The Yankees have seen most of the season through with two strong starters, three weak starters and a good bullpen. That remained the same in August but the names were shuffled around……
|New York Yankees – Pitching – Month – August|
David Robertson. Robertson continued to dominate the batters he faced in August. However his strikeouts per innings pitched were down and that has been a key stat to watch for him ever since he made the majors. He did very well in August but this is a cautionary note to watch for the future.
Ivan Nova. Nova continued the form that he had begun to display in July but now did so in a regular starting slot. In his six starts, he achieved four wins and a team leading 31 strikeouts. If he can do anything near this consistently then he will be a great asset for the run-in and for 2014.
Andy Pettitte. Andy has had a below par season but August was one of his better months. In 5 starts, he picked up 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 no decision but more importantly, he was pitching a better game.
Shawn Kelley. Kelley has been a regular and under-rated presence in the bullpen throughout the season and August was one of his better months. He gave up too many hits but ensured that very few of those were turned into runs.
Phil Hughes. Hughes was just simply awful in August. He averaged less than 5 innings per start and all but one of those starts ended up in him collecting the loss. He must surely be coming to the point where the Yankees give up on him.
CC Sabathia. Whereas Hughes has been consistently bad, Sabathia has simply been inconsistent. He has lost speed on his fastball and the Yankees have had to wait for the day of the game to see how he would master his repertoire to gauge what he would produce. This month, it has been mostly bad. The 3 in the wins column doesn’t tell the truth. That’s more than he deserved.
Preston Claiborne. Claiborne arrived in the major leagues, quietly doing his work and impressing those who paid attention. His continuity has been broken by a couple of trips to the minors, mainly because he was surplus to requirements for a few days and the Yankees needed to clear space on the active roster. Whether this knocked his confidence or something else is the cause, there is no question that his performance has declined.
Boone Logan. Logan had a disappointing month in August. Whether this was tiredness caused by a season being the only left-handed reliever the Yankees had to call on or some other reason, they will need him to bounce back in September.
David Huff. Huff was briefly on the roster earlier in the season and then sent to Scranton where he has done well. This earned him another chance which in August, he took with both hands. In 8 and 2/3 innings across 3 appearances, he allowed only 1 run and no hits.
Mariano Rivera. If Rivera ever struggles during a season, it has usually been in August and this season is no exception. What is slightly more surprising is this trend means that across the month, he gave up more than one hit per innings played and produced an ERA of over 4.
Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain looked washed up as a Yankee in June. Since then, in both July and August, he has bounced back with a determination that contrasts with his demeanour of an outward lack of concern. He gave only 8 hits in his 11 innings pitched – which is a significant improvement on his performances in the first half of the season.
Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has been the strongest part of the Yankees starting rotation for most of the season but it all fell apart in August. He finished the month at 1 win and 4 losses with an ERA which was above 5. The Yankees will need him to return to form if they are to have any hope of that wildcard qualification.