Was Brian Cashman Right Back In Spring Training When He Said The 2013 Yankees Starting Rotation This Season Was A Strength?
Back on March 21st of this year, when asked if the Yankees needed to add a starting pitcher, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said:
“I don’t think it would make any sense whatsoever,” Cashman said. “We have all of our pitching intact. Our problem is not our pitching. Pitching is our strength.”
The Yankees have six starters: Lefties CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte and righties Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Nova and Phelps. A seventh possibility, righty Michael Pineda, is recovering well from shoulder surgery, Cashman said.
So, how good has the Yankees starting rotation been, to date, this season? Check out these stats:
First, how about Quality Start percentage? Here, the Yankees are just league average:
Is 9th in the league considered a “strength”?
Next, look at Average Game Score. Here, once again, the Yankees are just league average:
Is being 8th in the league to be considered a “strength”?
Lastly, look at the ERA+ numbers for the seven pitchers to start games for the Yankees so far this season:
Throw out Nuno for sample size. And, you can see that only Kuroda and Nova this year have ERA totals that are above league average. So, how exactly, again, was starting pitching a “strength” for the Yankees this season?
Com’on Cashman, and his apologists, get real here. Yes, Hiroki Kuroda has been AWESOME this season. And, Ivan Nova has been a shocking surprise. But, the rest of the Yankees rotation – Cashman’s strength of the team! – has been not very good, if you want to be honest. The numbers don’t lie.