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Yankees (46-44) @ Indians (44-46), Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:05pm
(8 Comments - 7/10/2014 7:20:37 pm)

Yankees.com: Ellsbury’s homer in 14th ends tough day with win
(41 Comments - 7/10/2014 5:37:10 pm)

Yankees (45-44) @ Indians (44-45), Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:05pm
(78 Comments - 7/10/2014 12:16:46 am)

NY Post: Masahiro Tanaka flies back to New York for MRI on right arm
(33 Comments - 7/9/2014 5:45:56 pm)

NYDN: Yankees minor league prospect Rob Refsnyder has potential - and patience
(22 Comments - 7/9/2014 3:46:37 pm)

Masahiro Tanaka vs. Masahiro Tanaka
(6 Comments - 7/9/2014 3:36:24 pm)

Player A vs. Player B
(11 Comments - 7/9/2014 12:18:07 pm)

Yankees.com: Yankees Stink
(3 Comments - 7/9/2014 10:22:41 am)

Yankees (45-43) @ Indians (43-45), Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:05pm
(39 Comments - 7/8/2014 10:12:49 pm)

Yankees.com: Greene victorious in first Major League start
(22 Comments - 7/8/2014 4:00:36 pm)


Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yankees (46-44) @ Indians (44-46), Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:05pm

NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 3-4, 4.01) vs. CLE: T.J. House (#58, 24, LHP, 1-2, 4.24)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) DH
6. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
7. Zelous Wheeler (R) RF
8. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B

Cleveland
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) CF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
6. David Murphy (L) RF
7. Nick Swisher (S) DH
8. Chris Dickerson (L) LF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C

WTH?  Where is Iron Horse Brian Roberts?

--Posted at 3:37 pm by SG / 8 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Yankees.com: Ellsbury’s homer in 14th ends tough day with win

CLEVELAND—It took five extra innings, but on what was a particularly stressful day for the Yankees, a late-night victory helped take some of the sting out of their afternoon.

Jacoby Ellsbury connected for a two-out, solo home run off Vinnie Pestano in the top of the 14th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

The win went into the books after the Yankees absorbed a heavy dose of bad news, hours after ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka boarded a flight to New York and had an MRI exam on his sore right elbow before being placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Chase Whitley picked up the win, and David Robertson pitched a scoreless 14th for his 22nd save.

Yay meaningless win.

--Posted at 11:42 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (45-44) @ Indians (44-45), Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:05pm

NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#205, 30, RHP, 3-10, 5.01) vs. CLE: Josh Tomlin (#43, 29, RHP, 5-6, 4.11)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) DH
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
6. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
7. Zoilo Almonte (S) RF
8. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

Cleveland
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) CF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
6. Nick Swisher (S) DH
7. David Murphy (L) RF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Chris Dickerson (L) LF

McCarthy seems like an intelligent and thoughtful guy, and because of that I feel terrible for him that he has been traded to the 2014 Yankees.

I was going to make a sardonic remark about having Jeter DHing then I realized that after watching Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Beltran DH all year, how much worse could it be, really?

And Masahiro Tanaka is officially on the DL.  Except season-ending surgery by the All Star Game.

--Posted at 4:44 pm by SG / 78 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Masahiro Tanaka flies back to New York for MRI on right arm

Masahiro Tanaka has left the Yankees and is flying back to New York for an MRI exam on his right arm, The Post has learned.

Tanaka had his worst start as a major leaguer Tuesday night in Cleveland, allowing 10 hits and five runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians. Tanaka was scheduled to start Sunday in Baltimore – his final start before the All-Star break. He is 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA in his past four starts.

After the game, Tanaka said he “didn’t feel that bad” and thought location was his bigger issue.

“I think a lot of it had to do with command of my pitches,’’ he said. “I feel a lot of my pitches were right down the middle and pretty easy for the batters to hit.’’

But on Wednesday there was enough concern for the Yankees to send the 25-year-old for the test.

J-E-T-S!

Just
End
The
Season

--Posted at 2:45 pm by SG / 33 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: Yankees minor league prospect Rob Refsnyder has potential - and patience

Yankees superscout Gene Michael, here on Monday, said he believes Refsnyder can play second in the big leagues. “I haven’t seen anything I don’t like,” he said.

For now, however, the Yankees’ need for power in the outfield is such that Refsnyder will start playing games in the outfield this week.

“I’m not presently looking to call him up, but he’s demanding that we pay attention,” Cashman said. “If he came up here (in the coming weeks), it would likely be in the outfield.”

Sure, because you’re getting yeoman’s work out of second base…

And of course you’re not looking to call him up.  He’s young and has upside.  What would be the purpose of that?

--Posted at 1:19 pm by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)



Masahiro Tanaka vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Start End GS IP BF ERA FIP xFIP FBv bb/bf k/bf hr/fb GB% FB% LD% IFFB% babip
4/4/2014 6/17/2014 14 99.7 389 1.99 2.72 2.44 91.2 4.1% 29.0% 14.1% 45.6% 27.4% 23.6% 3.5% .279
6/22/2014 7/8/2014 4 29.7 119 4.25 4.13 3.53 90.8 2.5% 18.5% 15.2% 41.7% 34.4% 21.9% 2.1% .303

FIP: Fielding-independent pitching
xFIP: Expected fielding-independent pitching
FBv: Average fastball velocity
bb/bf: Walks per batters faced
k/bf: Strike outs per batters faced
hr/fb: home runs per fly ball (league average is around 10-11%)
gb%: ground ball percentage
fb%: fly ball percentage
ld%: line drive percentage
iffb%: infield fly ball percentage
babip: batting average against on balls in play

Update: Added more stats per request

Start End O-Swing% Z-Swing% Swing% O-Contact% Z-Contact% Contact% Zone% F-Strike% SwStr%
4/4/2014 6/17/2014 38.6% 67.6% 50.2% 54.2% 85.6% 71.8% 40.2% 61.5% 14.1%
6/22/2014 7/8/2014 26.4% 50.9% 38.2% 42.9% 65.8% 57.6% 36.7% 61.1% 12.3%

O-Swing%: The percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone.
Z-Swing%:  The percentage of pitches a batter swings at inside the strike zone.
Swing%:  The overall percentage of pitches a batter swings at.
O-Contact%:  The percentage of pitches a batter makes contact with outside the strike zone when swinging the bat.
Z-Contact%:  The percentage of pitches a batter makes contact with inside the strike zone when swinging the bat.
Contact%:  The overall percentage of a batter makes contact with when swinging the bat.
Zone%:  The overall percentage of pitches a batter sees inside the strike zone.
F-Strike%: The percentage of first pitch strikes.
SwStr%:  The percentage of total pitches a batter swings and misses on.

--Posted at 10:47 am by SG / 6 Comments | - (0)



Player A vs. Player B

Player Age PA BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ GDP HBP Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR bWAR
A 33 365 .237 .351 .431 .782 124 0 3 9 0 1 2 -3 8 0.8 12 20 1.9
B 30 374 .279 .346 .390 .736 105 7 2 2 4 0 -7 2 1 0.3 13 14 1.5

bWAR explained

Both players are signed through age 37.

--Posted at 8:49 am by SG / 11 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Yankees.com: Yankees Stink

FINAL: Indians 5, Yankees 3. Staked to an early lead, Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t hold it, as the righty allowed five runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Tanaka had the worst start of his MLB career, but the offense just had one of their typical bad days.

I’m not worried about Tanaka.  And if the Yankees aren’t worried about their offense, I’m not sure that there’s any point in us worrying about it either.  This is at best a .500 team.  And more likely than not, they won’t be one by the end of the year.

--Posted at 9:02 pm by SG / 3 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (45-43) @ Indians (43-45), Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:05pm

NYY: Masahiro Tanaka (#19, 25, RHP, 12-3, 2.27) vs. CLE: Trevor Bauer (#47, 23, RHP, 2-4, 4.42)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 1B
9. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B

Cleveland
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) CF
4. Carlos Santana (S) DH
5. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
6. Nick Swisher (S) 1B
7. David Murphy (L) RF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Chris Dickerson (L) LF

Forget Tanaka Day.  It’s Zelous Day!

--Posted at 3:07 pm by SG / 39 Comments | - (0)




Monday, July 7, 2014

Yankees.com: Greene victorious in first Major League start

CLEVELAND—There wasn’t a great deal of advance notice to prepare, but Shane Greene gave the Yankees exactly what they needed in his first Major League start, hurling six strong innings as the Yankees defeated the Indians, 5-3, on Monday at Progressive Field.

Brian McCann, Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner each contributed three hits as the Yankees pounded Justin Masterson for five runs in one of the shortest outings of his career, providing Greene with the necessary cushion for his first victory in the big leagues.

The 25-year-old Greene was 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and was summoned for his fourth stint of the season in the big leagues when New York dealt left-hander Vidal Nuno to the D-backs for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game that “if [Greene] throws strikes, I believe he can have some success.” A 15th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Greene made good on that, holding Cleveland hitless until Nick Swisher homered with two outs in the fifth inning.

Greene’s definitely got major league pitches.  Prior to last season and for most of this season, that whole throwing strikes thing has been problematic for him.  Just getting to the majors as a 15th-round pick is pretty impressive on its own, but with the Yankee rotation in tatters, he’s got a chance to try and force his way into a good number of starts over the rest of the season if he can do what he did tonight with regularity. 

And I am not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but it is an outrage that Brett Gardner is not on the All Star team.

