Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tanaka still not convinced he's an MLB success

You'd think getting a shutout was enough.

Despite going 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA through his first eight starts, Yankees Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka still isn't convinced he's an MLB success. 

The 25-year-old, who threw a four-hitter in yesterday's win over the Mets, stunned us all after his big performance, saying that he still thinks it's "too early" to  say he's a star pitcher. 

“I think it’s a little bit too early to say that I’m successful here,” Tanaka told The Journal News. “Obviously I have a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees, and I want to be able to be a good pitcher throughout those years. So I’m just taking it day by day and trying to be a better pitcher."

To say that #19 could get better right now seems to be a little ignorant, as the international rookie currently holds six of New York's 16 starter wins. 

If you're a fan of math, that's a solid 37.5%, meaning that yes, Tanaka has been the Yanks' best starter this season. That's not saying much, as the the other six have averaged a 4.36 ERA, but still, it's a fact. Definitely at least a little impressive.

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