Dark Days at Yankee Stadium – Part 2

So now to look at the pitching in June.

Not much to say that is positive here either. However, given the scope of the injuries with both starters (Wang, Hughes, Kennedy) and relievers (Bruney, Britton) out, there is scope for improvement after the All-Star break.

Here’s the figures for the month. I’ve removed a couple of columns that proved confusing for some folks last month.

New York Yankees – Pitching – June

Name                                     GP   IP      H   RA ER BB SO W L    Sv      ERA     OBA

Ponson, Sidney         1  6.0  5  0  0  4  4 1 0  0   0.00  .238
Igawa, Kei             1  1.0  2  0  0  0  0 0 0  0   0.00  .500
Britton, Chris         2  2.1  2  0  0  0  2 0 0  0   0.00  .222
Rivera, Mariano       11 11.1  6  2  2  1 18 1 1  7   1.59  .154
Chamberlain, Joba      5 25.0 22  7  5 13 26 1 0  0   1.80  .239
Veras, Jose           13 13.2 12  3  3  7 14 2 0  0   1.98  .235
Mussina, Mike          5 34.0 33 12 12  5 25 2 2  0   3.18  .258
Giese, Dan             6 19.0 15 10  7  6 12 1 3  0   3.32  .208
Farnsworth, Kyle      11 10.2 11  4  4  4 12 1 1  1   3.38  .282
Pettitte, Andy         6 40.2 39 18 17  9 28 4 0  0   3.76  .255
Wang, Chien-Ming       3 16.2 18  8  7  6  9 2 0  0   3.78  .286
Hawkins, LaTroy        7 10.1 11  5  5  5  3 0 0  0   4.35  .289
Robertson, David       1  2.0  4  1  1  0  1 0 0  0   4.50  .500
Rasner, Darrell        6 32.0 47 24 23 11 24 1 5  0   6.47  .341
Patterson, Scott       1  1.1  1  1  1  2  2 0 0  0   6.75  .200
Ramirez, Edwar        11 11.0 10  9  9  6 13 0 0  0   7.36  .244
Ohlendorf, Ross        8  8.1 12  8  8  5  5 0 0  0   8.64  .333
Traber, Billy          3  1.2  2  2  2  0  1 0 0  0  10.80  .286

Pluses

Mariano Rivera. His worst month of the year and he’s still weighing in a 1.59 ERA and the best OBA on the team. Hall of Fame, Monument Park beckons. The best reliever I’ve ever seen.

Jose Veras. His ERA improves to 2.54 on the season as he produced a spartan 1.98 in June. Also took two wins on the month. He has become a vital cog in the machine that leads to Rivera.

Mike Mussina. It can no longer be described as a surprise but Moose is having a helluva comeback year. 2-2 on the month with 3.18 ERA puts him on track for a possible 20 win season. I would have settled for 10 after 2007.

Minuses

Ross Ohlendorf. Simply fell apart in June to the extent that he has had to go back to the minors to work on his pitches. Don’t know what this implies about the coaching staff at the major league level.

Darrell Rasner. In less injury-troubled times, Darrell would have been allowed a break from the starting rotation and gone to long relief. Again, it is troubling that the coaching staff in the Bronx are not able to help him with his confidence and his mechanics.

Edwar Ramirez. For the second season running, Ramirez looks the business on call-up and then wilts visibly as the batters get used to facing him. His 7.36 ERA on the month (compare to 2.90 on the season) is a little unlucky but even bad fortune can’t account for that bloating.

Surprises

Sidney Ponson
. Well, he produced a great second debut. We all know that it is all downhill from here but he gave us one good game.

Kyle Farnsworth. Continues to survive the odd bad outing and bounced back from minor injuries to be a good part of a suffering staff. 3.38 ERA on the month.

Joba Chamberlain. Achieved his first win as a starter but the jury is still out on this transition. He only average five innings an outing in the month and most of the time was good enough to keep the Yankees in the game but not much more than that.

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