MLB stickers, Masahiro Tanaka stinks, but Yankees 2

  • Tanaka, 28, has an opt-out clause at the end of this season in his $155 million contract, which is becoming increasingly irrelevant. At the moment, there is no way he will test the market, because no one would pay big money for this. The Yankees know there is more. At least, they hope there is.

    "It is unusual for him," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "Every major league career goes through bumps in the road. This is one of those bumps in the road. This is more than a little bump, it is a big bump. We’ll get through this."  This is the MLB stickers website.

    With his slider and splitter off, Tanaka had to throw 28 fastballs among his 103 pitches. Of the 28, the Orioles swung and missed on exactly none of them, according to tracking by ESPN Stats & Information, even as his velocity (91.9 mph) was not an issue. Of the 22 splitters he threw, only 11 were for strikes, which is way down from the usual 66 percentage.

    He has been awful in three of his past four starts. On May 14 against the Houston Astros, he lasted just 1⅔ innings and gave up eight runs. On May 20 against the Tampa Bay Rays, he allowed six runs in three innings. With an extra day's rest and the last-place Oakland Athletics in town last Friday, he threw 7⅓ innings of one-run ball -- with a good slider -- while striking out 13. He was supposed to be back.