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Tanaka's dominance a regular occurrence

5/15/2014

The New York Yankees finally ended their six-game losing streak to their cross-town rival New York Mets as Masahiro Tanaka’s stock and standing among major league pitchers continues to rise. He threw his first major league shutout in the win.

All Tanaka all night

Tanaka became the second Yankees pitcher to throw a shutout against the Mets, joining Andy Pettitte, who threw one in 2002.

Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

#19 SP
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM8
  • W6

  • L0

  • BB7

  • K66

  • ERA2.17

Tanaka became the first Yankee to throw a shutout with at least eight strikeouts and no walks since Mike Mussina on Aug 17, 2003, against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees improved to 7-1 when Tanaka starts. They are 13-18 when any other pitcher starts. Tanaka has now won 34 straight regular-season decisions dating back to his time in the Japanese League.

Tanaka is the second Yankees rookie with a shutout in the past 25 years, joining Orlando Hernandez (1998). He’s the first Yankees pitcher age 25 or younger to throw a shutout since Sterling Hitchcock in 1995.

Tanaka now has more base hits than Mets pitchers have all season. He’s the first Yankees rookie pitcher with a hit since Tyler Clippard got one in 2007, also against the Mets.

Lastly, Tanaka is the only pitcher that is 6-0 in the majors. He has won 34 straight regular-season decisions, if you include his time in the Japanese League.

How he won

Tanaka matched his season high with 22 swings-and-misses against a Mets team that is strikeout prone. He also had 22 in his second start of the season against the Orioles.

The Mets had trouble with both Tanaka’s slider and his splitter. Tanaka threw the former 20 times and the Mets did not put any of them into play. They took seven swings, missing on six and hitting one foul ball. The pitch netted Tanaka three of his eight strikeouts.

Tanaka threw 28 splitters, against which the Mets hit into eight outs and managed only one baserunner.

The other Yankees rookie star

Yangervis Solarte continued his hot hitting with a home run against Mets rookie starter Rafael Montero. Solarte leads the AL with a .336 batting average, a hair ahead of Tigers DH Victor Martinez.

Yangervis Solarte vs RHP
BA By PItch Location

Solarte is establishing a reputation as a very tough out. He has a .476 on-base percentage against right-handed pitching, with nine extra-base hits and 15 walks (compared to six strikeouts) in 82 plate appearances.

Solarte’s numbers against right-handers are good, wherever he is pitched, as noted in the chart on the right.