MLB

#19
Masahiro Tanaka
ERA W-L K
4.94 12-12 179
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)


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Sep. 22 6:51 PM PT7:51 PM MT8:51 PM CT9:51 PM ET21:51 ET1:51 GMT9:51 6:51 PM MST8:51 PM EST9:21 PM VEN5:51 UAE (+1)8:51 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 12-12, allowing eight runs - seven earned - on six hits and three walks in 5.2 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Friday. Tanaka struck out six, ending the game with a 4.94 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka allowed three more homers, including a grand slam, and he's given up 35 home runs to rank among the major league leaders. The right-hander has allowed at least seven earned runs five times this season, including twice in his last three starts.
Sep. 15 8:15 AM PT9:15 AM MT10:15 AM CT11:15 AM ET11:15 ET15:15 GMT23:15 8:15 AM MST10:15 AM EST10:45 AM VEN19:15 UAE10:15 AM CT-Tanaka improved to 12-11, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks in 7.0 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 13-5 on Thursday. Tanaka struck out eight, ending the game with a 4.73 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing solo homers to Jonathan Schoop and Trey Mancini while striking out eight in seven innings. Tanaka has given up 32 homers, 10 more than his previous big league high.
Sep. 9 9:01 PM PT10:01 PM MT11:01 PM CT12:01 AM ET0:01 ET4:01 GMT12:01 9:01 PM MST11:01 PM EST11:31 PM VEN8:01 UAE11:01 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 11-11, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers 11-5 on Friday. Tanaka struck out seven, ending the game with a 4.82 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka allowed five runs or more for the eighth time in 27 starts this season. He did that just five times in 31 outings in 2016. Tanaka is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA in two career starts in Arlington.
Sep. 7 2:39 PM PT3:39 PM MT4:39 PM CT5:39 PM ET17:39 ET21:39 GMT5:39 2:39 PM MST4:39 PM EST5:09 PM VEN1:39 UAE (+1)4:39 PM CT-Tanaka (11-10, 4.54 ERA) helps New York launch a three-game series in Texas on Friday.
Analysis: He is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA over his last three starts.
Sep. 2 1:58 PM PT2:58 PM MT3:58 PM CT4:58 PM ET16:58 ET20:58 GMT4:58 1:58 PM MST3:58 PM EST4:28 PM VEN0:58 UAE (+1)3:58 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka improved to 11-10, allowing one run on five hits and two walks in 7.0 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 on Saturday. Tanaka struck out three, ending the game with a 4.54 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka has won three straight starts and is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last six outings.
Aug. 27 2:31 PM PT3:31 PM MT4:31 PM CT5:31 PM ET17:31 ET21:31 GMT5:31 2:31 PM MST4:31 PM EST5:01 PM VEN1:31 UAE (+1)4:31 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka improved to 10-10, allowing one run on six hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 10-1 on Sunday. Tanaka struck out 10, ending the game with a 4.69 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka entered 0-6 with an 11.81 ERA in seven starts during the day this season. The right-hander has won both outings since a brief stint on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation, pitching seven innings each time.
Aug. 12 10:35 AM PT11:35 AM MT12:35 PM CT1:35 PM ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 AM MST12:35 PM EST1:05 PM VEN21:35 UAE12:35 PM CT-Tanaka (right shoulder inflammation) was activated off the DL and improved to 9-10 after allowing three runs on six hits in 7.0 innings in Tuesday's 13-4 win over the Tigers. He struck out four, ending the game with a 4.86 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka was sharp in his return from a 13-day layoff, needing just 90 pitches to get through seven frames. Now 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA over his last four starts, the right-hander will try to maintain his recent success when he faces the Mariners at home on Sunday.
Aug. 10 9:04 PM PT10:04 PM MT11:04 PM CT12:04 AM ET0:04 ET4:04 GMT12:04 9:04 PM MST11:04 PM EST11:34 PM VEN8:04 UAE11:04 PM CT-Tanaka allowed three runs - two earned - on two hits and five walks in 4.0 innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Wednesday. Tanaka struck out two, ending the game with a 4.92 ERA and 1.28 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: The five walks are a season high.
Aug. 2 6:06 PM PT7:06 PM MT8:06 PM CT9:06 PM ET21:06 ET1:06 GMT9:06 6:06 PM MST8:06 PM EST8:36 PM VEN5:06 UAE (+1)8:06 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 8-10, allowing two runs - one earned - on six hits and one walk in 6.0 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Wednesday. Tanaka struck out seven, ending the game with a 4.93 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka was a victim of a lack of run support as he had a second straight strong outing. He's allowed two earned runs and struck out 21 to just one walk over his last 14 innings to get his ERA under 5.00 for the first time since May 8.
