The Yankees’ pitching in June was phenomenal. Even leaving the amusing story of Dewayne Wise aside, the very fact that they had 11 pitchers who achieved individual ERAs of less than 3.00 on the month shows that it was the pitching staff who earn the lion’s share of the credit for the 20 wins -7 losses record that they put together in June. Let’s see who did what:
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – June|
Ivan Nova. Very often when Nova has had a hot spell in the past, he has relied on the batters to deliver up mucho run support in his weak moments. This wasn’t the case in June. He pitched a good 7 innings a start in his 5 starts and produced a 1.26 ERA. If there was a flaw, he was prone to giving up walks at times he was under pressure. He finished the month for 3 wins and no losses.
Rafael Soriano. Soriano found himself in a tight situation in the early part of the season. Both Mariano Rivera and David Robertson were on the disabled list making a return for Rafael to the closer role that he handled so well for the Rays inevitable. In June, he made 13 appearances and produced 11 saves. He had an ERA of 1.64 and whilst he seldom made the job easy for himself, he always seemed to come up with the right result. After a year of looking like a very nice, well-presented spare part, he is now a crucial part of the Yankees machine.
Boone Logan. Logan hasn’t exactly been consistent this year but in June he was at his best. Only allowing 3 hits in 9.2 innings, his role is more now than just the left-hander who pitches to left-handers…. He now needs to produce this all the time, rather than some of the time.
Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is another who tends toward one bad game for every two good games but at the moment he is on a hot streak. 4 wins and 1 loss in June, nearly 7 innings a start and a 1.98 ERA. Excellent.
David Phelps. Seems a little heartless listing anyone as bad on a month which has been so strong. However, there have been a handful in the “could have done better” category so here goes. Phelps has done well since surprising everyone by making the roster out of spring training but June was not a collection of his finest hours and as a result, he was demoted to the low minors to see if getting more action would help his consistency. The little time that he saw pitching for the major league outfit produced a 7.36 ERA and the hour when he could count on being on the 25-man list may now have gone for the time being.
Ryota Igarashi. Similarly for Igarashi who was a surprising call up, thrown into a game where he didn’t do well and then demoted again. His 9.00 ERA was the result of 1 run given up in the one innings of his major league tenure this season. The time he spent with the New York Mets over the last two seasons never really resulted in him becoming a “regular” and the same looks likely to be true in the Bronx.
Cory Wade. And Cory Wade just fell apart. There were moments in the earlier months of this season when he looked untouchable. In June, his ERA ballooned to 13.97 and a pitcher who had been dependable for 3 outs every time he took to the mound was suddenly only achieving 9.2 innings in 12 appearances. No sentiment from the Yankees. Cory became a parcel marked “Scranton / Wilkes-Barre” first class.
Adam Warren. The saddest moment of a particularly good month was watching the struggles of Adam Warren in his major league debut. Prior to the game, he had talked of how this was the moment he had waited for all his life. During the game, he gave up 6 earned runs in 2 and a third innings, resulting in a 23.14 ERA and mammoth .533 OBA. After the game, he was riding the reassignment rails back to the minor leagues. Hope he gets another shot.
Freddy Garcia. When Garcia was dropped from the starting rotation early in the season, there were many who would have gone the whole way and released him. In June, he produced a record that made him a very useful addition to the bullpen which would see him once again becoming part of the starting rotation in July. I doubt whether in the long term he can produce in the rotation so this month’s record of a 1.13 ERA albeit in just 5 appearances should become the benchmark for a realistic assessment of his season.
Clay Rapada. Rapada looked a makeweight when he made the roster in April. Over 5 previous seasons in the majors, he has never really made the grade. During spells with the Cubs, Detroit, Texas and Baltimore, he was usually the 25th man on the roster set to ride the shuttle between the big league club and the triple-A affiliate. In New York he has achieved much more than that. In June, for example, a 1.86 ERA and .121 OBA shows how effective and how much a depended-upon part of the bullpen he has become.
Cody Eppley. Eppley is another surprise. His only previous major league experience had been with Texas in 2011 and when the Yankees signed it looked initially that he would spend the bulk of his time at Scranton with the occasional trip to New York to cover for injuries. However, on one of those trips he impressed and he has stuck. This month a 2.25 ERA whilst Wade struggled means that he has cemented his role.
Phil Hughes. Hughes seems finally to have found his groove ….. and we hope we don’t speak too soon. He picked up 4 wins in June and was never less than effective. He won’t be the no. 1 pitcher that the Yankees hoped they had in their future but if he continues at this pace then he could be a fixture in the rotation for a good few years to come.
Oh and let’s not forget Dewayne Wise……. 0.2 innings pitched and no runs conceded – not bad for an outfielder.