Tanaka has been every bit the ace they thought he would be, posting a 3.04 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP. Tanaka started out the season a bit slow, as he was still coming back from an elbow injury but he has been dominant of late. Since the All-Star break he is striking out nearly a batter per inning while posting an ERA nearly half a run better than in the first half with a 2.71 ERA. While on paper the matchup against the Red Sox is unappealing he has faced them many times in the past and has done very well. The Red Sox are only batting .235 off of Tanaka as a team, and of their six homeruns, at least two of them have been solo homeruns, and with this game coming on the road where Tanaka has pitched like a CY Young award winner expect a strong start.
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