Yankee starting pitchers have a 6.08 ERA, almost a full run worse from the terrible Boston Red Sox. Given the personel on the staff, this should be a surprise. Kiroda, Nova, and Sabathia were reasonable good bets entering the season, and are still reasonable good bets going forward, to be very strong contributors to the Yankee starting rotation. Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia were more questionable, but I don’t know anyone who expected them to both be this spectacularly bad.
I don’t want to take away anything from how bad the starters have been, but I think something else could be at play here. The Yankee defense could be just as spectacularly bad. Very small samples, even at the team level caveats apply, but the Yankees have an UZR/150 of -13.1, fourth worst in the league. They have a DRS of -16, third worst in the major leagues. Despite an overall team ERA of 4.49, 5th worst in the majors, Yankee pitchers hold a much more respectable 3.97 FIP (16th best) and 3.46 xFIP (4th best).… Click here to read the rest