July 28 7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET22:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 PM MST9:30 PM EST10:00 PM VEN6:30 UAE (+1)9:30 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka improved to 8-9, allowing one run on two hits in 8.0 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 on Friday. Tanaka struck out 14, ending the game with a 5.09 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka took a perfect game into the 6th inning and struck out a career-high 14. He is 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA in his last seven starts.
July 23 12:22 PM PT1:22 PM MT2:22 PM CT3:22 PM ET15:22 ET19:22 GMT3:22 12:22 PM MST2:22 PM EST2:52 PM VEN23:22 UAE2:22 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings as the New York Yankees lost to the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Saturday. Tanaka struck out six, ending the game with a 5.37 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka seemed to be turning a corner about a month ago, but he's posted a 6.00 ERA over a three-start winless stretch. Home runs continue to plague the Yankees' expected ace, as he served up two solo shots on Saturday and is now tied for the major league lead with 26 homers allowed.
July 17 9:48 AM PT10:48 AM MT11:48 AM CT12:48 PM ET12:48 ET16:48 GMT0:48 9:48 AM MST11:48 AM EST12:18 PM VEN20:48 UAE11:48 AM CT-Masahiro Tanaka fell to 7-9, allowing three runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Sunday. Tanaka struck out nine, ending the game with a 5.33 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Though outdueled by a razor-sharp David Price, Tanaka delivered a fourth quality start in his past five outings. The Yankees ace is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 36 strikeouts during that time frame, and it appears his early-season struggles are mostly behind him.
July 9 3:04 PM PT4:04 PM MT5:04 PM CT6:04 PM ET18:04 ET22:04 GMT6:04 3:04 PM MST5:04 PM EST5:34 PM VEN2:04 UAE (+1)5:04 PM CT-Tanaka fell to 7-8, allowing five runs on six hits and one walk in 4.1 innings, as the New York Yankees lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Sunday. Tanaka struck out five, ending the game with a 5.47 ERA and 1.37 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: He had yielded three runs in his previous three starts.
July 3 8:20 PM PT9:20 PM MT10:20 PM CT11:20 PM ET23:20 ET3:20 GMT11:20 8:20 PM MST10:20 PM EST10:50 PM VEN7:20 UAE (+1)10:20 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka improved to 7-7, allowing one run on five hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Monday. Tanaka struck out eight, ending the game with a 5.25 ERA and 1.36 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka seems to be back on track with a 2-0 record and 1.29 ERA in his last three starts while not giving up a home run. That's followed a seven-start span in which he went 0-6 with an 8.91 ERA and 15 homers allowed over 33 1/3 innings.
June 29 9:39 AM PT10:39 AM MT11:39 AM CT12:39 PM ET12:39 ET16:39 GMT0:39 9:39 AM MST11:39 AM EST12:09 PM VEN20:39 UAE11:39 AM CT-Masahiro Tanaka improved to 6-7, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in 6.0 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Wednesday. Tanaka struck out five, ending the game with a 5.56 ERA and 1.40 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Tanaka went 0-6 in his previous eight starts, picking up his first win since May 8 at Cincinnati. It appears he is back on track and safe to put back in your rotation considering this solid outing came five days after he blanked Texas for eight innings.
June 24 9:43 PM PT10:43 PM MT11:43 PM CT12:43 AM ET0:43 ET4:43 GMT12:43 9:43 PM MST11:43 PM EST12:13 AM VEN8:43 UAE11:43 PM CT-Masahiro Tanaka allowed three hits and two walks without giving up a run in 8.0 innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Friday. Tanaka struck out nine, ending the game with a 5.74 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Despite the stellar outing, the no-decision left Tanaka at 0-6 with a 7.19 ERA in his last eight starts.
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 12 12 0 - 0 29 29 1 171.1 177 100 94 35 41 1 179 1.27 4.94
Career 51 28 0 - 0 104 104 5 661.1 605 288 264 97 125 1 624 1.10 3.59

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 29 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Career 104 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 732 97 89 92.2 27.04
Curveball 164 81 73 76.9 6.06
Slider 843 89 80 84.7 31.14
Changeup 87 88 82 85.3 3.21
Split-Finger 620 93 84 88.2 22.9
Cut Fastball 261 93 86 89.8 9.64


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