To say that the NY Yankees pitchers have been dominant would be an understatement. The starters have been absolutely filthy and nearly flawless on this insane scorching hot streak. This is a team that is usually known for their offense, and in particular the home run totals, but it has been the NY Yankees pitchers that have carried the load this season. They are the main reason why the team currently sits just half a game out of first place in the American League standings.
NY Yankees Pitchers: The Starting Rotation
The last cycle through the starting rotation was absolutely sensational. In fact, if the only thing that matters is keeping the opposing team from scoring runs, then they have been perfect. The five starting NY Yankees pitchers are currently on a combined 35 inning scoreless streak. This is a historically good run and one of the best of all time.
To put the cherry on top, they also won all five of those games as part of an active six-game winning streak, consisting of three games each against the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox. Additionally, the White Sox were on top of the American League and hitting the cover off of the ball, which makes the three-game sweep even more impressive by the Yankees. Let’s take a look at the performances of the last five starts by NY Yankees pitchers.
Kluber started the scoreless streak when he pitched a no-hitter against the Rangers this past Wednesday. In his efficient performance, he went all nine innings in just 101 pitches and recorded nine strikeouts. The only base runner allowed came from the lone walk he issued in the second inning.
German followed up the epic night for Kluber with a gem of his own. It took him just 87 pitches to complete seven scoreless innings in which he recorded five strikeouts, allowed just six hits, and did not issue a walk.
The first game against the White Sox was a tough ask for Montgomery because of how good they usually hit lefty pitchers. This narrative was not an issue as he dominated in his seven scoreless innings. It was another extremely efficient performance for the NY Yankees pitchers, needing just 90 pitches to strike out eleven batters while only allowing four hits and issuing zero walks.
There is a theme emerging, with yet another efficient pitching performance. It should come as no surprise with Cole on the mound, who has been lights out all year so far. He did his thing, throwing 95 pitches across seven innings and striking out seven. He allowed just four hits but uncharacteristically walked three batters.
None of the NY Yankees pitchers have struggled nearly as much as Taillon has this season, but he was able to put together his best game in pinstripes so far. He kept the scoreless streak alive with his 80 pitches in five innings, where he struck out four, walked two, and allowed two hits. Hopefully, this can be a turning point for his season as he continues to look to gain some momentum.
It hasn’t just been the starting rotation, but the bullpen has been just as good too. In fact, they have been consistently dominant all season so far. Guys like Jonathan Loaisiga and Chad Green, among others, are having great seasons. Of all the NY Yankees pitchers who have been impressive, it just might be the closer, Aroldis Chapman, who stands above the rest. He is having an unbelievable season, and his numbers are off the charts. Across 19 innings pitched he is a perfect 11 for 11 in save chances, allowing just one earned run and striking out a ridiculous 37 batters.
The combined team effort by the NY Yankees pitchers currently makes them the best pitching staff in the American League. They are the leaders in many different statistical categories, including some of the most important ones such as ERA, WHIP, OBA, strikeouts, walks, and shutouts. If they can continue to pitch at this high of a level, they are the clear front runners to win the American League.
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