Tanaka (12-12) allowed eight runs, seven of which were earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out six across 5.2 innings to take the loss Friday against the Blue Jays.he's returned Tanaka went into the sixth inning with a 4-1 deficit before giving up a grand slam to put the game out of reach, leading to his 12th defeat of the campaign. He's allowed seven earned runs in two of his last three starts, and although he has excellent upside, his recent downside presents significant risk to fantasy managers during the most important time of the season. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Rays.
Tanaka (12-11) allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight batters through seven innings during Thursday's win over Baltimore. Before Tanaka was crushed by Texas last Friday (seven runs over just four frames), he posted a 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 through the previous six starts. Thursday's outing was clearly a strong rebound for the righty, and outside of that poor showing, Tanaka has been a strong option down the fantasy stretch. He projects to make his next start against the Twins at Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka (11-11) allowed seven runs on eight hits despite seven strikeouts over four innings as he took the loss Friday against Texas. This marks the first time since the All-Star break that Tanaka has allowed more than four runs and the fourth time he has allowed seven runs all season. Even though he picked up 11 swinging strikes on 81 pitches, the Rangers knocked him around for four doubles and a homer. Tanaka can be masterful at times, but his propensity for these blowups -- a problem that was much worse early in the season but has reared its ugly head again -- has his ERA at 4.82.
Tanaka (11-10) allowed a single run on five hits and two walks while striking out three batters through seven innings during Saturday's win over Boston. The 28-year-old righty has now won three consecutive games and completed exactly seven innings in each outing while allowing just five total runs. It's an encouraging stretch from Tanaka, and he's quickly proven his health following two brief stints on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury. He lines up to face the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington next.
Tanaka evened his record at 10-10 during Sunday's win over the Mariners. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 over seven innings. Tanaka notched his fourth 10-plus strikeout performance of the season and secured his fourth quality start in his past five games in Sunday's masterful outing. Aside from a surprising five-walk game against the Blue Jays on Aug. 9, the veteran righty has limited his opponents to one or fewer walks in nine of his last 10 starts. Tanaka has been frustratingly inconsistent at times this season but typically warrants a spot in fantasy lineups each week due to his tantalizing upside that was on full display Sunday. He lines up for a start against the Red Sox on Friday.
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