Game 84: Tanaka Thursday

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Tonight, for one night only, there is a reason to watch the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka will be on the mound to open the team’s four-game series against the Twins, meaning the five-game winning streak might actually come to an end. If it doesn’t … well this sucker just might keep going until Tanaka’s next start. The Yankees are playing that poorly right now. Here is the Twins lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Zelous Wheelerofficially called up earlier today
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It’s a little cool with clear skies in Minneapolis. Real pleasant night for baseball. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:10pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Boy do we have quite a crew this series. Introducing the 2nd best barffest in MLB, CREW Q

    Alan Porter – No. 64 / HP – Alan Porter is in his fifth season of being a major league umpire. Porter is a big mess of an umpire. For whatever reason, when you watch videos of ejections, Porter shows up a lot, but you’d think for such a kid, Porter wouldn’t be a hothead. Already has two ejections this year, and given this crew, I could see it go up. (He had 5 last year…) Statistically, Porter has officiated 16 games behind the plate this season, and has a 3.52 ERA, which right now, is right about average at 57th of 89. His WHIP is on the average as well, only at 1.29. The rest of the statistics (H9/K9/HR9) all point to Porter being a hitter’s umpire, so hopefully the bats respond. I don’t really have a massive gripe with Porter, but I wouldn’t put him as my favorite umpire in the league.

    Rob “Eject Me” Drake – No. 30 / 1B – If Porter has a hot head when it comes to ejections, Rob Drake is even worse. Drake is a career hothead, for someone who as Deadspin points out, is deeply religious. In 2001 alone he ejected 13 people, as well 9 in 2011. Yet somehow, he has not ejected a single person since 2012. Anyway, statistically, Drake has a trash strike zone. There will seriously be some problems with his strike zone because he is at times extremely generous to the hitter. The numers back it up, Drake has a 4.10 ERA (good enough for 32nd) and a 1.33 WHIP. Hits are almost even at a hit per inning, and strike outs are low, but strangely, so are HRs. I don’t anticipate a good day with this strike zone. Do have problems.

    Marty “That’s a Strike?” Foster – No. 60 / 2B – Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. The only reason Marty Foster couldn’t be voted Worst Umpire of 2013 is because Angel Hernandez was worse. Foster had a downright terrible 2013, headlined by the really bad strike 3 call against Tampa Bay for Joe Nathan’s 300th save. The ball being in the dirt kind of gave the stupidity away. I only wish Zobrist could’ve taken the bat and shown Foster where that bat was. (I will say though that UEFL, one of my favorite sites, nominated Foster the winner in 2013 and 2014, but I think Hernandez deserved it.) Another wild strike zone umpire, Foster clearly means business when it comes to being outright shit. He, like Drake, is very generous to the hitter, calling balls in the strike zone all the time. Strangely though, Foster is 58th with a 3.52 ERA (same as Porter) and numbers that point to hitters umpire, 8.6 H/9, 1.28 WHIP, the latter of which is average. I am not expecting a fun series for pitchers here, and you can see why.

    Cowboy” Joe West – No. 22 / 3B-CC – I deservedly get a lot of shit (especially from Yankee fans) when I say that Joe West is one of my favorite umpires. Is he the best umpire in the game? No. He’s been here since 1976, and is statistically, the most senior umpire around. He is the president of the World Umpires Association and was a big part of the replay negotiations. Strangely, from a player perspective, West is either among the best or worst umpires around. For his personality, we know quite well that he means business. You don’t go ahead and bitch to Joe West. Continuing the theme of hitters umpires, Joe West boasts a 4.92 hitters ERA, and really has erratic strike zones. His WHIP is 1.61, which is good for the highest in the MLB, and really, we should expect a slugfest or an ejectionfest. Given West already has over 150 ejections in his career, no problem adding more of them, no? Just don’t argue with the quarterback.

    Addendum – While normally I would stop here with the review, I am taking this time to personally write a message to news we who follow the umpire community have just found out. Gary Darling, umpire No. 37, has retired from Major League Baseball umpiring mid-season. He’s been on the Umpire’s Disabled List all season and has been doing other things, such as his work at UMPS CARE, a not-for-profit charity. Darling has been in the league since his debut in June 3, 1986. Known as a no-nonsense umpire, Darling had 111 ejetions in his MLB career and umpired 3,357 major league games. Sad to see Darling go, but unfortunately, that’s he decision. In his place, one of the rising star rookie umpires, Quinn Wolcott (No. 93), who made his MLB debut last May, is now a permanent rotation umpire. We’ll see him a lot more, and hopefully as he gets experienced, he’ll get a full review from me at some point. Congrats to Mr. Wolcott.

  2. TWTR says:

    Run support, please.

  3. ALZ says:

    Wearing my Hughes T today, hoping he gets lit up for old times sake.

  4. Until Mike posts a “Just Win” title, the wins are never actually going to start coming.

  5. Kenny says:

    I just watched that MLB video, with all the 1st basemen, taking parts of Gehrig’s speech. Very nicely done, and moving. It is, as they were saying on YES the other night, not just a great baseball speech but a great American speech. By which I take them to mean a great use of the American language itself, with the simplicity and directness of the language offsetting the terrible fact of the cause of the occasion.

  6. By the way, the Rays won six of seven games against the O’s and Yankees. Then, they go to a non-AL East team, on the road, and are getting whacked. Yes, the Tigers are really good and everything, but the basic point of the AL East being dogshit is pretty well reinforced when you see that kind of stuff happen.

    (the Cubs sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway is also a pretty good sign of this. Yankees lose 2/3 at home to a team that gets swept by the Cubs immediately thereafter. What. The. FUCK?)

    • Kenny says:

      What you say is true, and yet the Yankees seem, nevertheless, to be the worst of the AL East’s mediocre teams.

    • ALZ says:

      We would have swept them too if we faced Peavy, Workman, and bucholz. Cubs didnt face their top 2 starters, NYY did.

  7. vicki says:

    what’s up, zelots.

  8. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    I, Lex Luthor, will now discuss my, Lex Luthor’s, plan. My villainous, villainous, plan. Question the plan at your peril!

    Any questions?

  9. vicki says:

    cc shut down indefinitely. the hits just keep on coming.

    • fred robbins says:

      you mean CC with the 88 mph fast ball and about 5 e.r.a. who after each time he gets lit up never fails to mention in his post game speech– ” I feel great” — I think he just said the same thing again in the NY Daily NEWS after giving up 5 ( 3 earned_ and 5 hits in 4 innings down in his AAA..

      This could be a blessing in disguise. CC would merely be a sub for Nuno or Huff but with a much bigger salary and ego. For some reason, CC still thinks he can pitch and thinks everyone wants to know how great he feels each time he gets bombed out of a game by the 5th or 6th inning..
      It’s like Joe saying ” the talent is here- we just need to hit better”…. brilliant stuff

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        Pretty sure he says he “feels great” in response to reporters asking him how he feels.
        Pretty sure it’s just his way of not making excuses for poor performances.
        Pretty sure even bad CC is better than Nuno.

      • Old Man Time says:

        Sometimes I think you whine just for the sake of whining.

  10. Dalek Jeter says:

    The Era of Zelous’ Zealots starts tonight.

  11. nycsportzfan says:

    I really expected the Yanks to eventually get it going offensively. I just wish they’d be more willing to mix the lineup up. I’m talking take a chance on Refs, Almonte, maybe Roller, to go with the Beltys, Ells, Cappy..etc..etc

    Just way to many guys that have all ready made it and getting paid crazy money.

  12. Dalek Jeter says:

    Michael Kay is so pissed Ellsbury didn’t play yesterday. I only caught the beginning and end of his rant during his radio show this afternoon so idk if he was directing his anger at Ells or Girardi but he called it a “disgrace” and did a whole little mini rant about Ripken’s streak and Jeter playing yesterday.

    • Alkaline says:

      If Ellsbury needed a day off and that helps him play more games in the long run, I’m all for it.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I agree, but the HOW DARE THIS HAPPEN DURING A LOSING STREAK level of incredulity in his voice when he was saying it was like…forum troll level.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      He actually had a fairly lengthy debate about this yesterday after the game on Twitter with me since I kinda mocked him about his Ellsbury rant during the broadcast yesterday. Best part was he said no way a young player like Ellsbury can sit out a big game. Yes he called yesterday a big game. LOL

  13. nycsportzfan says:

    How ironic is it that the Yankees offense pretty much stinks but Jeter has actually been hitting the last month or so.lol

  14. nycsportzfan says:

    Tanaka always gives up leadoff hits.No biggie usually.

  15. ALZ says:

    The defense will be so good tonight. Ryan and Wheeler.

  16. ALZ says:

    Say hello to our new shortstop, Brett Gardner.

  17. vicki says:

    so much nicer when it’s other people’s stupid.

  18. Alkaline says:

    Nice scoop wheeler and nice heads up play by Gardy.

  19. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Yanks, i’m having a terrible past couple days. Please give me these 3hours of pleasure, ending with a Win.

  20. Cuso says:

    Whoa. Overzelous Wheels is kinda chunky, huh?

  21. WhittakerWalt says:

    Uh-oh, 1-0.

  22. BigBlueAL says:

    Ill be the first to say it, game over :-)

  23. BigBlueAL says:

    Hughes throws a perfect game tonight or just a no-hitter??

  24. nycsportzfan says:

    Twins announcers talking bout how dissapointing McCann and Beltran have been. No shit!

  25. WhittakerWalt says:

    I wonder what’s going on with Niecy Nash?

  26. Dalek Jeter says:

    You guys where not kidding, Zelous is a big dude.

  27. vicki says:

    do it, big wheel!!

  28. ropeadope says:

    Sterling’s homerun call for Zelous:

    The wheels on Zelous go round and round,
    round and round, round and round.
    The wheels on Zelous go round and round,
    all around the bases!

    • Yankeefan91 says:

      i like it lol

    • ropeadope says:

      For those coming to the thread late, this was posted before Wheeler’s first at-bat. He homered in his second at-bat, and Sterling’s call was not as predicted. Something along the lines of The Wheels on Zelous go up. Got to the call late, as for some reason the radio broadcast is about 10 seconds ahead of the television broadcast (in my area).

  29. TC says:

    Love seeing a guy whose entire existence in the big leagues is predicated on being an awesome defensive shortstop, playing somewhere other than shortstop.

  30. Need Pitching & Hitting says:



  31. WhittakerWalt says:

    Everyone on this team who can steal a base should be running. Every time. We DO NOT hit XBH. We DO hit grounders. The runners have to move themselves or else it’s just going to be a whole lot of this nothing.

  32. ALZ says:

    Ryan is practicing so next year when he takes over for Jeet we won’t notice a difference.

  33. WhittakerWalt says:

    Well, three useless innings are already in the books.

  34. Leg-End says:

    Tanaka doesn’t look very Tanakarish tonight.

  35. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Second time though the League(s) is not going too well is it?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      vs. Tor
      1st time: 7 IP, 6H, 3R, 8K
      2nd time: 6 IP, 5H, 1R, 4K

      vs. Bal
      1st time: 7IP, 7H, 3R, 10K
      2nd time: 7IP, 6H, 3R, 6K

      vs. Cubs
      1st time: 8 IP, 2H, 0R, 10K
      2nd time: 6 IP, 8H, 4R, 7K

      vs. Bos
      1st time: 7.1 IP, 7H, 2R, 7K
      2nd time: 9 IP, 7H, 2R, 8L

      Doesn’t seem to be a major issue. You’d expect him to have more of an advantage the first time teams have seen him.
      Before today, a 2.57 ERA against teams in his second try.

  36. Tom says:

    Good heads up play by the defensive specialist. Did he not have a play at 2nd on that?

  37. Dalek Jeter says:

    Tanaka is a great defensive pitcher on top of everything else. I know he hasn’t been his normal self tonight…but man, is there anything this guy CANT do?

