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?