Even after these lousy results, the Yankees remained third in the AL with 288 runs scored. It’s rather mind-blowing to look at the many currently below-average bats in the Yankees’ lineup — Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley, plus the fill-ins for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury — and then realize that the Yankees stand in serious contention BECAUSE of their offense, not despite it.
“Today he pitched like an ace, and that’s what we need,’’ Mark Teixeira said after Tanaka shut down the Mariners 3-1 at Safeco Field on Wednesday to give the Yankees a sweep of the series. “He was throwing 95, throwing his splits, you are just really happy to see that.’’
Tanaka is back.
I didn’t see this coming.
Break up the Yankees!
It’s just a misunderstanding.
Jeff Sullivan also tries to talk Yankees fans off the ledge.
And then, let’s think about Tanaka saying he’s changing his approach. The natural assumption is that Tanaka is trying to protect his own arm, and that’s sensible enough. Maybe he’s just trying to power down a little bit so as to reduce the stress on his elbow. But, alternatively, maybe Tanaka is just trying to be a little better? Dozens or hundreds of pitchers make adjustments in between seasons. When there aren’t injury ...
CJ Nitkowski explains why Tanaka’s drop in fastball velocity isn’t a problem.
Pressed on if his velocity dip was caused by the two-seamer, or the need to protect his elbow, Tanaka said, “I think, yes, because of the fact I’m throwing more two-seamers, that could make the velocity go down a bit. As far as my pitching style and my mechanics, I’m trying to relax a little bit more when I’m throwing, so that might have to do with it a little bit.”
Here’s some real hope for Yankees fans.
Still, Wainwright has no regrets about going with the nonsurgical option. He felt even better about it once he did have to go through the whole Tommy John ordeal.
“What I always tell people is, if you have a great chance to come back successfully, then you should not have the surgery,” Wainwright said. “People and parents don’t really understand the Tommy John procedure and how hard the rehab is. Even though they have great numbers to verify why you ...
Are they going to have one guy on their bench?
The Yankees have been talking about going to a six-man rotation for a while. Part of the problem is they already lost their fifth starter, Chris Capuano, to a quad injury. Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren and Chase Whitley are in play for that spot now. But if it is a grab-and-go six-man rotation, reaching down into the minors whenever that starter is needed, that makes the situation a bit easier and more manageable.
The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. ET start in Tampa, Fla., and will air on MLB.TV, YES and MLB Network.
Mechanics? What did he change?
And for Tanaka, the latter begins with something so fundamental to success in his native Japan: pitching mechanics, something he believes led to his injury in 2014.
“I don’t think they were solid,” Tanaka told Yahoo Sports through interpreter Shingo Horie recently. “With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you’re able to throw a solid pitch. It’s not about how much power you can put on the throw. It’s more about the mechanics. ...
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