Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Looking To Kuroda Takes The Sting Out Of Last Night's Yankees Loss

Ah, what a comfort it is to know that, after a tough extra inning walk-off loss last night in Baltimore, the Yankees have their ace pitching in the rubber game tonight.


But wait, you might be saying, CC Sabathia pitched in the first game of the series, right?

Yes, but who said CC was the ace of the pitching staff? If you really think CC Sabathia is the Yankees ace, you've been asleep since the season began. The real ace of the Yankees pitching staff is Hiroki Kuroda. 

As he proved last season, making the transition from pitching in the NL West to pitching in the AL East doesn't have to be as hard as everyone says it is. Since he began his Yankee career he has put up better numbers than he did with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  His record after four years with LA was 41-46 with a 3.45 ERA. Since last season with the Yankees, he is 22-13 with a 3.04 ERA. Really, it's supposed to be the other way around, but Kuroda has bucked that trend.

When Kuroda  arrived for his first Yankee Spring Training last year, I remember raising my eyebrows when I heard he requested to wear number 18, a number reserved for staff aces in Japan. However, he lived up to that number last year and is well on his way to doing so again this year.

So everyone relax and chill. The ace is pitching tonight, which means there is a good chance that the Yankees will win.

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