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Undefeated New York Yankees P Masahiro Tanaka Admits That He is Still Learning Major League Hitters

April 26th, 2014 at 3:48 PM
By Mike Warsaw

The New York Yankees had a historic off-season by spending over $450 million on free agents. Of all the players they inked, the biggest gamble may have been Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka 25, came to New York with a fresh $155 million, seven year deal, but no Major League experience. There were many questions on how he would adapt and how his game would translate to the Bigs. So far Tanaka has been quite impressive, compiling a 3-0 record with a quality stat line of: 2.15 ERA – 29.1 innings pitched – 35 strikeouts – 0.82 WHIP in four starts. As Tanaka works his way through Major League lineups, he admits that the is still getting comfortable in the Majors.

Each game Tanaka is facing an opponent that he has never seen before and he is still at a bit of a disadvantage. Steven Miller of recently asked Tanaka how he was preparing for his upcoming matchup with Albert Pujols and the LA Angels on Sunday. "The truth is, I haven't had a chance to face them yet. So it's hard to make any type of assessment," Tanaka said. Tanaka told Miller that he has been relying a lot on catcher Brian McCann to guide him through the game. "I try to go with what the catcher wants," Tanaka said. "But in certain situations, where I definitely know that I want to pitch to this batter, I go with that."

Tanaka feels that he his still learning on the fly as he works his way through Major League opponents. "I feel it's very important to look at the reaction of the hitter," Tanaka told Miller. "The first thing is, I really try to see what the catcher wants, then I pitch to that. At times, yes, I do pitch what I feel is right." Catcher Brian McCann has worked closely with Tanaka and has been quite impressed with the 2007 Pacific League Rookie Of The Year. "From the first time you meet him, he carries himself very professionally," McCann said. "He carries himself {with the attitude} that he's been there and done that."  




















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