Yankees bullpen is currently the team’s weak spot


The Yankees bullpen had once been the team’s bright spot. And how could it not, especially when the Yankees once possessed dominant arms such as Mariano Rivera, David Robertson and Dellin Betances? However, the bullpen slowly lost it’s consistency when Rivera retired and Robertson went to the Chicago White Sox, leaving the Yankees with only two pitchers who were sure-fire dominant relievers: Andrew Miller and Betances.

Guys like Justin Wilson, Chris Capuano, Chasen Shreve and Chris Martin actually appeared promising in the beginning of the year, but in the months of August and September, the relievers have been inconsistent, which is costing the Yankees games and causing them to lose ground in the American League East division race. Let’s look at how some of the Yankees relievers who were on the team as of August have done out of the pen. For this exercise, we’re going to include Adam Warren‘s numbers, considering he was a part of the Yankees bullpen prior to re-joining the rotation to replace the injured Nathan Eovaldi.

Dellin Betances
August: 0-1, 1.40 ERA, 12.2 IP, 19K
September: 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP,11K

Chris Capuano
August: 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2K
September: 0-0, 9.82 ERA, 3.2 IP, 3K

Caleb Cotham
August: 0-0, 18.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 1K
September: 1-0, 3.86 ERA, 3.2 IP, 3K

Nick Goody
August: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 1K
September: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.1 IP, 0K

Chris Martin
August: N/A
September: 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 1K

Andrew Miller
August: 2-0. 2.38 ERA, 11.1 IP, 16K
September: 0-0, 1.72 ERA, 7.2 IP, 16K

Bryan Mitchell
August: 0-1, 4.50 ERA, 14.0 IP, 13K
September: 0-1, 31.50 ERA, 2.0 IP, 3K

Branden Pinder
August: 0-2, 2.45 ERA, 11.0 IP, 11K
September: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 6K

Nick Rumbelow
August: 1-0, 2.84 ERA, 6.1 IP, 4K
September: 1-1, 6.75 ERA, 4.0 IP, 3K

Chasen Shreve
August: 0-0, 2.31 ERA, 11.2 IP, 16K
September: 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 4K

Adam Warren
August: 0-0, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 15K
September: 0-1, 4.15 ERA, 8.2 IP, 8K

Justin Wilson
August: 1-0, 5.40 ERA, 10.0 IP, 14K
September: 1-0, 3.18 ERA, 5.2 IP, 6K

As was the case during the month of August, Betances and Miller have been overused in September, and there hasn’t been a clear bridge to get the Yankees to their top two relievers. Justin Wilson has had a better September, but his numbers are too small of a sample size to determine whether he can continue pitching with dominance. Branden Pinder has been close to a reliable reliever, but other than that the bullpen has been highly inconsistent which has resulted in the Yankees losing six of their last eight games.

If the Yankees have any interest in making the postseason, they’re going to have to find some consistency in the pen. And in order for Miller and Betances to continue being effective, other pitchers in the pen are going to have to pitch better. As of right now, it just doesn’t seem as if the bullpen is going to get any better than they’ve been, which could be a problem for the Yankees during the month of September.

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8 Responses to Yankees bullpen is currently the team’s weak spot

  1. Larry says:

    Well think they should had traded Mateo for Kimbrel, DiDi doing pretty good at SS
    Should had asked for Vizcano intstead of Carpenter.

  2. hotdog says:

    got to wonder if moving Warren out of the pen was the right move…6 man rotation at what cost…problem is finding reliable middle relief arms this late in the season but this has been a successful area of Girardi's for years…he's done well mixing and matching his relievers…just need 1 or 2 guys to step up…

  3. Jimmy1982 says:

    As i said about a month ago, anyone not named wilson, betances, or miller in the bullpen is an arsonist, dragging their gas can and a book of matches behind them when they enter the game, waiting to set any potential rally ablaze. Shreve has fallen off a cliff, warren's been used as a yo-yp, mitchell runs hot and cold, caleb cotham, pinder, whoever else, ARSONISTS one and all. Now you can make the claim they've been used way too much, but that's the cause; the effect when they enter a game is misey and, ultimately, failure.

  4. brooklyn joe says:

    I don't like Mitchell in late inning relief,he's got really good stuff but it's better suited for starting or long relief, Pinder should have started the inning last night instead. Pinder actually looked sharp in his inning, why change pitchers? What happened to Jacb Lindgren? Can we please put Capuano out to pasture!

  5. Pat says:

    I disagree The Yankees weak spot all year has been there meek offense. If they had a better offense they wouldn't have played as many close games and consequently not have to rely on the bullpen as much as they have. The bullpen would be more rested and performing better than they have been lately.

    • hotdog says:

      right now their offense is sputtering…with 1/2 a month gone, they are 28th out of 30 teams in OBP…and even though they are still hitting home runs, they are last in the league this month in doubles, 26th in hits and 21st in walks…their numbers in August were skewed due to a couple of big run games but they seemed to have peaked in the month of July…they could have used some offense mid-season but who gets yanked…the only one would have been Drew and his best months were July and August…but the bullpen is a problem right now especially with Warren out of the mix…middle relief is an issue and getting Betances and Miller a rest has been next to impossible because these games are close…

  6. Scott says:

    The guys that are patrolling to the mound are a joke . The reason we have lost games the last week. What good are they if they all suck ? Makes me sick watching these guys walk and give up hits every inning .

  7. Michael R says:

    Inclined to agree with Jimmy1982.

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