Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is back from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a strained forearm and will start tonight against the Mariners.
Tanaka was hardly impressive on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, but the Yankees decided to bring him back quickly anyway and he’s expected to be on a limited pitch count of 80-85 versus Seattle.
While he didn’t quite look like his pre-injury 2014 self, Tanaka generally pitched well in four starts this season before being shut down again, logging 22 innings with a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.