Hiroki Kuroda had a rough April, finishing the month with a 5.28 ERA. But since then he has posted a lower ERA in each successive month, including a 3.27 ERA in July entering his final start of the month.
It should be no surprise that Kuroda is pitching at his best in July – he is 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 15 starts during the month in his Yankee career.
That ERA is the fourth-best by any Yankee in July over the last 100 years, and his win percentage is the second-best, behind only Dennis Rasmussen‘s 11-1 record in the mid-1980s (min. 15 starts).
The key to his success this July has been his ability to keep lefties off the basepaths. Opposite-handed batters are hitting just .197/.239/.273 against him this month, compared to a .272/.315/.433 line in the first three months of the season.…