It may already be old news, yet it bears repeating that Nathan Eovaldi has played an integral role in the Yankees about-face over the last several weeks. He has pitched to the following line in his last four starts, all of which resulted in wins - 25.0 IP, 17 H, 5 BB, 19 K, 2.16 ERA, 3.31 FIP. Eovaldi has thrown a quality start (using the somewhat archaic definition of 6-plus IP and three or fewer ER) in five of his last seven starts, as well - which is important for a team that is built to slam the door shut in innings 7 through 9.
This is not the first time that Eovaldi has impressed for a stretch, of course. He reeled off a strong fourteen start stretch from June 20 through September 5 (the end of his season, unfortunately), posting a 3.43 ERA/2.86 FIP in 84.0 IP. That largely coincided with his discovery of a devastating splitter, and the expectation was that it would carry over to this season. And, after a few bumps in the road, it seems that he is once again figuring things out.Read More