Masahiro Tanaka Analysis After Chicago Cubs Deal Him First Loss

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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Masahiro Tanaka made his Wrigley Field debut on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Chicago Cubs fans, it was made several weeks later than previously hoped for and while also wearing a different uniform as well.

The Cubs continue to be linked with Tanaka in many ways as they were given the task of being the first team in the league to face the right-hander a second time this season. In a return meeting, Chicago was able to crack through the Tanaka wall and deal him his first career big-league loss, and first loss overall in 42 games.

Being able to watch Tanaka closely in person during the game was a treat. He is certainly an expert of his craft, and in an era where hard-throwing pitchers are the norm lighting up radar guns, Tanaka is not one of those. From what I saw, just a handful of…

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