I am going to compare two pitchers for you. Each pitcher is over a six year period of his career.
A. Average year over the six year period: 22-8, 2.19. 272 IP, 286 K.
B. Average year over a six year period: 17-7, 2.24, 222 IP, 244 K.
Both are lefties. Both were and are Dodgers.
Pretty damn close, right? The big difference is that A pitched in a 4-main rotation, B in a five-man.
Pitcher A is Koufax, 1961-1966. Pitcher B is Kershaw, 2010-2015.
The Yanks of course, faced Kershaw on Wednesday. No easy feat.
Rain and a recent back injury kept Kershaw to only 5 innings vs. the Yanks, but in those 5 innings, he gave up 0 runs and only 1 hit. The bullpen for the Dodgers was just as good as the Dodgers beat the Yanks, 2-0.
The Yanks got just 3 hits and struck out 14x.
Both Dodger runs came in the top of the ninth, and both runs were unearned due to errors by Castro and Betances.
Before the game, the Yanks called up Mason Williams to replace the injured Aaron Judge. After the game, the Yanks signed recently released Billy Butler (1B/DH) to a contract. Butler was previously with KC and Oakland in his career.
The Yanks fall to 77-68. 17 games left in the season. They have an 11 game road trip that starts with 4 in Boston.
Pineda 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 5 k. 4.94.
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.40 (Bos/NYY)
Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 1 K. 5.98.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.02 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (L, 3-5, 2.33) 1 IP, 2 R, BOTH UNEARNED, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.