The Yankees pitching in June was nothing short of amazing. Having 22 wins in a calendar month is one thing, but when 10 of the pitchers your team used have a WHIP of less than one on the month, it is easy to see where the lion’s share of the credit might lie.
The starters underwent a wobble or two, but the bullpen were there to keep the wins coming in. As we survey the statistics of the month, we’ll see very clearly why they kept winning.
Let’s see who led the way:
* indicates left-handed pitcher. No * indicates right-handed pitcher.
|Albert Abreu RP||1||0||0.00||3||0||2||0||0||4.1||1||0||0||2||5||0.69|
|Ron Marinaccio RP||1||0||0.00||9||0||3||0||0||11.0||1||0||0||6||12||0.64|
|JP Sears SP/RP*||1||0||0.00||1||1||0||0||0||5.2||3||0||0||1||1||0.71|
|Michael King RP||3||0||0.71||11||0||3||0||0||12.2||3||1||1||7||18||0.79|
|Clay Holmes RP||0||0||0.75||12||0||9||0||8||12.0||7||2||1||3||12||0.83|
|Lucas Luetge RP*||1||0||0.77||9||0||4||0||0||11.2||7||1||1||3||6||0.86|
|Wandy Peralta RP*||1||1||2.13||12||0||3||0||1||12.2||4||3||3||5||12||0.71|
|Manny Banuelos RP*||0||0||2.16||4||0||3||0||1||8.1||7||2||2||3||8||1.20|
|Ryan Weber RP||0||0||2.45||1||0||0||0||0||3.2||2||1||1||0||1||0.55|
|Gerrit Cole SP||2||1||2.73||5||5||0||0||0||29.2||20||9||9||8||39||0.94|
|Luis Severino SP||1||2||3.30||5||5||0||0||0||30.0||19||11||11||10||40||0.97|
|Jordan Montgomery SP*||2||0||3.66||5||5||0||0||0||32.0||28||13||13||5||23||1.03|
|Miguel Castro RP||2||0||4.09||11||0||1||0||0||11.0||10||5||5||3||12||1.18|
|Nestor Cortes SP*||2||2||4.15||5||5||0||0||0||26.0||26||12||12||7||24||1.27|
|Jameson Taillon SP||4||0||4.59||6||6||0||0||0||33.1||40||17||17||6||30||1.38|
|Clarke Schmidt SP/RP||1||0||6.30||7||1||0||0||0||10.0||10||7||7||8||11||1.80|
The Yankees unusually used as many as 7 starters across the month, but with so many games crammed into June it was necessary to utilise some spot starters.
Whilst Jameson Taillon took most wins, ace-of-the-staff Gerrit Cole was really the one who kept the Yankees on the straight and narrow way with Luis Severino also sharing a bulk of the weight, Cole’s 2 wins and 2 no decisions in his 5 starts led to him delivering up an ERA of 2.73 and a WHIP of 0.94. He was hit heavily against Minnesota on the 9th of the month, otherwise his stats would look even more formidable.
Severino struggled on the 19th in the game where the Yankees faced division rivals Toronto and he was only able to pick up one win, but he simply had the misfortune of pitching on days where the relievers didn’t live up to their billing, and more significantly where the batters didn’t offer the run support he required. His two losses came in games against rivals Houston when the batters could only get one run across the plate in each game.
Going back to Taillon, his wins total was somewhat lucky and at least half of the games he won were in games where he was backed by a tremendous effort from the bullpen after a lacklustre start. This is why he could combine 4 wins with the second worst ERA on the team and the second worst WHIP too.
Jordan Montgomery had a better month in the wins column and was very solid. He is an ideal number 3 or 4 starter and should have a long-term future with the Yankees. Nestor Cortes was not quite as solid as he has been at time and took two losses and an ERA of 4.15. The Yankees can still be very well pleased with what they are getting from this surprising package.
The spot starters were as you might expect JP Sears and Clarke Schmidt. Starting suits Sears and he picked up a win giving up 3 hits and no runs in 5.2 innings. Schmidt’s start proved that he needs to work on his stamina for that role, lasting only 3 innings in what was a good game for him. Most of his relief work this month did not go so well, and accounts for his inflated ERA.
Domingo German is approaching a return from injury which will give the Yankees an extra option in either a starting role or long relief.
Somehow or other Albert Abreu is back on the Yankees’ roster. In April, the Yankees desperately needed a back-up catcher (with recent signing, Ben Rortvedt showing up injured), so Abreu, who the Yankees didn’t really want to see go, had to be moved to Texas in addition to minor leaguer, Robby Ahlstrom to acquire Jose Trevino – as you may have noticed by now, this proved to be a surprisingly good move. Two months later, Texas traded Abreu to Kansas City for a minor leaguer. Eighteen days later, Kansas put him on waivers, and lo and behold, the Yankees claimed him. By the 23rd of this month, he was back on the Yankees’ roster and by the end of June, Abreu had appeared in 3 games, not giving up any runs over 4.1 innings and delivered up a 0.69 WHIP. Now, that’s a weird story.
Some other players whose future direction with the Yankees was a little uncertain as the New York team were struggling to identify exactly just where they fit in, have started to come good and just at the right time. These included Ron Marinaccio, Michael King and Lucas Luetge. Each delivered an ERA of less than 1 and a WHIP of less than 1. Marinaccio who appeared in 9 games and didn’t give up a run all month and was particularly outstanding.
Clay Holmes who had stepped into the shoes of Aroldis Chapman as closer when Chapman was under-performing, continued to fulfil that role now that Chapman was unavailable through injury. He suffered the occasional wobble this month, but added 8 saves to his total. That’ll do.
Wandy Peralta was solid enough and continues to be a good acquisition.
The Yankees were unsure what role Ryan Weber and Manny Banuelos could play for them. Veteran journeyman, Weber bounced between the majors, the minors and the backdoor – declining an assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then finding out there wasn’tmuch interest elsewhere and then finding himself back in the Bronx. Banuelos had been with the Yankees many, many years ago – only then to find himself finally to be representing the team at the top level and then despite doing quite well, he found himself looking for another place to call home.
Miguel Castro was the only one of the relievers who didn’t fare too well this month. He gathered a 4.09 ERA across his 11 innings. Even so, he was able to add 2 wins to his total.
Meanwhile, Aroldis Chapman reported to Scranton late in the month to begin a rehab assignment.