Friday, February 20, 2015

Yankees won't miss pitcher Hiroki Kuroda

The Yankees starting pitchers are all question marks entering 2015 spring training. Still, it's unlikely that the team will miss pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who opted to return to Japan after seven seasons in the major leagues.

While his 38-33 record with a 3.44 ERA in three seasons with the Yanks sounds good on paper, the team ought be able to easily come up with 13 wins and an ERA below 4.00 from one of their younger pitchers such as Chase Whitley or Adam Warren - provided they are given a fair shot, and not banished to the bullpen or demoted to Scranton after one bad start. Even Chris Capuano is capable of those numbers, if he wins a job in the starting rotation.

Kuroda was recently quoted as saying that pitching in the major leagues was "more tougher than enjoyable."  I bet the millions of dollars he made while performing at a mediocre level made things more enjoyable, though.  At least now he can go back to being a dominant pitcher in Japan's less difficult league.

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