In Search Of Starting Pitching

August 27, 2010 – 10:50 pm

Chicago 9, NYY 4. Another series opener loss, another terrible start by A.J. Burnett, another anemic performance from the offense. The beat goes on. The streak of playing .500 ball now extends to 30 games. The streak of losing games when Burnett is the starting pitcher is now at five, as A.J. finishes the month of August 0-4 with a 7.80 ERA. Going up against Freddie Garcia who was also having a terrible August (0-1 with a 6.97 ERA), the Yankees could only score two runs (one earned) in seven innings.

At this point I can easily see the Yankees not even making the playoffs, or if they do, it’s really hard to see how they can make it beyond the Divisional Series. The pitching rotation is a total mess beyond CC Sabathia. The news on Andy Pettitte continues to be discouraging, and the reality now is that even if he does come back, he’s not going to have enough starts to get back to his early season form. Burnett appears to be done for the season, a number five starter at best. Phil Hughes has his moments, but he’s on this silly innings limit, so who knows what to expect of him for the remainder of the season and post-season. Javier Vazquez hasn’t made it past the fifth inning since July. The best hope for the rotation right now is Dustin Moseley and Ivan Nova. What a mess.

I bet that Cubbies job opening is starting to look pretty good to Joe Girardi. Box Score | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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