Monday, March 23, 2015

Masahiro Tanaka Lined Up for Opening Day

Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to make the start on Opening Day for the New York Yankees snapping CC Sabathia's streak of six straight starts. According to Brendan Kuty of the initials "MT" were on Joe Girardi's whiteboard for the Wednesday start against the New York Mets. Joe Girardi stated that he was trying to get everyone lined up for the beginning of the season which mixed in with the initials has the Yankees blogosphere speculating.

The Yankees can either go two ways with this thing. CC Sabathia is lined up to start on April 6th if he is pitching every 5th day in the rotation but may be a bit behind since he didn't make his debut until two weeks into the spring. Tanaka will go a complete week between starts, his last start came last Wednesday against the Braves, and would lineup to start the Opening Day game on six days rest.

Will Sabathia make it seven seasons in a row? Will Tanaka pitch on five days rest to try and protect his elbow? Will the fact that the Yankees seem at least willing to use six starters in the first two months of the season factor into this? Stay tuned...

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