The numbers don’t lie … Cory Wade has been the Yankees best pitcher this season.
OK, so we’re only three games in and the Bombers are an abysmal 0-3 with some ugly stat and pitching lines. Not Wade, though. The second year of his work out of the pen for the team is looking much like his first, which is to say, very good.
Wade has allowed just a hit and no walks over 2.2 innings. Along with displaying effectiveness and control, the Indianapolis and ex-Dodgers product has also fanned five batters. Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise, as Wade was outstanding in 2011, going 6-1 with a 2.04 ERA. He allowed just 33 hits in 39.2 innings while striking out 30 batters and walking just eight.
The Yankees can thank the Dodgers for shipping Wade back down to the minors after a poor 2009 campaign. He was terrific in 2008 in Dodger blue, giving up just 51 hits in 71.1 innings. New York has to like this steadier version of Wade in 2012 as it works to dig out of an early hole.