The New York Yankees – The Pitchers in May (2017)

As we pointed out in our last column, the Yankees are having a steady, productive and successful season so far. The same can be said of their pitching. With the exception of Aroldis Chapman whose struggles led to further medical examination and then to the 10-day disabled list, most everyone is living up to or exceeding expectations. Let’s look in a little more detail:

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The New York Yankees – The Pitchers in April (2017)

The Yankees’ pitching rotation, going into the season, looked quite evidently their greatest weakness.

By contrast, their bullpen looked like their greatest strength.

What would happen if the bullpen lived up to its billing and the rotation was more consistent than expected?

That would be April 2017, which is the way that it has worked out in practise!

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The New York Yankees – Off Season Part 2 (Jan – Feb 2017)

The Yankees said, as the 2016 season came to an end, that they were targeting pitching for the coming season and that particularly strengthening their bullpen was their big target. As Spring Training approaches, it would seem that they have failed to even come close to meeting either of those two inter-related targets.

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The New York Yankees – The Pitchers in September and October (2016)

The New York Yankees started the season with the best bullpen in baseball. When they gave up expecting to make the playoffs at the trading deadline, they gave up much of what gave them that quality. They stripped the bullpen bare and further weakened a starting rotation which hadn’t look good when the season started. Surprisingly, despite all of this, they didn’t do too badly over the last weeks of the season. On the other hand, they didn’t do too good.

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The New York Yankees – The Pitchers in August (2016)

The Yankees had more outgoing pitchers than batters in the trade deadline clear out but there were less new faces on the pitching staff than there were batters with starters, Luis Cessa and Chad Green who had been around on and off since the beginning of year suddenly thrust into the limelight. Let’s see who over-achieved and who under-achieved…

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The New York Yankees – The Pitchers in July (2016)

If the Yankees made some radical changes to their batting line up in July with the departure of Carlos Beltran that was nothing to the  way that they changed their pitching staff around.

Let’s recap… At the end of last year, the Yankees signed Aroldis Chapman for 4 minor league prospects including Caleb Cotham who had seen some action in the Majors in 2015. Now, Cotham has hardly set the world alight since joining the Cincinnati Reds (0-3, 7.40 ERA) but even so Chapman was a controversial signing. He was being investigated under the Major Leagues’ domestic violence ruling, was likely to be suspended and anyway, he was a closer – and the Yankees had one of the finest closers in all baseball, in 2015, in Andrew Miller.

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The New York Yankees – The Pitchers in June (2016)

In June, some of the pitchers that the Yankees felt they could rely upon started to creak. Meanwhile, some of those who looked like they weren’t going to perform began to improve. Rollercoaster. The team ERA during June increased from 3.75 in May to just below 5. No point in your batters improving if this is going to happen!

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