The NFL playoff schedule for 2016-17 is moving on to its second week, and after the wild-card round, we know who will play who on divisional weekend.
The Texans, Seahawks, Steelers and Packers eliminated the Raiders, Lions, Dolphins and Giants, respectively, from the playoff picture during wild-card weekend. Those winners’ tests become a lot tougher this week.
The AFC’s No. 1 overall seed in New England draws Houston, a team the Patriots dominated 27-0 in Week 3 this season. The NFC’s No. 1 seed in Dallas draws Green Bay, a team the Cowboys beat 30-16 in Week 6.
Well, the first, most logical thing to do would be to place him on the phantom DL. With a dozen starts on the season, the time for game-to-game adjustments is likely over, especially when the Yankees are sub-.500 (9-11) in their past 20 games. If Tanaka is to be the team’s stopper, then he’s going to have to sit down for a week and just stare at video to figure out how to stop not stopping. Unlikely the Yankees do it.
Tanaka is stuck, and there ain’t a thing the Yankees can do about it until he figures it out. Some still hold out hope that he could figure it out soon.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi pointed to Tanaka’s start vs. the A’s on May 26 as the reason why Tanaka’s 2016 form still exists inside. Tanaka pitched very well vs. the A’s, striking out 13, but the Yankees lost the game, 4-1.
The Yankees won’t be able to escape Tanaka’s issues, and luckily for them, their young arms are looking pretty good this season. Yankee untouchable Luis Severino is pitching to a 2.90 ERA, Michael Pineda is in the midst of his best season with a 3.76 mark, and the surprising, out-of-nowhere lefty Jordan Montgomery is pitching to a 3.67 ERA.