Masahiro Tanaka Fails to Re2pect an Efficient Core
After an emotional first game of a double header and a pre game 2 ceremony in which Derek Jeter’s iconic number 2 was retired, the buzz in Yankee Stadium was electric. But all that seemed to fizzle fast when the Yankees’ Ace Masahiro Tanaka took the mound in game and got absolutely lit up. While I could easily write an article about how I think Jeter was a good but extremely overrated player, I think I got that out of my system in a group text with a bunch of my Yankee fan friends. Instead, I find Tanaka’s struggles way more interesting. (Editor’s note: Mike is wrong, Jeter is the greatest. Long live Number 2!)
And boy, did Tanaka struggle on Sunday. He has been pitching pretty poorly and inconsistently most of this season and he sandwiched two great starts in between a collection of mediocre to abominable appearances. When a player is that inconsistent there is one thing for which I immediately look: is he putting himself in a position for his core to fire efficiently?
To find out what is going on with Masahiro Tanaka’s mechanics, click on over to Off the Bench baseball.