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Masahiro Tanaka
ERA W-L K
5.74 5-7 85
Team: NY YankeesHt / Wt: 6-3 / 215 NFBC ADP: 80.21
Position: SPBorn: 11/1/1988 Birthplace: Itami, Japan
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: Undrafted by Yankees (2014)


Latest News
June 18 7:56 AM PT8:56 AM MT9:56 AM CT10:56 AM ET10:56 ET14:56 GMT22:56 7:56 AM MST9:56 AM EST10:26 AM VEN18:56 UAE9:56 AM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 5-7, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk in 4.0 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Saturday. Tanaka struck out 10, ending the game with a 6.34 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: A horrifying stretch continued for Tanaka, who's been one of the majors' worst pitchers. He's 0-6 with an 8.91 ERA over his last seven starts.
June 13 8:36 AM PT9:36 AM MT10:36 AM CT11:36 AM ET11:36 ET15:36 GMT23:36 8:36 AM MST10:36 AM EST11:06 AM VEN19:36 UAE10:36 AM CT-Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs - one earned - on four hits and two walks in 6.2 innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Monday. Tanaka struck out eight, ending the game with a 6.07 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The Yankees got a welcomed performance from Tanaka, who had gone 0-5 with a 10.72 ERA in his previous five starts. Manager Joe Girardi was concerned enough to push Tanaka back a day in the rotation to Monday. ''It's good to get an extra recovery day, but I was ready to go (Sunday),'' Tanaka said through a translator. He'll be back on four days' rest Saturday in Oakland. Tanaka has gone 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA against the A's
June 9 4:28 PM PT5:28 PM MT6:28 PM CT7:28 PM ET19:28 ET23:28 GMT7:28 4:28 PM MST6:28 PM EST6:58 PM VEN3:28 UAE (+1)6:28 PM CT-The Yankees will push back the next start of Tanaka to Monday on the road against the Angels, manager Joe Girardi announced Friday.
Analysis: Tanaka (5-6) has lost a career-high five straight starts, allowing 27 runs and 11 homers in 22 2/3 innings. His ERA has risen to 6.55. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild has identified Tanaka's mechanical problems, according to Girardi, but the 28-year-old right-hander has had difficulty repeating his motion consistently.
June 7 3:42 PM PT4:42 PM MT5:42 PM CT6:42 PM ET18:42 ET22:42 GMT6:42 3:42 PM MST5:42 PM EST6:12 PM VEN2:42 UAE (+1)5:42 PM CT-Manager Joe Giradi said Tanaka remains on track to start Sunday's homestand finale against Baltimore but avoided a direct answer when asked whether it was possible the struggling pitcher could be pushed back a day to Monday at the Los Angeles Angels.
Analysis: Tanaka (5-6) has lost a career-high five straight starts, allowing 27 runs and 11 homers in 22 2/3 innings. His ERA has risen to 6.55. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild has identified Tanaka's mechanical problems, according to Girardi, but the 28-year-old right-hander has had difficulty repeating his motion consistently.
June 7 7:18 AM PT8:18 AM MT9:18 AM CT10:18 AM ET10:18 ET14:18 GMT22:18 7:18 AM MST9:18 AM EST9:48 AM VEN18:18 UAE9:18 AM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 5-6, allowing five runs on five hits and one walk in 5.0 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Tuesday. Tanaka struck out two, ending the game with a 6.55 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka has lost five straight starts and it's hard to imagine him being more brutal. He has a 10.72 ERA in that stretch and has allowed 11 homers in 22 2/3 innings.
May 31 7:54 PM PT8:54 PM MT9:54 PM CT10:54 PM ET22:54 ET2:54 GMT10:54 7:54 PM MST9:54 PM EST10:24 PM VEN6:54 UAE (+1)9:54 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 5-5, allowing seven runs on nine hits and two walks in 5.2 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-4 on Wednesday. Tanaka struck out four, ending the game with a 6.34 ERA and 1.52 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka's four strikeouts gave him 501, making him the eighth Japanese pitcher to reach 500. Only four other pitchers have reached 500 Ks with the Yankees in their first four major league seasons: Andy Pettitte, Lefty Gomez, Orlando Hernandez and Mel Stottlemyre. Tanaka has lost four straight starts for the first time, compiling an 11.21 ERA in that span.
May 26 7:41 PM PT8:41 PM MT9:41 PM CT10:41 PM ET22:41 ET2:41 GMT10:41 7:41 PM MST9:41 PM EST10:11 PM VEN6:41 UAE (+1)9:41 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 5-4, allowing one run on five hits in 7.1 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Friday. Tanaka struck out 13, ending the game with a 5.86 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka lost his third straight start, but he set a career high for strikeouts and bounced back after allowing 14 runs and 16 hits - including seven homers - over 4 2/3 innings in his previous two outings.
May 20 8:08 PM PT9:08 PM MT10:08 PM CT11:08 PM ET23:08 ET3:08 GMT11:08 8:08 PM MST10:08 PM EST10:38 PM VEN7:08 UAE (+1)10:08 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 5-3, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks in 3.0 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-5 on Saturday. Tanaka struck out four, ending the game with a 6.56 ERA and 1.60 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka's struggles with the long ball continued in this latest poor effort, as he served up three homers after surrendering four in 1 2/3 innings in his previous start. After closing out April with two strong starts, he sports an awful 10.50 ERA in four outings this month.
May 15 6:58 AM PT7:58 AM MT8:58 AM CT9:58 AM ET9:58 ET13:58 GMT21:58 6:58 AM MST8:58 AM EST9:28 AM VEN17:58 UAE8:58 AM CT-In Sunday's nightcap, Tanaka fell to 5-2, allowing eight runs on seven hits and one walk in 1.2 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 10-7.
