- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/1/1988 (31)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, according to general manager Brian Cashman. It's a notable procedure, but Tanaka should have enough time to heal up before spring training of 2020. The Japanese right-hander went 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 149 strikeouts in 182 innings (31 starts) for the Bombers in 2019. He was up and down most of the year and allowed the second most home runs (28) in his career. Keep an eye on how Tanaka heals in the offseason, but he should be a reliable innings-eater for fantasy owners again next season.
New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will try and stay hot in a must-win game for the Yankees in Game 4 against the Astros. Tanaka has been awesome through two postseason starts this season, allowing only one run on four hits in 11 innings pitched while striking out 11. The veteran pitcher continues his run of excellent performance in the playoffs and heads into Game 4 with a 5-2 record, a 1.32 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP in 41 career postseason innings. Tanaka was strong pitching at home this season as well, going 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 16 starts this season at Yankee Stadium.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will start in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Saturday. Left-hander James Paxton will go in Game 2 on Sunday and Luis Severino will toe the rubber in Game 3 on Tuesday when the series shifts to New York. Tanaka was up and down in 2019, going 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 149 strikeouts in 182 innings over his 31 starts and one relief appearance in the regular season. Keeping the ball in the ballpark will be key for his success against the hot-hitting Astros. The Japanese right-hander was solid in his ALDS starts against the Twins, giving up one run while walking one and striking out seven in five innings for the victory. He'll be opposing Astros starter Zack Greinke in Game 1.