Masahiro Tanaka's fifth start of the season was his shortest so far, but still relatively successful, as he went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs, including a homer, and struck out 11 and walked 4 against the Angels. Through five starts this year, Tanaka has given up 10 runs, but 5 homers. He has a 2.27 ERA and a 2.91 FIP.
Like usual, let's start by looking at the home run Tanaka gave up, this time to David Freese, on the first pitch of an at-bat.
Here is Tanaka's spin and speed chart from the game:
This graph will show whether or not Tanaka was able to successfully locate away from both lefties and righties:
This graph not only shows how low he threw on average (as the entire graph is an approximation of the strike zone), but it also shows that he never really got the ball glove side consistently. He was always arm side, which was good against lefties, but not as good against righties.
Tanaka's groundball percentage was the second best out of his five starts, and this time, there was a big difference between the two
Lastly, let's see if he located any differently based on what inning it was: