Masahiro Tanaka is not having a great day


Let us not freak out a mere hour into the season, but it’s at least notable that Masahiro Tanaka is being beaten up like Loki at the end of the first Avengers movie.

He was doing OK in the first and second inning but in the third he gave up three hits, all of them hard, including a homer by Edwin Encarnacion that looked practically grooved and was smashed. Even a couple of the outs were on hard-hit balls. While I won’t fetish velocity the way a lot of Yankees watchers do, it’s worth noting that Tanaka is sitting 89-90 right now which is not typical for him. He and the Bombers are down 5-0 in the fourth inning.

Oh, and Alex Rodriguez had his first plate appearance of the year. He walked. Typical A-Rod, padding his OBP when his team is down rather than hitting a five-run homer to put his team back in the game.