Vidal Nuno has appeared in 14 games and started 11 for the New York Yankees this season, and I think we’ve seen enough.
Nuno, 26, is 1-3 in those games with an abysmal 5.90 ERA. For pitchers who have thrown at least 60 innings, that’s the worst ERA in the American League.
He’s given up 12 home-runs in 61 innings, and opponents are hitting a staggering .293 against him.
With below average stuff, Nuno’s margin for error is paper thin. His command has to be as close to perfect as you can get in order to get people out, especially at Yankee Stadium.
When he makes a mistake, opposing batters don’t just hit singles or doubles, they hit home-runs. It’s eerily similar to when Freddy Garcia pitched for the Yankees in the latter part of his career. Whenever he made a mistake, you knew it because the ball was hit hard and far.
He’s had a few nice starts, but the majority have been sub-par. Nuno has only gone a full 7 innings once, and he hasn’t made it past the 6th inning since May 30th. His last start against the A’s last Sunday was easily his worst of the season.
In 3 innings, Nuno gave up 8 runs on 8 hits while throwing 75 pitches (25 pitches per inning). The long-ball was once again Nuno’s Achilles Heel. He gave up two 3-run home-runs in the first 2 innings and the Yankees were quickly out of the game.
Granted, it was against the best hitting team in the American League, but it was also a measuring stick game for him.
For a bullpen that’s already being severely overworked, Nuno’s inability to give the Yankees distance does not help at all.
His next start is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon against the Orioles and you can get Baltimore will be licking its chops.
Once CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda come back from injury, Nuno will be the first to go. But how much longer can Joe Girardi continue to let Vida Nuno stink it up every 5 days?