Bob mentioned Derryl Cousins’ redonkulously small strikezone earlier this morning. Now Jason at IIATMS has it in visual form. For those unfamiliar, the green dots were called balls. Note how much green is in the strikezone. I’m seeing at least 26 pitches that should have been called strikes. The Yankees and Red Sox are fairly good at drawing walks as it is. They didn’t need Cousins’ help. The fans watching certainly didn’t need it.
Based on how bad that zone was, it’s probably worth moderating our “release Smoltz” and “smack Joba in the head” talk at least a little bit this morning.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.