Here is how some of the New York media saw last night's game"
Tanaka, in a way, is a victim of expectations: When he does muddle through a game, as he did Tuesday, it is so startling that the impulsive reaction might be to dismiss it as a brief intrusion in what could end up as a Cy Young Award season.
But what the Yankees must determine is whether Tanaka’s dip in performance his last two outings — nine runs allowed, or as many as in his previous five starts — indicates something else. Manager Joe Girardi said he was not troubled because he has not noticed much of a difference in Tanaka’s repertory.
“If it goes for a long period of time, I think you become concerned,” Girardi said. “But every pitcher goes through it.”
New York Times
CLEVELAND — Self-loathing Yankees fans can now include Masahiro Tanaka in their endless rants about what is wrong with the club.
While Tanaka and a sensational bullpen have kept the Yankees afloat in the AL East across three-plus months, he has lost three of his last four outings and panic is smothering the Yankees’ universe.
Tuesday night at Progressive Field the Indians hung a 5-3 defeat on the Yankees’ ace in front of 23,384 and started an avalanche of questions and thoughts after he gave up five runs and 10 hits in 6²/₃ innings and dropped to 12-4. The 10 hits and five earned runs were season highs for the rookie right-hander, who now has given up 15 homers.
“Is he hurt?” “How could they spend that kind of money on him?” “He is spent!” “He threw too many pitches!” “I told you this guy wasn’t that good!” “Trade him for David Price!” “Send him to Triple-A!”
So it goes from Yankee fans who invented the “What Have You Done For Me Lately?’’ mentality long before social media.
New York Post
CLEVELAND — Has the league figured out Masahiro Tanaka, or has the All-Star rookie hit his first major-league wall?
Either way, the Yankees have to be a little worried about their $155 million man.
Tanaka lost on Tuesday night for the third time in four starts, enduring the worst outing of his brief career as the Indians slugged their way to a 5-3 win over the Yankees.
Tanaka (12-4) was knocked around for five runs (all earned) on 10 hits — both season-highs — and one walk in 6.2 innings. He hadn’t allowed more than eight hits or three earned runs in any start before last Thursday, when he gave up four runs on nine hits in a win over the Twins.
“I think it had a lot to do with my command,” Tanaka said through his interpreter. “I feel that a lot of my pitches were going right down the middle where it’s actually pretty easy for the batters to hit.”
New York Daily News