Chase Whitley has pitched very well in his rookie season as a New York Yankee. Whitley left his last start against the Minnesota Twins with a 2-1 lead and what looked like his first career victory. Unfortunately, David Robertson was unable to put the game away and Whitley took a no decision in the contest.
Whitley has not won a game this year and is still looking for his first Major League win. The young righty will take the mound Friday night against the Kansas City Royals and is hoping to be on the winning side, this time around. Whitley has been one of the few bright spots in a Yankee rotation that has been decimated by injuries and insufficiencies.
Whitley was the victim of Robertson's blowup last week, but the bullpen as a whole has been quite inefficient of late. The Yankees pen blew three separate leads as the Yankees finished a seven game home stand, with a disappointing 2-7 record. The Yankees hope to shake off the slide as they hit the road for a four game set with the Royals at Kaufman Stadium this weekend.
Whitley made his MLB debut against the New York Mets on May 15 at Citi Filed. Whitley was strong in his first game, allowing only two hits and no earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Whitley returned to the mound on May 21 at Wrigley Field and shut the Cubs down for 4.1 innings. Whitley gave up six hits, allowing one run and struckout three. Whitley has compiled a 2.37 ERA in four MLB starts, striking out 15 in 19 innings pitched against three walks.
Whitley has pitched well enough to win, but the Yankees haven't been able to secure that elusive first victory for him. As the Yankees begin a 10 game road trip, maybe their luck (and Whitley's) will begin to change. The Yankees have won seven of their last nine games against the Royals, capped by a three game sweep in KC last May.
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