Coming into tonight’s game, the Yankees team ERA is 5.23 (according to dougstats.com). This mark is next to dead last in the AL. And, it’s not that far from rock bottom, which is Tampa Bay @ 5.86.
Needless to say, this is not good.
However, if you take the Yankees current team pitching totals, and subtract the “contributions” of (to date) Sean Henn, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, Steve Karsay, and Felix Rodriguez, then the team ERA would be closer to 4.23.
An ERA of 4.23 would place the Yankees around 7th in the current AL team ERA rankings. This is not great. But, it’s still means being in the top half of the league in ERA – which is much, much, better than being next to (and almost) last in ERA.
Therefore, when people say “the Yankees pitching stinks” – they are not correct. To date, five Yankee pitchers have “stunk” and they are: Sean Henn, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, Steve Karsay, and Felix Rodriguez.
Now, Henn is back in the minors. And, Wright is on the DL until who knows when(?). In addition, Karsay has been designated for assignment. These three pitchers can do no more harm to the Yankees, at least presently.
There’s some rumors out there today that Felix Rodriguez might be traded to the Cubs. For Yankees fans, this is good news – based on the way F’ed-Rod has thrown this season so far. Who does that leave?
Just Kevin Brown.
If you want to say that the Yankees problem is pitching, there’s just one part of that problem left: Kevin Brown.
And, pretty soon, if he doesn’t turn it around, well……
Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo, fum
I smell smoke at the big Stadium.
Ol’ Kevin Brown, Ol’ Kevin Brown
He’s a clown,
that Kevin Brown.
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see.
Pretty soon he’ll be another ex-Yankee