What’s a masked man, you ask?
It’s a guy who saves the day when the team really needs him, then disappears completely. For the Yankees, Cory Wade is the unlikely superhero who’s turned back into Clark Kent.
From May 20 through June 11 — when Dave Robertson was on the disabled list and the Yankees badly needed a setup man — Wade pitched to a 3.12 ERA with a .195 opponents batting average. He gave up the Mark Trumbo walkoff and the Miguel Cabrera game-winner, but even the best pitchers in the game occasionally give up home runs to guys like that. For the most part, Wade was exactly what the Yankees needed.
But since Robertson came off the disabled list, Wade has pitched to a 24.00 ERA with a .553 opponents batting average. He’s been optioned to Triple-A, and even when he was called up for a day, it was more of the same.
“Those last few outings, I didn’t throw the ball real well,” Wade said. “You’ve got to take it. It’s part of the game. You’ve got to understand it and go and do your job when you get sent back down to try to get back as quick as you can. … You feel like you belong here, but at the same time, you can’t fault them for the decision. Even if you’re pitching well and you get sent down, there’s probably a reason for it.”
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