Masahiro Tanaka stymied the Rays offense in last night’s series opener.
The Japanese native threw a two-hit complete game shutout, continuing to torment the Rays. In three starts against them this season, he’s allowed just one run combined.
By my math, Tanaka currently has a 4.11 ERA when he’s not facing the Rays (32 ER in 70 IP) and a 0.43 ERA when facing then (1 ER in 21 IP). Drops to 0.41 if he gets the CGSO— Jason Collette (@jasoncollette) June 18, 2019
He did indeed get the CGSO.
But as we know, baseball is a game of high variance. If you’re thinking Tanaka has some magic powers that he harnesses specifically when he pitches against the Rays, he doesn’t. In his career against the Rays coming into 2019, he carried an ERA of 3.72, slightly above his overall career mark.
Simply put, the hits will come against Tanaka.
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