New York Yankees: April Report Card

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Starting Pitching: D

With the exception of Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees starting pitching staff has been pretty bad. Going 4-10 in the month of April, they accumulated a 5.16 ERA, good enough for 27th-best in the major leagues. The starting pitching alone has surrendered more runs (76) than the offense has scored so far (74) this season. The .285 batting average against ranks 28th in the bigs, and without Tanaka those numbers would be a lot worse.

The other four starters — Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Nathan Eovaldi, and Michael Pineda — all have losing records and ERAs over 5.00. Sabathia is actually pitching the best of the four, with a 5.06 ERA and a 1-2 record.

If the Yankees want to win ballgames, the starting pitching needs to at least give them a chance before allowing the game to be completely out of hand. Their grade of a D represents them well because it’s unfair to give them an F with how well Tanaka has pitched so far this season.

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