The dude will be 39-years old this season, and, in his last 8 starts of 2013, he went 0-6 with an ERA of 6.56 (in 46.2 IP). Worse, his opponents’ BA/OBP/SLG slash line over these starts was .316/.364/.551 (against 215 batters).
Eight starts is one-quarter of a season, for those scoring at home.
Oh, and, by the way, the guy has been pitching in this country for six years and has won more than 11 games in a season only twice.
I mean…heck…even Greg Maddux was cooked by the time he was thirty-nine.
Anyone expecting Kuroda to give the Yankees a solid season in 2014 is not exactly smoking the objective pipe.