The bullpen – good to great
The rotation – good to poor
The Yankees have a quandary to solve in the second half.
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – June|
Shawn Kelley. Kelley has gotten better consistently as the season has moved on. After a wobbly start in April, he produced a much tighter May and now he leads the team in ERA and OBA in June.
Mariano Rivera. Rivera has had such a solid season that June with a couple of blown opportunities and a high OBA has been in some ways his weakest since returning from injury. In reality with a bullpen this strong, he is one of the few things which has exceeded every expectation.
David Robertson. Robertson allowed 13 men on base in 8.2 innings with only 9 strikeouts so some of his recent performances haven’t been his sharpest but once again, it is everywhere but the bullpen that the problems are to be found.
Ivan Nova. Nova had his second strong month and it seems it’s only the lack of a reputation that is stopping him been boosted to a regular spot in the rotation. He produced the only complete game of the month and deserves a longer tryout.
Joba Chamberlain. Joba has just simply been given too many opportunities. Since returning from injury, he has been horrible most of the time. The Yankees should trade him whilst he still has some trade value.
David Phelps. An ERA of over 5 and just over 5 innings per start in the 5 starts that Phelps made in June. That all sounds rather consistent but if so it is the wrong kind of consistency.
Adam Warren. Warren continues to be the mop-up guy – used in games when the Yankees have no chance to win but they need someone to just finish the game out. The difference is that in May he did well in that role whereas in June whilst still completing the innings, he gave up too many runs.
Andy Pettitte. Pettitte is still looking his age and his 4.83 ERA suggests that he might have been best not coming back one more time – though it would have been a shame to finish on an injury blighted season.
Preston Claiborne. Claiborne continues to produce and all this from a guy that I didn’t expect to see on the roster this year. June was his weakest month but it was still perfectly respectable.
Boone Logan. In previous years, Logan has always gone through extended wobbles. Here we are 3 months into the 2013 season and he is a model of consistency.
Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is the Yankees’ best starter by some distance. The surprise is that on the month, he only has one win and has given up three losses. Blame it on the batters and a lack of run production.
CC Sabathia. Conversely Sabathia who continues to look very ordinary, is the only pitcher on the team with three wins in June and the only starter with more wins than losses.