There was a time this season when the Yankees rotation was pretty good. The starters were generally healthy, pretty reliable, and a couple of guys put together legitimate streaks of dominance. But those days seem long gone right now. At this point, the rotation might be the Yankees weak link, leading to early deficits and putting extra strain on a bullpen already weakened by injuries.
8-26 – 4.2IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K (Hughes)
8-27 – 7.0IP, 5H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K (Pettitte)
8-28 – 5.0IP, 9H, 7R, 5ER, 1BB, 4K (Kuroda)
8-30 – 5.2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 4K (Sabathia)
8-31 – 9.0IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 5K (Nova)
9-1 – 6.0IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K (Pettitte)
9-2 – 1.1IP 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K (Hughes)
9-3 – 6.1IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K (Kuroda)
9-4 – 7.1IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K (Sabathia)
9-5 – 4.0IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K (Nova)
9-6 – 6.0IP 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 8K (Pettitte)
9-7 – 3.1IP, 8H, 9R, 9ER, 0BB, 2K (Huff)
9-8 – 6.0IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, (Kuroda)
9-9 – 7.1IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K (Sabathia)
9-10 – 6.0IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K (Nova)
9-11 – 6.1IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 3K (Pettitte)
9-12 – 3.0IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K (Hughes)
9-13 – 6.0IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K (Kuroda)
9-14 – 6.0IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 5K (Sabathia)
9-15 – 4.0IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K (Nova)
A lot of fours and fives in the earned run column, and a lot of sixes in the inning pitched column. Four runs in six innings is a 6.00 ERA, and that’s not going to cut it. The past three turns through the rotation, CC Sabathia has been the only Yankees starter to pitch through the seventh, and those games weren’t particularly dominant, just effective enough to lift some of the burden off the relievers.
It’s true, some of these guys have looked worn out lately, but the Yankees don’t really have reliable alternatives that would let someone skip a turn. And frankly, there aren’t many turns left. Clearly the medicals say that Ivan Nova is healthy enough to pitch, and Hiroki Kuroda showed last time out that, even on a bad night, he can turn things around and give the Yankees a rally.
These are the Yankees starters. There’s no reason to think the rotation is going to change, it just needs to be better.
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