And so on to the pitchers:
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – August|
C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia has become easily the Yankees most consistent starter. That was after all what they signed him for and what they pay him enormous amounts of money for. But the Yankees have signed big name pitchers in the past and they have failed to adapt to life in New York. No such problem for C.C.. He’s averaging over 7 innings a start in recent games and in his last 6 starts, he has 5 wins and 1 no decision.
Phil Hughes. Hughes has found a role to suit his undoubted ability and we’re no longer surprised that month-by-month, he is one of the Yankees most used relievers and gives up few hits and less runs.
Andy Pettitte. Pettitte had an uneven month but his last start of August was his best in the pinstripes for some considerable time . I wouldn’t expect him to maintain that standard but he has been a solid part of the rotation.
Mariano Rivera. Another 8 saves during the month. Again only 1 run in the month. A walk every 3 innings. More than a strikeout per innings. He wasn’t quite as good as he was in July but this guy is in a field of one and he is a phenomenon.
Anthony Claggett. Claggett’s performances at triple-A seem to make an obvious candidate for promotion. He arrives in the majors and he falls apart. So bad that both times he has been added to the roster, he is gone so quickly that he doesn’t seem likely to get two consecutive appearances at this level.
Phil Coke. Coke has seldom looked like the pitcher he was in 2008. August was probably his worst month of the year so far. He gives up too many home runs and on the month his ERA was over eleven. Fortunately for him the Yankees have had few left-handed options out of the bullpen so he is still on the roster at the September expansion.
Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain had a poor month but indecision amongst management and coaches about how they should keep from over-tiring him did not help him. At one point he had an eight day break between starts. That was a disaster. So on his next appearance, he made a 3 innings start. That was better but not much. Where does he go from here?
AJ Burnett. Burnett’s season has hit a serious decline. The Yankees need to get him out of this funk if he is going to be a meaningful contributor in the post-season. He is giving up more than a hit per inning and gifts the opposition more walks than any other starter on the team.
Damaso Marte. I’m surprised to even see Marte back on the roster as early as August. I’m even more surprised that he has managed to bring his ERA on the season to below ten. In the few performances he has made since his return from the DL, he looks like a different pitcher than he has had at anytime since he joined the Yankees last season.
Brian Bruney. Bruney’s figures are much, much improved on what they were a couple of months ago but I have a feeling that at the moment he is riding his luck and that on a few occasions a wise decision by Girardi to get him off the mound – and an inspired substitution as seen him through. We’ll see how long it can last……
Sergio Mitre. Mitre’s most recent appearance was a revelation. Prior to that I’d been hoping that he could get the Yankees through to the end of the fifth and keep the scores even. In his last game, he looked much stronger….. and then he was hit by a batted ball and you wonder whether that moment will ever come again.
Alfredo Aceves. Aceves has looked very wobbly at times recently. Somehow he keeps coming good when the Yankees really need him. He now has 9 wins in relief. Very peculiar.