And September was the month when Mariano Rivera went into meltdown when in the year until then he had produced his best ever ERA. How was it really for him and the rest of the pitching staff?
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – September|
Kerry Wood. Wood continued to dominate batters and became that vital missing part to the bullpen that the team stumbled on almost by accident. However, whilst Wood didn’t give up a single run in September the rest of the team seemed to begin to lose their collective way. Kerry’s 5 hits and 6 walks allowed meant that he allowed less than one batter per innings to get on board and since he didn’t concede a single home run, his arm was a very safe one to turn to all month.
David Robertson. Robertson has had a very streaky season and he needs at least one out per innings to be a strikeout in order to be truly effective. The month’s total of 11 in 13 innings means that he wasn’t quite at the top of his game but in a mixed season this was a sizeable improvement.
Joba Chamberlain. Much the same can be said of Joba who perhaps had his most effective month of the year and struck out 14 in 12.2 innings.
C.C. Sabathia. Whilst all the other starters were falling to pieces, C.C. stood tall and delivered. He had a mixed month results wise but in all but one appearance he kept the team in the game and did so by allowing remarkably few runners to get on base. This wasn’t his best month of the year but it just might have been his gutsiest.
Javier Vazquez. There will still those of us who thought Vazquez could pitch in New York after his first time around and thought he’d been unlucky to be allowed to leave. There will be far fewer if any in that number after this one season return to the Bronx. In September, Javier was bad as a starter and not much better in relief. His 8.84 ERA on the month is enough for him to lose his place on the roster.
Chad Gaudin. Another pitcher on his second time around in pinstripes and another who should not be darkening the clubhouse door in the post-season or in 2011. Consistently ineffective.
Andy Pettitte. Pettitte’s return from Injury is going slowly and this is very worrying because we are going to need to rely him heavily in the playoffs. After last season’s 3 man rotation in the post-season, this was meant to be the year when New York would have an embarrassment of riches in that department. It hasn’t worked out but somehow the man with the worst OBA in the team in the final month of the regular season must become our second most dependable starter in October.
A.J. Burnett. At least, Pettitte has his recovery from injury to justify his lack of a sparkling finish to the season – and also to some degree give us hope that he is in the midst of bouncing back. We can have no such optimism about Burnett. He started the season as the no.2 starter on the Yankee staff. Now he is the guy we might turn to in Game 4 if Sabathia doesn’t feel up to starting on short rest. His 3 losses in September were short blowouts and we can’t afford to risk more of the same in a short series.
Sergio Mitre. Mitre was remarkably consistent over the last few weeks of the season and it is only surprising that the Yankees didn’t turn to him much more. He played on only 4 days in September and the meagre 5.2 innings he was asked to deliver were all good. In the post-season where normal periods of rest go out of the window and people can be called upon at any time or no time, Mitre could prove an essential option.
Ivan Nova. Nova had some useful outings after the All-Star break. Usually used as a starter, his appearances were shorter than you might hope for but enough to keep the Yankees in some tight games. Sadly, he has faded in performance and confidence in September where you might be hoping to see him begin to extend into the 6th or 7th innings as a preparation for a useful ongoing role in the post-season. He’s not ready yet.
Royce Ring. With Marte gone for the season, the Yankees took a long hard look at Ring during late September and the first few days of October. Finding a possible left-hand reliever for the playoffs so late in the season was a long shot. To see him getting less authorative with each appearance was, however, particularly disappointing. This means Boone Logan will have a great weight to carry alone……
Jonathan Albaladejo. Albaladejo was another given a long lingering look as the Autumn nights hit the major league stadiums. The strange thing is that most of the time he meets the challenge (except in 2010 Spring Training) but is usually overlooked. Despite a decent September, he has been passed over again whilst the thoroughly ordinary Dustin Moseley is given a spot.
Mariano Rivera. Rivera is always good for one shaky period each season. Let’s hope that those awful nights in late September (traditionally his weakest month) are nothing more than that and will fall away to make room for another golden October (traditionally his strongest month).