In July, the starters and some of the relievers continued to struggle. Thankfully, the Yankees have Rivera and Robertson to pull them through in the tight games……
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – July|
David Robertson. A measure of how good David Robertson was in July was that he gave up only 1 walk whilst striking out 18 in 13 innings. He led the team in ERA, OBA and WHIP and looks the most obvious candidate to take over Mariano’s role when he retires.
Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda also had a great month, achieving 3 wins and 2 no-decisions in his 5 starts. 2 earned runs left him with a miniscule 0.55 ERA
Mariano Rivera. Whilst it is necessary to begin talking about who will replace Mo that shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that he is done or that he is struggling. He picked up a further 8 saves in July and his WHIP was below 1.
Shawn Kelley. Kelley has been good in relief this year and July was one of his best months with 15 strikeouts in just over 10 innings.
CC Sabathia. CC continues his struggles and his ERA was higher than 6 in July so he couldn’t blame it on anyone but himself. He did achieve one win but three losses and one no-decision means that his struggles look likely to be season long.
Phil Hughes. Hughes is another starter having an awful season. The difference for him is that this isn’t the first season that he’s struggled in and he really is running out of excuses.
Adam Warren. Adam Warren was the long relief man for the first half of the season but the Yankees were always likely to be looking at other options in the second half and July didn’t help his case. Only Sabathia allowed more walks and hits per innings pitched and whilst Warren was still able to eat up the innings, he was doing little else.
Andy Pettitte. Pettitte gave the Yankees six innings a start but averaging over 7 hits in each of those starts just wasn’t good enough.
Joba Chamberlain. There was a lot of talk about Chamberlain being allowed to move on at mid-season but suddenly in July he began to perform. 2 wins and a 1.50 ERA was a significant step up on the rest of the year and whilst he is well down the pecking order in the bullpen, he will do for now.
Ivan Nova. The surprise about Nova was that despite some great performances, he only wound up with a 2-2 month. It was his turn to suffer the lack of run support but he is starting to look like one for the long term.
David Phelps. Phelps really struggled in his one start in July and then joined the extensive list of injuries. This year it was meant to be between Hughes and him for the fifth starter. In reality, neither of them has done enough to hold on to the job.
Boone Logan. Logan has looked under-used and as though he could cope with facing more right-handers. They’ve chosen not to test him out in that role despite the extensive list of strugglers elsewhere.