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Yankees Starting Pitching: Just How Bad Have Recent Struggles Been?

The New York Yankees starting pitching has been horrendous recently, but just how bad has the rotation been over the last week or so?

It hasn’t been a pretty sight watching the New York Yankees’ starting pitching recently. In fact, the Bombers have been quickly so far out of games that it’s difficult to mount a comeback. But just how bad has the starting rotation struggled?

The string of poor outings from Yankees’ starting pitching doesn’t extend too far back. However, it is significant enough to have a bit of a sample size as the month of July comes to a close this week. We know starting pitching has been a weakness for the Yankees, but the unit seems to have hit a low-point for the season to date.

The starting rotation has actually been solid when looking at the entire month of July. But over the last eight games, it has been a tough scene to watch—historic even.

The Yankees Can’t Afford To Continue Making The Same Mistake

In that span, the Yankees starting pitchers have logged 32.1 innings pitched while recording a horrendous 14.75 ERA—by far the highest in the league. It gets worse. In those eight games, the Yankees starting pitchers have allowed 19(!) home runs. Of course, this includes the crazy series with the Minnesota Twins, but that shouldn’t excuse the fact that the ball is still leaving the yard at a very high rate.

The starting rotation has also struggled with a bout of walks, giving a free pass 13 times throughout that span of eight games.

This recent stretch has been extremely tough to watch, but who would have thought it would be historically bad? Over the last seven games, the Yankees pitching as a whole has allowed a whopping 73 runs. That’s the most in a seven-game span in franchise history. They’ve also allowed at least seven runs in seven consecutive games—the longest such streak in franchise history.

Part of the problem has been longevity. Sure, the Yankees have an incredibly talented bullpen. But the Bombers haven’t had a starter pitch into the seventh inning since July 6 when C.C. Sabathia went 7.0 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. Over the last seven starts, the Yankees haven’t seen any starter get through the fifth inning.

The last time a starting pitcher allowed fewer than four earned runs in a start? That would be J.A. Happ on July 19 against the Colorado Rockies.

It’s becoming unbearable to watch, and this stretch just goes to show how badly of an Achilles’ heel the starting rotation can be. Of course, this rut will eventually end. The rotation will regress back to the mean, but they’ve allowed the division to gain some ground with two months still left of baseball. That’s plenty of time to mount a comeback.

With the trade deadline approaching this week, it will be interesting to see if Brian Cashman is forced to make some kind of move to solidify the starting rotation. Even if that doesn’t necessarily come in the form of a top-end starter.

The Yankees starting pitching is going through a historically rough patch. They will eventually get out of it. But they must find a way to end it quickly before the division race gets a whole lot tighter.

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