It may sound strange, but when New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka lost to the Chicago Cubs last week, it was the best thing that could have happened to the pitcher. The media coverage has quieted down drastically for the pitcher, and he is continuing to do what he does best. His next start, he pitched 6.2 innings and looked like his old self against the Chicago White Sox.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out joking saying maybe the star pitcher would start another streak of 44 wins. The pressure of him having to do well is off. That was off early when he looked impressive from the start of the season. Since then, he has looked like his same calm and collected self on the mound. As the media jumps off of him a lot, he can be himself and do what he does best.
His ERA is third best in the American League at 2.29, his seven wins have him tied for third most in the league and the sixth most strikeouts in the league with 79. The numbers are impressive and he can continue to produce the greatness with much less pressure. The pressure he will feel will be from internally as he may be feeling the pressure of having to pick up the team with CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova all being on the DL.
The Yankees currently sit in second place and look to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. Tanaka has been and will be given much of the team’s credit to stay in the AL East race even with the competition heating up.