Felix Hernandez is one of the most dominant pitchers against the Yankees in all of baseball and had a 0.38 ERA in his last three starts against them heading into Friday night. But the good Hiroki Kuroda showed up and made a three-run, 6th inning homer by Raul Ibanez stand up as the Yankees finally beat their boogey man.
The win was just the latest in what has been an up and down season for Kuroda, whose 3.56 ERA doesn’t let on how much he has struggled at times.
Last night he finished a seven inning performance and only allowed two runs, but in the start before that he was chased after he gave up three runs, two earned, over 4.1 innings against the Royals.
He now has four quality starts on the season, against Seattle, Baltimore, Texas, and the Angels, and three stinkers against Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and the Royals.
Hopefully he will eventually settle into a groove. The good news in all of this is that he’s been inconsistent against both good and bad teams and isn’t just getting crushed by the good teams. For instance, he was very good against Texas, the best offense in baseball, but badd against the Twins, who haven’t done much this year. It’s a sign that this is more about him than his opponent.