The Yankees had less injuries amongst their pitching staff in May but it wasn’t a strong month for everyone. Most missed was Alfredo Aceves who headed for the disabled list to be replaced by new signing Chad Gaudin who had been released by the same organisation in March:
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – May|
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Phil Hughes. Hughes has been a tower of strength. He’s the guy who only made the rotation down at the wire as the organisation chose him to start over Joba. In six starts in May, he took 4 wins, 1 loss and 1 no decision. His only competition as best starter on the team was Andy Pettitte. Hughes was slightly weaker according to ERA but actually allowed less batters to reach base.
Andy Pettitte. In Pettitte’s five starts, he also managed 4 wins and 1 loss. At this point in his career, you would think his dominance would be on the decline but so far he looks stronger than he did in 2009.
Sergio Mitre. Mitre’s performance became doubly important as Aceves was absent. Now exclusively a long reliever as Vazquez’s performance improved , he allowed less players to base per innings, amongst the regular staff, than anybody except Mariano Rivera.
Alfredo Aceves. Aceves still belongs in this section because when was fit, he was truly dominating. He achieved one win and one save in four appearances whilst giving up no runs.
Chan Ho Park. It is good that the Yankees’ 5 starters are now all weighing with reasonable quality starts because some of the supposed mainstays of the new bullpen are wobbling. Park is one of the main culprits. He’s spent time on the DL and now he is back to fitness, his 9.39 ERA and 3.89 OBA, on the month, are truly atrocious.
Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees hope to make him a starter seem to be gone and he’s not dominating as a reliever like he was before the great experiment. He’s allowing considerably less runners to base than some of his bullpen mates but he is letting himself and the team down in clutch situations.
David Robertson. Last year, the Yankees found a great addition to their bullpen in a guy called David Robertson who stepped up from Double-A and achieved many a strikeout. Now a guy called David Robertson in the majors is achieving one strikeout per innings but is struggling majorly to dominate those he can’t get to swing wildly.
Chad Gaudin. Welcome back, Chad. The Yankees brought up a couple of guys from Scranton early in the month who did well in long relief and who will be honourably mentioned in our “surprises” section. But when push came to shove, they sent them back to the minors and opted to go with Gaudin who had been released by the Athletics since he was released by the Yankees. Back on the Yankees, he is showing why they released him the first time.
Romulo Sanchez. Early in the month Sanchez was a surprise call up from Scranton. He immediately made his debut and pitched 3.2 innings for no runs, only allowing one walk and one hit. Despite this his trip back to Scranton came amazingly quickly and when Aceves went down injured, they chose to leave him there.
Ivan Nova. Like Sanchez, Nova was a surprise call up and appeared in 2 games in relief. He contributed 3 innings and whilst the 4 hits he allowed meant that he didn’t make quite the impact that Sanchez did, he was also rewarded with that trip back to Scranton. Aceves out, Gaudin in and no chance for Nova to flash his best stuff.
Damaso Marte. Of the 4 pitchers to appear in 10 or more games in May, only Marte was consistently good. Whilst Logan can count himself unlucky to be demoted, the suggestion that Marte has finally found some consistency in pinstripes is relief indeed. His .190 OBA was good news when Rivera was having a few wobbles.
Mariano Rivera. After an exceptional (even by his standards) Spring Training and month of April, Rivera seemed to have an attack of that occasional psychological blackspot which seems to happen to him at least once every season. This time it resulted in him giving up his first grand slam at Yankee Stadium since 1995. Just as surprisingly, after a couple of days of the wobbles, he was back to his imperious best.