The rookie starter logged just 4.2 innings, but allowed only two hits, two walks and no runs while fanning four. On top of that, Whitley recorded his first career hit with a single in the third inning. Not a bad night for a young pitcher making his debut in such a pressure-packed situation.
Whitley only threw 74 pitches, so he could have gone longer into the game if not for manager Joe Girardi's quick hook. Whitley was removed in the fifth inning with runners on second and third with two outs, although it would have been nice to see him get an opportunity to work out of it before he was pulled.
Dellin Betances took the ball in relief and worked out of the jam unscathed.
Nevertheless, Girardi's hook can't take away from Whitley's start as he successfully worked out of trouble a few times to have a solid night overall for a Yankees rotation that is looking for answers on the mound from its bandaged-together starting five.
It's far too early for the Yanks to be thinking trade as there won't be many pitchers on the market until the trade deadline inches closer. Until that happens, the Bronx Bombers will have to look within for answers, which makes a guy like Whitley very important.
They don't need him to be an ace or anything close to that, but rather a consistent arm who keeps his team in games every time he takes the ball.
Whitley certainly did that and then some in the Subway Series finale and that's more than an encouraging sign for the Yankees and their pitching staff.
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