Tuesday, May 28, 2013
First Pitch: Don't forget about Hiroki
By Andrew Marchand
Oh yeah, there will be someone else besides Matt Harvey starting on Tuesday.
Hiroki Kuroda hasn't been half bad this year. In fact, he has been clearly the best Yankee pitcher, despite his awful two-inning, five run and one bruised calf performance in Baltimore last week.
Still, if there is one Yankee starter who could match Harvey zero for zero, it would be Kuroda. He enters 6-3 with a 2.67 ERA.
Kuroda has struggled in Flushing. He has lost all four of his starts in Queens and the Mets have battered him for an 8.20 ERA. In four home starts, Kuroda is 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA against the Mets.
The Met that has had the most success against Kuroda is David Wright. In his career, Wright is 6-for-17 (.353) against Kuroda. All six hits were singles. No other Met has significant numbers vs. Kuroda.