The pitchers have been largely responsible for the Yankees better-than-expected start to the season. Let’s see who did well:
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – April|
Mariano Rivera. Rivera pretty much resumed where he had left off before picking up his season-ending injury early in 2012. In April, he gave up slightly more hits than you might expect but balanced that with only allowing one walk on the month. His ten saves were amongst the best in the league, a level where Rivera has plied his trade since day one.
Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda moves into his second season in pinstripes and continues to fit perfectly the role that the Yankees hoped he would. They don’t require him to be the ace of the staff but to deliver solid six and seven innings outings with more wins than losses and no-decisions – and that’s just what he does. Averaging 6 innings per appearance and leading the team in OBA, he picked up 4 wins and only one loss.
Boone Logan. Logan began the month in the unenviable task of being the sole left-handed reliever on the Yankees and although that burden has been lessened slightly with the calling up of Vidal Nuno in the last few days, he is still the go-to guy when the Yankees need a specialist out of the bullpen. So far, it is working out well with a 2.84 ERA being evidence of Boone’s ability.
C.C. Sabathia. Another player coming off recent health difficulties, Sabathia is also another continuing as before. There’s been a lot of talk of a falling off in his velocity but C.C. has more than a fastball in his arsenal. He joins Kuroda as the first two starters on the Bronx Bombers to have picked up 4 wins.
Cody Eppley. Eppley and Clay Rapada were a solid presence in the Yankees bullpen throughout the whole of 2012 but it all looks so different now. First, Rapada failed to make the cut out of Spring Training and then Eppley had a disastrous opening to the season. He pitched in two games and gave up 4 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Consequently, he found himself re-assigned to the re-named Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railroaders, a journey which so far seems to be a one way ticket.
Shawn Kelley. On the other hand, Kelley pitched well in his debut but little has gone right for him since then. Despite 15 strikeouts in just over 10 innings pitched, his ERA has rocketed to 7.84 and his future does not look promising.
Ivan Nova. The fifth starter’s spot was always going to be a battle between Nova and David Phelps but neither of them has shone since Nova won that particular battle and now Nova finds himself as one of that ever growing disabled list. Giving up 23 hits in 16 2/3 innings, Nova has an ERA of 6.48.
David Phelps. As indicated, Phelps’ performances have been indifferent for the most part and he has been mainly used to mop up innings in games that the Yankees expected to lose – a role that he has filled far less successfully than Adam Warren.
Adam Warren. Warren has been the most successful of those tried in long relief and has been a useful if somewhat surprising addition to the bullpen. After struggling in his only appearance last season, he made his way onto the roster following a successful Spring Training and has a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings across 4 appearances.
David Robertson. Robertson has been one of the most consistent elements of the Yankees pitching staff over the last few years but despite allowing relatively few runners on base, in the opening month, his ERA is much higher than in previous seasons, ballooning to 4.22.
Phil Hughes. Hughes has had three useful starts and two that were below par but he has yet to collect his first win of the season. He is conceding too many home runs and seems once more to be suffering from a lack of confidence as well as poor run support.
Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain ended the month headed for the disabled list after a patchy opening to the season where he has struggled to match his level of performance at the very end of 2012.