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Pinstripe Pulse: The Pitchers (Edition #3)

Over the last two weeks, the Yankees’ pitching staff has ranked in the middle of the pack, posting a collective ERA of 4.32. Thanks in large part to Hiroki Kuroda, the starters recorded eight victories with an ERA of 3.93, which was good for fifth among all A.L. rotations. However, the bullpen has become a concern. Since August 7, Yankee relievers have posted an ERA of 5.25, which ranks ahead of only the Angels’ beleaguered bullpen. On an individual basis, only Rafael Soriano and Derek Lowe have posted an ERA below 4.50.





Andy Pettitte



Pettitte's latest x-rays were clean, but he hasn't yet been cleared to throw off a mound. An early September return remains the target.

CC Sabathia

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Following an up and down outing against the Tigers in which Sabathia earned a win, the big lefty complained of elbow sorness and once again landed on the DL.

David Phelps

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Phelps success has carried over to the rotation. In two starts against Boston and Texas, two of the top offenses in the A.L., Phelps went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

Freddy Garcia

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Garcia went 2-0 during the period, but in his most recent outing against the White Sox, the veteran failed to make it through the fifth inning.

Hiroki Kuroda

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Kuroda continues to dominate A.L. hitters. In his last three starts, the veteran has only allowed four runs and 16 hits in 23 1/3 innings.

Ivan Nova

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After a strong outing versus Toronto, in which he struck out 10, Nova slid back into his late season swoon during his last start against Texas.

Phil Hughes

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In his first two starts of the period, Hughes failed to make it out of the fifth inning. However, in his most recent outing, the righty adopted a new game plan, relying on his change-up to beat the Red Sox (0 ER).





Boone Logan

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Logan started the period with two scoreless innings over four appearances, but has since surrendered four runs in his last three.

Clay Rapada



In seven games, Rapada has allowed two runs and six hits over four innings. However, he has only allowed one inherited run during the period and earned a victory over the Tigers.

Cody Eppley

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Eppley allowed a run in 3 of 6 six appearances. In 2 others, he allowed an inherited runner to score. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Yankees wound up losing five of the games in which he appeared.

David Robertson

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Robertson allowed three runs during an outing against Detroit, but has since pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings (two base runners allowed).

Joba Chamberlain



Chamberlain has not provided much relief. The righty has allowed at least one run in four of his five appearances in addition to permitting three inherited runs.

Rafael Soriano

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Pitch it Soriano! The Yankees' closer remains a rock at the end of the game. During the period, he has pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and converted all five of his save opportunities.

Mariano Rivera



Rivera has begun throwing on flat ground, but there is no timetable set for his return, which is expected in 2013.

Note: Current period includes statistics compiled from August 6 to August 20.

Pinstripe Pulse Pitcher Photo Legend


Carl Pavano signifies a player who is injured and unable to perform.


Whitey Ford only makes an appearance when a starting pitcher is performing at an elite level.


AJ Burnett is used to denote a starter whose recent performance has been difficult to swallow.


Mariano Rivera is the symbol for a reliever whose recent body of work is worthy of the immortal closer.


Scott Proctor is used, and perhaps overused, to indicate a reliever who has performed particularly poorly in his recent outings.