Tanaka (5-7) allowed no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out nine across eight innings, but received no-decision Friday against the Rangers. Tanaka was unable to get any run support and his outstanding effort was unable to notch him a victory. He's been very up-and-down over his last seven outings, and his 5.74 ERA makes him very hard to trust in fantasy lineups, but he has exceptional upside, and that cannot be ignored. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the White Sox.
Tanaka (5-7) allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out 10 batters over four innings during Saturday's loss to Oakland. The 10 strikeouts salvaged some fantasy value from the otherwise dreadful outing, and Tanaka now owns a disastrous 6.34 ERA and 1.49 WHIP for the year. He also allowed three homers Saturday to inflate his HR/9 to 2.5 for the campaign, and his 5.65 FIP suggests Tanaka's struggles are legitimate. He's a risky start until proven otherwise, and a daunting matchup against the Rangers is on deck at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka was charged with three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over 6.2 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Angels. He struck out eight batters. The extra rest between starts seemed to do Tanaka well, as he was mostly excellent outside of a first-inning homer surrendered to Kole Calhoun. Of course, the Mike Trout-less Angels don't exactly field the most daunting lineup. Tanaka has been maddeningly inconsistent lately -- he hasn't put together consecutive quality starts since the end of April -- so owners in shallower leagues may want to think twice before jumping back in with both feet.
Tanaka will now start the series opener against the Angels on Monday instead of taking his previously scheduled turn Sunday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. It is no surprise that Tanaka's start was pushed back in light of his recent struggles, and the shift will allow him to avoid the Orioles, a team that recently roughed him up for seven earned runs in late May. The Yankees may consider more extreme measures if he continues his recent form, but for the time being it appears as though the club will give Chad Green or Bryan Mitchell the start Sunday, or promote Chance Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the 40-man roster for his first big-league start.
Tanaka (5-6) allowed five runs on five hits and one walk across five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox. He struck out two. Tanaka fell victim to the long ball in this one, allowing three home runs across the fourth and fifth innings to account for four of the runs on his ledger. The right-hander threw just 62 pitches in five frames, but general ineffectiveness caused manager Joe Girardi to turn to the bullpen early. Tanaka has endured a dreadful run over his last five starts, allowing at least five earned runs in four of those while allowing 11 home runs in just 22.2 innings in that span to inflate his ERA to 6.55. He is currently scheduled to face the Orioles on Sunday, but the club could reevaluate his status in the rotation if he continues to deliver these types of results.
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