Masahiro Tanaka makes baseball history with 25th straight win
Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka, who could be pitching in the U.S. major leagues next year, made an impressive bit of history on Friday.
In these very pages, we've previously introduced you to Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese right-hander who, as our own Danny Knobler first reported, may be headed to the U.S. major leagues this offseason.
Well, speaking of Tanaka, 24-year-old ace of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, on Friday he set a Japanese record by winning his 21st consecutive start this season. Tanaka's 6-2 complete-game win over Orix moved him to, as you may have already guessed, 21-0 on the year, and in fact he hasn't suffered a loss since Aug. 19 of 2012. That's a span of 25 starts, and that means he's bested Carl Hubbell's MLB record of 24 consecutive starts without a loss from 1936 through 1937.
Some highlights of his history-making night ...
On the season, Tanaka, in addition to the 21-0 record, also boasts an ERA of 1.23 and a K/BB ratio of 6.04.