The Yankees have wrapped up their weird week of scheduling and will embark on another 20-straight game journey starting tonight in Baltimore. Their loss to the Nationals on Wednesday ended their latest winning streak, but they still head into tonight with a 7-1 record in the month of June. Maybe I'm just stupid and missed it, but does anybody realize how good the rotation has been this month? In 1-3 fewer games and 5-15-ish fewer innings than every other team, the Yankees rank in the top 5-10 in most key statistical categories:
- 2.49 ERA- 4th
- 3.36 FIP- 9th
- 3.38 xFIP- 9th
- 1.1 fWAR - T-8th
- 22.9% K Rate- 5th
- 49.3% GB Rate- 8th
- 6 Wins- T-1st
Normally wins wouldn't be included in that group of stats, but in this instance I think it's worth pointing out. Those 6 wins come without a single loss charged to the rotation, and 6-0 in an 8-game stretch speaks to the kind of above-average performance that all those other numbers support.
There are a lot of contributing factors at work here. The return of Masahiro Tanaka from the DL and his immediate return to excellent levels of performance is the primary one, but everybody has had a hand in this SSS success. Michael Pineda has bounced back from a few rough outings, Adam Warren has continued to be the sneaky 3rd best starter on the staff, CC put together a good outing his last time out, and Eovaldi has been alright in his 2 starts.
The Yankees are dealing with plenty of injury and production issues in their lineup and bullpen, and right now it's the rotation that's carrying the load. That trend will likely have to continue with Andrew Miller hitting the DL and hopefully Big Mike can keep it going in the series opener against the O's tonight. I seem to remember him being pretty decent the last time he faced them...