He is still in the American League Cy Young race, but his last two starts have shown some bad luck for New York Yankees ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The biggest thing he cannot help is the team is not giving him offense to work with, and for a pitcher who is fifth in the AL for home runs given up with 13, every one of them are looking bigger and bigger on the spectrum he has been put on.
Tanaka has been pitching brilliantly for the Yankees in the first half of the season. He has the AL best 11 wins and 2.10 ERA; he is also fifth in the AL in strikeouts. He is putting together a near triple crown pitching season. Last night, the Boston Red Sox put together two runs, both on solo home runs, and both being enough to lift the Red Sox over the Yankees with Mike Napoli‘s being a walk-off. Tanaka went the distance and unfortunately, had to see the gem he started end in dramatic fashion because the offense could not put up any run support.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 15, and by then baseball fans could see Tanaka pitch at least two more times. If everything goes well, he is slated to start the last game for the the break, but the Yankees may go with someone else and thus allow him to pitch in the annual game. Fans are hoping to see Tanaka go into the break with the similar numbers, but more wins. If that were to happen, the bats would need to wake up and start scoring runs for the pitcher. It’s easier said than done, but the team’s mid-season MVP could use some help from the other stars on the team.