April 21, 2010

Yankees are murdering opposing starters

Over the last five games, the Yankees haven’t just beaten opposing starters, they haven’t even given them a chance to win. In the stretch, Yankees starters are 5-0 and have gone an average of two innings more per start than their counterparts. Only C.J. Wilson could make it through the fifth inning, but he was no match for ace CC Sabathia.

Javier Vazquez finally joined the rest of the rotation in the win column last night with a decent outing against the A’s. His three earned runs came on two homers.

But what’s really leading this streak is the Yankees’ patience at the plate. Twenty-eight walks — 19 off starters — in five games is absurd. It comes with no surprise the Yankees lead the majors in on-base percentage at a whopping .384 mark. The Yankees also lead the majors in walks (71) and Nick Johnson leads the American League in walks with 16.

Can the rotation go around again without losing? It all starts with Phil Hughes tonight, who I expect to break out his changeup a little more than he did in his first start of the season.

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