heading into this afternoon's opening day start against the Astros. Reports indicate than Tanaka's velocity and movement are still lacking. We vividly remember Tanaka's Wild Card start against the Astros last season where he was basically afraid to throw the ball over the plate for fear of it getting pounded. Tanaka is currently a +120 home underdog to Houston and Dallas Keuchel.
“He looked like a guy who was holding back,’’ the scout said. “I didn’t see anything out of him this spring that showed greatness. He’s got really good stuff, but I didn’t see it. His ball just didn’t have the movement it usually does.’’