--Posted at 9:18 pm by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (44-43) @ Indians (43-44), Monday, July 7, 2014, 7:10pm

NYY: Shane Greene (#39, 25, RHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. CLE: Justin Masterson (#63, 29, RHP, 4-5, 5.16)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) DH
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
9. Francisco Cervelli (R) C

Cleveland
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) CF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
6. Nick Swisher (S) DH
7. David Murphy (L) RF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Chris Dickerson (L) LF

You may look at Shane Greene’s 0.00 ERA and think this one is in the bag, but we all know his 24.11 FIP is a more accurate reflection of his skill.

You may cry sample size, and that we can’t judge him off one-third of an inning.  I retort with Bill James’s signature significance.  Some small-sample events are so extraordinary that it is essentially impossible for them to happen to an average team or an average player.  I think a 24.11 FIP qualifies.

This one could get ugly folks.  Hide the women and children.

--Posted at 4:33 pm by SG / 65 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Yankees.com: Jeter to be joined by Tanaka, Betances at All-Star Game

Congrats to Dellin Betances and Masahiro Tanaka for making the All-Star Team alongside voted in starter Derek Jeter!

Brett Gardner probably deserved a spot more than Yoenis Cespedes, but the rest of the squad seems to be well-chosen.

Gardner looks to be the biggest snub of the game. Kyle Seager is the only other real choice, but Seager was stuck behind Josh Donaldson and Adrian Beltre, who are both having better years than him.

--Posted at 7:16 pm by Brian Cronin / 36 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Fast start propels Yankees to series win over Twins

With management focused on adding arms, the Yankees are trying to make do with the bats they already have.

Sunday’s 9-7 win over the Twins at Target Field was a sign—albeit a brief one—that the current lineup might be enough to get by.

It was clear from the get-go that Twins starter Ricky Nolasco was in for a rough afternoon. He used his first seven pitches to walk leadoff hitter Brett Gardner before surrendering a single to Derek Jeter that began an early onslaught.

Mark Teixeira singled home Gardner, and then Brian McCann—a late addition to the lineup after nursing a sore foot—brought home Jeter with a double past center fielder Sam Fuld’s glove near the base of the outfield wall.

After Hiroki Kuroda set down the home team with a 1-2-3 first, Nolasco stepped back on the mound for more.

The Yankees greeted him with three straight singles from Brian Roberts, Ichiro Suzuki and Kelly Johnson to load the bases. After Jeter picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly, Jacoby Ellsbury knocked a line-drive three-run home run to the right-field porch to make it 6-0, and the rout was on.

Even after Nolasco (5.90 ERA this season) exited, the Yankees’ lineup was efficient. Suzuki and Johnson pieced back-to-back singles together against reliever Anthony Swarzak in the fourth. Another single by Jeter and a groundout by Ellsbury scored both of them, and then Ellsbury ended up scoring from third on a balk by Swarzak for a 9-0 lead.

Great to see the offense score so many runs, but disappointing to see Kuroda pitch so poorly when finally given a big lead. Also, David Robertson sure seems to struggle with Minnesota for some odd reason.

Anyhow, taking three out of four from the Twins was big for the Yankees, what with the rest of their division sucking recently.

Apparently Shane Greene will get the start tomorrow. That should be…uhm…fun?

--Posted at 4:40 pm by Brian Cronin / 11 Comments | - (0)



USA Today: Yankees acquire Brandon McCarthy from Diamondbacks

The New York Yankees have acquired right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks as baseball’s trade market for pitchers continues to percolate.

The Yankees sent Vidal Nuno to the Diamondbacks, who will also pay a portion of McCarthy’s remaining salary and $1 million assignment bonus this season.

McCarthy, who turns 31 this week, is just 3-10 with a 5.01 earned-run average, but has pitched better over the last month and should get a boost getting away from the last-place Diamondbacks.

And given their paucity of top prospects, McCarthy is probably about as good as the Yankees could expect to do in this trade market.

McCarthy’s had a rough season, with an ERA of 5.01.  His peripherals indicate that he has a decent chance to pitch better going forward (3.79 FIP, 2.89 xFIP).  Nuno may or may not end up being a decent back-end starter, but I can’t say I’ll miss him all that much.

The Yankees have also designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment.  This probably opens the door for Zoilo Almonte unless the Yankees make more moves.

I guess we can use this as the game thread as well.

Yankees (43-43) @ Twins (39-47), Sunday, July 6, 2014,  2:10pm

NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 5-6, 4.08) vs. MIN: Ricky Nolasco (#47, 31, RHP, 5-6, 5.49)

Lneups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B

Twins
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
3. Chris Parmelee (L) 1B
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Oswaldo Arcia (L) RF
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Chris Colabello (R) DH
9. Sam Fuld (L) CF

--Posted at 11:36 am by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks fall to Twins on 11th-inning throwing error

Francisco Cervelli was helpless as he watched the game slip out of his hand and into right field.

