End of the Innocence – The End of August – Part 2

And so to the pitchers:

New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – August

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

 
Aceves, Alfredo        2.0  0  0  0  0  3 0 0 0   0.00 .000
Rivera, Mariano       14.1  9  3  3  2 13 1 2 6   1.88 .173
Giese, Dan             9.0  5  2  2  5  8 0 0 0   2.00 .156
Mussina, Mike         40.0 38 14 13  6 30 3 0 0   2.93 .262
Pavano, Carl          11.0 10  4  4  2  6 2 0 0   3.27 .256
Bruney, Brian         13.0  8  5  5  8  9 0 0 0   3.46 .178
Ponson, Sidney        34.0 37 20 20 14 12 1 3 0   5.29 .291
Britton, Chris         5.0  7  3  3  1  6 0 0 0   5.40 .304
Rasner, Darrell       29.1 33 22 18  8 15 0 1 0   5.52 .273
Veras, Jose           13.0 13  8  8  8 16 2 1 0   5.54 .260
Pettitte, Andy        37.0 47 24 24 13 26 1 3 0   5.84 .320
Ramirez, Edwar        11.2 15 10  9  4 13 2 1 1   6.94 .300
Marte, Damaso          9.1  6  8  8  6 13 0 3 0   7.71 .182
Robertson, David      11.0 15 10 10  5 12 1 0 0   8.18 .349
Chamberlain, Joba      4.2  8  5  5  2  5 0 0 0   9.64 .381
Traber, Billy          4.2 10  5  5  1  3 0 0 0   9.64 .417
Kennedy, Ian           2.0  9  5  5  1  1 0 1 0  22.50 .600

Pluses

Alfredo Aceves. Late August call-up who now looks like a September addition to the starting rotation. Fine August debut

Mariano Rivera. A slight improvement in his season ERA (and why not?) will give him the best ERA of his career. August hasn’t been his best month but it has been better than most everybody else in the Bronx!

Mike Mussina. Three more wins in August and a twenty win season is still a possibility. His performances have had bags of grit and determination and just the right level of remaining skill.

Minuses

Joba Chamberlain. Let’s recap the story. Chamberlain was an outstanding reliever until ownership decided to interfere and told the management that he must be a starter almost overnight. Fast tracked he first became a so-so starter and then an arm-damaged member of the disabled list. Now back to "fitness", he is sub-par as a reliever which is where he will apparently stay in 2009.

David Robertson. Promoted from AA to the majors, he has liked so many young pitchers this season failed to maintain his own standards and then been returned to a lower level. His 8.18 ERA in August demanded his demotion to Scranton.

Billy Traber. We are now discovering with the promotion of Phil Coke that we have had some decent left-handed pitchers all along. Traber was not one of them.

Surprises

 
Carl Pavano. Two wins for him after a disastrous stint in pinstripes. The winning run has been a bit lucky and won’t be maintained but at least he finally came up with something.

Dan Giese. Back in the majors. Back in the bullpen. Back to fitness. And still he does well. He has done whatever we have asked of him and he deserves a long future in New York as his reward.

Phil Hughes. No, he’s not on the above table and perhaps, there lies the surprise. He is now pitching with a horrible inflated ERA at Scranton. Hughes and Ian Kennedy were meant to be the future of the rotation. Now there’s a legitimate question about what there future holds. One to observe from a distance in Spring training.

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