LADY AT THE BAT: A Maddux For Tanaka As Yankees Beat Red Sox

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Maddux For Tanaka As Yankees Beat Red Sox

A "Maddux" is a complete game shutout achieved by throwing less than 100 pitches. For a variety of reasons, some of them obvious, it is a rare feat these days. Last season there were only three.  Thanks to Masahiro Tanaka, we'll have at least one this year.

Look at this beautiful line: 9IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K. Accomplished in only 97 pitches!

I had been so glad the Yankees had won the previous game, because I knew Tanaka and the Yankees were going up against Chris Sale last night. I was prepared to accept a split of the rain-shortened series, but Tanaka had other ideas. He as much as said after the game that he was determined to give his team a chance to beat a pitcher who has owned them since he first entered the League, as a member of the Chicago White Sox.

With the win Tanaka brings his ERA (bloated by his Opening Day start) down to a respectable (if not to him) 4.20. The team ERA is now 2.90, the best in baseball. The best in baseball! This after it was established that pitching would be the thorn in this team's side.

I know. I can practically hear you say the words: It's early. But one thing that is certain is that we now know what this pitching staff is capable of. They may not continue to be this good all year. In fact, they most likely won't be this good all year. However, it's nice to know that we can expect moments of greatness at times during the season, and that the front office knew what they were doing when they brought these guys in.

Let's hope CC Sabathia can keep the line moving against the Orioles tonight at the Stadium.

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