Sunday, August 5, 2012

Our "Ace" Vs. Our Ace

Ever since we signed CC Sabathia way back before the 2009 World Series winning season we have considered him our ace, our savior, our work horse, etc etc etc. This season though I believe he may have been surpassed as our ace, statistically speaking anyway. This post is in no way supposed to be knocking CC Sabathia at all but more so supposed to open your eyes to just how good Hiroki Kuroda has been since his slow start in Pinstripes.

Let us look at this statistically and as fairly as we can. CC Sabathia has less innings pitched, 135, then Kuroda's 143.2 because of a groin injury but that is not enough of a gap to really worry me about sample size.

        Sabathia 11-3
        Kuroda 10-8

        Sabathia 8.87
        Kuroda 6.95

       Sabathia 2.27
       Kuroda 2.26

       Sabathia 1.00
       Kuroda 0.94

       Sabathia 48.4%
       Kuroda 50.1 %

       Sabathia 3.53
       Kuroda 3.19

      Sabathia 3.38
      Kuroda 3.77

     Sabathia 3.2
     Kuroda 2.7

    Sabathia 1.20
    Kuroda 1.18

I know that this is probably irrelevant but I really love to go to fangraphs and look all the way at the bottom at look at the VALUE of a player, dollar wise, and compare it to their real salaries.

CC Sabathia

Actual Salary - $23 Million
VALUE - $14.5 Million

Hiroki Kuroda

Actual Salary - $10 Million
VALUE - $12.3 Million

While Sabathia is more "VALUABLE" then Kuroda, and is better or close to Kuroda in all the stats posted above he is also making $13 million more then Kuroda. Do not get me wrong I love Sabathia and would not want anyone else on the team starting game 1 of the season and game 1 of the playoffs but where Michael Pineda was supposed to be the #2 starter we have been looking for the last couple of years and wasn't I think we already have him and do not realize it... Hiroki Kuroda.

Plus there are worse things that could happen then a guy like Kuroda having  better or comparable stats to our ace CC Sabathia....

Mariners @ Yankees 8/5/12


Mark Teixeira RBI ground out ties the game 1-1

Curtis Granderson reaches on an error and allows Chris Stewart to score 2-1 Yankees

Derek Jeter with an rbi single makes it 3-1 Yankees

Jesus Montero RBI single makes it 3-2

Raul You're So Cool 4-2 Yanks

Two RBI single for Raul makes it 6-2 Yanks

Yankees win 6-2

The Yankees will go to the field today looking for a series win against the Seattle Mariners today at Yankees Stadium. Freddy Garcia will be on the mound to see if he can continue to pull rabbits out of his hat with his 80 MPH fastballs and will be facing the Mariners Hiasashi Iwakuma. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on YES.


1. Curtis Granderson CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Raul Ibanez DH
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Ichiro Suzuki LF
8. Jayson Nix 3B
9. Chris Stewart C

Go Yankees!!