LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Lose As Tanaka Regresses Again

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Yankees Lose As Tanaka Regresses Again

Let the speculations begin again.

Masahiro Tanaka had a tremendous game against the Oakland Athletics. He and Austin Romine were a real dynamic duo. They proved once again that Tanaka thrives with Romine and fails miserably with Gary Sanchez behind the plate.

Fast forward to last night. Romine was behind the plate again. Tanaka pitched as if he didn't know it. Of course, he did know it. He also knows his body and knows whether or not anything is wrong with him.

I still maintain that there is, and I still say it has nothing to do with Asian honor. Again, I ask: what happened to his Asian honor when his elbow first began to tear in 2014? Where was it a few years later when he had forearm stiffness? No, Tanaka either hurt himself doing something that would void his contract, and/or he believes a DL stint would make him look bad if/when he opts out at year's end.

There is also talk about him needing an extra day of rest. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I can't believe it's something that simple. This is Tanaka's fourth season in MLB. It's not like he stank up the joint every single time he pitched on normal rest during the past three seasons. Also, when people make this argument, they fail to take the other pitchers in the rotation into consideration. As the old saying goes, athletes are creatures of habit. If Tanaka gets an extra day of rest, so does everyone else in the rotation. It might be good for him but for everyone else, maybe not so much.

Another series loss at Camden Yards. That's 11 in a row. One trip left this season. Perhaps they can turn things around then. First, however, it's north of the border. Time to take care of business against the Blue Jays.

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