New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has had a tough time of things this season.
If you have been patient with Kuroda to date, it likely would be a smart move to cut your losses with him and drop him rather soon as there are plenty of better arms out there to target.
While he is coming off one of his better outings of the season, in a no decision against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, going six innings and giving up only two earned runs on four hits with one walk while striking out six, the signs don’t suggest that Kuroda will turn things around.
Kuroda’s ERA for the season now stands at 4.23, which is somewhat higher than his peripherals indicate it should be (FIP of 3.80 and xFIP of 3.75).
But Kuroda is starting to show some signs of age related decline, as his fast ball velocity has continued to decline and now sits just above 90 MPH.
As a result his strike out rate has dropped to a career low of 16.2 percent.
Also keep in mind that his performance slipped drastically in the second half last year and, although the Yankees entered the season with a plan to at least attempt to limit his workload, that won’t happen due to the fact that their rotation has been ravished by injuries.
Throw in the fact that he pitches in the American League East and I have a hard time believing that his ERA will improve much during the second half of the season.
Do yourself a favor and cut ties with him soon.