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Tanaka tames the A’s

Jun 5, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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Masahiro Tanaka stopped Oakland’s winning streak at five and notched his ninth win of the season as the Yankees prevailed 2-1 over the Athletics this afternoon.

Tanaka wasn’t at his most efficient — he needed 104 pitches over six innings — but he held Oakland to one earned run and lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.02. In all he gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one. After a John Jaso first inning homer, Tanaka retired 10 straight batters. Also of note: Alfonso Soriano broke an 0-for-16 slump with an RBI single in the second.

The Yankees’ homestand finishes up at 2-6. But at least they get on an airplane happy.

  1. El Bravo - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    That pitcher for the Yankees is an above average player in the Major Leagues of baseball.

    • El Bravo - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Reply button.

  2. miguelcairo - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    You’re kidding right?

  3. jwbiii - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Tanaka is the fourth rookie pitcher to have 8 wins by the end of May. Two of the other three had really good careers.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Who were the other three? (I’m on an iPad on an airplane so my google skills are not up to par).

      • djandujar - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Answer: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/05/masahiro-tanaka-yankees-8-wins

  4. calibama707 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Maybe the nine wins calling that a above avg but that ERA isnt. Man the dumb ppl they let in here to speak

    • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      My friend an ERA just barely over 2 and a WHIP under 1.00 is indeed fantastic. Add to that Tanaka pitches in a very hitter friendly park and with an infield behind him that shall we say is not the best and you have one of the very best starters in the Major Leagues at this point. And I’d bet there are 29 other teams that would love to have him on their roster.

      But you are right about one thing “Man the dumb ppl they let in here to speak”. You are apparently speaking from experience. Have a good day.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    The once mighty Yankees are now one game above .500. A loss would have dropped them below .500 Given their injuries and depleted lineup, they are doing surprisingly well. Girardi is managing this team quite well considering the circumstances.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      My friend how are you doing. I obviously don’t have to ask how your Jays are doing because as we all can see they are doing great.

      Here is a question for you. IF the All Start Game was being held in the next week or so. Who would you have as your AL starting pitcher: Buehrle, Tanaka or Darvish?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        It depends on who is fresh. I would prefer it if Buehrle did not pitch in the game.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        proudly, assume all 3 are fresh and it’s for pride, team and country who would you have start?

      • ironcurtin64 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Felix.

    • miguelcairo - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      I question his recent use of the bullpen, but in his defense the manager doesn’t hit. That’s NYY’s problem.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Who else is he going to use? The only reliable ones are Betances/Warren/Robertson and they are all on [roughly] pace for

        Betances: 72 G, 102 IP
        Warren: 78 G, 96 IP
        Robertson: 58 G, 58 IP

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      I hate to say this being a Yankee fan, but unless your guys start dropping like flies (JINX!) I don’t think anyone’s catching the Blue Jays this year.

  6. tablescrappy - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Drew Pomeranz outpitched Tanaka, and without Tom Hallion’s outrageous strike zone the A’s probably score in the 8th and/or 9th and sweep the series.

    Tanaka’s great, but creating narrative for him is unnecessary.

    • brandotho - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      And if my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle. Pomeranz shut down a much weaker lineup than the one Tanaka faced.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      The same K zone that let Pomeranz back door those curveballs? And if we’re playing hypotheticals, the Yanks had the lead late in both games so you could just as easy say the Yanks could have swept.

      • tablescrappy - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        No, actually, you can’t. No outside force allowed the A’s to come back and win the first two games. As an A’s fan it would’ve been nice to see balls called balls when they were threatening to tie the game in those last two innings. If the roles were reversed, you’d be bitching up a storm.

        And the K zone was far more friendly for Yankees pitchers today. Go look at the strike zone plots and see for yourself. Nine strikes called on pitches outside the zone for NYY pitchers (three for Robertson alone) and one ball called in the zone. Four strikes outside the zone for OAK pitchers and three balls in the zone. But I guess this is a stroke the Yankees post and comments section, so go ahead and leave reality out of it.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Go look at the strike zone plots and see for yourself.

        There are two Yankee pitches that fall outside the “generally called” strike zone per studies by Mike Fast:

        http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/zoneTrack.php?&game=gid_2014_06_05_oakmlb_nyamlb_1/&innings=yyyyyyyyy&month=06&day=05&year=2014

        Nine strikes called on pitches outside the zone for NYY pitchers (three for Robertson alone) and one ball called in the zone

        Here’s Robertson’s zone, count the 3 pitches called strikes that were outside:

        The #1 strike is to a lefty batter, of which is there is a well known LHH bias, see here:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-changing-reality-of-the-lefty-strike/

        The other outside pitch was to Norris, which is less than an inch off the plate, not exactly egregious:

        But I guess this is a stroke the Yankees post and comments section, so go ahead and leave reality out of it.

        Can we have a little cheese with that whine?

      • clydeserra - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        no. not the same K zone. its a function of the batters. Since Tanaka is right handed, the A’s staked the lineup with lefties. Hallion had an even worse zone for lefties that the normal terrible stike zone for lefties.

        Pomeranz is left handed, so the yankees had more righties in the line up, he did not have the chance to use the lefty extra 3 inches.

        Hallion was terrible. It had an effect on the game. If the outcome would have been different is not a healthy question to ask. its aunt/balls question that was referenced above. But the fact that Hallion was terrible, and because of the structure of MLB lineups it benefited the Yankees today is unquestionable.

  7. brandotho - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Tanaka won both games on this mess of a homestand. He is the only reason the Yankees aren’t in last. Could be a tough choice for John Farrell for who will start in Minnesota next month between him, Felix, Buehrle, Gray, etc.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Nah, I think even without Tanaka the Rays would still be in last place.

  8. musketmaniac - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Love Yankee conversation, they always end in grown men acting like children. its getting late, everybody get their jammies on.

  9. hookersdontsnuggle - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    The A’s played better than the Yankees in this one. They just couldn’t get that clutch hit. Tanaka is the real deal but Drew Pomeranz looked just as good.

    • miguelcairo - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Yeah, Pomeranz is just as good as Tanaka. >.>

    • brandotho - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      If you couldn’t get that clutch hit, guess you didn’t play better.

  10. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 6, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, we heard many glorious things about the future. For the most part, it’s been a huge let down. As I move through middle age, I’ve grown to accept the fact that I will never have a flying car or travel in time. That vacation condo on Mars? I’m not holding my breath.

    But I need human cloning, and I need it right now. Because if the Yankees can’t find a way to have at least three Masahiro Tanaka’s in their rotation and at least one or two more in the bullpen, they’re screwed.

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