I was perusing Hiroki Kuroda‘s splits on Baseball Reference and some numbers jumped out at me.
His best inning is the fourth inning (1.57 ERA) and his worst inning is the eighth inning (5.40 ERA). His BABIP in August – which is 12.2 innings so far – is .390. His WHIP after two starts in August is 1.421 – his highest was May when it was 1.449 in five starts.
Kuroda was a tough luck loser the first and only time he faced the Texas Rangers this season. It was a game in Arlington in April when he was matched up against Yu Darvish who shutdown the Yankees in 8 1/3 innings of work while Kuroda only surrendered two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Kuroda didn’t factor into the decision in his last start against Detroit on August 9 and on August 4 against Seattle was, once again, victimized by a stellar performance by his pitching counterpart. This time it was Felix Hernandez who shut the Yankees down by tossing a two-hit, complete game shutout. Poor Kuroda only gave up one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings of work and was saddled with the loss.
The game is on MY9 tonight for the locals and on MLB Network for the out of towners.
Happy Hirok day to all and to all a good night!
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