  38. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Can someone please describe what just happened?
    Gameday says lineuout, 2B to 1B but runners moved up?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      It wasn’t a line out, it looked as such, but the ball trickled away from Ryan a bit allowing the run to score from third and the runner to get to second as Ryan went to first for the out.

  39. Slap-Ass says:

    Wow. Even Tanaka is beginning to fold.

  40. WhittakerWalt says:

    Hold me. What if the bloom is off the Tanaka rose?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      I had to come on here and see if it was true that someone said this.


  41. BigBlueAL says:

    Im really beginning to miss Cano. Alot.

  42. nycsportzfan says:

    Ryan should of caught that. Not even that hard of a play.

  43. Yankeefan91 says:

    ryan has to catch that.

  44. WhittakerWalt says:


  45. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:


  46. Tom says:

    2 AB’s by Gardner: 16 pitches
    8 other AB’s: 25 pitches

    (now if he can just avoid the K’s… at least Gardner is making him work)

  47. nycsportzfan says:

    Jesus, this team really does suck. How do they not run into some hits and runs??lol I mean, show something for fucks sake!

  48. vicki says:

    dammit, huggsie.

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    Good to see Hughesy is still rocking the “post Yankee” beard.

  50. Seamy and says:

    Could these Yankees get any worse? I doubt they could beat a team of 5 year olds in a t-ball game!

  51. Tom says:

    New offensive goal:

    Get a runner to 2nd this inning (preferably without having to bunt)

  52. CRU says:

    This team. If they actually sell important future pieces to make this team marginally better in the short term, they are even worse than their on-field product.

  53. CRU says:

    Anyone want to wager if they score here?

  54. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Wow, Texeira goes the other way & gets a hit. Holy cow!!!

  55. Leg-End says:

    Time to think outside the box here, let them grow beards.

  56. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Now there’s the Hughes we know and love.

  57. BigBlueAL says:

    Thats the Hughes we all know and love!! lol

  58. Yankee$ says:

    See, I told you, keep an eye on Beltran.

  59. Tom says:

    And now I would like someone to knock on the door with a million dollar check?

  60. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Now that’s our Hughsie.

  61. Tom says:

    Back to back hits!

    What is this madness.

    Oh hell, how about a 3 run jack?

  62. Dalek Jeter says:

    FUCK I mean, McCann hasn’t been great…but he’s better than what Cervelli and Murphy will give us full time, I’m sure of that.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I woulden’t be so sure of that. You act like Murphy is just some 18th rd college prospect who wasen’t supposed to do anything in his career. Like Mike said, Murphys trade stock is up there now. He could have a very good career, and at least be better then McCann this yr.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        Maybe eventually. Right now he’s not even outhitting McCann against AAA pitching.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          But he was on the ML level. I think with reg AB’s as a pro, he can be pretty solid. Not saying McCann’s past so much but def better then this yr.

  63. Yankeefan91 says:

    seeeeeee yaaaaaaaaaaaa

  64. Yankeefan91 says:

    seeee yaaaaaaaaaaaa

  65. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:


  66. Leg-End says:


  67. Leg-End says:

    Cruuuuuuushed it.

  68. ropeadope says:

    Huh? Did I see what I just thought I saw?

  69. Dalek Jeter says:

    fuck yeah!

  70. CRU says:

    Hughes is grooving some fastballs this inning. ouch

  71. Lukasz says:


  72. Sterling’s call, please?

  73. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    There’s the Phil we know and love.

  74. BigBlueAL says:

    Give him a plaque in monument park!!

  75. WhittakerWalt says:

    Hughes gotta Hughes!

  76. TC says:

    Theres the Phil Hughes we all know and love.

  77. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wheeler gonna get Zealous right here.

  78. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  79. Alkaline says:

    What was the call?!?!?

  80. nycsportzfan says:

    Fuck Yeah Wheeler! BOOM! Hence why you mix in guys like this. There hungry still.


  82. Get Phelps Up says:

    Alright, what did Sterling say?

  83. Yankeefan91 says:

    That hr reminded me of Marcus Thames hitting a hr against Randy Johnson in 02

  84. Dalek Jeter says:

    Question: Anybody in the North Jersey area having sound problems watching on Optimum (more than usual, I mean)

  85. RetroRob says:

    Any one else lose their YES feed?

