What stands out the most in my mind, this past week, is that the Yankees went 4-2, overall, with their two losses coming in games started by Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. And, in both those losses, the young Yankees starter failed to pitch more than five innings -with Chamberlain going four innings (allowing three runs) and Hughes going five innings (allowing four runs).
Then again, to Hughes’ credit, Phil did offset his bad game this week with a stellar outing last Monday.
With Andy Pettitte’s back acting up, and the Yankees bullpen performing as badly as it is, if Hughes and Chamberlain are going to pull “five and fly” numbers, more often than not, that puts a lot of pressure on CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett to pitch very deep into their games – each time out. And, I’m not sure this all adds up to be a long-term recipe for success this season in Yankeeland.
When your bullpen is populated with three or four guys who cannot be trusted, you cannot have 40-60% of your starting rotation not pitching deep into games.
Well, it’s not that it’s against the law, or anything…but…
…it just means that you’re counting on two starting pitchers to carry the pitching staff. And, everyone knows what happens when you put too many eggs into one or two baskets…eventually, you’re going to end up with a bunch of broken eggs…and perhaps a busted basket too.