BOSTON – The Yankees are trying to figure out how to fix Masahiro Tanaka after another terrible trip against the Red Sox – the latest red flag in growing concern for the rotation.
So far they have not come to a conclusion, but according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild, the potential culprits this season include pitch-tipping, mechanics and bottom seams on the balls.
The last thing Rothschild believes is that it's affecting Tanaka's splinters.
"It's the seams," Rothschild said Friday at Fenway Park. "Overall, the baseball. I thought about it for a while. "
According to Rothschild, Tanaka has" no margin of error "and the Yankees still need to find a solution.
"We need to find a handle that works, & # 39; & # 39; Rothschild said before lighting up James Paxton on the Yankees' 1
Tanaka's suffering against the Red Sox was particularly pronounced: in his last two games against the Yankees' rivals, the right-hander allowed six runs in just two-thirds of an innings in London and scored twelve runs in just 3¹ / ₃ innings on Thursday on-tipping.
"If he had had the splinter, it would have been different, but to what degree I do not know," Rothschild said of Tanaka's recent editions relative to Boston. if he gives a tip or what else is going on – I do not know right now. We have to find out. "
Aaron Boone said the Yankees have" many eyes "as to whether Tanaka tilts pitches. It was thought that this led to Luis Severino's catastrophic slip-up that failed against the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS last season, when the right-hander allowed six runs in over three innings.
Sox are very good at picking up any advantage you give them or seeing different things, "the manager said. "So it's something we're trying to keep track of. We will continue to do everything we can to give the best we can. "