and MLB Network. Enjoy!
Thirty years ago, the New York Yankees were a month away from starting a season that would be another in a long line of forgettable teams in the 1980s. They had finished in third place the year before, seven games behind the Orioles and Billy Martin was again replaced, this time by Yogi Berra. It was the famous year when the Detroit Tigers started the season 9-0 and then 19-2 and would run away and hide from the rest of the American League East. The Yankees best starter was a 45-year-old Phil Neikro. Graig Nettles, Don Baylor and Goose Gossage were gone. Ron Guidry and Shane Rawley had rough seasons after Marin fried them a bit in 1983. But despite the Yankees being toast by May of that season, it was also the year of one of the most exciting in-team batting races of all time.
Batting average was still a big deal back then. Though much less important today in the grand scheme of statistics, back in 1984, it was one of the most cherished titles in batting.…
It’s the last day in February and that means that real baseball is getting closer and closer.
Pretty soon, fans will be filing into the House that the Steinbrenners built to get their first look at the 2014 Yankees.
I, for one, am very excited about the prospect of real baseball because it will mean that this miserable winter has finally ended. I’m really sick of cold and snow and while I realize that it’s expected from December to March here in the Northeast, I’ve had enough of it this year. This winter has just been brutal.
Bring me sunshine, warm temperatures and baseball, damn it.
Enjoy the open thread, be nice to your fellow readers and have a good night.
The Yankees teed off on Tigers pitching (starter Max Scherzer included) hitting four home runs in a 7-4 victory at Joker Marchant Field in Lakeland, FL.
Brian McCann, Gary Sanchez, Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte all went deep which was good because once again, the Yankee bullpen imploded (all four runs were charged to Brian Gordon) in the seventh inning, giving up four runs to the Tigers.
Here is your game thread. The game isn’t being televised but you can hear it on Tigers’ radio on mlb.com.
And here’s the lineup in case you missed it earlier this morning:
The Yankees have a ton of players to help contribute to the bullpen this season, but losing Mariano Rivera has made the entire system seem much less appealing. No one can replace the closer, but David Robertson projects to be a strong one. The 8th inning is an even bigger downgrade, as the organization has no idea who will take over Robertson’s setup role. Shawn Kelley, Adam Warren, Preston Claiborne, David Phelps, and Dellin Betances are all candidates for that setup job.
Going off of last year’s performances, Kelley probably has the best chance of becoming the 8th inning guy. In 2013, Kelley put up an incredible 11.98 K/9 with a 3.88 BB/9. Unfortunately, the fly ball heavy pitcher gave up a ton of home runs, 2 at home and 6 on the road. Kelley finished the year with just a 4.39 ERA, but the numbers look a lot different when you consider he pitched through the last month of the season with a tricep strain.…