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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka starting Sunday

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:17:37 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will start Sunday, April 12, against the Boston Red Sox.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka ($7,500, 15% of cap) should be avoided if at all possible in future starts. Questions still linger about his health, and Tanaka was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA last season against Boston. Other pitchers in daily leagues like Sonny Gray ($7,100, 14.2% of cap) and Jon Lester ($7,700, 15.4% of cap) have better value.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka ditching four-seamer

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:57:37 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka spoke with manager Joe Girardi to give the skipper an indication why Tanaka was throwing fewer four-seam fastballs so far in 2015. Girardi said Tanaka was misinterpreted by the media, and the right-hander was basically trying to say that he's different from power pitchers in the league. Girardi said the fact that Tanaka has basically shelved his four-seamer (he threw it roughly 25% in 2014), doesn't mean he's protecting his right elbow, which has a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. "From my conversations with him, it's a strategic thing," Girardi said. "He knows that his four-seamer got hit some last year, and that really comes down to location. He is a guy that gets 90% of his outs on sliders and splits. The fastball is to kind of set up the slider and the split. He needs to locate. He didn't really pitch Toronto much different than he did the last time he beat them in June, but he made mistakes and that was the difference."

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka's ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) velocity was also down on opening day Monday in one of his worst career starts. Since being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL, Tanaka has been pretty bad. It's hard to trust him right now, especially against one of the better offensive teams in the Boston Red Sox in his next start.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka struggles in opener

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:32:34 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka allowed five runs on five hits in four innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, April 6, for his first loss of the season. He did strike out six batters during the game and walked two hitters. Most of Tanaka's four-seam fastballs did not reach more than 91 mph.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) started the game off strong but ran into trouble in the third inning and left an inning later. Tanaka could still be an option on FantasyScore, but he will need to be used against favorable matchups.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka to change style

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:13:16 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) said he is changing his pitching style and does not expect his velocity to increase much this season.

Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to watch how Tanaka ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) performs with his new pitching style. Tanaka will be a risky option on FantasyScore and in mixed leagues, because it is not known how his pitching style will affect his performance.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka holding back?

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:54:47 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka was unfazed by comments from former SP Pedro Martinez this week about how Tanaka isn't healthy and is hesitant to go full bore for fear of completely tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "Tanaka is hanging all those breaking balls that he is throwing. The only pitch he is committing to is the split-finger, and his problems are actually in a place where you don't need to put any more stress, which is the elbow," Martinez said. Tanaka was clocked mostly between 87-90 mph during his last spring start, but Tanaka said he's using his two-seam fastball more instead of his four-seamer, sacrificing velocity for more movement. Tanaka had a 3.07 ERA with one walk and 13 strikeouts in 14 2/3 spring frames.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) is attempting to pitch in 2015 with a partially torn UCL in his elbow. There are plenty of question marks surrounding him this season. For now, though, he looks strong. Tanaka isn't a strong opening day option in daily games like FantasyScore, though. He's expected to have a pitch count in his season debut, and the Toronto Blue Jays have some of the most imposing bats in all of baseball.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka leaves spring healthy

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:32:10 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is heading into the regular season fully healthy after making his final spring start Tuesday, March 31. Tanaka allowed six runs (five earned) and 13 hits for a 3.07 spring ERA in 14 2/3 innings, with one walk and 13 strikeouts. He appears to be throwing close to 100% intensity this spring, and he feels good heading into opening day. Tanaka said he has gone away from four-seam fastballs because of the fact his four-seamers were hit hard last year. He sat between 87-90 mph during his outing, but Tanaka was unconcerned with his dip in velocity.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) will face the Toronto Blue Jays on opening day April 6. He's expected to be at an innings cap of around 90 pitches in his first start, too. Toronto is one of the most imposing lineups in the league in 2015, too, making Tanaka more of a weak play.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka to be on pitch count

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:36:01 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will be on a pitch count for the season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. The limit is believed to be 90 pitches.

Fantasy Tip: The restriction doesn't limit him a whole lot. He'll just have to be efficient to be able to pitch more than five or six innings in order to put up a banner game on FantasyScore. At $7,400 (14.8% of your cap), he loses a bit of upside but remains a low-end SP1.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka to start opener

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:58:16 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka will be the Opening Day starter, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka will have the cloud of doubt lingering over him the first couple of months with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that could give way at any point. Tanaka ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) has been brilliant this spring with a 1.74 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. He'll have a tough matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays, but his price point is decent for a top-flight starter on FantasyScore.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka pegged for opening day?

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:47:43 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka appears set to be the opening day starter Monday, April 6, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Tip: Tanaka ($7,400, $14.8% of cap) will receive the first crack at the new-look Toronto lineup, but he likely isn't the safest option for daily contests. He has high-end upside, though, and utilizing him for single starts under the microscope of FantasyScore contests is a lot more comforting than a mid-round investment in seasonal formats. Remember, Tanaka is planning to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka pitching again Wednesday

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:13:21 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will make his second spring appearance Wednesday, March 18.

Fantasy Tip: You should feel a lot safer selecting Tanaka in the late rounds than the middle ones. He plans to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and could require Tommy John surgery at any point. Still, he has fantasy-ace upside. Make sure to insulate him with excellent pitching depth, if you take the reach. And there may come a point in every draft where the reward outweighs the risk.

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