Tanaka (5-2) allowed four runs on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts through five innings but still picked up the win Monday over the Rangers. For the second game in a row, Tanaka gave up four runs on a pair of homers, and he has already given up 10 home runs in just nine starts. Tanaka's struggles in 2017 were for the same reason, as his 35 home runs in 30 starts gave him a 1.8 HR/9 that ranked third worst in the majors behind only Jeremy Hellickson and John Lackey. The splitter that used to be his money pitch when he entered the major leagues was his downfall Monday night, as both Rangers home runs came off of it. Tanaka owns what would be a career-worst 4.95 ERA. His next chance to turn the tide will come Sunday against the Angels.
Tanaka (4-2) allowed three runs on four hits across five innings during Tuesday's suspended game against the Nationals. He struck out two and walked none. The game was suspended after the top of the sixth inning due to weather, but Tanaka wouldn't have factored in the decision regardless after being pulled for a pinch hitter with the game tied at three. The 29-year-old certainly didn't look his best Tuesday, but allowed only four baserunners and threw 72 pitches. Tanaka has a 4.73 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 47 strikeouts over 51.1 innings, and is next slated to start at Kansas City on Sunday.
Tanaka allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision. Tanaka wasn't particularly sharp, setting or tying season-worst marks with the eight hits, two home runs and just three strikeouts. He still handed the game over to the bullpen in line for the win, as he continues to benefit from pitching in front of the highest-scoring offense in the league (4-2 record despite a 4.66 ERA). Next on tap is an interleague start Tuesday at Washington.
Tanaka gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday. He did not walk a batter. Tanaka started the seventh after six scoreless innings and he allowed the first three batters of the inning to reach base on two singles and a hit batsman. Chad Green then allowed all three inherited runners to score to tie the game. It was somewhat of a tough break for fantasy owners, but it was another encouraging performance overall from Tanaka, who has now given up five earned runs total in his last three starts with just one homer allowed and a 19:4 K:BB over 18.2 innings. Next up: a home start against the division-rival Red Sox.
Tanaka (4-2) picked up the win over the Angels on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over six innings while striking out nine. A Zack Cozart solo shot in the fifth inning was the only blemish on Tanaka's ledger for the night, as he threw 59 of 88 pitches for strikes while generating 14 swinging strikes en route to a season high in punchouts. The right-hander will take a 4.27 ERA into his next start Thursday on the road against the Astros.