The reason the Yankees are paying $21 million to have Kuroda pitch on this team is because he has been a consistent veteran presence in his entire career. However, in his Yankee career he has flip flopped more than former presidential candidate John Kerry. Going from awful-to great-back to awful again-and last night he was good again.
“I think if I made any adjustments, it was mental adjustments,” Kuroda told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “I just concentrated on hitting my target — Russell’s mitt — and that’s what I was trying to do today.”
Hopefully Kuroda will settle into a grove and start to resemble the man who had a career 3.45 ERA in four years in The Bigs before this season. If he pitches all season like this, the Yankees are going to have a hard time being consistent. He was brought in to be their No. 2 starter and they need him to pitch that way. Hopefully this is part of the adjustment process going from NL to the AL.