April in the Bronx – the Yankees on the Mound

Last season, the Yankees had 3 stellar starters and a strong bullpen but the last two spots on the rotation were a gaping hole. Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes have been nominated to fill that gap. So far, this plan has met with some success….

New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – April
Name GP GS GF IP H RA ER BB SO CG W L Sv ERA OBA
Rivera, Mariano 10 0 10 9.0 3 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 7 0.00 .107
Hughes, Phil 3 3 0 18.0 6 4 4 11 18 0 2 0 0 2.00 .103
Mitre, Sergio 3 0 3 4.1 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 2.08 .133
Pettitte, Andy 5 5 0 34.0 28 8 8 11 25 0 3 0 0 2.12 .231
Burnett, A.J. 5 5 0 33.1 31 10 9 9 20 0 3 0 0 2.43 .256
Sabathia, C.C. 5 5 0 34.2 25 13 12 12 28 2 3 1 0 3.12 .212
Chamberlain, Joba 11 0 3 10.1 10 4 4 3 10 0 0 1 0 3.48 .250
Logan, Boone 3 0 0 2.1 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 3.86 .300
Aceves, Alfredo 6 0 1 8.2 8 5 4 4 1 0 2 0 0 4.15 .222
Park, Chan Ho 3 0 0 5.2 6 4 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 4.76 .261
Marte, Damaso 9 0 2 4.2 4 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 5.79 .222
Vazquez, Javier 4 4 0 20.0 25 20 20 11 18 0 1 3 0 9.00 .309
Robertson, David 7 0 1 5.0 10 6 6 1 8 0 0 1 0 10.80 .417
74 22 20 190.0 161 79 75 71 147 2 15 7 7 3.55 .232

Good

Mariano Rivera. Saying that Mariano Rivera is dependable is an understatement. This year he has not given up a run through Spring Training and now throughout April. To add to all this he has given up only two walks for an impressive .107 OBA.

Phil Hughes. Hughes had a great season pitching the eighth inning last out but then fell apart in the post-season. In Spring training he beat out Joba Chamberlain for the fifth starter’s role and so far he is the principle reason why the Yankees have had a better April in 2010 than they had in 2009. 2 wins and a 2.00 ERA and the only pitcher who has a better OBA than Rivera.

Andy Pettitte. Andy Pettitte proved to be a great no. 3 starter in 2009. So far in 2010, he is surpassing that level and has picked up three wins whilst pitching just below seven innings per start.

Bad

Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been simply awful. Last time, he was on the Bronx Bombers, he was much criticised but in the cold light of day, looking at his stats in retrospect, he was a perfectly good no. 3 starter trying to carry the weight of the team. This time he needs only to fill the number four slot. It should be straightforward but it isn’t. His confidence is gone and something needs to be done to give him a break – perhaps some time pitching out of the bullpen – and let him get his head together.

David Robertson. Robertson was the surprise success of last year and a major part of the Yankees’ bullpen. This year, he seems not to have found his balance. He has given up 10 hits in his first five innings pitched and his ERA is the worst on the team. Only time will tell whether he can find his feet again but at least he hasn’t the psychological baggage that Vazquez is carrying.

Damaso Marte. Marte hasn’t been awful but he has walked too many and for a man who is often brought on to get out the left-handed hitters this is proving a problem and causing his ERA to balloon. If everyone was fit then there would be a reasonable argument for keeping Boone Logan on the roster and cutting Marte loose.

Surprises

Sergio Mitre. On opening day, Mitre looked like the 25th man on the roster. He didn’t seem to be likely to get many chances and for the first two weeks of the season that was just the way it worked out. But with the injury to Chan Ho Park and the decline of Javier Vazquez, Mitre has come into his own and finds himself as one of only three pitchers on the team with an OBA of less than .200. He is an added bonus in a strong start to the season.

Joba Chamberlain. Joba hasn’t been outstanding but he has filled the role which the Yankees had set for him and after all the setbacks of the last two seasons, this is no small thing. He has been used more than any other reliever and checked in an ERA for the month of 3.48. That will do. Let’s hope they don’t make more “rules” for his future and just let him get on with it. He just might grow and mature.

Chan Ho Park. Park’s performances were up and down but his injury came as a surprise and setback and his slow recovery even more so.

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