After spending a lot of time discussing Josh Tomlin‘s annihilation of the Yankees last night while continuing to bemoan the team’s performance against pitchers making their Major League debuts, I was encouraged to take a look back at previous instances to see whether the stigma that the Yankees always get owned by rookies in their first career starts held true.
I used Baseball-Reference’s Play Index tool and came up with eight such instances during the past 10 seasons in which the Yankees have faced a starter making his Major League debut. Admittedly I’m not quite an expert with the PI, and so it’s possible I’m leaving someone out here, but hopefully this is close to a complete list (the highlighted starters are pitchers who got the win):
The Yankees are 2-6 in games started by pitchers making their Major League debuts since 2001. While that’s obviously a small sample, it still lends credence to the idea that the Yankees have an inordinate amount of difficulty beating rookie pitchers.… Click here to read the rest