“I couldn’t stop the ball,” he said.

After stepping on home for the second out of the bottom of the 11th inning on Trevor Plouffe’s grounder, Cervelli tried to throw to first and end the frame with a double play.

But with Plouffe in his line of vision running down the first-base line, the catcher tried to halt his throwing motion too late and overthrew first baseman Mark Teixeira by a country mile. The gaffe allowed Josh Willingham to waltz in from third base for the game-winning run in a 2-1 Twins victory on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.

“It’s bad,” Cervelli said. “We don’t want to end the games like that. Especially myself.”

The Yankees have obviously had worse losses than this one this season, but this was possibly their most embarrassing loss.  Yohan Pino is just flat out not a good pitcher and the Yankees not only could only score one run off of him, but even the run they did score they probably should not have scored, as Ichiro Suzuki was wrongly called safe at second base on a stolen base attempt that the Minnesota coaches did not challenge because Ron Gardenhire had been ejected earlier (why that caused them to not challenge the play is beyond me). So yeah, not being able to score more than one run in eleven innings against an awful starter and a mediocre Minnesota bullpen is extremely embarrassing - ending the game on a throwing error was just the icing on a terrible cake.

--Posted at 3:15 am by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, July 5, 2014

Yankees (43-42) @ Twins (38-47), Saturday, July 5, 2014, 2:10pm

NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 3-4, 4.26) vs. MIN: Yohan Pino (#63, 30, RHP, 0-2, 6.32)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
9. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B

Twins
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
3. Chris Parmelee (L) 1B
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
5. Josh Willingham (R) LF
6. Oswaldo Arcia (L) RF
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS
9. Sam Fuld (L) CF

With the news that CC Sabathia is likely to miss the rest of the season, the Yankees supposedly made pitches to the Cubs for both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammell.  Oakland trumped the Yankees and got both, so I wonder who the Yankees will go after now?  I think they need a lot more than one or two starting pitchers to make it into the postseason, but I don’t think they have the chips to do it.

--Posted at 11:11 am by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)




Friday, July 4, 2014

Yankees (42-42) @ Twins (38-46), Friday, July 4,2014, 3:10pm

NYY: Chase Whitley (#39, 25, RHP, 3-2, 4.70) vs. MIN: Kyle Gibson (#44, 26, RHP, 7-6, 3.77)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
7. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

Twins
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
3. Chris Parmelee (L) LF
4. Kendrys Morales (S) 1B
5. Oswaldo Arcia (L) RF
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Chris Colabello (R) DH
8. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS
9. Sam Fuld (L) CF

Happy Fourth of July to all.

--Posted at 11:58 am by SG / 74 Comments | - (0)



Zelous Wheeler Ate His A

MINNEAPOLIS—For the first time in his career, Masahiro Tanaka didn’t provide a quality start. But thanks to ex-Yankee Phil Hughes, he didn’t need to.

New York used two big innings, including homers by Carlos Beltran and Zelous Wheeler in the fifth, to snap a season-high five-game losing skid with a 7-4 victory over the Twins on Thursday night at Target Field.

“The number one thing is for the team to win, and I think the offense came through and got me a lot of run support tonight,” Tanaka said through his translator.

After collecting just one hit through the first four frames against Hughes, who had beaten the Yanks earlier this season, the New York bats came alive in the fifth. Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann led off with singles, and then Beltran smacked a three-run homer—a 401-foot shot to right-center.

“The one big mistake of the game was the pitch to Beltran,” Hughes said. “The other at-bats, I went hard-in, but I thought I’d try to get a ground-ball double play and threw a two-seamer away, but it caught too much of the plate.”

The blast gave New York a 3-2 lead, and moved Beltran to fourth all-time among switch-hitters with 367 home runs.

Two batters later, Wheeler, who was called up from Triple-A on Thursday and made his Major League debut, belted a solo shot for his first career hit. The rookie crushed a 3-1 Hughes fastball into the Yankees’ bullpen in left-center to extend the lead to two runs.

“I got a pitch over [the plate], elevated up and put good wood on it,” Wheeler said. “I was like, ‘Wow, I really hit a home run!’”

Yeah, but it was against Phil Hughes so it’s really only a half home run.

I think the quality start streak people have been bandying about with Tanaka is bogus, because the definition of quality start that I am familiar with does not exclude unearned runs.  Ergo, he lost his quality start streak when he gave up four runs to the Cubs in his ninth game of the season even though only three were earned.

Anyway, back to .500 for a day.  With Chase Whitley going today it may not even be 24 hours at .500, but what can you do?

--Posted at 7:22 am by SG / 8 Comments | - (0)



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