Over the last few weeks, many pundits have chimed in to bemoan the state of the Yankees pitching. With the team mired in a long rough patch in which they have played mediocre baseball for over a month now, some have suggested that the team does not have the arms needed to succeed in October. I decided to take a closer look at the pitching numbers since July 29th, when this poor stretch began (28-26 since), simply because I had a sneaking suspicion that the pitching is not close to as poor as the media and some fans would have you believe.
I split the team into two categories. The first contains the 9 “core” playoff pitchers, those arms that are likely to eat all of the high leverage innings in the postseason. The second contains the fringe playoff roster arms and other assorted relievers. The idea was to see how the Yankee pitching over the last 7 weeks or so would look if we removed the pitchers who were seeing time primarily due to the Yankees cushion in the standings or due to injury.… Click here to read the rest