New York Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka’s Tweet is Sweet in Victory

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a sparkler for the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels and afterwards sent out this celebratory tweet:

According to the translation, it says:

“I was able to win the sixth victory of the season against the Angels of today! It was quite cold and windy, but in a tough situation, I was able to win this series Katsuchi.”

Tanaka had an especially strong outing against a tough Angels team on Sunday—his best in nearly a month—going six innings, giving up one run—a homer to Andrelton Simmons in the sixth inning—and lowering his ERA from 4.95 to 4.62.



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Tanaka “owned Ohtani and the Angels” on Sunday, as Brendan Kuty of NJ.com writes. Ohtani was 0-3 against Tanaka with two strikeouts and a walk. According to Mandy Bell of MLB.com:

“Ohtani remains hitless in his career against Tanaka, who faced him during his final season in Japan. The then-18-year-old Ohtani went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts, one walk and one hit by pitch against Tanaka.”

Tanaka’s tweet celebrates the victory and the series win, but you have to wonder if there the win wasn’t just that much sweeter for besting Ohtani, and Mike Trout, too.

Trout went 0-4 against Tanaka with two strikeouts.  Quite a feat for Tanaka after Trout posted a 5-5 game on Saturday—a career high for a guy who specializes in career highs!

Tanaka has frustrated Yankee fans with his inconsistency—performing like the ace he can be, as he did against Angels in both meetings against them this season, but also performing well below that level as he did against the Boston Red Sox in two meetings against them in ’18.

But for now, Yankee fans can join Tanaka in celebrating his win and hope he takes the momentum from it into his next start. The Yankees need Tanaka to perform as he did today against the Angels if they hope to make it to the next level this season.