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Saturday, September 9, 2017 Tanaka can’t hold lead as Yanks fall 4 1/2 out

The Rangers tightened the American League Wild Card race by rallying for an 11-5 victory over the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series at Global Life Park on Friday night.

The Yankees now lead the Twins by just 1 1/2 games for the top spot in the Wild Card standings. The Rangers remain 2 1/2 games behind the Twins and are now four games behind the Yankees after their seventh win in the past 10 games. Meanwhile, the Yanks fell 4 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox, who beat the Rays.

Yesterday, I noted that one of the best things about Sonny Gray was that you know he probably isn’t going to suck when it is his turn in the rotation. Apparently we cannot say the same for Masahiro Tanaka, who was absolute garbage today. All of his pitches just fell flat. It was really odd, actually. Just a complete disaster. That said, the Yankees really need to score in innings later than the third if they’re going to win games, so the offense certainly shouldn’t be left off the hook, either.

Plus, Tommy Kahnle is broken and that sucks.

Big game for the Yankees on Saturday. Hopefully Luis Severino comes through. Only good things about last night were the Angels and Bucks losing.

--Posted at 7:25 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)


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Interesting that up 8 is a high leverage situation calling for arguably their best reliever Green to pitch another inning beyond the 1/3 he had already thrown while down 2 is low leverage calling for probably their worst reliever in Caleb Smith or maybe Girardi just knew as Brian pointed out the Yankees don’t score past the third in which case I applaud Joe’s efficient use of assets.

Kahnle aka centerpiece.

The way that they handle Green he would have been unavailable for last night’s game even had he only pitched the 1/3 of an inning, which is why they just kept him for the next inning, since he was going to be lost for last night either way, they might as well get another inning out of him.

He’s only pitched back-to-back games once all season. His past as a starter is making them treat him differently than other relievers.

He can’t pitch the next day after pitching to one batter. That’s nuts. Is that for real or Rotschild’s imagination. I find it hard to believe. If that’s true I wouldn’t have brought him in in the first place Thursday.

There’s more than just the in-game pitching. There’s the getting ready to come into a game. With a traditional reliever, like a D-Rob or a Betances, that’s not as big of a deal. They’re used to it. They can get loose and not get used and it’s not a problem. But with Green, it’s different, as they’re still training him as a possible starter for next year, which is why he doesn’t pitch back-to-back games.

Cash just noted the other day that he still sees Green as a possible starter next year.

Color me skeptical of their logic. But if that really was the case they never should’ve brought in Green on Thursday but rather have gone for Kahnle or Shreve. That was panic.

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