It’s not the typical thing you hear after a good start, but Hiroki Kuroda told reporters on Tuesday that he needs to put his last start behind him.
“I have to turn the page on what happened,” Kuroda told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’m glad that it happened that way, but I have to turn the page and prepare for my next start.”
Kuroda essentially meant that his last start, no matter how good it was, isn’t going to help him going forward. It’s not, but it was a welcome sight. Most pessimistic fans have often compared Kuroda to former Yankee Javier Vazquez, who was known to have success in the NL but struggle in the AL. So an eight inning shutout performance goes along way toward fighting that perception.
It only took Kuroda two starts to pitch a game where he racked up a game score of 76 per baseball reference. Vazquez was only able to match that once during the entire 2010 season and only got a score of 70 or better five times. This doesn’t mean that Kuroda will definitely have a better season than Vazquez had in 2010, but it does go to show that it might not be fair to compare the two so early on.
Either way, Kuroda isn’t going to dwell on that start. He’s going out there today focused on his latest start.