Masahiro Tanaka's sixth start of the season for the New York Yankees saw him going seven innings again, this time against the Tampa Bay Rays at home in New York. Tanaka gave up eight hits and three runs, along with two home runs. He didn't walk anyone and struck out five.
To start, let's look at the home runs he gave up. The first chart is the at-bat to Desmond Jennings in the first inning that ended with a home run.
Wil Myers hit a home run off of Tanaka later in the game, and did it in a one pitch at-bat.
Here is Tanaka's spin and speed chart from the game:
The following is a very basic chart that shows where he released the ball, and where his average pitch, regardless of type or result, was located.
I was curious as to why he threw higher in the zone to lefties than righties, especially when you would think the splitter would be more of a weapon against lefties than righties. So these are the splitters he threw to lefties, labelled with results: