For all of you who are not fans of wins as a relevant statistic to measure the efficacy of a pitcher, just bite your tongue and appreciate the fact that Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in seven innings on Tuesday to win his 28th consecutive decision as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles came from behind to beat the Orix Buffaloes 7-3.
Tanaka is now 24-0 as he won his 16th consecutive start allowing four hits, with a walk and a whiff.
To make this season even more magical for the righty, on September 26 he came out of the bullpen to earn a save when Rakuten won to clinch its first Pacific League pennant.
Tanaka’s 24 wins are the most in Nippon Professional Baseball since Hall of Famer Keishi Suzuki went 25-10 in 1978. Tanaka has not lost since August 2012.
He has struck out 183 in 212 innings pitched and has an ERA of 1.27 and has a WHIP of 0.943.
Tanaka will be 25 years old on November 1 and won the Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pitcher of the Month award for five straight months.
Tanaka will most likely be posted by the Golden Eagles and should be a coveted not-so-free agent.