Yankees 2019 starting rotation report card

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Masahiro Tanaka

As has been the case over the last few years, Tanaka endured an uneven season. Over 32 starts, Tanaka allowed at least four earned runs in 13 times.

  • In those 13 starts, Tanaka notched a 9.18 ERA with a 1.83 WHIP.
  • His other 19 starts, Masa sported a 1.77 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP.

So, I suppose Tanaka was mostly good and sometimes really bad? The London game does skew the overall numbers slightly. In that contest on July 25, Tanaka allowed 12 earned runs in just over three innings.

If you extrapolate that “outlier,” his ERA drops almost half a run (4.45 to 3.92) and his WHIP drops from 1.24 to 1.18. All in all, Tanaka was his usual, somewhat inconsistent regular-season self.

He was solid from March through May, posting a 3.20 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP in 12 starts. June and July weren’t as kind, with the righty claiming a 6.83 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP in 10 starts. August and September were better, with Tanaka owning a 3.75 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP in 10 starts.


As with Paxton, Tanaka’s 2019 season can be split into three parts. One-Part “Good.” One-Part “Bad” and One-Part “Above-Average.”

The Grade: B