The Yankees made an extra effort in order to land some marquee signings for their starting rotation. However, they weren't able to make any deal via free agency or trade; now they have to trust their current pitchers, and that's where Masahiro Tanaka has to take a step ahead.
Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News, explains that the Yanks could place their hopes on the Japanese, as he can be turned into the team's ace and being named the Yankees' pitcher for the Opening Day.
Last season, Tanaka was named for the Opening Day, and Mazzeo believes that the pitcher deserves the trust of the franchise and give him another chance as the team's ace for the 2018 season.
The Japanese talked about the responsability he has next season, as the Yankees are the favorites to reach the World Series and win it, after a tough 2017 season start.
“I think when things were not going my way and I really wasn’t able to get out from under that frustration. I think my mind was geared a bit more toward negativity. That was pretty much the problem. I kept on grinding and fighting through it, to change that negative to a positive. The reason why I wanted to come back to New York was to be a part of this team, fight with this team to capture a world championship"
Tanaka had a 13-12 record during the 2017 regular season, with an ERA of 4.74, and 194 K's during 178 1/3 IP.
But was in October when the Japanese was at his absolute best, with a record of 2-1 during 3 openings, allowing just a 0.90 ERA