Part 1 dealt with General and the hitting. Part 2 deals with the pitching.
Despite losing 4/5th of the rotation, the pitching held up. GM Brian Cashman made some good moves to shore up the rotation and pitching coach Larry Rothschild did a good job.
But those injuries, and, to get back to the weak offense, helped necessitate a lot of moves that made the 2014 Yankees set new team record for players used in one year.
Masahiro Tanaka was great in coming over from Japan, 13-5, 2.77. But a partial torn UCL (which has not required surgery as of yet) made him miss about 12-13 starts.
Michael Pineda was also great when he pitched. 5-5, 1.89. Unfortunately he was too often the victim of an offense which provided him no support, hence his record. Between injuries and a suspension, he missed about 20 starts.
CC Sabathia started just eight games, going 3-4, 5.28 before he needed his knee worked on. CC is a major question mark for 2015. He’ll be 35 in July of 2015, is coming off a wasted year, and since 2012 is a pedestrian 17-17 with an ERA close to 5.00. As with Teixiera, A-Rod, Beltran…. too much $ for an aging, oft-injured, declining player.
Ivan Nova needed TJ surgery and was 2-2, 8.27 in four starts. Who knows how he’ll be when he should return in mid-2015.
The only member of the opening day rotation to stay healthy was Hiroki Kuroda. The 39-year-old had an average year, 11-9, 3.77. He may retire.
Vidal Nuno tried to fill the gap and was awful. He went 2-5, 5.42 as a Yankee before being traded to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy. (Nuno had a better ERA for the D-Backs but was 0-7 for them). Give Cashman credit for this one (as well as for Headley and Prado). McCarthy was just 3-10 for Arizona but went 7-5, 2.89 for the Yanks. He is a free agent. Will the Yanks retain him?
Shane Greene was a revelation as a rookie. Forced into the rotation because of injuries, Greene was 5-4, 3.78. Decent, esp. since he never put up overwhelming numbers in the minors.
Chris Capuano was capable as a fill-in. 2-3, 4.25 in 12 starts.
David Phelps alternated between starting and relieving, going 5-5, 4.38. He was doing decent until a late-season injury derailed him. In his last 8 appearances (pre- and post-injury) his ERA was 9.24.
Chase Whitley started a few games and was decent for a while. His ERA at one time was 2.56 before hitters caught up to him and ballooned his ERA to 5.23.
I was wondering why the Yanks brought David Huff back, but give Cashman credit for this one. Huff had a 1.85 ERA in 30 games for the Yanks after the Yanks got him back from SF.
The bullpen was solid. Dellin Betances had a break-out year, 5-0, 1.40 and 135 K in 90 IP. David Robertson saved 39 games in replacing Mariano Rivera as the closer. His ERA of 3.08 wasn’t Mo-like (Mo had many years under 2.00) but was solid. Robertson had a K/9 of 13.4. Betances was 13.5. Adam Warren had an ERA of 2.97. Matt Thornton was 2.55 before he was let go. Only Shawn Kelley at 4.53 was disappointing as far as the ERA is concerned.
Esmiel Rogers was iffy filling in at the end of the year (4.68). Preston Claiborne (3.00) saw some time.
Many other pitchers got a cup of tea, so to speak, then where released. Anyone remember Jeff Francis, for example? Wade LeBlanc? Chris LeRoux?
But look at some records.
Pineda 5-5, 1.89.
McCarthy 7-5, 2.89
Robertson 4-5, 3.08
Warren 3-6, 2.97
Thornton 0-3, 2.55
Those are good ERAs, and the combined record is 19-24.
The pitching was solid. An ERA+ of 104. Not great, but very solid (100 is average, higher the better).
But the offense killed matters (OPS+ 93).
The pitching could have been even better than what they were. After all, it is hard to pitch when you know if you give up three runs that your offense won’t back you up; that you can give up 3 r in 7 IP and lose because of a poor offense.
Late in the year, it seemed that the Yanks’ pitching cracked because of all that pressure put on them by the offense.
The story for 2014: Despite a rash of injuries to the rotation, the fill-ins, particularly Greene and McCarthy, held the fort.
But the offense was just dreadful.