  86. Seamy and says:

    Tanaka needs a shutdown inning!

  87. nycsportzfan says:

    Man, I didn’t even realize how much ground we had lost till looking at the standings today. To say this is a must win is a under statement. ADD AND HOLD!!

    • BigBlueAL says:

      In terms of the AL East they are still only 3 back in the loss column of both Tor and Bal. Where they have lost alot of ground in is the WC race.

  88. Masaeddard Tanaka says:

    I’ve been saying for weeks that Zealous should be up here and what do you know he hits a HR.

  89. Lukasz says:

    No YES, I DONT want to see the “King of Bachata”

  90. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Of course he homered. Fucking baseball.

  91. ALZ says:

    Lucky they are playing in this park.

  92. vicki says:

    but seriously, what’s got into kurt suzuki this year?

  93. Scott says:

    Why isn’t the second coming of Ted Williams and brooks Robinson playing 3B for the twins tonight. And where is mick longing for Hughes? He’s Cy Young junior I thought. If the yanks score one more it will be Hughes 3rd straight game giving up 5. But the yanks should have never let him go. #cashman failed

  94. Seamy and says:

    Tanaka needs to work on his FB and he will more than one Cy Young!

  95. nycsportzfan says:

    Kuroda must be annoyed right now.lol

  96. ropeadope says:

    Zelous has good Wheels for his stocky frame.

  97. vicki says:

    it’s been a pleasure, philip.

  98. Dalek Jeter says:

    #thesecondcoming(of the first 2 months of Solarte)

  99. vicki says:

    big wheel!!!

  100. Tom says:

    Be nice to scratch out another run here – Phil seems to be losing some steam on his fastball.

    And on cue… nice Zelous.

  101. ALZ says:

    Future HOFer.

  102. ropeadope says:

    The Wheel of (all) Time.

  103. BigBlueAL says:

    Is there still time to vote for Wheeler for the All-Star game??

  104. ALZ says:

    now you can get cheap pizza.

  105. nycsportzfan says:

    Thank You Yanks for giving us this kinda offensive game. Much needed with the crap storm going on in my life past couple days. Thanks for the break from it Yanks.

    • Seamy and says:

      It is fun to see them score in bunches. Now do this in bunches of games in a row!

      • nycsportzfan says:

        It’d be nice. I’ve been mostly positive this entire yr but its kinda gotten to me lately. I think if they mix in some guys who are hungry with the high priced vets, we can really have something. Maybe bring Refs up soon and see if he can bring a spark with em.

  106. Seamy and says:

    A weeks worth of runs in one game! Who are these guys in the Yankees uniforms?

  107. ALZ says:

    Well Tanaka is human after all.

  108. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Don’t mess around. Get Dellin up.

  109. Tom says:

    It’s pretty clear that Tanaka is simply confused by all the run support.

  110. vicki says:

    ’bout time one of those went our way.

  111. nycsportzfan says:

    Pirela 3-5 and Refs walked 2 times for Scranton tonight.

  112. Tom says:

    Good pull by Girardi, I think.

    A pretty low pitch count but his next few starts are on 4 days rest and he was not sharp tonight – no need to mess around trying to get a few more outs

  113. vicki says:

    gidp. you’re a yankee now, wheels.

  114. nycsportzfan says:

    Another brilliant outing for Severino. 6inn 0er 2bb 6k

  115. Dalek Jeter says:

    *ignores earlier homers*

    OMG dp, he’s a bust!

  116. vicki says:

    big wheel and drob grew up two years and eighty-six miles apart.

  117. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    HP ump Alan Porter is just brutal.

  118. Tom says:

    Is this really only Robertson’s 3rd appearance since Jun 15th?

  119. ropeadope says:

    Most enjoyable game in a long, long time.

  120. MB923 says:

    The Yankees won? Whoa.

  121. nycsportzfan says:

    Way to close it out DROB.

  122. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Wow, Meredith’s interview w/Zelous was actually moving!

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