Don’t blame the Yankees ’pitching issues for banning adhesives.
Manager Aaron Boon said there was no connection on Thursday – even his two top-ranked pitchers fought hard after the MLB sent a message to teams on June 3 that it was enforcing rules banning the use of foreign substances. The enforcement began on June 21, when the judges checked the mugs after the inning.
“I think it affects us less than most teams,” Boon said, defending his staff. “I don’t think it’s a big problem for our team.”
Boone had no clear explanation as to why he thought so or chose not to share it.
“It’s my feeling, I know about the guys,” he said.
The numbers sound like a different idea. Before the June 3 note came out, the Yankees had a score of 3.16, which was second in baseball. Since then, he has ranked 5.26, 25th. The biggest culprits are Ace Gerrit Cole and, closer to him, Aroldis Chapman, two pitchers who paid to dominate. Both of them have seen a significant decrease in spin rates, which is considered an by-product of the destruction of adhesives.
Cole, who met before the memorial date, has a 4.65 ERA. The Yankees have lost three of their five starts in that time period. He failed to pass twice, five times, and allowed nine home runs – four more than he did in the first 11 starts, giving up the 1.78 ERA microscopic line.
Chapman was even worse. He has scored in five of his last nine appearances, allowing 11 runs per 5 yards. Chapman, who made two saves and lost two more, hit all six in eight walks – at least two in each of the last three games. On Wednesday night, a firefighter on the left fired three shots, allowing a big slam and blowing four runs. Before the tight stretch, it had an ERA of 0.39. Since then it has been an amazing 17.47.
But Boon doesn’t believe these issues are related to his inability to use these foreign substances, and instead points to mechanical problems.
“I don’t think that’s part of his problem,” he said. “I don’t think that’s part of the problem.”