8/1: The return of Tanaka

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Masahiro Tanaka got beaned in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive in BP last month and is lucky to be here today. Tanaka will make his 2020 debut tonight against Red Sox starter Zack Godley, a 6-3, 240-pound righty who won 15 games for Arizona in 2018. Godley earned this start with four shutout inning against the Mets on Monday, striking out seven. That’s good enough to get into Boston’s rotation these days.
The game is on FOX.
 

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I am guessing NY is without their top six relievers today:

Chapman (not back from Covid)
Britton (pitched Thursday, warmed up at least once Friday)
Kahnle (gone)
Ottavino (pitched Thurs and Fri)
Loaisiga (threw almost 50 pitches Thursday)
Green (threw two innings Friday)

I doubt Tanaka can go more than 3-4 innings, so behind him we have King, Hale, Nelson, Kriske, and Holder.
 

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I am guessing NY is without their top six relievers today:

Chapman (not back from Covid)
Britton (pitched Thursday, warmed up at least once Friday)
Kahnle (gone)
Ottavino (pitched Thurs and Fri)
Loaisiga (threw almost 50 pitches Thursday)
Green (threw two innings Friday)

I doubt Tanaka can go more than 3-4 innings, so behind him we have King, Hale, Nelson, Kriske, and Holder.
If it’s a close game, I believe Britton can close and then rest Sunday when the others can pitch.

The strategy is to knock out Godley and get into the bullpen early, pile up enough runs so that King can finish.
 

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Tauchman gets a start, Hicks sits.

D.J. LeMahieu 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Gleyber Torres SS
Giancarlo Stanton DH
Luke Voit 1B
Mike Tauchman LF
Gary Sanchez C
Gio Urshela 3B
Brett Gardner CF
 

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NY has 10 games scheduled in the next 9 days now:

BOS (Sat, Sun)
PHI (Mon-Thurs)
TB (4 games in 3 days Fri-Sun)

So that might help the hitters, lots of ABs, and it will give the back end of the pitching staff plenty of chances to prove themselves (or not).
 

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Tanaka hitting 94 mph consistently in first inning. Got Benintendi swinging at a diving splitter for strike three. Pillar then dribbles a single through the old second base fielding position.
 

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Yep, unusually impressive FB from Tanaka in the 1st, usually his worst pitch.
 

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I think we'll see something good from Sanchez tonight. His ABs have looked a little better lately.

Admittedly, I'm a glass half full kind of guy.
Law of averages says he won’t hit .000 forever. My guess is he’s more relaxed tonight. One thing I liked is how Cole complimented Gary for his knowledge of Baltimore’s hitters after his game the other night. Says a lot about Cole wanting to praise his catcher during a tough time at the plate. Sanchez does seem smoother this year behind the plate. Might be an easier staff to catch now that CC is gone.
 

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Law of averages says he won’t hit .000 forever. My guess is he’s more relaxed tonight. One thing I liked is how Cole complimented Gary for his knowledge of Baltimore’s hitters after his game the other night. Says a lot about Cole wanting to praise his catcher during a tough time at the plate. Sanchez does seem smoother this year behind the plate. Might be an easier staff to catch now that CC is gone.
I think the new catcher coach, Swanson, is helping.
 

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Bogey doubles off the CF fence, two runs score, one unnecessarily. Tanaka pulled after 48 pitches. Avilan in.
 

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That’s why Tanaka doesn’t usually throw FBs in the zone.
 

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Tanaka’s line won’t look good but some good signs in that outing.
 

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Luis Avilan makes Verdugo look silly. Lefty on lefty. Two outs in fourth and JBJ up. Boone picked a nice stretch to bring in Avilan. Three lefty hitters out of the four outs. Jackie bounces out to Gio, 5-3. The lone righty was Vazquez, who flied out to Judge.
 

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Walks Gardner, too. Here comes the Boston bullpen with one out in fourth, two on for DJ.
 

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If you have to pick between Tanaka and Paxton, who do you pick? High floor versus high ceiling.
 

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Someone named Mazza came in to fan DJ, walk Judge, and then got Gleyber to fly out. Nick Nelson in for Yanks. Abbey had it right. We are seeing the underside of the bullpen. Nelson can throw 98 but he walked Benny to start the fifth.
 

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If you have to pick between Tanaka and Paxton, who do you pick? High floor versus high ceiling.
You mean for next season and beyond? Tanaka will be cheaper and has been incredible in the postseason.

Another awful ump.
 

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They may be trying to hold back King in case Paxton is knocked out early again tomorrow.
 

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John Smoltz seems like a reasonably intelligent guy who obviously had an incredible career as a pitcher, yet he is a constant flow of idiocy and obviousness in the booth.
 

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Tauchman with two clean singles and a SB in his first three ABs, welcome back.