And so the pitchers:
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – May|
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David Robertson. Robertson had a great year in 2009. I pretty much gave up on him in 2010 and wouldn’t have been disappointed if the Yankees had traded him in the close season. Now in 2011, he seems (although I don’t want to speak too soon) to be becoming a bonafide bullpen star. In May, he struck out 23 in 12 innings pitched (the rise and fall of his strikeout ratio has been a clear guide to his success) and had a 0.75 ERA.
Mariano Rivera. There’s nothing much that can be said about Mo that I haven’t already said. He had a slightly sub-par month in May, allowing nearly a hit per innings and a 2.08 ERA but sub-par for him is just fine and dandy by anyone else’s standards.
Joba Chamberlain. Finally, we are seeing some consistency from Joba. A 2.08 ERA across 13 innings. After all the expectations and disappointments, he seems finally to be living up to his true potential – not what the Yankees hoped for but at a more realistic level.
C.C. Sabathia. Like Rivera, Sabathia wasn’t quite at the top of his game in May but he still was the Yankees number 1 starter – just nudging out Colon in my judgement. He had 4 wins and a 3.63 ERA on the month.
Amaury Sanit. Sanit’s story is a perplexing one. A Cuban defector who seemed to have some promise, he was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. At that stage, the Yankees hierarchy should have cut him loose but I don’t want to blame anyone for trying to give someone a second chance. So eventually he made it to the Major League level, having performed well enough at Scranton since his return from suspension. He bombed during his short stint with the Yankees producing an 8.53 ERA in May in 6.1 innings over 3 appearances. They didn’t just demote him whence he came but removed him from the 40 man roster and then gave him an outright release. No other team has so far given him a tryout to the best of my knowledge.
Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle is one of a number of relievers, on the Yankees, who don’t seem to have what it takes to really cut it at this level on their current form. His 5.40 ERA could have ballooned to a much higher level in my opinion.
Boone Logan. Logan is having a little bit of a crisis of confidence and perhaps bad write-ups in the press have got him rattled. He has a very limited role being used solely as a left-handed specialist and this seemed to work fine until he was the only leftie in the ‘pen. Now he knows that he will be called upon every time a difficult leftie comes to bat and a reliever is needed, it is not working so well. With Feliciano and Marte out for the long-term and Steve Garrison, who is currently injured anyway, the only other left-handed reliever on the 40 man roster, this is a real problem. Logan produced a 5.14 ERA in May.
A.J. Burnett. Overall, the Yankees have had more than they expected from their current starting rotation. The one exception seems to be when Burnett struggles in the early innings. When he has a good first innings, he has enough. If he struggles early, he has been woeful.
Hector Noesi. Now here’s an interesting one. Noesi is persistent and dogged and is getting the job done. He finished the month with a 0.96 ERA. But when he first was placed on the roster, Girardi didn’t seem to want to go near him. Now in his second stint, he is eventually getting there but as good as the figures look, I still have my doubts about what will happen in the long term.
Lance Pendleton. Speaking of pitchers that I’m not entirely persuaded about, here’s Lance Pendleton who recorded a 0.00 ERA during May. there’s part of me thinks that the second time these batters see him that will all change but in the meantime well done, Mr Pendleton.
Luis Ayala. I was surprised Ayala made the cut at the end of Spring Training and I’m surprised how successful he has been. He has been particularly adept at keeping runners on base from scoring. It would be more impressive if he could keep more of those from making base in the first place but he walks very few and pitches to a consistent quality.
Freddy Garcia. I would have taken Colon over Garcia coming out of Spring Training has a choice to go into the starting rotation. Hughes’ problems / injury meant that Colon made it anyway albeit a couple of weeks later. Garcia is not over-powering but he has proved to be a tricky junk-ball pitcher and is worthy of his spot.