So we have surveyed the batters, now onto the pitchers…..
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – October|
David Robertson. Five pitchers came out of the post-season with a 0.00 ERA for the Yankees. Robertson gets first mention because even compared to Mariano Rivera, he was the most consistent reliever on the Yankees staff. He and Rivera were tied during the playoffs, neither allowing a hit or giving up a walk. Robertson pitched 2 innings across 2 appearances……
Mariano Rivera. …….whilst Mariano pitched 1.1 innings across 2 appearances with the same outcome.
Boone Logan. Logan was the next hardest reliever to get on base against. He allowed a hit but no walks and that hit didn’t develop into a run. Logan deserves special mention. First, because he appeared in 3 games but mostly because he has overcome more difficulties, personal doubts, media and fan doubts than anyone else who performed at this level.
Phil Hughes. Hughes also deserves a significant mention. He spent the regular season mostly as a starter or on the disabled list (though nobody quite seemed to know quite why). In late September, he was added to the bullpen and produced two quality performances. Two more such quality performances from the bullpen followed in the ALDS. Two appearances, 2.1 innings, 1 hit, no walks, no runs. Looks like we might have got ourselves a decent reliever then…… will they try to make a starter out of him still?
Cory Wade. Wade pitched two innings in his one post-season appearance. He allowed 2 hits and a walk but no runs. Not bad for a mid-season pickup that nobody wanted. We’ll wait to see if he’s squeezed out in 2012…… Has to be said that for the second half of the season he was part of the best bullpen in baseball. Now how the dickens did that happen?
C.C. Sabathia. If all the real quality was in the bullpen then most of the sub-standard pitching must have come from the starters. And we start where we needed to find our greatest strength with the curiously lacklustre Sabathia. To some degree circumstances conspired against him, a rainout and his first ever relief appearance were part of the mix but even that doesn’t fully account for a 6.23 ERA and 8 walks.
Freddy Garcia. With Colon falling at the final hurdles, a lot was being asked of Freddy Garcia and he didn’t quite deliver. 3 earned runs in 5.1 innings in his only appearance wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good enough.
Luis Ayala. Ayala was the weak link in an otherwise gold standard bullpen. Girardi stood by him despite struggles in his first appearance and it didn’t get any better second time around. The fans got on his back and these playoff appearances will stick longer in the memory than the solid stuff from the regular season making him less likely to return to what will be a crowded bullpen in 2012.
Ivan Nova. Nova didn’t often not deliver but his failure in game 5 left us with too much to do. It wasn’t his fault (tightness in his forearm, they say) but before his injury he had given up two homeruns in the first innings which makes you wonder whether he ought to have spoken up earlier.
A.J. Burnett. Burnett starting in game 4 wasn’t what the bleacher creatures wanted to see. They like to see Burnett with a cream pie in his hand but they have had little use for him otherwise in 2011. He didn’t go particularly deep in the game but he kept his nerve and kept us in the series. A most unlikely hero.
Rafael Soriano. Soriano wasn’t brilliant but he was better than he’s been most of the season. His 3 relief appearances included only one clunker – his second and third outings were spotless. He looks like he’ll be back in 2012 and perhaps there is an encouragement here that he can deliver what he promises.