Pitching was going to be the Yankees strength this season. That was the theory. And then Michael Pineda went on the disabled list and then to the 60-day DL. Now one pitcher who ends up out of action before he starts (Pedro Feliciano) might be unfortunate but when it happens on consecutive seasons then the alarm bells start to ring. How did the rest do….?
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – April|
David Robertson. Robertson had a good 2009, a below par 2010, a great 2011. Would the pattern continue and 2012 see him fade again? Well, the early indicators (in April) suggest not. He didn’t give up a run the whole month and his OBA led the team. That will do nicely, sir!
Boone Logan. Boone Logan, left-handed batters only – right? No, it seems not, Logan has been taking a bigger and bigger role and with better and better results. In April, he appeared in as many games as Robertson with only slightly less innings pitched. More importantly, he was second (only to Robertson, again!) in ERA and OBA.
Rafael Soriano. The bullpen is going great guns. Soriano is perhaps allowing too many men to get to first base but to be frank they don’t go far after that. 1.29 ERA is very useful from a former closer who has an ill-defined role (at the moment!)
Cory Wade. And yet another reliever comes up trumps. The only one of the four we have mentioned to have given up more than one run in April.
Freddy Garcia. And then we get to the starters. Garcia did well last year because, despite his advancing years, his junk balls went where he intended them to and baffled the opponents’ batters most of the time. This year he is just not hitting his spots, his confidence is down and everyone is taking advantage.
Phil Hughes. Hughes has been through a nightmare but he did well out of the bullpen at the tail of 2011 and a good-enough Spring meant that the powers-that-be were ready to restore him to the rotation. Bad idea. April went from bad to worse for Hughes who desperately needs a good game to boost his confidence.
Ivan Nova. Nova came out of April with 3 wins and no losses. All good? Those who got to watch tell a different story and the statistics confirm the suspicion that he is another part of the rotation enduring a sub-par month. Run support got him through.
Hiroki Kuroda. 4th starter in a row and it was a spin-of-a-coin between him and Sabathia who would get this slot in my list of those who had a difficult month. Kuroda allowed a lot more people to make it to base whereas Sabathia was sometimes a little unlucky.
Mariano Rivera. Normally when something goes wrong for Rivera, the same problem can reoccur in consecutive games for a while. Not in April this year. His first games of the year was a nightmare but after that it was back to business-as-usual. The loss column stopped there and 5 saves and one win were to follow. What would they do without him!
David Phelps. Not too many predicted that Phelps would make the team out of Spring training – but he did. He’s proved an enduring long relief man when the starter has had to leave early – which has not been an infrequent occurrence.
Cody Eppley. A late Spring waivers claim, Eppley has had to ride the shuttle between AAA and the Majors but he has done well when the opportunities have arisen.
C.C. Sabathia. He deserves a mention somewhere. The surprise like Nova is that he is 3 and 0 despite a lack of consistency.