The 23-8 New York Yankees are the only team in MLB that hasn’t lost more than 10 games.
They are off to an incredible start in 2022, one that not many people saw coming because of their lack of activity during the offseason.
They have a good offense and a solid bullpen, but their rotation is the unit that has been carrying them so far.
Each and every member of the pitching staff has been stellar.
Max Goodman of SI.com went through the five members of the rotation after their sixth turn was completed.
“Six trips through the #Yankees starting rotation… Nestor Cortes: 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 1.0 fWAR; Jameson Taillon: 2.93 ERA, 30.2 IP, 0.7 fWAR; Jordan Montgomery: 2.90 ERA, 31.0 IP, 0.6 fWAR; Gerrit Cole: 2.67 ERA, 30.1 IP, 0.5 fWAR; Luis Severino: 4.08 ERA, 28.2 IP, 0.3 fWAR,” he tweeted.
Six trips through the #Yankees starting rotation…
Nestor Cortes: 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 1.0 fWAR
Jameson Taillon: 2.93 ERA, 30.2 IP, 0.7 fWAR
Jordan Montgomery: 2.90 ERA, 31.0 IP, 0.6 fWAR
Gerrit Cole: 2.67 ERA, 30.1 IP, 0.5 fWAR
Luis Severino: 4.08 ERA, 28.2 IP, 0.3 fWAR
— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) May 12, 2022
An Incredibly Productive Unit
Those are some unquestionably elite numbers.
Even Severino, who has been the “worst” starter by the numbers, has a 3.82 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) and has struck out 25 percent of the hitters he has faced.
The other four have an ERA under 3.00, which is amazing, and Cortes has an ERA under 1.50 (!).
Cortes’ unique pitching style and stuff have resulted in an ace-like performance to this point, and Cole seems to be trending in the right direction according to recent starts.
Taillon and Montgomery are perhaps the most underrated parts of the rotation, with impeccable control and improved stuff.
Yankees director of pitching Sam Briend and pitching coach Matt Blake have been doing an amazing job getting the best out of a talented group.
The Yankees, with that incredible rotation, are here to stay.
It remains to be seen if they can keep up this level for several more months, but they have every resource to do so.