Pinstripes Prove Slimming for Hiroki Kuroda’s ERA

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Despite concerns, Kuroda has fit into pinstripes quite nicely. (Photo: AP)

Can Hiroki Kuroda handle the pressure of New York? That was the question on the minds...

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Coming Soon: Yankee September Call-ups

September, and the expanded rosters that come with it,  is just ten days away. The Yankees are a banged up team, piecing together strong performances out of a range of bench and platoon players. This will let up some when Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, and Andy Pettitte return, and Mark Teixeira gets healthy, but the...

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What’s up with Eric Chavez?

If you had told me that the Yankees were going to play Eric Chavez for 82 games and counting this season, I’d have told you that it was a great idea … in 2002. If you had then told me that Chavez would hit .300/.357/.536 I’d have thought you were talking about 2002. Of course,...

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Thoughts on the Red Sox series

The Red Sox have a terrific infield defense. Dustin Pedroia at second, Adrian Gonzalez at first, the combination of Mike Aviles and Pedro Ciriaco at short and Will Middlebrooks and now Nick Punto at third are all having terrific seasons in the field. But Middlebrooks is gone. Kevin Youkilis is gone.  Pedroia, for all his accolades, has given the Red Sox only 2.4 batting runs all season (due in part to nagging injuries).  Aviles has a .285 on-base percentage. Despite his Yankee-killing, Ciriaco has walked twice in 112 plate appearances and Punto, who is useful in doses, is an offensive pit as a regular.

Carl Crawford, despite some offense this season once he came off the DL, has not looked like the same player he was in his Tampa days. Plus, Crawford has only walked three times in 125 plate appearances. A decision will be made today, apparently, to see if he is going to be shut down for the rest of the season.…

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Counting on Kuroda

Let’s start with those Yankee Stadium concerns. Um…there are not any Yankee Stadium concerns. Kuroda is 8-4 at home with a 2.22 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio is higher at home. He gives up less home runs at home. Batters have a combined OPS of only .589 against Kuroda in his fifteen home starts. In fact, it is a much scarier proposition when Kuroda pitches on the road this season where he is a mundane 3-4 with an ERA of 4.23. Kuroda has allowed nine homers on the road in ten starts and only eight at Yankee Stadium in fifteen starts. Let’s just say that Kuroda feels pretty good pitching at home.

The concern that Hiroki Kuroda would have difficulty in the meat grinder of the American League was well founded. The recent trade deadline deals concerning Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster and Zack Greinke have proved again (it seems) that the American League is a much tougher place to pitch than in the National League.…

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Hiroki Kuroda Really Likes Pitching In Yankee Stadium

When the news came out on that infamous Friday in January that the Yankees had made a deal for right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to come and pitch in New York, a lot of people were skeptical about the move.

They wondered, how Kuroda would handle the transition from the National League to the American League?...

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