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Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

SP - NYY
Age: 31Bats: RThrows: R

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Investors have received the full Tanaka experience. Elite at his best, he has yielded just one or zero earned runs in nine starts. Only one of those have come in the last two months. He has also allowed at least four runs in 11 turns, including a 12-run calamity against the Red Sox on July 25. Anyone who has rostered the Yankees righty is used to this volatility, but they have stomached it in exchange for elite strikeout rates. This season, however, his K rate has dipped to a career-low 19.2% with a drop in swinging-strike rate (10.4%). His ERA has risen to 4.68, and the down days are becoming far too common (and damaging) to trust as anything more than a back-end matchup play.

It would be one thing if Tanaka's ERA was the only stat taking a hit this season, but perhaps more disappointing has been his K-rate plummeting. He may still have some upside in the second half, but m ore than likely we are looking at a SP5.

Tanaka has been very good in the early going, but his ERA is due for some regression towards the high-3.00s. His strikeout rate and swinging strike rate are down a bit this year, so that also merits watching.

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