A blog focusing on the New York Rangers and all things hockey (also Yankees and Giants) with a New York attitude from a fan of 40 years whose greatest highlight came when Mark Messier lifting the Stanley Cup on June 14, 1994
Do you want to receive email notification when this member publishes a story?
The Yankees' run of impressive starting pitching continued Sunday as Ivan Nova allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings in a 4-1 victory over the Nationals.
New York extended its winning streak to nine games while completing its third consecutive sweep of a National League team and now has 14 of its last 16 games and 19 of its last 23.
Starting pitching has been a huge reason why the Yankees are on fire. Here is a breakdown of the starters' work during the past 23 games (Ironically, ace CC Sabathia has been the least effective of the five starters):
Sabathia: 3:54 ERA (11 ER in 28 IP) Kuroda: 1:29 ERA (4 ER in 28 IP) Hughes: 3:58 ERA (13 ER in 32 1/2 IP) Pettitte: 2.88 ERA (11 ER in 34 1/3 IP) Nova: 1:96 ERA (8 ER in 36 1/3 IP)
TotaL 2.65 ERA (47 ER in 159 1/3 IP)
The starters are getting deep into games, which is saving wear and tear on the bullpen.
During the 19-4 surge, the starters have gone at least seven innings 16 times and at least six innings 22 times. The one exception was on May 28, when Hughes allowed seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 9-8 loss at Anaheim.
The last time the Yankees swept three straight series of three or more games was June 30-July 12, 1998, when they did it against Philadelphia (3), Baltimore (3) and Tampa Bay (4). ... Rafael Soriano recorded his 13th save, the most for a Yankees' pitcher other than Mariano Rivera since John Wetteland had 43 in 1996.
... The Yankees went 6-0 on their road trip and won their 40th game, moving 15 games over .500. ... The Nationals came into the weekend series with a six-game winning streak.