• 2012 Yankees Starting Pitching On A Hot Streak

    Posted by on July 2nd, 2012 · Comments (5)

    Check out how well the Yankees starting pitching has been doing lately:

    • Phil Hughes, last 11 starts: 72.6 IP and an ERA of 3.34
    • Hiroki Kuroda, last 11 starts: 70.6 IP and an ERA of 2.93
    • CC Sabathia, last 11 starts: 79.6 IP and an ERA of 2.82
    • Andy Pettitte, last 9 starts: 58.6 IP and an ERA of 3.22
    • Ivan Nova, last 11 starts: 74 IP and an ERA of 3.65

    Of course, with Pettitte, you can only go back 9 starts since that’s all he has thrown this season.

    If anyone wants to know why the Yankees have gone 34-17 in their last 51 games this season, clearly, you can tell them that their starting pitching has a big hand in that effort.  (This streak is why the Yankees are in first place – as it’s 17 of the 18 games that they are currently over .500.)

    However, now, the Yankees have to deal with Pettitte being out for a couple of months. And, they need to see if Sabathia’s groin injury will be a nagging and/or recurring issue this year.

    Also, we need to see if Hughes, Kuroda and Nova can keep up their solid pitching. (I suspect that at least two of the three will be able to manage it.)

    Starting pitchers can go south, in a hurry, in the second half of a season. We’ve seen it happen a million times.

    What do you think about the Yankees starters? Can they maintain what they have been doing lately between now and October?

    Comments on 2012 Yankees Starting Pitching On A Hot Streak

    1. clintfsu813
      July 2nd, 2012 | 10:55 am

      I dont know if they can be THAT good, but I think they can hold their own to keep us in the thick of things. CC, if healthy, should be better in 2nd half as usual. Nova and Phil look like they can at least be pretty darn decent. I also really like what I see from Kuroda. Hopefully the offense can do better with the RISP and maybe compensate if the Pitching slacks a little.

    2. Evan3457
      July 2nd, 2012 | 12:50 pm

      The dividing line was the day of the 1st game of the series in New York against the Royals, May 21st. That night, in the 42st game of the season, Kuorda had another mediocre outing, and the Yanks lost to fall to 21-21.

      They then pitched well in the 5 game winning streak that followed, got knocked around in the 3-game series in Anaheim, took 2 of 3 in Detroit, and they were off to the races.

      The 5 starters, through 42 games:

      36 GS, 222 1/3 IP, 241 H, 113 ER, 70 BB, 201 K, 40 HR, .274/.332/.490,
      W-L 16-16, 4.57 ERA, 9.76 H/9, 8.14 K/9, 2.83 BB/9, 1.61 HR/9, 2.87 K/BB

      In the 36 games since:

      35 GS, 238 1/3 IP, 212 H, 74 ER, 56 BB, 217 K, 24 HR, .237/.283/.390,
      W-L 22-5, 2.79 ERA, 8.01 ERA, 8.19 K/9, 2.11 BB/9, 0.91 HR/9, 3.88 K/BB

      Also in the 1st 42 games:
      The Yanks hit 61 HR (and allowed 54 as a team); HR +/- was +7

      In the last 36 games:
      The Yanks hit 63 HR (and allowed 34 as a team): HR +/- is +29

      So, the raw numbers show that the Yanks’ pitchers allowed fewer hits, fewer walks, many fewer HR (half the drop in BAVG is due to the drop in HR). Hughes improved greatly, and so did Nova, but the key improvement is Kuroda, who’s gone From pitching like Dustin Hermanson, 2001, to believe it or not, Ron Guidry, 1978 (OK, OK, it’s only 7 starts, not 35, and he’s only throwing 7 innings per start, not 7.8)

      In addition, their own HR/game rate went up nearly 20% (Mostly Cano). In the 1st 42 games, they were +7 HR, and went 21-21. In the last 36 games, they are +29 HR, and are 27-9.

    3. July 2nd, 2012 | 1:19 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      So, should we say, as Cano goes, so do the Yankees?

    4. Evan3457
      July 2nd, 2012 | 2:10 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      So, should we say, as Cano goes, so do the Yankees?

      Well, maybe the offense. He’s the only key hitter on the team still in his prime. Gardner is a key defender, but his hitting is league average.

    5. Corey
      July 2nd, 2012 | 7:58 pm

      Off Topic:

      A very classy statement by Bryce Harper on who he’d vote for for the final spot on the NL ballot:

      http://www.natsinsider.com/2012/07/strasburg-gio-desmond-are-all-stars.html

      “I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star Game his last year,” Harper said. “If I was going to make a vote, I’d go vote for Chip.”

      Just pointing out that he’s not all warpaint and blowing kisses to the opposition.

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