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Stats that should make you optimistic about the 2017 New York Yankees


Masahiro Tanaka may not be worthy of trust thanks to his partially torn UCL, but his value sits at an elite level.

In 31 games in which the 28-year old appeared in last season, the Yankees went 23-8 while Tanaka’s 2.90 Win Probability Added (WPA) ranked third among qualified American League starters.

Plus, the righty’s career WPA (5.75) ranks ninth among Yankees’ starters since 1980 ahead of names like CC Sabathia, Dwight Gooden and Dave Righetti.

A year ago, Tanaka finished 7th in the AL Cy Young award voting and in a rotation cluttered in question marks beyond New York’s ace, it’s good to know that when this guy takes the mound every five games, there’s a strong probability of a victory.