Analysis: Tanaka struck out three, ending the game with a 5.80 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season.
May 8 7:47 PM PT8:47 PM MT9:47 PM CT10:47 PM ET22:47 ET2:47 GMT10:47 7:47 PM MST9:47 PM EST10:17 PM VEN6:47 UAE (+1)9:47 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka improved to 5-1, allowing four runs - three earned - on 10 hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds 10-4 on Monday. Tanaka struck out six, ending the game with a 4.36 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka has now won five consecutive starts while posting a solid 2.78 ERA and 1.01 WHIP during the streak. When combining those numbers with the way the Yankees have been scoring runs, he's practically a must-use in fantasy leagues every time he takes the mound.
May 3 10:16 PM PT11:16 PM MT12:16 AM CT1:16 AM ET1:16 ET5:16 GMT13:16 10:16 PM MST12:16 AM EST12:46 AM VEN9:16 UAE12:16 AM CT-Masahiro Tanaka improved to 4-1, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Tuesday. Tanaka struck out four, ending the game with a 4.46 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka, who didn't walk a batter for the second straight outing, won his fourth straight start. His next outing will be Monday at Cincinnati, his first time facing the Reds.
Apr. 28 1:32 PM PT2:32 PM MT3:32 PM CT4:32 PM ET16:32 ET20:32 GMT4:32 1:32 PM MST3:32 PM EST4:02 PM VEN0:32 UAE (+1)3:32 PM CT-Tanaka improved to 3-1, allowing three hits in a complete-game shutout, as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Thursday. Tanaka struck out three, ending the game with a 4.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka (3-1) threw only 97 pitches for his fifth career complete game - his first since Aug. 15, 2015, which was also the last for New York.
Apr. 19 7:19 PM PT8:19 PM MT9:19 PM CT10:19 PM ET22:19 ET2:19 GMT10:19 7:19 PM MST9:19 PM EST9:49 PM VEN6:19 UAE (+1)9:19 PM CT-Tanaka pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 9-1 Wednesday night to wrap a superb homestand.
Analysis: Tanaka (2-1) built off getting his first win of the season Friday against St. Louis. The right-hander induced 10 groundouts, struck out six and allowed six hits and two walks, lowering his ERA from 8.36 to 6.00.
Apr. 15 8:18 AM PT9:18 AM MT10:18 AM CT11:18 AM ET11:18 ET15:18 GMT23:18 8:18 AM MST10:18 AM EST10:48 AM VEN19:18 UAE10:18 AM CT-Tanaka collected his first win of 2017 after allowing three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings Friday against St. Louis. The Yankees ace struck out five and walked two.
Analysis: Tanaka still sports an ugly 8.36 ERA through three starts but has gotten progressively better since being hammered for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Rays on opening day. He's now 7-0 with a 3.32 ERA over his last nine home starts and gets the White Sox at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Apr. 2 4:49 PM PT5:49 PM MT6:49 PM CT7:49 PM ET19:49 ET23:49 GMT7:49 4:49 PM MST6:49 PM EST7:19 PM VEN3:49 UAE (+1)6:49 PM CT-Tanaka gave up a career-high seven earned runs, eight hits and two walks in Sunday's 7-3 loss at Tampa Bay, going 2 2/3 innings for his shortest outing since his rookie year in 2014.
Analysis: Tanaka made his third consecutive opening day start for the Yankees, and had been 6-0 with a 2.82 ERA in eight career starts against Tampa Bay. His next start will come Saturday at Baltimore, and Tanaka allowed five hits and struck out seven in a complete game 1-0 loss to the Orioles last May in his only matchup last season.
Feb. 28 3:37 PM PT4:37 PM MT5:37 PM CT6:37 PM ET18:37 ET23:37 GMT7:37 4:37 PM MST6:37 PM EST7:07 PM VEN3:37 UAE (+1)5:37 PM CT-Tanaka's first pitch of spring training was a wild one, sailing all the way to the backstop. Then, the New York Yankees ace quickly settled in. Tanaka struck out two over two hitless innings during his initial exhibition start Tuesday in the Yankees' split-squad 9-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Analysis: Tanaka is scheduled to start on opening day April 2 at Tampa Bay. He was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic surgery in October 2015 to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. He went 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 31 starts, throwing a career-high 199 2-3 innings.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2014 NYY 13 5 0 - 0 20 20 3 136.1 123 47 42 15 21 0 141 1.06 2.77
2015 NYY 12 7 0 - 0 24 24 1 154.0 126 66 60 25 27 0 139 0.99 3.51
2016 NYY 14 4 0 - 0 31 31 0 199.2 179 75 68 22 36 0 165 1.08 3.07
2017 NYY 5 7 0 - 0 15 15 1 84.2 96 57 54 21 23 1 85 1.41 5.74
Career 44 23 0 - 0 90 90 5 574.2 524 245 224 83 107 1 530 1.10 3.51

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2014 NYY 20 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .111 .111 .111
2015 NYY 24 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2016 NYY 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017 NYY 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 90 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 0 0 .050 .095 .050

Postseason

Pitching Statistics
Year Team Round W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K ERA
2015 NYY Total 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 2 2 3 0 3 3.60
    WC 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 2 2 3 0 3 3.60
Career 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 2 2 3 0 3 3.60


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 379 97 88 91.9 28.24
Curveball 84 81 73 76.7 6.26
Slider 377 89 81 84.9 28.09
Split-Finger 353 92 85 88.2 26.3
Cut Fastball 149 93 87 90 11.1

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