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Yankees: Tanaka vs Richards prediction

The rubber game of the series between the Yankees and Angels is tonight, and it a pitching duel you don’t want to miss.

As Yankees Masahiro Tanaka will face off against Angles Garrett Richards, both are 25-year old righties are off to excellent starts.

(Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com & MLB.com)

2014 Pitching Stats - Masahiro Tanaka vs. Garrett Richards
PLAYER
W
L
ERA
G
GS
IP
BAA
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
BF
WHIP
H9
HR9
BB9
SO9
M. Tanaka302.154429.10.202228742351110.8186.81.20.610.7
G. Richards202.5244250.155137701424991.0804.70.05.08.6

Picking a favorite between the two is almost impossible, as the stats almost counter balance each other.

Richards has walked 14 batters on the season, while Tanaka just two.

But four batters have taken Tanaka deep, and none have gone yard off Richards.

Tanaka has pitched four more innings, but allowed nine more hits compared to Richards. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Tanaka vs Richards prediction’ »

Yankees: Pineda needs to be a team player

Michael Pineda - New York (AL) - 2012 Road

Michael Pineda – New York (AL) – 2012 Road (Photo credit: BaseballBacks)

As expected, New York Yankees pitcher Michaels Pineda received a 10-game suspension for getting tossed for having pine tar on his neck this past Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

This was the second time in two weeks that Pineda applied pine tar recklessly vs. Red Sox.

Instead of thanking the baseball Gods the first time, and showing respect to Boston’s skipper John Farrell for handing him a get-out-of-jail free card when there was clearly a substance on his hand, he did it again.

MLB had little choice, and now Pineda will miss his next two starts, which affects the Yankees starting rotation and roster.

Unlike going on the 15-day DL, Pineda’s 10-game suspension does not free up a spot on the 25-man roster, leaving the Yankees to work with 24.

With starter Ivan Nova needing Tommy John, and out for the season it exposes the Yankees strong rotation and leaves the team in a pickle of anyone gets injured. So his absence leaves the rotation in flux.

In order to fill Pineda’s spot, the Yankees had to send down utility man Dean Anna to Triple-A, which means Yangervis Solarte would be used as Derek Jeter’s back up at shortstop, God forbid.

Already, Pineda use of pine tar got him chucked in the second inning of a game, and taxed the Yankees bullpen, which resulted in a loss to the Red Sox. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Pineda needs to be a team player’ »

Yankees: Pineda pine tar part deux

And here we are again, talking about New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda and his use of pine tar.

Pineda Meme

Funny Pineda Meme!! @MLBmemes

Just to recap, last night Pineda got tossed in the second inning because the Red Sox noticed that he had applied pine tar on his neck. The umpire actually swiped his finger over the area on his neck, rubbed his fingers together and declared that it was pine tar.

And that was the end of Pineda’s fourth career start as a Yankee, and his second vs. Boston where pine tar was involved. Click HERE to watch the replay of Pineda getting busted.

Honestly, I do not know if Pineda suffers from an attitude problem, an inflated ego that makes him believe he is above MLB law, or if he suffers from an extremely low IQ.

Regardless, whatever made Pineda deliberately use pine tar so casually against the Boston Red Sox again is beyond me.

Pineda gave Red Sox skipper John Farrell little choice, as his disrespectful behavior was a total slap in the face.

Even though I completely agree that Farrell did the right thing, I am well aware that the first time this occurred, Clay Bucholtz was pitching for Boston and he has been questioned a few times in the past about foreign substances. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Pineda pine tar part deux’ »

Yankees: God these new guys are hot

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Last night, thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees trounced the Boston Red Sox to a tune of 9-3.

These new Yankees are undoubtedly helping fans forget the lingering blow from the 2013 season.

But it is tough to get cocky just yet after watching the middle games in last weekends series vs. the Rays. As what fan base could be all in after boosting an offensively weak opponent’s run differential by giving up 26 runs in the two games.

Still, in baseball stats speak louder than words.

And from the look of things, these new members of the Yankees are certainly off to a hot start. Continue reading ‘Yankees: God these new guys are hot’ »

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Yankees: Robbie Cano don’cha remember

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

With the New York Yankees getting some well-deserved rest after splitting a long, and sometimes painful four game set against the Rays, it seemed like the perfect moment to check in on one of their ex-teammates who now plays in Seattle.

Yes, I am talking about Robinson Cano, don’cha know?

You remember the Yankees homegrown, All-Star, second baseman that decided a decade of losing as a Mariners was better for him than more seven years and being a Yankee his entire career.

No doubt, at first I was pretty angry when the Yankees presented a low-ball offer to Cano because that essentially led him to skedaddle to Seattle.

I never even entertained that the Yankees should go near anywhere near the 10-year, $240 million deal he inked with the Mariners, but an offer of $200 million over 8-seasons would have been the right thing to do.

Even though I try to live by the motto, root for the team – not the player, I did have a certain affinity for Cano. He played baseball with such ease, and I was in awe of his God-given talent. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Robbie Cano don’cha remember’ »