(Courtesy of the AP)
The Yankees have battled rotation inconsistencies since Opening Day. Be it the underperformance of CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, the injuries to Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Michael Pineda, or the uneven, all-or-nothing nature of their injury replacements, the only thing constant about the group has been the non-constantness with which it has operated. Except for Tanaka of course.
Well, him and the newest member of the injury-replacement brigade. Chase Whitley took a spot in the rotation on May 15th, replacing Sabathia and becoming the "new" 5th starter. He's made 5 starts in that spot and pitched to a 2.42/2.26/3.74 triple slash in 26.0 innings pitched. He's been worth 0.9 fWAR in those 5 starts, tied for 2nd best among all team starters with Kuroda, and has helped to somewhat stabilize the back end of the rotation. Last night he had his best start to date, pitching 7 innings of 2-run and not walking a batter while striking out 3. Is this for real? How is he doing this?